Join us next Sunday for our annual holiday party, 1pm at Tequila's in Bayfield. No fuss, home before dark. We'll have a Silent Auction so feel free to bring fibery goodies to auction off. Proceeds to benefit Annie's Orphans, Animas Museum, and Judith MacKenzie. Hope to see you there. RSVP if you can join us by commenting below.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Saturday, October 27
Knit One Pearl Street, Bayfield
Come join us at the new location of Knit One Pearl Street in Bayfield. Linda sadly will be out of town, but we are still welcome to come and spin and explore her new shop. If the weather is good, we can even spin outside. Meet us around 10am until 2pm. For lunch we'll wander over to Tequila's. Hope to see you there!
Bring your wheel or spindle or whatever and any ideas that you might have for our annual holiday party.
For directions or other information about the shop, please call them at 970-884-9008
Saturday, September 15, 2012
- Saturday, September 22nd: 15th Annual Carding and Spinning Day at the Historic Toadlena Trading Post from 10am to 4pm. Some of us went last year and had a great experience. Map and directions can be found at http://www.toadlenatradingpost.com/map.html -- meet up there.
- Saturday, September 29th "Official" WWS Gathering:
Bayfield Heritage Day including the running of the sheep at 9am, parade after that, vendors, antique road show, ice cream making, beer garden, dancers, even fireworks. A canopy will be set for spinners and and some of our own will be working with kids on some dyeing, weaving, felting, and spool knitting demos--if you have time to help with the kids that would be great. Come on out, bring a chair and your spinning.
Keep in mind for next month:
- Saturday, October 27th Spinning at the new Knit One Purl Street in Bayfield. Come by around 10am and see Linda's new digs. Lunch at Tequilas.
Also, we know it is early, but start thinking about ideas for the holiday dinner in early December--especially you folks down south or out west. If you would like to participate, please let us know @ firstname.lastname@example.org
Some thoughts from Pam:
With so much going on we are losing touch with one another. To let us know what you are up to please feel free to use this blog by commenting below-- let us know what is going on. We haven’t seen very many of you for so long. We miss you and hope you are all busy working with fibers. Please add pictures to your updates. Let’s continue to keep in touch even if you can’t make it to the monthly spinning day. Take advantage of the blog and talk to your spinning friends. Don’t hesitate to email me directly if you have any trouble or concerns. Thanks everyone, Pam Dyer
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
ENTRIES - Wednesday 8/8 from 7:30 to 6:00
Judging will take place on Thursday - it is not open judging - display and ribbons will be set up following judging.
The exhibits are best visited Friday through Sunday.
Friday open 9:00 till 8:00
Saturday open 9:00 till 6:00
Sunday open 10:00 till 2:00
NO ENTRIES CAN BE PICKED UP BEFORE 2:00 PM SUNDAY
I would love to have one and all come spin - best times Friday through Sunday. It would also be nice if you want to come sit the exhibit for a while to give me a break.
Let me know via email.
Monday, July 30, 2012
A bunch of yarn was dyed at the Natural Dye Workshop at La Plata Farms! Thanks to Pam Ramsey for a great day this past Saturday. Upcoming Events:
- The August spin-in will be held on Saturday, August 25th at Joni Geiger's house just past Hermosa. More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
- Bayfield Heritage day(s) will have the running of the sheep and the main activities on September 29th. This year it should be pretty interesting. They are planning many things including an antiques road show, ice cream making, a beer garden, and good music on that Saturday. There are dancers coming from Poland (yes, really!) in the evening and the fourth of July fireworks that couldn't be used on the 4th will be shot off that evening.
The organizers have a canopy for any spinners willing to come and demonstrate spinning.
I seem to find myself in charge of setting up some wool related activities for kids. I am a vendor that day and really need some help. Would like to have some felting, kool aid dyeing, and spool knitting for kids. I have all the materials and will bring them. Maybe if some of you want to come and spin we can take turns with the kid events so no one gets stuck with them all day long.
Please, please, please do let me know if you are able to come since I need to report back to the organizers and they in turn need to get the canopies and tables for us. It should be a great way to support spinning in public, educating the public, and helping kids find out about the joy of working with wool... Hope to hear from you! Linda Smith 884-0502 smjam9 at aol.com
Friday, June 15, 2012
We haven't had a lot of interest in a picnic for the June meeting so back to our old standby. We'll meet at the Animas Museum (in Durango at 31st and West 2nd) on Saturday June 30 from 10 am to 2pm. Bring a lunch or we can go down to Zia's and bring something back--hope it isn't too hot to eat outside on the picnic tables. The museum just opened an exhibit of antique quilts you might be interested in (and some of our members helped to prepare for display). Hope to see you there!
If you are looking for something fibery to do the weekend before we spin, check out "Sheep is Life" on June 22 & 23. All of the info is on their website at www.navajolifeway.org
In July, Pam Ramsey out at La Plata Farms is hosting a dye workshop there on the last Saturday of the month, July 28 and since a bunch of Wild Woolly's are attending, we won't meet to spin. There is still room in the workshop, but contact Pam (970-749-5485, or email email@example.com) soon if you are interested in attending. Here is the scoop:
A full day featuring 2 complete workshops Paula Seay: Exploring Natural Dyes using Madder, Cochineal, Lichen, Onion Skins and more. A discussion and hands on half day workshop utilizing popular and readily available dye stuffs. You will leave this workshop with a number of sample skeins and the start of a dye notebook. Karen Dearing: Dyes from Southwestern plants, half day workshop Karen will take you through harvesting, processing, and preparing dye baths using the plants native to the 4-Corners area. You will have sample skeins to take home.
Cost: $75, includes lunch, drinks, coffee, a morning snack and both workshops (1 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon) materials fee of $5 additional includes all your sample yarns, dye stuffs and use of equipment, pots and stoves and a sample notebook to take home.
Special! For $90 plus materials fee, you can add an evening plant walk with Karen to identify local plants and end the day with a lamb dinner! Featuring La Plata Farms sustainably raised lamb.
Pre-registration is required by July 10, 2012. Print out the form below and mail it with your payment -- please fill out completely.
Workshops plus materials fee $80 ____________
Workshops, materials, plant walk and dinner $95______________
Please check which one you are doing: checks made payable to La Plata Farms, mail to LPF, 1281 CR 123, Hesperus, CO 81326. Please call 970-749-5485 with questions or to register and pay by credit card.
Sunday, May 6, 2012
An invitation from Bev Modisette:
Hi Wild Wooly Spinners of the West.,
I want to thank you for your spinning at the Pagosa Fiber Festival and look forward to seeing you this year.
I have been working with the president (owner of Pagosa Lodge) of the Pagosa Springs Lodging Association to get discount packages for Pagosa Fiber Festival (PFF) attendees. So, if you would like to stay overnight and get reduced rates go to http://pagosafiberfestival.com/discountsspecials/lodging to see lodging discounts.
All our workshops, except Introduction to High Whorl Spindling by Susan Jones (Town Park), will be held at the Pagosa Lodge. See http://pagosafiberfestival.com/workshops. I also have an instructor biography page at http://pagosafiberfestival. com/workshops/instructors.
For our vendors we not only have a vendors' page but also a Vendors' Product page at http://pagosafiberfestival. com/vendors/vendors-products so visitors to our website will know what our vendors are selling.
I hope a lot of you will enter our competitions http://pagosafiberfestival.com/competitions . We have 3 divisions - Handspun Yarn, Fleece, and Finished Products (consists of products produced by crocheting, felting, knitting, and/or weaving). We judge our entry against a standard, not against submitted competition entries. First, second, and third place ribbons are awarded for each category in each division. The overall best in each division will be awarded a bronze medallion on a hand-braided horsehair necklace with silver findings. And, the Best of Show overall for all entries in all competitions will be awarded a silver medallion on a hand-braided horsehair necklace, with silver findings, awarded to the Best of Show. If you would like to know a little bit about our judges, then go to http://pagosafiberfestival.com/competitions/competition-judges. Our guidelines and entry rules can be found at http://pagosafiberfestival.com/information-desk/forms.
And, we are having a fun competition - a Sheep to Shawl competition!
One of our vendors is going to give a demonstration on a circular sock knitting machine. Just image all the socks you could knit in a short amount of time! I do have one (it is an antique) myself but I do not know how to use it or how to put it together (it came in pieces).
I look forward to meeting you at PFF. Please come to the PFF booth and introduce yourselves.
Bev Modisette President Pagosa Fiber Festival http://pagosafiberfestival.com
Animas Museum Help
As you may know, the Animas Museum is always happy to provide us with a place to spin in Durango. This month, the museum is holding the annual Community Heritage Awards on May 25th and has asked us if we would provide donations for a gift basket like we did last year. If you would like to donate a skein of yarn, some fleece, whatever! please drop it off at the museum before May 25th. THANKS! For more information on the Community Heritage Awards check out http://www.animasmuseu.org/cha.
Looking Forward to Bayfield Heritage Days
From Linda Smith:
Bayfield Heritage Days is already being planned for last weekend in September. I am sort of in charge along with Linda Parmiter of getting some sheepy events for kids going, such as koolaid dyes and felting balls or felting around rocks or something...sure would like input and help. It is a time when our guild can do some spinning, weaving, knitting, etc. in public and they are willing to put up a shelter just for the guild as well as for a kid space. Would you guys please talk about this...I know there are probably many other things going on that weekend. I intend to vend there; it worked out pretty well for me last year, and since they are planning ahead, hoping that this year will be better than last. We could even get together as a guild and have a booth and sell stuff if anyone is interested. It is a better market for created items than it is for roving and fleece. Anyway, please have everyone think about it and see what you want to do. All events would occur on Saturday. Whatever they do on Sunday won't be of interest to any of us, I don't think..won't be vendors and such on Sunday.
Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.
All for now--hope to see you at Pagosa!
Monday, April 16, 2012
For those of us who don't have to stick around for lambing season, Pam Ramsey will be leading a group down to Tierra Wools for their Spring Harvest Festival.
Meet at Gateway (Santa Rita) park by the Chamber of Commerce building at 8AM, this will put us at Tierra Wools approximately 10. Bring a folding lawn chair (optional, but sometimes there are not as many chairs there), drinking water, and pack a sack lunch. Pam will have room for 1 more, maybe 2 but plenty of trunk space. She says that if the weather's nice, sitting out on the front porch, knitting, etc. is always a good thing. Otherwise you can kind of wander around, looking at stuff, dyeing, they may be shearing, it is always very loose but you meet some great fellow fiber people. If you are going, please call or email Pam--check your newsletter email with telephone number/email address or comment below prior to the 28th. She has heard a lot of maybe's and sort of's but doesn't want to leave anyone behind. If you can't go, Pam will be taking pictures so stay tuned to this blog.
If you aren't up for traveling so far afield, meet us at the Animas Museum at 10 am at the corner of 31st and West 2nd in Durango. We'll hang around until 2pm so either bring a lunch or we can go to Zia's--may even be nice enough to eat lunch outside.
Hope to see you at either gathering! Don't forget in May, we'll be spinning at the Pagosa Springs Fiber Festival on the 26th. Make sure to check out their website for the great classes and activities they are planning.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Saturday, March 31, 2012
Saturday, March 24, 2012
The Barnyard will be held on Tuesday, April 17th (please note the date change) from 9 am to noon around the amphitheater at Fort Lewis College. We’ve moved the event a week later so hopefully it will be a bit warmer and the date still works for you.
Please comment if you can make it--hope to see you there!
Monday, March 19, 2012
Friday, March 16, 2012
Ft. Lewis College
Clock tower area
Please just leave a comment if you can make it. It is really a fun time.
Friday, March 2, 2012
We have a lot of great ideas for the next couple of months:
In March, we will be spinning on the 31st at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum in Ignacio. At 10 am, we can take a tour of the museum (it is usually $7.00 a person but if we have enough people we might get a discounted rate, we'll let you know), then we can spin. There is a tea room nearby for lunch. PLEASE RSVP by March 15 to firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan on attending -- we need to let the museum know how many people are coming so they can put us in the appropriate space. For directions and information, check out their website at succum.org.
April brings us two options--on the 28th, Tierra Wools/Shepherd's Lamb is celebrating their Spring Harvest Festival in Los Ojos, New Mexico (about 2 hours from Durango, 11 miles south of Chama). Pam Ramsey has volunteered to lead a group down for a fun day of sheep, weaving demos, spinning, dyeing, etc. If you are interested in carpooling down there, again PLEASE RSVP by April 27th to email@example.com. If you don't need to carpool, we'll see you there. For those not able to field trip, we'll be spinning at the Animas Museum (31st and E 2nd in Durango) from 10 til 2, lunch at Zias.
The end of May brings the Pagosa Fiber Festival, where we'll be spinning on Saturday. Check out the great classes offered this year. The Festival will be holding a Sheep to Shawl and is looking for teams of 5 to 6 to compete. The winners will receive free passes to the Pagosa Hot Springs. If you are interested, contact Linda at 970-884-0502 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This summer, we were thinking about having a picnic, maybe on a Sunday afternoon at Gateway (Santa Rita) Park. How does the last Sunday in June sound? Please post comments on this post.
Although it is early, don't forget we'll have a holiday celebration in December, any ideas for places are welcome. Feel free to post a comment on this post.
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
The February gathering of the Wild Woolly Spinners will be held at Sheila Niblick's house in Rafter J on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 10 am 'till the usual, about 2 or so...
Bring your spinning and a chair.
Show & Tell is always fun -- show off your latest work of art so we can all ooh and ahh.
I plan to make a big pot of posole so bring whatever you'd like to go with or without that.
If you need directions or any other information, please email: email@example.com
Looking forward to it!
Friday, January 6, 2012
From Linda Smith:
I'd be happy to host the January gathering on the 28th. Come around 10ish. Lunch around noon. I will make pots of white and red chili; if you want to bring something to go with it, do so, but it isn't required.
I am hoping we might have a lovely morning of snowshoeing first across our place into the BLM hills behind, which is my favorite trek and usually "well groomed" from much shoeing. If you are not accustomed to shoeing, you are welcome to spin instead, which is what all of us might be doing anyway if this warm weather continues. Right now the snow is too low and melted to use. I do have several extra pairs of snowshoes to lend. They fit all sizes of boots. Have extra poles as well. If we do snowshoe, we'll go from 10 - 11 since the snow is the least sticky at that time.
Seems like we haven't done much show and tell lately, or perhaps I just haven't been at the meetings, but am really curious to know what everyone has been up to, so please bring show and tell.
Most of you have been here before, so am not including directions; just e-mail me if you need them. An RSVP would be helpful so I know how much food to make and chairs to set up. firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Wanted to get the word out that Pagosa Fiber Festival has the list of workshops and instructors up on the website. To view, please go to www.pagosafiberfestival.com and click on workshops/instructors. From knitting lace to making lotions, there are lots of great classes available!