I’m thinking about changing the name of this blog. I intend to share all my interests. Knitting, spinning, bread making and soaping. Maybe Nyknits & Makes Soap? Or maybe Nyknits & Makes? Soap making is my passion at the moment. Should I leave it alone until I’m sure if I’ll keep on it? Although, I still get a kick out of making bread, and the hubs loves it ( he once ate a plate of just bread) the weight gain is real, folks.
Webs, Americas Yarn Store
Our first trip to Webs was everything we thought it would be. It’s in the beautiful town of Northampton in Massachusetts. We took the ferry from Port Jefferson then drove the rest of the way. The store is huge and had all the yarns I’ve heard of but, was never able to see or feel. Lorna’s Laces, Opal and Arne and Carlos to name a few.
If you go with a group of 6 or more, email or call them in advance and they will have a goody bag and coupons waiting for you. What a friendly staff! Marthe and Bonnie were really cool folks. The warehouse portion of the store had great deals. They have their own line of yarn called Valley Yarns. I picked up a few in different weights to try out. We will definitely be returning to this fiberista’s dream store.
We had lunch at the Northampton Brewery where I had one of the best clam chowders ever!
Long Island Livestock’s 4th Annual Wool Party
Long Island Livestock is always a good time. The animals are always in a good mood, people are friendly and the goods are, of course, to die for. Tabbethia offers raw fiber, beautiful yarn, body butters, pillows, bags, stitch markers…so, so much.
She holds several Open House days throughout the year. Follow Long Island Livestock on Facebook and Instagram so as not to miss the next one.
Long Island Fleece And Fiber Fair
This was our third year at this fair. I picked up some sock ,yarn from Loolimom Fiber Arts and also from Groovy Hues Fibers. As always, Tabbethia of Long Island Livestock was there sharing her knowledge and love of llamas. It’s always a fun time. If you can make it next year, please do. Do a little wine tasting while you’re here and enjoy the beautiful North Fork of Long Island.
The Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair
This year the Long Island Fleece and Fiber Fair will be on May 14th & 15th. It is held at the Hallockville Museum and Farm in Riverhead N.Y. They have something for everyone who is interested in any fiber related art.
There will be carding and spinning demonstrations, also knitting, sheep shearing and the llama obstacle course. The llamas and alpacas are my favorites. Apart, of course, from the yarn. The Yarn. The main reason I go. This year’s vendors as of today are:
Bay Haven Short Tails
Blind Buck Farm
Bumble Bee Primitives
Cozy Rabbit Farm
Dan Tracy Designs
Groovy Hues Fibers
Hampton Artistic Yarns
Long Island Livestock Company
Joy Muller-McCoola/ Sandpiper Yarns
The Paisley Studio
Barbara Ringewald, Handweaver
Nice Buns Food Truck
I love this fair. It’s close to home and I never tire of seeing where and how the yarn I use comes to be. If you decide to attend the fair, don’t forget you’re also in wine country. Go visit a vineyard or two.
Anyone coming from New York City can take advantage of this organized bus trip.
BUS TRIP FROM NYC! (Saturday, May 14, 2016 only)
Sit back, relax and work on your craft project while traveling to the North Fork on a luxury coach bus. The bus will depart Manhattan approximately 8:30am, and arrive to the LI Fleece and Fiber Fair at approximately 11am. A full schedule of activities, demonstrations and shopping opportunities await you at the Fair.
- Round-trip transportation to the North Fork on private coach,
- Fair admission for one adult; Fair includes a full day of demonstrations, hands-on craft opportunities, fiber vendors with a variety of yarns, supplies and finished products, historic museum tours, and the option for local wine tasting. Local food vendors will have lunch items available for purchase.
- Gift Bag with freebies, wine tasting, coupons and discounts from Gift Bag Sponsors(to be announced soon) and vendors at the Fair.
- Pickup up from 40th Street @ 3rd Avenue, Manhattan.
- Group rate: Call Beth at 631-298-5292 for special pricing for your group of 5 or more.
- Please note: a minimum number of seats need to be sold in order to cover the cost of chartering the bus. If the minimum number of seats are not sold, the trip will be cancelled and refunds will be issued to purchasers.
Visit the Hallockville Farm and Museum website http://www.Hallockville.com
No swift? No problem.
Making do with what I have. I do not own a swift and I am preparing for a whole weekend of knitting. The back of two chairs is my old standby. Now, I am trying to make something useful out of my Willams-Sonoma drawer peg insert. Originally used to organize dishes and bowls in my kitchen drawer, it now sits on a lazy susan trying to be a yarn swift.
It expands and can accommodate different size hanks. Seems like it should work. Giving it a go.
2nd Annual Long Island Yarn Crawl
It was rainy and windy. The worse kind of weather for an outing, however, IT’S A YARN CRAWL!!! We had a blast. We visited shops I never would have gone to and I got to touch yarn I’ve only seen online. I was glad to have contributed to some really nice yarn stores . The folks at The Knitting Store in Oceanside were so friendly and welcoming. They had great specials for the crawl. A hot pastrami on rye and a bowl of matzoh ball soup was the icing on the cake. If there is a yarn crawl in your local area , go! You won’t regret it.
The Pastrami King in Freeport was an excellent choice for lunch. Thank you to all my beautiful friends. I am looking forward to many more outings this year.
Prizes — Long Island Yarn Crawl
All prizes are now up on the website. In addition to our grand prizes this year we have prizes for crawlers that turn in a passport with less than 12 shop stamps and for charity knits. Make sure you turn in your passport at any shop at the end of the crawl to be eligible, even […]