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