We had a wonderful time at the Anacortes 4th of July parade.  We sat together, in appreciation and celebration, and held up these signs as the different groups passed.  Yes, everyone got a "10" and a thumbs up.  There were more spectators than I've ever seen before and it was wonderful to be together. 

The big event this month is Shipwreck Days, July 16th, the biggest garage sale ever!  Commercial Avenue will be closed to traffic and hundreds of vendors set up for the day.  Come find a new treasure and also help by volunteering in our booth.  Please see below for more information.

This month I will be taking some much needed time off and will be in the shop on Fridays and Saturdays only.  Fran and Janet will each work two days a week, as well.  I am lining up dye demonstrations again for next month so please look for information in our next newsletter.

We hope you are well and are doing something fun this summer.  If you come our way, be sure and stop by.

Knitting and weaving (and lots of other fun things, too),

On My Needles
with Fran Jepperson

Or perhaps this should be titled “What’s just off my needles?” as is the case.  Shetland Wool Week is a celebration of Britain’s most northerly native sheep, the Shetland textile industry and the rural farming community on the Islands. Wool Week 2022 will be from Sept. 24th to Oct. 2nd and Linda Shearer who has lived her whole life on Whalsay, one of the Shetland Islands,  has once again designed a beautiful Fair Isle hat named Bonnie Isle. She says,

“My hat design is named after the nickname for Whalsay, the ‘Bonnie Isle’. Living on an island means the sea is ever present in our lives. All the men in my family have worked on or near the sea. But although the ‘Bonnie Isle’ hat has a nautical theme, the patterns mean much more. The chain in the rib represents the link between us all during Shetland Wool Week; and the anchor, a common motif in Fair Isle knitting, symbolizes a sense of keeping grounded, connected to what matters most, and able to cope with life’s challenges. The crown, a circle, is to me a spinning wheel and a tribute to my mother Ina Irvine. A prolific spinner and knitter, she was my inspiration.”

Bonnie Isle is a free download at the Shetland Wool Week site, Free Knitting Pattern | Shetland Wool Week.  It shows five different color combinations, each using 5 different colors of yarn.  The design is perfect for our mini skeins of one of my favorite yarns, Halo, which is a fingering weight yarn, half wool and half alpaca.  I just finished knitting it in shades of gray, teal, light blue and yellow.  Picking out the colors is one of the best parts but I also really like the motifs Linda chose this year and her nautical theme is also perfect for our beautiful island.


We've just added new classes!  Ready to learn to read charts or more about how to choose the perfect pattern?  We have a class for you.  Fran just finished the Elemental Tee and we've scheduled a second Bonnie Isle Hat class due to its popularity. 

Click here to see all upcoming classes.

To register, please call us at 360-293-7377 or drop by the shop.

Coming up next week:
Saturday, July 16, 2022 starting at 8am

shipwreck fest

We are ready to accept your donations of unwanted yarns.  Please bring them to the shop anytime (shop hours are Tues-Sat 10am-3pm and Sunday 11am-3pm) before Saturday the 16th.  We will sort through the yarns and price them very low for resale during the event.  When you come, be sure to drop by our booth to check out the yarn...there might be something you want, too!

Proceeds to benefit our own
Anacortes Senior Activity Center and Anacortes Family Center. 

Ready to sign up to help during the event? 
Click here!
Shuttling Along
In the Weaving Studio

From Lori
Let's not discuss my L O N G red warp this time. It is still on the loom...but close, I am close to being finished. Let's talk about color, and ORANGE, and table cloths. My next project will be three table cloths for the tables on the front porch and one at home. The tables are 28" square and I'll do a 6" overhang. I don't think I've ever woven a 42" width cloth before and am looking forward to final planning and getting started.

From Fran

The good news is that I finally sat down at the loom for the first time in a while.  I’m working on a table runner and after I threw a few shots with a lovely jade green wool I noticed that the bobbin was getting low and I needed to wind another.  That is when I discovered that there was no more of that color in my stash.  I may have just assumed there was more in the cubby but the reality is that when I finish the few yards on my bobbin, I’m out of jade green.  After pausing for a few days to search for more and to think through “plan B”, I’m ready to carry on with an altered color scheme.  Our shop mantra for 2022 is “It will be just fine!” and so it will.

From Janet

Weaving is often enjoyed alone. The rhythmic click clack of the shuttle, quietly winding a new warp, dreaming of a new project. We enjoy the companionship of weaving together with the occasional quiet conversation between passes of our shuttles but unlike so many of the other fiber arts we don’t hear much about group “weave-alongs”. Many of us relish the solitude. Until disaster strikes!

Winding my warp for the latest project I got distracted and let my mind wander. Apparently I wandered too far and discovered a problem with the new warp. I spread it in the raddle and realized that my cross was a bit tangled. Threads were crossed and wound back and oh my heavens! Tangles galore! I was tempted to give up, cut the whole thing off and wad it up into the trash. Slumped before the loom just as I was giving up, in walked Fran. A friend can be your most valuable tool of all. Helping me figure out alternatives, bolstering my confidence and helping me realize that all was not lost. Thank you dear friend!

We are really never alone in our fiber world. Thank you to those who teach, those who inspire and those who help us along the way.

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