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Show & Share May 2019

Alexis Hoy

The Grand River Bead Society is accepting fibre arts & fibre artist vendors to its annual Show & Sale this October 19 - 20, at the Evergreen Centre. Check back to the website for vendor applications or contact vend.grbs@gmail.com to request an application Rose brought in her Cushy Smocked Throw made with Patons Classic Wool Worsted. Mindy wore her Chandail cardigan made with Cascade 220 Liz wore her Tilda top made with Lang Yarns Xenia Judy brought in her Umina cape made with Random Ranch Alpacas yarn Barb brought in the Anchorage Cardigan she made for her husband using Kelbourne...

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Stranded Colourwork Resources

Alexis Hoy

View this post on Instagram A post shared by Alexis | Phibersmith Designs (@alexis_phibersmith) on Jan 13, 2019 at 8:54am PST   At the May Yarn Club meeting we talked about Colourwork techniques with a focus on stranded knitting. I've rounded up some of the online resources I referred to in my talk below. I got some great historical information from Lela Nargi's book, Knitting Around the World: A Multistranded History of a Time-Honored Tradition. BluPrint has some great online classes for starting or just perfecting your stranded knitting skills. I enjoyed: Fairisle Fundamentals with Tanis Gray Modern Stranded Knitting...

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April 2019 Show & Share

Alexis Hoy

Cheryl wore her Mine Hill cardigan made with Indigodragonfly Wingenhooven Fingering. Valerie shared her then-WIP (look! it's all finished now!) Tsumuzikaze, made with Shipwrecked Sheep Anji Sock. Victoria brought in her Training Wheels brioche cowl made with Gaynor Homestead Worsted. Liz wore her Truss cardigan made with Julie Asselin Nurtured. Alexis was working on an Oliver (cardigan version) with West Yorkshire Spinners Jacob Aran

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Healthy Knitting & Crochet: Ergonomics, Activity & Maintenance

Alexis Hoy

Three years ago, we held a Yarn Club meeting where special guest Terri Rowan, RMT, talked about strategies for keeping our bodies in shape to keep us doing the crafts we love longer. Last month I asked Terri to help me revisit this topic from a perspective of specifically keeping our knitting & crochet habits healthier. At the link above you'll find Terri's post about posture and exercises for keeping our crafting muscles in shape. Here I've assembled some of the resources I used to inform the talk, and some of the links I referenced during the presentation. Keep in...

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March 2019 Show & Share

Alexis Hoy

Roxann shared the following resource after last month's meeting: Betsan Corkhill is a UK Physiotherapist and wellness coach who wrote the book Knit for Health and Wellness. Wendy brought in her Diamond Edge Shawl which she test-knit for the designer. Wendy also brought in the Almaz Cowl that she test-knit as a gift for her son. Mindy brought in her Little Vine Hat that she made with yarn from Songbird Yarn & Fibres purchased at the February meeting. Valerie wore her Cabeladabra sweater made with Canadian Ewe yarn. Valerie also brought in her Citrus Hat that she made with Qiviut yarn Jennie wore her...

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