Friday, October 30, 2009

Fun Felt Making

I had such a great time Wed. with Suzanne Higgs of Hooked On Felt. We spent the day making hats and wraps. This is mine made of Bottle Green Merino top, decorated with Peacock Blue Merino & Tencel plus lots of Silk and glitz.

We wet wool and rolled and talked - alot. So many ideas to try and love of felting to share, we got so carried away that I didn't think to get the camera out. I hope Suzanne will show her lovely things on her blog before she sells them.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Fall Color Beginning

Stepping out our front door, looking across the front pasture, this beautiful canvass of God's Nature has begun to show more color. This has been a glorious fall day, cool but sunny; a day to celebrate life.

One life being celebrated today is that of Stacy Livingston. I only know Stacy from the insightful emails that she and later her husband, Tim, wrote about her journey and battle with cancer. She is gone too soon to see their young son grow into a man. I pray for all those who will miss her so very much.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

from bleak to bright..more FeltUnited

Yesterday began as a rainy, chilly day...but then I opened my emails and it seemed cheerful even with the rain. There were two spewcial emails that changed my mood.

The first was from Judy of Muskegon, she came to the Felt United event last Saturday and sent a link to her October 8 blog posting with pictures she took.

Second was from knitting designer Jennifer Hagan of Figheadh Yarnworks. Her October 9 blog posting included the cutest picture of a sweater she knit with our Medium Grey, the sweater is hugging a cone of our Lilac Heather sport yarn which may become her next project.

We have known for years that we have some of the best customers in the world and this is a sample of why we think so.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Clara Parkes new book

Clara Parkes has been a friend to knitters, new and experienced, for quite a long time now. She always seems to know what our questions are about our love of knitting and yarn before we do. Her answers and yarn reviews have been relied on by so many, rightfully so.

Well, she has done it again. Her new book, The Knitter's Book of Wool: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber is going to be one of those hang onto, refer back to, and only loaned to our BFF for a few minutes type of book. I haven't even held it in my hands but I know why Clara is respected.

Also have to admit, several years ago she reviewed our yarn at my request and I so appreciated her honest opinion. She has undoubtedly swayed knitters to check us out. Now I can thank her by letting you know of her book off the presses.

Do go read her review, she modestly doesn't say much about the book itself in this review but the subtitle "The Ultimate Guide to Understanding, Using, and Loving this Most Fabulous Fiber" speaks volumes.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Felt United - The First International Day of Felt

We had a wonderful day!
Most of the people who attended the Felt United event at Marr Haven were not felters - when they arrived. However with Suzanne Higgs of Hooked on Felt fantastic tutelage, most left wanting to try more felting. Two of the "brand new" felters are shown in the photo with Suzanne while Barb enjoys their intensity.

More photos will be posted on the website page later today.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Only one more day until ...Felt United

We were having way too much fun getting things ready for the big event tomorrow. It is cool, we were glad to model Sue Pufpaff's hand dyed and felted wool vest and jackets. This picture shows items in the Felt United color range, on the left is yours truly in my orange hat wearing one of Sue's warm, comfy vests.

Sue Pufpaff of Pufpaff's Fiber Processing is in the middle. The felt fabric hanging to the far left will be used by Sue tomorrow at her fiber mill with a group of 4H students learning to needle felt.

On the right is Suzanne Higgs of Hooked on Felt with a few of her designer hats, including the one she is wearing. Tomorrow she will be demonstrating some basic felt making and probably answering lots of questions. If you are in the southwest Michigan area, do plan on coming by.