Time flies…I look up and it’s been a month already since we rolled out Sock School.  It has been a complete thrill to see people making their first socks!  I love to see the yarn combinations people put together and help them work through the techniques.

Meanwhile, we are just about coming to the end with Bren Boone, our first Artist in Residence.  We have one final post coming up with Bren and then we will be announcing our next Artist in Residence.  We have loved working with Bren!  We are sure you will enjoy following our next artist just as much!!

I do have to come clean about something though.  For the first time, I did not do a Spring Color Report post.  The truth is that when the color report came out in the fall, it did not hit my inbox.  I eventually went looking for it and started a post a few weeks ago.  But, then, I got caught up in launching Sock School.  Still, I felt like I dropped the ball.  So, very quickly, here are the colors:

And, also very quickly, I will say, they are great colors!  I love this palette…Great job, Pantone!!!!

Last week, Majacraft rolled out another one of their limited edition special bobbins — this time in a beautiful pink:

They have been flying out of the estore!

Meanwhile, Suzy has been busy…She posted this gorgeous shot of a weaving she is working on using her No Rules Weaving approach…

Gorgeous, isn’t it?!?!  She is such a genius.  She recently wrote an important blog post also about some of her experiences and how it has shaped and impacted her creativity.  You can read that here.

Meanwhile, I’m still knitting socks…I’ve been laying off the spinning due to some problems with my shoulder, but I can still manage those knitting needles!!!

We have not done a giveaway in awhile so, of course, it has to be a GOOD ONE.  The giveway is the winner’s choice of enrollment in either Sock School, Beautiful Bulkies or No Rules Weaving course.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post before next Sunday, 5/28, 5 PM EST letting us know what has your interest these days in the fiber arts.  Extra entries for sharing the post!  Just leave a comment letting us know that you did.  Best of luck to all!!!

Until next time, all my fibery best, Arlene

 

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “Checking In and a Giveaway!

  • May 21, 2017 at 11:42 pm
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    I enrolled in beautiful bulkies and it has sparked off my enthusiasm again for spinning, so thank you! Looking forward to experimenting more so I can weave some of those bulky beauties 🙂

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  • May 21, 2017 at 11:45 pm
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    My fiber arts focus lately has been on designing a new studio!! I took over the man cave, gutted it.. Putting in new floor and painting! Can’t wait until it’s finished! I’ve also been doing a little spinning here and weaving there… I would LOVE to take the sock school course someday 🙂

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  • May 21, 2017 at 11:54 pm
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    Right now I’m totally digging making batts and doing longdraw with rolags. I swear, it’s like an addiction that longdraw is! I’m far from good, but with lol the practice I’m getting better. The next thing I want to work on is my bulky spinning and spinning cotton and linen. The S3 course has really got me stepping out of my comfort zone.

    I shared this post on Facebook and twitter!

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  • May 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm
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    Where on earth does the time go?! There aren’t enough hours in the day for everything holding my interest in the fibre world at the moment. I’ve been flitting between my first weavings on a rigid heddle, spinning (the beautiful bulkies course was wonderful), crocheting (my giant king size hexi blanket) and knitting socks (I’ve only used commercial yarn and followed toe up patterns so I’m keen for sock school)

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  • May 21, 2017 at 11:56 pm
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    Count me in!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 12:17 am
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    Dear Ms. Arlene,
    Good evening.

    I have just completed the “Dye Secrets Course”. This was a gift from my wise husband, Scott, who saw the need for me to latch onto an anchor for the future before I realized I was adrift.

    When energy, time and creative drive stay with me long enough “The Golden Fleece Journey” will be completed.

    Many thanks to you and Ms. Suzy for all of your efforts to successfully bring such beauty into the world.

    Sincerely from the heart of Texas,
    Miss Dahlia

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  • May 22, 2017 at 12:36 am
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    I have been weaving on pin looms and potholder looms, what fun… would be tough to decide between the sock school or the weaving course! I have also been shearing, washing, carding, spinning… all fun!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 1:58 am
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    Like Miss Dahlia, I have also just completed Natalie Redding’s Dye Secrets course, and it has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of dyeing different kinds of fleece. I look forward to taking her Color Me Beautiful class this summer.

    I’ll also be getting a very different perspective on dyeing: I’ll be taking a dyeing intensive with Judith MacKenzie in-between these two courses.

    Now what to do with all that colorful fiber! I’m a fledgeling rigid heddle weaver, and am having a great time playing with patterns and textures. I’d love a chance to take the No Rules Weaving class; it sounds like I belong there.

    It seems to me that I have a lot of spinning to do…

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:20 am
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    You all have certainly been busy keeping us busy 🙂 I still need to make my project from the Beautiful Bulkies course but would love to take the No Rules Weaving. I should do the sock class too though 🙂
    Thank you for sharing your skills and for the giveaway chances ♡
    Pam

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  • May 22, 2017 at 3:48 am
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    Spinning with locks, tail spinning, anything with locks. Core spinning. I love my Aura for both of these. Being brave enough to start layering techniques; not just stopping after a Z spun singles and a S ply. Core spin, N-ply, thread ply, coil spin. Mix it up and do it again.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 3:50 am
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    I’m really interested in dyeing and spinning locks. I’ve also been doing a lot of knitting.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 3:51 am
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    I’m really interested in dyeing and spinning locks. I’ve also been doing a lot of knitting. I would be interested in the weaving course.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 8:04 am
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    Would love to do the sock school because I can’t follow a pattern to make socks and I have been told that I can learn to make them without needing to follow one. 🐑 🐑 🐏 🐐 💚 💜 ❤ 🐐 🐑 🐏

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  • May 22, 2017 at 8:06 am
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    I’m busy preparing for my spinning group’s annual exhibition, as well as enjoying playing with my looms. I’d love to do the ‘No Rules Weaving’ course to help me get more from them and learn to incorporate my art yarns more.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 9:22 am
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    Ive always been a dabbler and wanting to learn new techniques, which I do like a butterfly, but the ones I stick with are small scale weaving, spinning anything and dyeing fibre and fabric. With team help from Suzy and the Fibery Goodness gang I feel have mastered fine spinning
    sufficiently, and now would love to improve bulky spinning.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 11:09 am
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    I am regularly defeated by not being good enough according to ‘the rules’, so a chance to take the No Rules weaving course could be liberating. Thanks for the chance

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  • May 22, 2017 at 1:15 pm
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    I’ve been converting ther shed into an art shed! It’s wonderful! I’m also beginning to plan my singles for step 1 of the fibery goodness evolution challenge for team happy!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 1:32 pm
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    I’ve been busy working on knitted goodies such as hats, bibs, etc and Lord of the rings themed cupcakes and cakes for my newest grandson. His shower is this coming Sunday and he is due in July. Yes I’m excited and going all out I thought I was at the point of waiting for great grand kids and then he happened. 😉 Then the wait for great grand kids, while so enjoying my grand kids. I’ve also been working on getting my spring weeding and planting done when ever possible and snuck a hike in yesterday. After Sunday I’m very much looking forward to getting back to some spinning, weaving, and working on your method of doing socks, which I happily signed up for as they not only look wonderful, but I’m always happy to learn new to me methods. Also need to get going on Sweaters and quilts for all of the grand kids. And continue on in the yard, continue helping mom through her Alzheimers journey, and throw in time w/ grand kids, hikes etc. Happily busy and as always thoroughly loving spring!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 7:32 pm
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    I would love to win! I have also been in a tiny bit of a creative slump because we just bought and moved into a new house. I had no idea how stressful the whole thing would be and I can’t wait for the energy and inspiration to finally come back for me to create something. I’m still spinning an dyeing fiber for orders for our business, but it would be fun to just do something for myself again. I’d love to take the socks class, then maybe pay for the weaving class once I get a loom (hopefully for my birthday!).

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  • May 22, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    I’ve been so busy organizing my fiber room. I’ll post pics on the facebook page when it’s done. It is a space designed to let the creative juices flow and be a place of peace.

    I finally have an overdrive head so I’d love to take the beautiful bulkies class. Actually I want to take all three classes!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 9:13 pm
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    What am I into right now???? Spinning, weaving and crocheting. I would love to have a chance to win the Beautiful Bulkies!!!!! Summer is coming up and I have the summer to learn!!!!! (I work at a school). Here is hoping. Wouldn’t mind to learn how to knit socks too!!!!!!

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  • May 22, 2017 at 9:30 pm
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    I’m anxious to take beautiful bulkies and no rules weaving! Although every class is awesome! Im working on spinning some things for weaving wall hangings. Sharing this no my page too 😃

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  • May 22, 2017 at 11:06 pm
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    Would love to learn more about bulky spinning. Was just doing some corespinning today and I do so love making yarn like this.

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  • May 22, 2017 at 11:41 pm
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    Taking more of an interest in my spinning these days and would love to learn more about bulky spinning. I’m a novice spinner and endlessly amazed at the possibilities of beautiful “fluff”…

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  • May 22, 2017 at 11:48 pm
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    All three choices sound great, if I win, what would I choose?

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  • May 23, 2017 at 12:26 am
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    I have already enrolled in the Sock Course but would love to do either one of the other two courses available. I would love to learn more about spinning and weaving without any hesitation would be wonderful. Thank you so much for such a wonderful giveaway. 🙂 You ladies are such kind and generous souls. Thank you very much.

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    • May 23, 2017 at 12:28 am
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      And I shared the post to Facebook as well. Thanks again ladies.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 1:01 am
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    Beautiful bulky yarn sounds so inviting! I just want to spin!!

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  • May 23, 2017 at 9:37 am
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    For the last few years, I’ve been interested in combining all kinds of fiber to make unique yarn. Different fibers, different colors, and add in texture and I’m in heaven.

    Now I just need to figure out what to do with all that yarn… Especially since I am limited in how much I can knit because of an arm/shoulder problem.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    Taking your bulky spinning class and also your weaving class, lots of practice these days making bulky yarn and you got me to get out my rigid heddle loom again and to get back to my Saori loom! I am also focusing on learning about different breeds of sheep and how to use their fleeces in my fiber art.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm
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    Right now I am working on cleaning a beautiful Wensleydale fleece and combing the locks. I can’t wait to spin this up. Will save some of the locks for Saori weaving too. Would love to pick any of the course you offer, need to keep saving my pennies! Hugs and good luck to all.

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  • May 23, 2017 at 7:18 pm
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    Now that I am nearing the completion of Natalie Redding’s Redding Method of Dyeing, I have lots of dyed fiber that needs so,where to go. The No Rules Weaving course sounds like the perfect way to again stretch my creativity to soar to new heights.

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  • May 24, 2017 at 11:07 am
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    Right now I’m doing a lot of spinning, and happy to be in Evolution again. Also doing a lot of felting.
    Weaving is on my list to do, so love this chance of winning the weaving course!

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  • May 24, 2017 at 2:50 pm
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    Like Suzy, I am reconnecting with the creative muse after some major life events. I look back and think that working on some fiber project or other would have been therapeutic, but my mind was not in the quiet place to allow it. Through that turmoil I was reminded that the journey is so very important. Now that the dust has settled, I have thrown myself “all-in” by rejoining my old handspinning guild, in another state no less, becoming involved in a local group and signing up for the Handweavers Guild of America’s Certificate of Excellence in Handspinning. Will I earn the certificate? No telling. Will I learn and grow? Absolutely! When I started spinning, 30 + years ago, there were not nearly so many resources as we have now. Websites, Blogs, Podcasts, Forums, online classes all encourage me to step outside my comfort zone of consistent Medium to fine 2-ply yarns. I am excited to explore Beautiful Bulky yarns and hope to make the class park of this journey.

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  • May 24, 2017 at 7:11 pm
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    No Rules Weaving, Right now I am trying to spin yarn on my entire heard of spindles.

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  • May 24, 2017 at 11:41 pm
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    I have been busy spinning, weaving, knitting, and learning, learning, learning! It seems I can’t get enough! I want to make and do, and learn all the things! Maybe bulkier should be next, or socks, because I seem to have a problem if I can’t find the right pattern and size for me. I love it all!!!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 12:18 am
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    I have the new loom, I have the enthusiasm, I have stash- some expert tuition would just bring it all to life!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 9:29 am
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    Wow! Such an amazing site! I just found it, through my facebook fiber group. I am currently trying to get myself back into weaving, but being 8 months pregnant with my third its challenging. I love to knit and spin so, the no rules weaving class would be amazing for me! Thank you for the chance!

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  • May 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm
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    Although I weave and knit, spinning has been my most recent obsession. After attending Plyaway last month, I’m focused on prepping and spinning cotton, dyed in the lint. I’ve also been trying some different carding preparations on a drum carder, blending different breeds. I’m in a prepping mode lately.
    The weaving without rules course sounds very interesting to me, maybe get my weaving mojo back up!

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  • May 26, 2017 at 9:20 pm
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    Lovely Ladies, I bought my copy of ‘rainbows’ the day it was released on Amazon, I really love the lay out and the stunning photos, It’s my go to reference book ! I’d love to get more involved with Fibery goodness!

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