Sunday, December 30, 2007

Reminder January Meeting

Monday 7th January 7.30pm is the first meeting of the New Year. The program will be about Spinning Wheels their maintenance and if you have a problem with yours please bring it along. Gloria and Garbriel are bringing Tea/Coffee/Goodies. Look forward to seeing you all there. Don't forget your Show and Tell.
Happy New Year

We have had alot of snow here.
It just will not stop! but, isn't it pretty.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

A Husband's Lament

She learned to spin on Monday
Her yarn turned out just fine
She forgot to start our dinner
So we went out to dine.
She blended colors on Tuesday
Convinced drum carding is a must
I agree it seemed a most useful tool
But she forgot to dust.
On Wednesday she tried plying
The challenge was such fun
What symmetry, texture and beauty
But the laundry wasn't done.
Weaving took up Thursday
So lively in white and red
I guess she really was engrossed
Because she never made the bed...
She made fluffy lambs on Friday
With the wool that she adores
She never seemed to notice
Crumbs collecting on the floor.
I hired a maid on Saturday
The housework to complete
My wife can weave the hours away
Now the house will still be neat..
My expectations sank on Sunday
I guess I just can't win
When I saw the sink of dirty dishes
I realized the maid had learned to spin!
--Wini Labrecque

Monday, December 17, 2007

I would like to wish you all a

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

from Your spinning, knitting and newsletter keeper friend Clare.

Links to Websites

I have just started a list of Links on the left of this page ( just found out do this!) Do you have a favourite Website or sites that you would like to share with other members? Please email the Web address to me and I will add them. Thank you Clare.

Canadians win Back to Back Challenge

In 1811 At Newbury in Berkshire, UK, a one thousand pound wager was made to make a coat from the back of a sheep to the back of a man in one day.
Watched by 5,000 people, the coat was completed in 13 hours. The sheep was eaten with much quaffing of beer to celebrate.
Today’s Challenge began in 1992 when Richard Snow, a keen young spinner at the Scottish Wool centre at Aberfoyle in Scotland, developed thyroid cancer. His desire to raise funds for cancer research sparked of their Back to Back Challenge, a competition very similar to that run almost two hundred years ago.
Teams consist of a blade shearer, a sheep and seven handspinners and knitters. Teams nominate time keepers: assessors and co-ordinators monitor each team competing at their own wool-related venue. All teams follow their identical challenge rules and pattern exactly as they are written. The competition is basically the time it takes to shear a sheep, comb, card, spin and ply the wool and then knit it into a sweater.
When the results were in for this year’s event – the 13th Annual Back to Back – the winners were...the Toronto Spiders! Working with a fleece from a Texel ewe belonging to John and Edie Steele, they turned in a winning time of six hours and 18 seconds. They were followed by teams from Australia in second and third places and one from Japan in fourth place.
Congratulations to Lorraine Smith, Julia Lee, Denise Powell, Barb Aikman, Wannietta Prescod, Karen Richens, Judy Pergau-Comfort and shearer John Steele.

Steele, Edie. “Canadians win Back to Back Challenge”. Sheep Canada. Vol. 22: Number 3, p. 29. Fall 2007.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Hot Drink Recipe from Sandy Spooner

Hi girls- - - -Merry Christmas,
Just got this recipe - haven't tried it yet but thought I would send it on in case you would like to make a batch. Sounds yummy - -just right for sipping hot while you are curled up with something good to read.
Love, Sandy/Granny

Gingerbread Coffee Mix -

3C. Coffeemate
1C. dark brown sugar
1 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon
1 t. allspice
1 t. nutmeg
1 t. cloves
1C. instant coffee

Mix together - use a couple spoonfuls (or more to taste) in a cup of hot water.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

2009 ANWG Conference


I was unable to attend the ANWG Conference at Red Deer this year but, I recently saw a CD of the guild booths from the Conference and those pictures really got me excited about the up coming 2009 Conference.
Let me introduce myself…my name is Sandi Goede and I am the Guild Booth Chair for 2009 ANWG Conference, “Weaving Waves of Color”, which will be held at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. May 28-31 conference / June 1-3 post conference. workshops
Our colors are Primary and Secondary
Red represent the old red barns that dot the landscape in Eastern Washington, Yellow for the fields of waving grain, Blue for the swift running rivers, the peaceful lakes and the clear blue sky, Orange for the wild flowers, Green for the majestic conifers, and Purple represents the lilac.
Spokane is known as the Lilac City

Come join us in 2009!
Have your guild represented with a booth at the conference.
It’s not too early for your guild to start planning the design for your booth

All booths will be in the same facility, one large room. There will be pipe and drape background available and, possibly, electricity.

I will be giving specific details in my next letter.

Get Excited and Get Started!!!

We Want To See YOU in 2009

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Christmas Sale Cheques

I'll mail out the cheques from the Christmas sale. It will probably take me a few days, as there's lots on this week. The cheques are all ready, though, so if anyone wants to pick up their cheque sooner, they can give me a call or email me. I'm usually home by 4:30 at the latest, and often before that. We had our most successful sale ever. Congratulations, everyone! Merry Christmas,Noelle

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Vancouver Guild

A note from Shirley:
The new Website of the Vancouver Guild is

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Desert Mesa Retreat Spring 2008

Desert Mesa RetreatSPRING 2008 Donna and Sheila are delight to announce that we will have a Spring Retreat in 2008, and will continue to do so as long as there are spinners wanting a getaway with fellow spinners. We will also continue to have a Fall Retreat in October. The Spring dates will be April 18-19-20, 2008. The Retreat will be held at “Immaculate Heart of Mary Shrine and Center” in Cache Creek.
The facilities include:  23 rooms with 2 single beds with private bathroom and shower. 3 rooms with 1 double bed with private bathroom and shower. Large bright conference room that seats 50+.  Large dining room that seats 50+. Bedding and towels are supplied.
We will have a Spinning Show & Tell on Friday and then will set your pieces out so everyone can see and admire.We will also have a gift exchange for those who want to participate. (Gift value $7 to $10)We will have several vendors, so we will be able to shop till we drop.There are comfortable chairs, but they do have arms, so you might bring your own chair for spinning.
Costs: Sharing two single beds $150.00 per person Double $225 per person… single Double bed sharing $150.00 per person These prices include, dinner Friday night, breakfast, lunch and dinner Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday, and all snacks and coffee and juice. Full payment is due at time of Registration. First Come First Registered. Only a short waitlist will be kept. Thank you.Registration closes March 30, 2008 no refunds after that date. Contacts:
Sheila Kirk OR Donna Faulkes 250-378-4740 Registration – payment in full MUST be included
FOOD ALLERGIES/CONCERNS: ______________________________________________________________ ROOMS – circle room you want SINGLE BED ($150.00) SHARING ROOM WITH
DOUBLE BED – ONE PERSON ($225.00) DOUBLE BED – TWO PEOPLE ($150.00 each) sign-in UNTIL 2 PM FRIDAYVendors can start moving in at 1 pm
Full payment is due at time of Registration
MAKE CHEQUES PAYABLE TO: Desert Mesa Retreat Sheila Kirk 3053 Petit Creek Road Merritt, BC V1K 1N8 250-378-4740

Dye Tipbit

Fibre Reactive Dyes - for cellulose fibres like cotton, rayon, tencel, bamboo, linen - also silk Cibacron F - use these dyes at 75 to 105 degrees, and up to 120 degrees for better penetration on a high twist silk Procion MX dyes - are a great cold water dye. At temperatures above 110 degrees Farenheit the dyes react with the water faster than they do the fibres, resulting in weaker, lighter shades and an uneven dyebath. Sharon

A picture story of the Christmas Sale

1.Well where should we start? 2. I will put this hat here.

3. This will look good placed here. 4.Looking good.

5. Colourful display.

6. Beautiful music. 7. Do you think the sale went well? OH YES!!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Help needed at Christmas Sale

I still need 3 more people for the 11:45 - 2:00 shift at the sales desk this Saturday at the Christmas sale. If anyone can help out, please phone or e-mail me Thanks, Noelle

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Knit in at Judiths

Thank you Judith for having the 'knit in' at your house yesterday. 7 Members enjoyed the relaxing knit and chat company. Judith taught us a trick to not see the colour jog when you change colours in circular knitting and a few other things. Along with our brown bagged lunch, Judith spoilt us with a bowl of her homemade Squash soup DELICIOUS!

No 'knit in' next month but in January. Need more info contact Judith.

Minutes of Novembers Meeting.

Minutes of the Shuswap Spinners and Weavers Nov. 5,2007 21 members present
1. Minutes of the Oct. meeting adopted as printed by Julia. Seconded Judith. Carried.
2. Treasurer reported a balance of $XXXX. Noelle also reported that there are 32 paid members. Judith will give Noelle a report on the Silk Workshop.
3. Gudrun is missing a burgundy scarf from the IPE. Mona missing a tea towel.
4. Gudrun supplied the tea towel for Jenny who supplied the flowers for the Fall Fair.
5. Christmas Sale- NOV 24 Gudie gave Marcia's report from the organization committee and brought the posters to put up. Gabriele and Anne to do thetea room. Please bring small goodies. Set up for the sale will start at 4 pm on Friday Nov. 23
6. Arts Council - Gudie reported on the old window project. The Council is asking groups to take on an old window from the art gallery and convert it to a piece of art by March 2008. More to come at the next meeting.
7. Dec. Potluck at Elvi's (1841 - 17th str. NE) Dec. 3 at 6 pm. Please bring finger food - appetizers or dessert.
8. Programs - as listed in the Oct. newsletter
9. Newsletter - Clare is now taking on the job.
10. Julia moved that the Guild subscribe to the felting magazine from Interweave. Seconded by Darlene. Postponed til Dec. meeting. Noelle will pickup a copy.
11. Committee consisting of Sharon, Judith, Gloria and Noelle to look into guidelines for running workshops.
12. Gudie moved that the Guild pay $10 for the ad in the Textile and Needlearts booklet from the Fall Fair.
13. Knit - In Nov. 19 Judith (10-2)) the third Monday of the month Spin - In Nov. 27 Anne (7-9 )
14. Noelle moved the meeting be adjourned.
15. Show and Tell
16. Video

For Sale Looms

Dorothy 15-3/4" loom

Leclerc 4 harness12 dent reed lease sticks, reed & heddle hook

Is collapsible for easy carrying and storage

Weaving width 15-3/4" Loom width 20-1/4" Depth 20-1/2" Height 17-1/2" Weight 16 lbs.

Asking $200.00. Contact Darlene at (250) 675-5281

45" Leclerc Jack Loom, 4 Harness, plus #6 + #10 Reeds

$575. Phone Helga 838- 9636


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