It is that time of the year again!

Join us for 2 special Sundays this year at our annual Holiday Art Fair. This year we will be doing 2 days, Sunday November 25th and Sunday December 2nd, 10am-4pm both days.

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There will be 14 wonderful artists and a few different ones each Sunday. Get your gift list ready, there will be jewelry, paintings, ceramics, woodwork, handmade brooms, fiber, weavings and more. 
Rain or shine!

Shop Local & Support Local Artists. 

Patricia

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Phat Fiber – Secret Garden

The theme for April is The Secret Garden and my samples are on its way to the PF headquarters. This month I decided to participate with my Woodland Gnome colorway using BFL as a wool base.

Woodland Gnome

I’m always happy at how this wool pick the color with so much intensity. Here is a picture of Woodland Gnome with the Mixed BFL which consists of white and brown fibers combed together.

Woodland Gnome

I hope to get the full version of my samples listed in my shop on the 15th which is a day after the box goes for sale. If you are interested on knowing more about Phat Fiber, visit their website for more info.

Patricia

Lambtown USA

Mark your calendars!

I will be vending this year at the Dixon Fiber Festival. Boot # 65. Come and say hi and meet my products in person. This is a great opportunity to visit a great variety of vendors that offer from raw fleeces to already processed fiber, ready to be spun. There will be demonstrations, classes “sheep to shawl” competitions and more.

The Dixon Lambtown is an annual festival celebrating the rich agriculture and lamb industry of the local region.  The festival will be held at The Dixon May Fair Grounds, 655 South 1st St., Dixon. Click here for a map.  Just an hour away from San Francisco.

We are also trying to beat the Guinnese Book of World Records record for the most knitters knitting in one place at one time. So, if you are planning to attend, please bring your knitting needles and help to break the record, we need 1200 knitters to knit at the same time for 15 minutes.

I hope to see you!

Blending fibers

One of my biggest pleasures of spinning is the fiber preparation that goes beforehand. Finding the right compliment that won’t overshadow each of the fibers that I have chosen to blend together can be a little tricky with some risks involved. Here is where planning, discovery, and a little bit of serendipity takes me to new appreciations where my own expectations takes a second role.

But that is exactly what makes it fun and almost addictive. And I know I’m not rediscovering the wheel here, but I still jump screaming  “Eureka” when I get something soft and pretty. I’ve been spinning a batt lately made with Icelandic lambswool, alpaca and border leicester.

I find the alpaca and the soft undercoat (thel) of the Icelandic similar in softness and it produces a yarn with a pretty halo that I suspect will be just more obvious once I soak it and  full it.

This is another good combination:

Gotland, Wensleydale and Mohair, and all three of them take the dye with so much vibrance. I have about 7 more pounds of the Gotland to go through, so I hope to post more of my progress before I find another thing to do…