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.