Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes! and a NYSW Preview

First, a preview of just a few of the new colors coming with me to the New York Sheep & Wool Festival (and many of them will be available in future online updates):

Clockwise from upper left: Sweet Coral; Last Light of Day; Radagast; Nightshade; Ladies of the Canyon; Peaceful, Easy Feeling; Wild Mushroom; Crazy Little Thing Called Love; Camelicious; Crystal Ice

I have a lot of other new colors, but I’ve run out of time to get them photographed! I’m bringing a ton of yarn, in lots of bases – everything from laceweight to super bulky: Nona, Philomena, Aurora, Sunna, Selene, Birte, Andromeda, Luna, Verdande, and Zaftig. I’m also bringing, for the first time, mini-skeins of Philomena which will be available for purchase in a few gradient kits and lots of single skeins so you can pick your own. Here’s a peek at some of the individual mini-skeins:

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I’m also bringing my adorable logo camp mugs, gleener tools, and fun temporary tattoos:

Enamel logo mug (front and back); temporary tattoo

And, as I had last year, a special set of NYSW stitch markers from Katy at Katrinkles. I just love her work!

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I’ll also have lots of new handknit samples to fuel your inspiration, including TanisKnits’ Charlotte’s Web Mittens, Debra Gerhard’s Sinistram, and Valerie Hobbs’ Hillside Cardigan:


In other news, my life has been going through some major changes this year. Both my kids headed off to college this Fall – my daughter, Caragh, is now a Freshman at Duke University, and my son, Jackson, is a Junior at James Madison University (they’re both doing so well, and absolutely LOVE where they are and what they’re doing). Additionally, and an even bigger change, my husband and I are in the process of splitting up. Our divorce will be final in December.

I’ve spent the last 10 months thinking (ad nauseum some days) about my life, my future, and all that goes along with being on my own for the first time in more than 22 years. It’s been a bit stressful, to say the least. I have an opportunity to move quite far from where I’ve lived on the East Coast my whole life. As much as I’d hoped I’d be making a big announcement about it now, I can’t reveal full details yet as it hit a slight snag last week. I hope that this opportunity will in fact become a reality, and I’m really excited to tell you all about it as soon as I can. One detail I’ve come to realize over the course of this year is that no matter where I end up, I simply can’t afford a house payment and a separate studio payment. So in addition to moving out of my home, I’ll also be moving out of my current studio space in December.

My relocation is not going to be an inexpensive endeavor. I’m not ruling out holding a special Kickstarter campaign, but I’ve realized that’s not the best plan until I know for sure where I’ll be going and what the actual costs will be to relocate and get my studio set up.

What I’m going to do now is to offer some specials and discounts over the course of NYSW weekend, in hopes that you’ll support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks by purchasing something from me at the Festival.

Here’s the run down (and these will all be posted in my booth, too):

Saturday, October 20:

9:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm (while supplies last):
—  a free temporary tattoo with purchase of $50.00 or more
—  your choice of a free tattoo or fun STF logo enamel camping mug with purchase of $150 or more
—  your choice of a free tattoo, logo mug, or Gleener de-piller with a purchase of $250 or more.

1:00 – 5:00 pm (closing):
5% off purchases of $50 or more
10% off purchases of $100 or more
15% off purchases of $250 or more

Sunday, October 21:

9:00 – 1:00 pm: 15% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.
1:00 – 4:00 pm (closing): 25% off all yarn in the booth; no minimum purchase required.

Of course, the earlier you come to shop, the more selection there will be!

With everything so up in the air, this may or may not be my last year vending at the New York Sheep & Wool Festival. I know it will be my last with my current booth set up (I may go back to a single booth rather than a double, and a different overall booth set-up, but everything is too up in the air right now to say for sure what 2019 will bring).

I made the decision last month that I will no longer be vending at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival and, while I’d absolutely love to continue vending at NY, I won’t know until my future plans and move are finalized to say one way or the other.

So, I hope you’ll come see me at the Festival if you can, and support me and Spirit Trail Fiberworks if you find something you love!

Knit & Dye Fair Isle Workshop!

I’m so excited to announce an upcoming workshop at my studio at Blue Ridge Artisans in Sperryville, VA!   Come out and spend the day in beautiful Rappahannock County, just 90 minutes from Washington, DC. to learn fair isle knitting techniques from renowned author, designer and knitwear teacher Tanis Gray, and yarn dyeing two ways from Jennifer Heverly (me 🙂 ). I’ve been dyeing yarn since 2003, and will teach you how to dye yarn two different ways, to create two colorways for your own unique colorwork project.

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The pink is so bright and fun it defies the camera 🙂

Tanis Gray is coming to Blue Ridge Artisans to teach Fair Isle knitting on Saturday, May 12, 2018, from 9 am to 12 pm. If you’ve never tried to knit colorwork, or you’ve been too nervous to try, or you can’t quite get your floats right, or you just want to improve your skills and learn some new tips, Tanis is the best! You’ll come away from this workshop with lots of tips and techniques to start knitting with two colors, or take your colorwork to a whole new level.

Tanis will cover basic Fair Isle knitting techniques for English, Continental and Combination knitters, tackle common issues, proper technique, how to trap floats, Latvian braids, Fair Isle history and set good Fair Isle knitting habits. You’ll put everything you’ve learned into practice and knit an exclusive unisex Fair Isle cowl designed in Spirit Trail Fiberworks yarn for this workshop. This 3-hour class is open to all levels, but participants should be comfortable casting on, joining and knitting in the round.

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Participants will knit this beautiful cowl, and then dye their own yarn for another project.

After a 2 hour lunch break (there are lots of options within walking distance from my studio), participants will reconvene for an afternoon of dyeing fun with me, from 2 pm – 5 pm. In this workshop, participants will learn the basics of dyeing yarn, and will dye two skeins using two different techniques – kettle dyeing and speckling – to create the perfect contrasting yarns for colorwork projects.

Two skeins of worsted weight yarn are provided prior to the workshop for Tanis’ portion of the day, and you’ll have your choice of fingering, dk, or worsted weight yarn for the dye portion of the day.

So, what do you get? 6 hours of instruction from two experienced teachers, 4 skeins of yarn, and the supplies / materials to dye two of those skeins yourself. And, a relaxing and fun day in beautiful Rappahannock County, Virginia!

For more information and to reserve your spot, check out the Eventbrite page!

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