Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Market Day in Prineville/ Great Success!!!

 All 50 booths were sold! Great variety of fiber/ yarn
/ books/ weaving &
spinning tools and more! People came from all over the states of
Oregon and Washington to little Prineville (pop 2000 something!)

My booth Norsk Needlework
I had my sweaters, caps, mittens for patterns, my new
weaving products for sale... and I remembered the original sign from
my actual shop in Wyoming, painted by my dad.. 40+ years old!!!
Quite a few people signed up to take a "Glitten" knitting class!
Anyone interested be sure to call or e-mail me:  cindy@norskneedlework.com
See the glittens above on the left of the "Mitten tree"
My friend Michele's Frolic Fibers

She harvests the fiber from her Angora goats and sheep,
washes, cards, dyes, and spins beautiful art yarns
She was also in charge of this whole great show. If I was tired
I think she was more so! But did such a wonderful job!!!
She even had a cart for coffees and a barbecue site for lunch!

Bad Boys Barbecue LLC
This was the tastiest!!! ever!!!!
I had beef brisket sandwich and fresh asparagus!!!

Hand dyed from her Angora goats

special spinning of the fiber

Toots Le Blanc and Co.

sweater from her alpaca yarn

example of her woven alpaca/ I want to try this gorgeous pattern!!!
Her yarns are all natural and just fabulous!! I want to get
some angora (the bunny kind!)

Crooked River Alpacas

from Crooked River Ranch just north of us here in Redmond

wonderful yarn and products

Leslie Hanson with her Crooked River angora products.

Cindy's Treasures
she has angora Rabbits! so gorgeous and soft!!!
from Chalis Washington

My Weaving guild   Central Oregon Spinning and Weaving

all these things were on sale from my guild

same guild/ excellent weaving!!!

Guard of the Alpacas!!! Love him, he was so friendly to me!
looks like Mac and Annie's brother!!

His Alpaca's to guard

Sweet little alpaca's kids were allowed to pet!
There are a whole lot of Alpaca's around here! This
fiber is available to me for the first time.

Lovely products made from above Alpacas!
Desert song alpacas Sisters Oregon, Marlene Baldock
Eugene Textile center/ they brought nearly the whole store!
I was really impressed. They have a full line of everything needed
for weaving, spinning and everything else!

Fiber and books!!

My friends spinning at the info booth
Note Diane's gorgeous Sirkler sweater
I kept pointing her out as my model!!!

My ANWAG spinning guild people having fun!!
too bad I was too busy to join them this time.
I was so exhausted after this day, and of course
setting up Friday. I had to come home and take a nap!
It was so much fun. I met so many wonderful people and saw
so many fiber products!!!  This year was fantastic!!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Spring Lambs and prep for our "High Desert Wool Growers Fiber Market"

My friend Michele Long has 27 new babies and only half are here.
Such fun holding and playing with them.We had a nice warm
sunny day. I also got to see her art yarns she is working up for
the show. She will have lots of yarn and roving. I am sharing
a booth with her and we will be right inside the door. I will have of
course my knitting patterns and 4 Norwegian linen and wool teppe.
I just finished weaving them only need to hem the ends. Also some
mug rugs from the samplings.
Blue eyed Angora goat

Black twin lambs

beautiful color! Angora goat baby

Michele with her baby girl gotland sheep

Newest Angora baby

Oscar... last years bottle baby

Baby Roo with my boots, good doggie smells
He is this years bottle baby and is half indoor, half out now

Roo is a fine Gotland specimen!!
the fleece is soo soft and springy, can't
wait to knit it!!

Sunbathing babys

The only way Roo will be still for a picture, and Me with very
windblown hair!

Mom goat with twins
Michele's Art yarns, some with beads and coils
3 new teppe washed After washing and some ironing the linen just shines!!!
Annie supervising the looooong runner just off the loom

My personal favorite! All with 100% Norwegian linen
and Rauma prydvevgarn/ wool from Spelsau sheep
will wear forever!!!

Blue and green teppe/ can be runner or wall hanging
Last but not least, part of a sleeve!
This is my newest pattern. It will have more pale
turquoise at the top. The body will have similar small
patterns from Norwegian weaving patterns.

This is my inspiration! My friend Berta Styve Lid in 
Norway chased down a 20 year out of print book on norge 
åklær by Anne Grete Sandstad.  Mange takk to Berta!!!
I have already used this book so much!! You can see they used the
pale turquoise, red  orange and darkest brown. The patterns
are small geometrics of repeated 6 or 4 shafts. It has NO
carries!  I also used the Enkelt skillbragd patterns in here for
my teppe above. Fantastic!! Beautiful book!!!
I am also giving a 1 hour talk on knitting with stranded patterns
at the Wool Market Sat March 28 in Prineville Oregon. Please
come!!! It is at the fairgrounds all day!!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

March 2015 Trade Needlework show in Nashville!!!

 This was the very best show. Way more vendors and
many more shops. People came from far and wide, even
with the horrid weather back east.
Ink Circles Booth at Nashville
 I was so happy Tracy sold out of a lot of patterns. She had about 9 
new patterns and they went fast.I wanted the "Get Kraken" and 
she wouldn't let me have it until the end of the show. She of 
course sold out and lucky for me, we found a pattern when she
was packing up! Love the Fresian samplers! This is a very funny 
version of the battle of 1694 in the Greenland sea. 
All lives were lost trying to trap the Sea mermaids.
It says in Dutch "And thus began the epic battle and no man 
escaped his watery grave".  * or maybe I just made all that up!
 I especially love the tiny ship on the monsters tail! 
Colors are fabulous Gloriana silks.

So we must all get Kraken!!!

The Green is Holly Jolly Mandala show special... sold out

Gigi Ries of Belgium,  brought a real Tappan cloth  originally from Sumatra, to show us the
style of Tracy's Big Red Ship (mine in progress on the right)
Tracy's wee "Cover Story", a take on overshot patterns
Note my handwoven Lacy scarf, underneath.
5 floors worth of shops!! in the 160's
So many shops I couldn't even see them all. The buyers figured they
had 8.5 min in each shop if they saw them all!
Summer House Stitch Works red work... Beautiful!!!

Summer House Stitch Workes "Post Cards"
Barbara Hutson's Queenstown samplers of which I bought
Mercedes Ospina, the red, and the Dutch lower right.
She has done wonderful reproduction and lucky me, I got
to meet her, and she is lovely!

An old Antique from the Needle's Work Antiques

Very cute "Freebies" from Ink Circles, Summer House Stitch workes
and Hands on Designs.... Tracy's buddies all in cahoots.
I have the patterns!!!

Gigi's ancient antiques from Belgium

Heartstrings booth, next door to us!

Eye on the Sparrow by Beth Twist

This is the Stitch Along on Sampler World that  I have started. How 
fun to see the original!!! It is so much more beautiful in person!!!
 This is my favorite picture.... MY STASH... how fun!!! I got 
2 of Barbara Hutson's Queenstown samplers, The Cardinal Points of
Long Dog with the threads at Gentle Arts Sampler Threads, and Gigi
hand carried the Ariadne magazine with a pattern I want from Belgium!!
She is such a wonderful friend. I really wanted an old Friesan sampler
Gigi brought her fantastic wall hanging of
Renato Perolin combined designs!!! Can you believe it?
This is about 5 feet tall and was hung in the hotel lobby.
A real show stopper.
A very fun time was had by all and I got back at 11:48pm after 12
hours of flying and plane transfers! So tired today, but at
least I don't have to go to work. The best part of the show was
that I got to visit with my daughter Tracy and grandson Paul for 5 days!