Saturday, March 26, 2011

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival

Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival is a few weeks away, but we want to make sure it gets on your calendar! Yvonne is the organizer behind the event, she's created a great market place and a fantastic class list. There is still some room in classes so take a peek and sign up for one. Debby will be teaching a class that sounds fascinating! A sampling class for spinners and knitters, how to decide what fiber works for different projects. I might need to see if there's room in this class for me!
We'll also have a host of Schacht products for your shopping pleasure! The Reeves wheel is a thing of beauty. You are welcome to stop by the booth and take a spin.
We'll also have a Cricket Loom for you to throw the shuttle on. It's a little addicting, so you've been warned!
You can warp and weave a scarf in about two hours, what a way to use up some fingering yarn right?! There are endless possibilities with the cricket. And it doesn't take up nearly as much room as a floor loom and has an affordable price. We can't wait to see you at the show and show off these fantastic tools!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Oh, What a Night!

Last night the Dyeworks played host to the Yarn Market News Conference. The attendees arrived in Portland over the weekend. They attended workshops that help yarn store owners grow a more successful business. Based on some of the tweets from Erin I'm a little jealous I didn't attend! On Tuesday, after the morning session, everyone was invited on a yarn crawl around Portland. They didn't hit all the shops, but a great spread was represented.

At the end of that journey, they headed out to the Dyeworks for a closing cocktail party. We hosted almost every knit wear designer here in Portland. And wow is this a talented city! Food and drink was prepared by Gino's and so yummy.
The evening was a great way to connect with yarn stores from all over the US and Canada in a more intimate setting. Also a wonderful opportunity for us to spotlight the Dyeworks and where the magic all happens!
Many thanks to Stevanie and all her hard work making magic. Thanks to all the designers as well, a great night with all of you! And of course, thank you to Yarn Market News for bringing a fabulous event to Portland.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

What a weekend!

The Yarn Crawl has passed and the studio feels so empty! We loved having people flowing through the dyeworks. And it was great to hear about the paths they had taken to get to our little spot. I love that so many people visited all the 20 yarn shops and studios in the Portland area last weekend. It was great to hear about the yarn finds and the favorite new places that each person planned on visiting again. We love our knitting and fiber community! And we are so very proud to be part of it:)
We do have open studio on Tues, Wed and Thurs from 11-4p. If you want to drop by for a cuppa joe and knit please do so. You can watch us dyeing and being a bit sassy;) We always have a bit of yarn or fiber available to purchase plus items for sale from Lantern Moon, Knitted Wit and patterns by Larissa Brown.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Portland Yarn Crawl!

We had so much fun at Stitches West! There will be a full recap in our March newsletter. Sign up on our website to receive our free monthly can go now...I'll wait;)
And now here we are ready for the next event! This coming weekend we are participating in the annual Portland Yarn Crawl. You will find 20 stores and our dyeworks involved this year. Every stop has a huge gift basket to be raffled off at the end of the weekend. Every store you go to will have tickets to fill out. So you have more chances to win when you visit more stores! I love that all of Portland's yarn stores are unique and very special. This is a way to support your local shops and find some special, yarny events as well.

Pico Accuardi will have sale yarns throughout the weekend. We will be showing yarns that are currently not being offered in any of our supporting Portland stores.

On Friday we will be having a wine and chocolate reception from 4-6 pm.

Saturday we will have Cricket loom demos throughout the day.

Sunday there will be a beginning spinning class from 12-1p. with Schacht spinning products for sale and layaway.

We invite knitters and spinners to come hang out at the studio during the weekend. Put in a yarn order when you arrive and we will dye it while you wait.

If the weather calms down a bit Deb will be bringing some bunnies down from her snowy bit of Mt Hood for a Sunday Angora spinning demo too. We had hoped a few goaties could join in, but it looks like rain and we don't want them inside tasting all the yarn;)

And don't forget--Knitted Wit lives at the studio as well! Lots of Lorajean's beautiful yarns and spinning fibers will be right there beside ours.

The open studio hours for this event will be: Friday 11-6 / Saturday and Sunday 11-4

Friday, February 11, 2011

Headed South

All dyeing all the time! This week has been crazy busy at the dyeworks getting ready forStitches West. There are so many amazing yarns and fiber being dyed up, I was ready to start wrestling Teri over a few of the skeins!
The drying racks are filled to the max!
Debby and Teri labeling all the new pretties.
All the yarn that needs to get packed!
People, I am telling you, I would line up at booth #1144 and sharpen the elbows! Sweater quantities of beautiful semi solids, amazing wool/alpaca yarn, rich colors in Stevie Sparkles. I could go on for days! I haven't even mentioned the fiber going! I would love to see photos of what you get at Stitches, maybe post them to the facebook page or in the Ravelry group!

A quick thank you to everybody that joined us for Open Studio Saturday last weekend. A great time was had by a lot of people! I'm looking forward to next month during the yarn crawl!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Where We're Going

So not all the pictures were taken for the What Doin' There post, a wrap up of what's on the needles for everyone at the Dyeworks. Instead, lets talk about where we're going! It's a busy year full of shows all over the West Coast. We'll stick with the first few months of the year so we don't get too overwhelmed.
this is from the halloween Open Studio Saturday
To start off, we're having an Open Studio Saturday on February 5th from 11am to 4pm. Come hang out with your knitting or spinning, do a little shopping and visit with Louie! The bunny that is formerly of Abundant Yarn. There will be an all levels spinning class from 11-1p. Class is $20 and you do not need to RSVP.

Up next, we're headed south to Stitches in Santa Clara California, February 18-20! Our booth number is 1144, the map can be found here, you can plan your route to the booth for the best selection! Debby, Stevanie and Teri are making the trip. The dyeworks has been awash in color getting ready for the show. A featured yarn for Stitches is Soft Touch, an aran weight luscious yarn made of alpaca and wool. It knits up beautifully and there will be many colors to choose from!
Next on the schedule is the Portland Yarn Crawl. Set aside the first weekend in March and get ready to shop! The Dyeworks will be open for business and the scavenger hunt. Bring a wheel for a little spinning, or your current WIP and make some progress!

April has two happenings for your participating pleasure. The first is the inaugural year of the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival. Yvonne has done a great job getting the show organized. The market place is a shoppers dream, and the class list is fabulous. Debby is teaching a great class that is hopefully on your list! Looking forward to a weekend at the Gorge with fiber!
At the end of April is our annual spring retreat to Imperial Stock Ranch. Our Spring retreat begins Friday, April 29th at 5 pm. Check in and meet up with your hostesses in the Imperial Suite for some food, wine and by-the-fireplace knitting. Saturday there is a continental breakfast, at your leisure, followed by a knitting or spinning class. We’ll take a long break for lunch, plenty of time for a nap or a stroll by the river before the afternoon class. Saturday evening, enjoy your dinner at the Imperial River Company restaurant or bar and gather with us to knit by the firepit in the central courtyard.Sunday begins with breakfast, followed by a tour of the historic Imperial Stock Ranch. For those that have visited the ranch in the past we will have a beaded yarn needle felting class that morning or you may want to relax a little longer before heading back home. Each room is river view and the price includes your river view room, Friday evening dinner, classes, tour to ranch, taxes and fees. The only thing not included will be meals on Saturday and Sunday. Quad occupancy: $230.15, Triple occupancy: $251.86, Double occupancy: $295.29 and Single occupancy: $425.58 Call Imperial River Company to book: 800-395-3903

Wow! And that's only the first few months! We hope you can join us for as many of these adventures as you can! Please let us know if you have questions about any of these happenings.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

...And We're Back!

We want to jump right in with what's current! There's only one major piece of news before we get to what's happening: We moved! Maybe this isn't new if you listen to Debby's podcast or follow along in the Ravelry Group. At the beginning of November we moved to SE Portland, not too far from Gino's. The location has turned out to be a winning location with everybody involved! Knitted Wit even made the journey with us!

Back to what's current. TNNA, the trade show for the needle arts, was at the beginning of the month. We had a great time catching up with other dyers, designers and business owners. There is a magic that happens when we all get together. It's like any other show that way. Only so much can be conveyed through emails and tweets! There are some collaborations with different designers and yarn companies coming up, watch here for more details as they develop!

While you aren't supposed to take pictures on the show floor, there was an exception made for one little woodsman!
Knitted Wit (Lorajean) made the trip, which means o-face made the trip too! Joel, from Lantern Moon wore him in the fashion show and o-face was known for the rest of TNNA! Daily there were photo-opps in the booth. A great addition for sure.

The booth had a beautiful theme of being in the woods with fairy's and other magical creatures. We'll be using this set up at a few of our shows this spring, let us know what you think! The hat that o-face is wearing was designed by Sarah and all the little felt creatures were created by Bella Flora Studio. The creatures are available for purchase!

When we weren't at the showing selling yarn and lots of fiber (!) there was dinner at the Lantern Moon house. A great time of food, friends and ping pong! After all the restaurants and hotels it was nice to be in for the evening. The meal was delicious and the competition fierce.

There was also a fun night out with a bunch of fun people: Ysolda, Casey and Jess, Amanda, AVFKW friends, Laura, and more. More pictures need to be taken next time! If you were at the greek dinner and weren't listed, let me know! Yummy food, great time chatting and even a few stitches were knit.

We're hoping to keep the blog a little more up to date, so check back for the next episode. We're calling it "What doing there?" (e-lion's signature question, Lorajean's oldest boy) A little check in with everybody at the studio and what they have on the needles! Also a calendar check in, we're at lots of events this spring and we want to see you at all of them!!