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Let’s TWIST again! 22/23 August

19 Aug

This weekend is THE fibre event of the year: TWIST! Lil Dorothy will once again be parked inside the arena for your shopping pleasure. Shop for new yarns from Agrestal Yarn, Silver Cloud Alpacas, plus a new batch of Zen Yarn Garden’s popular sock yarn Serenity 20 has just arrived!

With more than 125 vendors and 40 workshops, there’s lots to see, do and EAT! This year’s festival includes 13 local food vendors as well! Admission is $7 per day and kids under 12 are free.

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Shop Purlin’ J’s in Almonte This Weekend!

11 Sep

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This weekend Lil Dorothy is returning to her roots in Lanark County for the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum’s 19th annual Fibrefest in historic Almonte. Whether you are interested in art, history, clothing, or textiles or are just looking for a great day out, Fibrefest will have something for you.

This two-day celebration of textiles and fibre arts spans three locations: the Museum, the Almonte Arena (182 Bridge St., where you’ll find Purlin’ J’s Roving Yarn Co.), and the Almonte Curling Club. Local guilds will demonstrate spinning, knitting, weaving, rug hooking, lacemaking, smocking and quilting. Vendors include spinners, weavers, and fibre artists from across the province, as well as quilt shops and alpaca farms.

“That’s My Style,” vintage clothing show and sale will have a large number of vintage clothing dealers, giving you the opportunity to enjoy and purchase a huge variety of vintage fashions in one location. “Button Mania” returns to Fibrefest this year, with displays of WW I era military and fashion buttons, alongside button vendors. Members of the Ottawa Valley Button Club will be present to identify your special buttons!

New this year will be a “Sort-a-Thon” presented by Alpaca Ontario. If you are curious about this wonderful animal, here is your chance to meet and greet them and to familiarize yourself with alpaca fibre and the products made with it. Alpaca farmers will have their fleece at the Sort-a-Thon, where it will be assessed, sorted and batched ready for the mill. Come and check out this fascinating process and see what the buzz is all about! Edited 12 Sept to add: The Sort-a-thon has been cancelled.

And finally, the Lamb Race! At 4 pm on September 14th, hundreds of wooden lambs will be thrown over the main falls in downtown Almonte, and the owners of the first three lambs to reach the finish line will win fabulous prizes! Tickets for the race will be on sale at the Museum ahead of the event.

The Museum is featuring two artists: Frances Taylor and Reiko Sudo, and on the second floor is the permanent history exhibit “Fabric of a Small Town,” which interprets how a piece of wool becomes a piece of finished cloth and the industrial machines used throughout the process.

The Friends of the Mississippi Valley Textile Museum will again be running a tea room, featuring homemade goodies, beverages and sandwiches all available at a reasonable price.

Admission to Fibrefest is $5.00 per day, which includes access to all sites.

More Silver Cloud

4 Jun

Here are some more photos from my recent visit to Silver Cloud Alpacas, north of Kingston, Ontario. As you can see from the bottom photo, the animals were freshly shorn. The freshly-shorn fleece is then laid out in the top-floor of the barn (middle). I love that the finished yarn can be tracked to the individual animal.

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Silver Cloud Alpacas

27 May

Yesterday was a glorious day to visit Nancy at Silver Cloud Alpacas in Elginburg, just north of Kingston, Ontario. Nancy and her husband Paul have a herd of 67 alpacas and she is very well-versed in all things alpaca. IMAG1630
Nancy knows her stuff! I learned that she confidently uses her years of experience to assess the quality of each animal’s fleece, by hand, before choosing the softest fibre to create her beautiful hand-dyed yarns. In most cases, she’ll even provide a photo of the animal who provided the very yarn you buy!

Purlin' J's

"One of the coolest 'yarn stores' I've ever seen" --Vogue Knitting magazine, Holiday 2013

Sue Schlabach

Artist, photographer and upcycler living in Vermont. Viewer of the world through eyes and lens.

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