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If you’ve joined us on our trips to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, you know what fun these trips can be.  This year we are again partnering with Amati Travel and Tours to offer a trip to the popular Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival in Maryland.  Join us as we travel in comfort to enjoy the 40th anniversary of the festival.   New this year is the option to register and pay online.   You can also register at the store and pay by check.

If you are a knitter, weaver, fiber-enthusiast or just fascinated with sheep, llamas and goats, this is one festival you do not want to miss. Besides livestock, there are crafts and vendors galore including some of the most beautiful yarns to be found anywhere. In addition to the exhibitors the festival features book signings, food and entertainment.  For more information about the Festival, visit: http://sheepandwool.org

What: Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival 2013

Where: Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD

When:  Saturday, May 4, 2013

Schedule:

  • 6:00 am                                Departure from Montgomery Mall
  • 10 am – 3:30pm                 Enjoy the Festival!
  • 3:30 pm                                Departure from the Festival (return approx. 7:00 pm)

Cost:

  • Early bird – $65.00 before 4/7/2013
  • Regular  –    $75.00 after 4/6/2013

Price includes round trip bus transportation on deluxe motor-coach, admission to festival, driver gratuity, and snacks on the bus.

To Register Online Click here.

We hope you can join us!

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Maryland

We’re putting together a trip to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival on May 4th, 2013. Join us for a fun-filled day of live animals, yarn and wool, crafts and supplies, entertainment and more. Registration information will be coming shortly.

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We’re excited that Rose will be here next Tuesday evening (1/22/13) from 6 – 8 pm in the store for a needle felting workshop.  Come get an early jump on spring and learn how to make these adorable Chicks and Bunnies.  Call us at the store for more info and to register.

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The Building Blocks Afghan is a series of 12 fun patterns that will grow your knitting skills – starting with simple knit and purl stitches.

Each square, or block, builds upon the skills learned in the previous patterns, giving knitters more confidence and knowledge.

At the completion of the series, the reward is an abundance of knitting know-how along with 12 gorgeous blocks to assemble into a sampler afghan.

Date: Starting October 28th (remaining class dates will be determined at this class; plan on meeting once a month until completion!)
Time: 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Instructor: Marjorie
Cost: $6 per class
Level: Advanced Beginner. This is NOT a learn to knit class. You should have a basic understanding of knitting and be comfortable with casting on, knit and purl.
Supplies: Book “Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter”, Size 10 24″ circular needle, cable needle, stitch markers, sticky notes and/or highlighter tape, tapestry needle. For class participants only, the yarn and supplies used in this class will be 10% off.
Yarn: Pick from over 50 colors of HiKoo’s SimpliWorsted yarn! This yarn is a soft, machine washable worsted weight yarn. We will be placing orders for it soon, so make sure to pre-select your color(s) right away! Other yarn suggestions: Galway or Encore. You will need approximately 140 yards per square.

Please join us for this fun monthly skill-building opportunity. Contact us at the store for available seats as well as advance homework!

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It’s that time of year again!   Our ever popular sharing event is back.    For those of you not familiar with it, May is Share a Project month at The Lamb’s Wool.   During the month of May we display projects that have been made over the past year or so by our customers.   Visitors to the store vote for their favorite and the 1st and 2nd place winners receive gift certificates and bragging rights!

If you would like to participate this year, bring your project to the store for display by April 30th.    Even if you don’t want to enter a project, be sure to stop by the store in May to admire the beautiful and creative projects and cast a vote for your favorite.

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It’s that time again.  Time to make a reservation for The Lamb’s Wool’s annual knitting retreat to the Eastern Shore of the the Chesapeake Bay.  Liz and Betty have designed some terrific new classes for this years gathering.  Mind you, that is no easy feat.  After 14 years it becomes harder and harder to come up with something new and challenging.  But they have done it.

First the dates for the weekend:  January 20, 21 and 22. February 3, 4 and 5 and February 24, 25 and 26.  Remember, you don’t have to take a class on the weekend, but since you have two very experienced knitters willing and able to share their knowledge and expertise, it does seem to make sense to try at least one of the offerings.

This year there are four different learning opportunities.    The first involves  working on a neat scarf pattern using short rowing.  I have heard the scarf referred to as a ‘potato chip’ scarf.  It’s a fun design, and probably can be completed on the weekend.  The second class uses the technique of short rowing for shoulder shaping in preparation for a three needle bind off.

For the third class you will create a Knitted Ball.  It’s a great project for using up left over yarn bits.  Basically you knit strips of yarn and then weave them together to make a ball.  These can be used as a child’s plaything, a pet toy or even decorations.  It’s something new and you will be the first person on your block making them.  Trust me.  Betty has pictures of the projects at the shop.

The last class will also be useful for using up odds and ends of yarn from your stash.   It involves creating a Cable Braided Necklace.  but you are not limited to making just a necklace. Using this technique you could make any number of wonderful items, bracelets, headbands, napkin rings…

You can find out more information at the shop about the weekend and  ladies, it makes a very nice Christmas present, if you have a spouse or significant other who might need a nudge in the gift idea department.

A twenty-five dollar deposit will hold your spot with the balance due sometime between the end of December and the first week of January.  It’s $270.00 for single occupancy, $250.00 for double and $225.00 for triple.

Dana

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Here are pictures of the projects that were entered in to our contest last month. We want to thank all participants. If you did not enter this year there is always next year, so get knitting on that project that you always wanted to do and enter it next year.

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