Topic: Shop News
late December 2011
Lights are glowing, frost is in the air, and the birds are quiet as the end of 2011 approaches.
What is it about the coming New Year that just breathes LIFE into us all
after the Solstice celebrates the shortest day of the year?
In the Middle Ages, the 12 days of Christmas was a time when spinners, weavers, dyers, and knitters had their fiber work finished before the celebration started,
as it was considered bad luck to have any work left undone when the new year dawned.
Here at Countrywool, we've tweaked the timing, but have kept the tradition:
all (except one) unfinished personal knitting projects are ruthlessly unraveled
and returned to their yarn state on New Year's Day.
All bobbins are emptied, and polished.
All needles and tools are collected, cleaned and restored to their storage boxes.
Then we welcome the new year with an open heart,
unencumbered by past energies, ready to create again.
If you would like some encouragement in this process on NEW YEAR'S EVE,
we will gather together to RIP & REWIND, PLY & POLISH from 12-3.
There are swifts and ball winders here for you to use.
And those Middle Age folks had a great celebration
the day they went back to work. ROC DAY was traditionally a day
they teased each other mercilessly as they started up again.
This year, we will celebrate Roc Day on JANUARY 7
with an OPEN HOUSE and POT LUCK lunch from 10-2.
During this time there will be a discussion of the year long workshop for
learning to spin a wool fleece into yarn, and knitting a sweater with your handspun yarn.
The NEW YEAR'S DAY SALE is back!
(cash or check only for these prices and no Frequent Shopper card punches)
12-4 on New Year's Day
Buy one skein, get one skein free
Lamb's Pride Bulky
Lanaloft Handpaint Bulky
Lanaloft Handpaint Sport
all needles...buy one pair, get one pair free
(higher price prevails)
Classes this month and next:
Roc Day Spinning OPEN HOUSE (and pot luck!), Saturday, January 7; 10-2.
Learn To Spin: Sunday, 12-3 (at CGCC) January 22.
OPEN knitting and spinning: Saturdays Dec 21, Jan 7, 14, 21, & 28.
RETREATS ON THE RADAR:
6th Annual Rip Van Winkle SOCK KNITTING RETREAT in February
just 2 spots left....sign up by January 15
Cape Ann NORTH ATLANTIC KNITS in April
sign up by March 15
Are your hands feeling the colder weather lately?
Are the cracks in your skin causing yarns and fibers to catch
while you knit and spin?
Seal your hands with BUNNY BALM
which I make myself to deal with this issue.
A report on the KNITTING FOR HURRICANE IRENE VICTIMS project:
We (along with WARM HATS, WARM HEARTS in Vermont)
knitted, labeled, collected, and distributed over 125 hats,
11 pairs of mittens, 8 scarves, 4 shawls and 16 pairs of socks
to folks in Prattsville and Middleburgh, NY.
Thanks for your support of time, yarn, driving, and postage.
A job well done everyone!
And 2011 comes to an end, I want to thank everyone for their patronage of Countrywool.
I truly enjoy seeing you, your enthusiasm and your projects!
The economy since 2007 has not been kind to us all, and my small business which survives on discretionary income, has been hard hit for the 4th year in a row.
To continue to justify its existence to my family,
(for without their support I would not be able to offer my time to you),
I have made the decision to stay open in 2012 for Saturdays only until September.
However, I am always glad to open the shop at other times if you call or e-mail
and make an appointment.