The Fiber Side of Village Books

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Fiber Side of Village Books: Check it out!

Don't forget to stop by The Fiber Side blog here for the latest on gently used fiber & textile books.  We only carry the best, in the best condition and you'll pay a lot less! Plus, you'll be supporting a Maine independent bookstore & small business.

 Alice Starmore

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Fiber Frolic, Windsor Maine, 2010

The animals were the stars of this year's Frolic, especially the cashmere, Finn, and Angora kids, who let me hold & stroke them.  Melted my heart! Chris Leith of Eggemoggin Textile Studio was our fantastic neighbor to one side. Beautiful silks and handwovens!  I also got to meet knitting maven Mary Jane Mucklestone, a real delight. My knitting circle, The Washington Handcrafters, were out in force, doing their part to boost the economy. Congratulations to Janet Eckhard of Burkettsville, who won first place for her cashmere wristlets in the first ever Make It With Fiber in Maine contest, juried by Mary Bird of Fiber Maine-ia fame.

 During quiet moments in the Knitting Out Loud booth, Kathy & I worked at our knitting, of course!  I've gotten this far with my Shetland Nemesis shawl:

 Added 4 rows of Fair Isle just to get crazy:

 When my hands got tired, I began my search for my FF knit bomb target.  I finally settled on Golding Spindles.  This company's booth always gleams like a jewelry store.  The spindles are one of the holy grails of
handspinners - truly beautiful, functional works of art. But Seth, minding the booth alone, seemed restless during the quiet stretches.  "My duty to cheer him up", I thought.  Soooo...

Golding's cunningly designed seller's stand received a friendly decoration.  Seth was intrigued and amused.  So I taught him to knit!

Being a clever lad, he caught on right away & settled in to help with the knitting of  a future "bomb".

You may be next!

Watch for Knitting Out Loud in Manchester, NH at the Knitting Guild of America conference July 9-10.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Knit In Public Day, Washington, Maine

There will be a celebration of World Wide Knit In Public Day at Village Books on June 12th from 10 am - 1 pm.  Join us to knit (or sit) and for a potluck lunch!  If it rains, we'll take over the shop & house.

Anyone interested in contibuting to the Washington Village Knit Bomb Project** should let Karen know!  Squares, swatches, and unwanted handknits eagerly accepted.

Village Books, 18 Waldoboro Rd, Washington, Maine (Rt 220)
FMI: 207-845-2133.

** The Washington Village Knit Bomb Project is the brain child of Karen Jelenfy, who is determined to bring glory to our humble town!  First target: the old Silvia's Market site!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Read us in The Free Press!

My Life With Knitters will be available online in the Free Press as often as I can get to it!

Up first, my interview with Kathy Goldner of Knitting Out Loud fame.

Stay tuned for interviews, pictures, fair & festival reports and other handcrafters' concerns.