Saturday, September 30, 2017

NATIONAL SPINNING AND WEAVING WEEK 
OCTOBER 2-8


Didn't get a chance to sign up for Spinzilla Tean? 
Missed the deadline for Rogue Spinner sign-up?
Maybe you need some motivation to get those miles spun.
Perhaps you just need some new fiber to spin,

Come and join us for a SPIN-IN on Saturday, October 7th

Barbara has decided to host a Spin-In here at the shop. 
Call and sign up so we have enough chairs ready, 480-969-4346.
The entry fee will be a donation to the United Food Bank, either a cash donation in the can
or something for the food collection box. 

There will be contests with prizes!



Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Knitting and crocheting along with others appears to be a great way to stay on task, make new friends, and generally have a good time.  By request we have scheduled some more of these adventures. For crocheting, you can pick one of the Heidi Bear African Flower Animal toys.

The KAL’s will be The Maple Leaf Shawl, the Optical Delusion: Conflagration Scarf and one of 4 other shawls: Find Your Fade, Free your Fade, Waiting for Rain, or Fight the Fairies.
   

Each of these includes one pattern with the fee and a discount on the yarn used for the project.
  
Karen Laudenslager is joining our teaching staff with a wonderful crochet series: Scarf of The Month. She has chosen some beautiful scarves for our crocheters to choose from. Be sure to see them in the shop. Sign up for one or all four! Here are 3 of them, The fourth is still on the hook.
  


Joy Lange will be offering a six week Tapestry Weaving class. This is the first time we have been able to offer it on a Saturday in years.

We have come up with a fun idea for everyone who wants to improve their knitting skills and increase their general knowledge. Since most of us tend to get into a knitting rut, we are offering Stitch Swatch Boot Camp. On the second and fourth Tuesday and Thursday each month, a cast-on, a knit stitch and a bind-off will be randomly selected to learn that day. Sharpen up your tools, fingers, and wits and get knitting!

A couple of our teachers have had to cut back on their teaching schedules for personal reasons this session. Some categories are a little thin in offerings but should be back in full swing in the spring. Sad for us but good for her, Molly has been offered an internship and will be moving to Texas for at least 6 months. This means bookbinding classes will not be offered for now.

Yes, the Fiber Factory will be collecting scarves for the Red Scarf Project, sponsored by Foster Care to Success. We plan to ship out the scarves by December 5th. Information on the program and scarf guidelines can be found on the organization’s web page and our web page.

You may notice that the cost of classes has increased. With the increase of the minimum wage in Arizona, we had to increase class costs to ensure that our instructors would be getting fairly compensated. Our classes are still the best value for your hard earned dollars in the valley.

And finally, we will be having a Trunk Show with Marianated Yarns again at the end of November and early December. It’s exciting when the HUGE boxes of yarn from this talented, independent dyer arrive.

As always, if you see something interesting and the time offered isn’t right for you, just ask! We can usually work something out.

Don't forget our Yarn-a-Holics Anonymous 12 Stamp Rewards Program
Come in and pick up your card. Get a stamp when you purchase $25 or more of merchandise in a visit. Turn in your filled card (12 stamps), and get $25 off on your next purchase. WOW!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

So, we had a Knit-A-Long this spring. A number of folks wanted to knit the Exploration Station shawl by Stephen West. Since is it our knitterly duty to enable those who want/need to knit such items, we accommodated and set up 4 monthly sessions for help, encouragement. there we 8 who signed up and 6 who completed the project within the time period. We are happy to share the results!







Friday, June 30, 2017


It's July and we need a reason to go outside. 
How about Monsoon Madness!
Anytime it rains at Susan's or Terri's house this July, we will have 15% off of regular in-stock Yarn, Patterns and Accessories for the next business day. Watch for rain in Scottsdale or central Phoenix. {Unfortunately we cannot honor this on consignment yarns.)

Here are a couple of teasers: our summer shipment of Madelinetosh is being dyed and should be here soon. There will be some brand new colors in the batch. Watch Facebook for the announcement of it's arrival. 
For all you spinners, Anzula Fibers should be in house soon as well. 

Need something else to do? Here are the July classes.
099 Learn to Knit
101 Movin' On
102A Intermediate Knitting
127 T-Shirt 
 147 Knitting 911
158 Toe-Up Two Needle Socks
160 Frosted Fern
167 Mosaic Scarf
171 Short Rows Simplified
173 Magic Loop Socks

201A Beginning Crochet
279 Slouchy Hat

303 Advanced Tatting

413 Fun With Stencils

618 Round Hot Roll Basket

702 Weave In A Week-4 Harness Loom

801A Beginning Navajo Weaving

939 Bookbinding: Strap Book
932 Bookbinding: Japanese Stab Binding

Kids2 Parent and Child Knitting

As always, if you see something interesting and the time offered isn’t right for you, just ask! We can usually work something out.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

EVEN A LABOR OF LOVE DESERVES SOME COMPENSATION-Another Towel Project

I would like to take you on a little adventure with me. People often wonder why hand crafted items cost so much. Over the next few weeks, I will share with you what it takes to weave hand towels. Yes, I know that you can go to a store and buy half a dozen of then for what one hand woven towel costs. However you will be back in a year buying another half dozen, while the hand woven ones keep working for nine more years,

This summer, I have chosen to dye 15 yards of warp for a run of towels. They will be woven in the shop. Generally there are 15 or 16 towels when the work is completed. The yarn used is a high quality unmercerized cotton. By the way, the warp threads weighed 2 1/2 pounds when dry.

I dyed the warp in the back room of the shop. That is a standard 6 foot table. The plan is for each towel to have at least 2 colors in the warp so that there are no two exactly alike when all is said and done. The painting took about and hour and a half.

The dyed warp then had to rest for a couple of days for the yarn to  to take on the color. There is a bunch of chemistry involved. I just trust the process and know that the color will not be as intense after rinsing.

 Rinsing:Do you have any idea how heaving a soaking wet, 15 yard warp chain can be? It really helps to have a large sink.


 Drying: Hoping that the wind doesn't start up.

And finally,winding on to the warp beam!



This is going to take more than one shift.

To be continued...

Friday, May 5, 2017

The Back Room Dyers were busy this week. These skeins will be labeled and on the shelves Saturday. 

The Back Room Dyers are Barbara, Susan and whomever shows up to help on dye day. This month it was Alisa, we appreciate her help!. Barbara is the careful planner and dye mixer. Susan comes in and and uses all the remaining dye mixed for the day in unconventional ways. 
Guess which one has more repeatable results? 



Friday, April 28, 2017

THE BIG PINK CHAIR HAS A NEW HOME!

The artist that created The Big Pink Chair sculpture, which has served as a beacon for our shop for over a decade, has sold it. We have heard the the purchaser of the beloved icon is donating it to the IDEA Museum. We will be following up on this.




For now The Flowering Stiletto, which was on the corner of Main and Robson, is in front of the shop,