Solitude Wool: WWKIP day(s) at markets
Thank you to everyone who came to the Field day at RedGate last week to meet and learn about Karakul sheep. It was a beautiful day and Sue and I are still happy because everyone had a good time. You know how sometimes a party just has that magic and you know it’s good?, we felt it. We are working on the second one and it’s tentatively planned for Sunday, September 16th, save the date!
I so love this cool weather. Once again, I’m rushing the email because today (and maybe into tomorrow?) is barn cleaning day here at Solitude. Normally I would have this done already, but hey, I’ve been busy. Here is the before, from afar so you can’t really see how bad it is:
I’m visualizing the after…today the John Deere and I get a bit of a workout. See the goats relaxing in the barn? They hate cleaning day because they get booted out. I would be happy if someone would come clean my house, but they will feel very put out.
WWKIP day, if you don’t know, stands for World Wide Knit in Public day. This year it runs from June 9th through the 17th…eight days long, hmmmm. We will start this Saturday, June 9th, at the Falls Church Farmers market. Our booth is right on Park Avenue, on the grass by the brick sidewalk under big trees. It is the coolest spot at the market and is a perfect place to sit and knit in public for awhile. Bring a chair, some money (for coffee, a yogurt smoothy, donuts or a crepe snack from the market) and of course…your knitting and join us! Just in case you don’t have a project going and need to pick up some yarn, we will bring a swift and ball winder. We have four prizes to offer, so if you come you can put your name into a hat and we will do a drawing once an hour on the 45′s. Come early, winners get to pick out their prize, so first one has the best choice. Must be there and knitting in public to win.
prizes: Leicester Longwool (lemon chiffon) roving, a skein of the Alpaca/Merino lace weight yarn, a pattern and yarn to make knit-to-felt karakul coasters (from last weekends mini-workshop), or a $12 Solitude Wool coupon. If we all have fun, maybe we can do it again next week also at Falls Church? This week and next will be our last two Falls Church markets until the end of August. During the market break we will be busting something making yarn for you all: using Summer solar power to wash/dry fleece; dyeing dyeing dyeing; rinsing, rinsing, rinsing and drying, drying, drying.
Sunday we will be at the Dupont FreshFarm market. We will have all the same yarn and bring the swift and ball winder because in the afternoon, Looped is sponsoring a WWKIP event in the Dupont Circle. So if you are in DC and don’t have a project going…stop by our stand first and get fixed up!
At market this week:
4. Shropshire double twist
5. Targhee 3-ply (great summer yarn)
6. Dorset sock kits (already in balls with a pattern)
7. Fire & Ice kits (easy and small and great for the hot weather to keep your water cool)
8. Odds and Ends bin
and sale yarns (two more weeks!):
9. Leicester Longwool/Border Leicester natural dyed
10. Shropshire baby yarn
time to get tough and clean the barn!