Thursday, July 29, 2010

Local Grown Fiber Trunk Shows

Locally Grown & Dyed Fibers

It's easy to go into any yarn store and buy pretty much any kind of yarn made in such places as Peru, China, or Italy, but quite a different matter to find yarn and fiber grown and processed here locally. Yes, there are a few larger American mills like Brown Sheep and Kraemer Textiles, and happily those mills are represented in many stores---but the local stuff is harder to come by unless you travel out to the sticks to get it.

The Oakland Fiber & Textile Festival was an attempt to bring you, the buyer, together with those producing locally grown and dyed fibers. Next we'll bring them in one by one to the shop, where they will present their wares and give you the lowdown on their product so you really get to know, on a very personal level, the garment you are about to make. It's like art versus reproductions. We all know how to do this with the food we buy; now we are creating a venue for your local yarn and fiber.

A discount is applied to all purchases made during the Trunk Show.

Updates on Trunk Shows can be found on Ravelry on the Piedmont Yarn Group, Bay Area Knitters, and Bay Area Spinners.

Trunk Show Schedule

Sandi Young of Buckeye Farm, Mountain Ranch, CA
Wednesday, July 28th, 5 to 7pm
Sandi Young graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York with a degree in Graphic Design and Visual Communication. She has worked as a graphic designer for such clients as Atlantic Records, The New York Times, and Apple Computers, and has won numerous design awards. Her design work has been displayed in the Victoria and Albert Museum design collection in London.
Sandi has been a fiber artist for 40 years and has been the proprietor of the Crafts Gallery in New York State. Her work has been accepted by the American Crafts Council, and her sweater designs and handspun yarns are available in several California fiber studios. For the last 18 years Sandi has lived on a farm in Mountain Ranch, California, raising champion Angora goats, and uses their mohair for handspun, hand-dyed, hand-knitted wearable art. Trunk Show Sandi will be bringing handspun, hand-knitted, one- (or few-)-of-a-kind sweaters and shawls, and handspun, hand-dyed yarns (some for sale) and samples for custom orders.

Janelle Gunther of Snickleftriz Yarns, Pleasanton, CA
Saturday, August 7th, 1 to 3pm

Janelle's father gave her the nickname Snicklefritz, which he insists means "little cute kid," but other people say it means mischievous kid! Who is correct? Hmmmm... Polymer scientist by day and an indie dyer by night, Janelle (aka Snicklefritz Yarns) is on a mission to provide the masses with fun and unique colorways while educating them that not all superwash yarns are created equal! Using her knowledge of chemistry, she uses non-toxic dyes to create beautiful yarns that won't flash or pool. Her colorways are inspired by her travelling gnome's adventures. The gnome has gone as far as Norway, the UK, and the Bonneville Salt Flats to inspire Snicklefritz to create "Gnome Drag Racing on the Salt Flats" or "Gnome Floating Through a Fjord." In addition to showcasing new yarns and fiber at the trunk show, she will also be entertaining attendees with magnifications of yarn at up to 1000x so you'll see why so many people are in love with BFL yarn!
Like the gnome and nickname, the yarn and fiber at Snicklefritz Yarns are certainly cute and just a little mischievous.

Janet Heppler of Nebo Rock Textiles, Covelo, CA
Tuesday, August 17th, noon to 2pm

Janet has been involved with fiber, fiber arts, and fiber animals for over 30 years. She lives with her family on a farm in Mendocino County outside the town of Covelo, raising Merino sheep, Angora goats, and Angora rabbits, all of which produce multiple shades of natural-colored hand-spinning fiber. Nebo Rock Ranch and Textiles fleeces have won many awards at various California county fairs. Janet's fiber art interest starts with the animals and goes to the finished product. She likes hand-spinning fiber from her own animals, and then weaving the yarn into scarves, shawls, and rugs, plus dying her yarn in a multitude of rainbow colors. She also teaches spinning, weaving, and dying, and gives carding, fancy spinning, and animal care demonstrations at fiber events.

Brenda Collins of Pan's Garden Yarns, Boulder Creek, CA
Saturday, August 28th, 3 to 5pm

Brenda Collins is originally from Virginia. When she was a small girl, her maternal grandmother taught her to knit and crochet.

In the middle 1980s Brenda became frustrated with the lack of good quality wool knitting yarn in ther area. Chance would have it that she picked up a Whole Earth Catalog and noticed that handspinning was making a comeback. After a long search, she found a woman who taught her the basics on the drop spindle. Soon she was not only spinning, but also weaving and dyeing.

Since the late 1980s, Brenda has been selling her yarn and other fiber products at craft and fiber fairs on both coasts. She has exhibited her handspun yarn in various fiber competitions and has won many awards, including several Best in Shows.

Presently, Brenda lives in Boulder Creek, CA, and is active in the local spinning guild, Mavens of the FiberForest. "Spinning is my passion," she says, "and I hope to be at the spinning wheel as long as my hands can work and my feet can pedal!"

August Classes


August 2010 Classes.
Continental Knitting 101 - 1.5-hour classes
For beginners - take as many sessions as you need; all ages are welcome.
Saturdays, August 7th and 21st, 3 to 4:30pm $15 per class
Teacher: Bente Petersen

Fair Isle Colorwork for Beginners - One 3-hour class
Learn the basics of how to use more than one color at the same time. Advanced beginner skill required. Must know how to knit on either double pointed needles or two circulars. Three to five colors in a wool DK weight yarn needed for the class. (Or buy a $10 yarn kit with all the yarn needed; colors may vary.)
Saturday, July 31, noon to 3pm $30
Teacher: Carla Bossieux

Entrelac for Beginners - One 3-hour class
Have you ever wondered how they knit those squares on the side in different colors? Here's your chance to find out. You will be doing it like a pro by the end of the class. Advance beginner skills required. Bring yarn that has a long colorway change for best effect.
Saturday, July 31st, 3 to 6pm $30
Teacher: Leslie Kamholz

Socks for Beginners - Two 2.5-hour classes
Learn to knit the basic sock in a thicker yarn. Pattern can be adapted to thin sock yarn. Must know how to knit on double-pointed needles.
Sundays, August 1st and 8th, 2 to 4:30pm $40
Teacher: Melinda Van Roey

Lace Knitting- Two 2-hour classes
This class will focus on getting you successfully started on lace knitting, including the ins and outs of pattern reading. Enjoy the experience of creating something outstanding.
Advance beginner knitting skills required.
Saturdays, August 7th and 14th, 11am to 1pm $40
Teacher: David Oorbeck

TKGA Shadow Class - One 2-hour class every 2nd Friday of the month
A class/support group for those interested in taking the 1st level of TKGA's Master Knitters program.
The classes will assist you towards completing their requirements. There will be homework to complete and discuss, and samples to be worked and collected for TKGA final approval.
Every 2nd Friday of the month (August 13th, September 10th, October 8th) from 6 to 8pm.
$20 per class (will include some materials). There will be several teachers involved

Knitting the Seaweed Scarf - One 2-hour class
Knit the beautiful and fun Seaweed Scarf design. Check on Ravelry to see the project.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2 to 4pm $25 (incl. pattern)
Teacher: Michaela Popoff

Finishing Techniques - One 3-hour class
After knitting or crocheting a great garment it is equally important to be able to finish it just as well---and most of us need a little help doing it just right. Bring a garment that needs assembly/finishing or several swatches.
Saturday August 28th, noon to 3pm $30
Teacher: Kira Dulaney

Kira K's Skirt Class - Four 2-hour classes
This is a repeat of an earlier summer class that was so successful we want to do it again. Come in early and choose a pattern and matching yarn. Advance beginner knitting skills required.
Saturdays, September 18th and 25th, October 9th and 23rd, 3 to 5pm
$75 (includes pattern, but not yarn)
Teacher: Kira Dulaney


Intermediate Crochet - Three 2-hour classes Build on the skills from the previous class to master textures and pattern reading.
Introduction to Crochet is a prerequisite.
Sundays, August 15th, 22nd, and 29th, noon to 2pm $50
Teacher: Peter Franzi

Tuesday Crochet Mini Classes - 2-hour classes
August 3rd, Parent/Child Intro Class
August 10th, Pattern Reading
August 17th, Square of the Month
August 24th, Joining, finishing, and other tricks of the trade
August 31st, Tunisian Crochet (Tunisian hook required for class)
Tuesdays, 5 to 7pm $10 per class. Sign up in advance, please!
Teacher: Peter Franzi

Introduction To Crochet - One 2-hour Class
As it Says: introduction to the very basic chain, single, and maybe double crochet stitches.
No Prior Skills needed.
Saturday, August 21, 10am to noon $20
Teacher: Peter Franzi


Box Bag Wet Felting - One 4-hour class
Learn how to use your washing machine for wet-felted products. This class will take place at Jenny's house in the Lake Merritt district where a washing machine is available. The main body of the bag has been machine knit so you can focus on all the fun stuff: shaping and decorating. The final walk-through will show you how to use your washing machine for the felting process. Sunday, August 8th, 1 to 5pm $50 (includes all materials)
Teacher: Jenny Briffa

Improve Your Focus & Memory - 1-hour introductory class
It happens to all of us ... the memory starts to go! But there are ways to prevent it from happening so fast. Larhken will show you how through Brain Gym exercises, very simple yet effective techniques. I use them a lot!
Tuesday, August 10th, 6 to 7pm $15
Teacher: Larhken Carroll

Drop Spindle for Beginners - One 2-hour class
Enjoy spinning your own yarn.
Saturday, August 21st, 4:30 to 6:30pm $20 + $5 for spindle rental
Teacher: David Oorbeck

ArtFelt - One 3-hour class
Play with the great creation of ArtFelt. Easy for beginner and younger students. You will come away with a great product almost no matter what you do.
Sunday, August 29th, 2 to 5pm $35 (includes materials)
Teacher: Jenny Briffa

$5 off if you sign up more than 3 days prior to each class.

Free Gatherings:

Wednesdays & Fridays from 3 to7pm – Knitting

Tuesdays from 3 to 7pm – Crochet

Every 3rd Monday from 5:30 to 8pm -- Spinning