Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Annual Auction & Fiber Arts Opening

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Spring Fiber Event March 7

Fiber Flurry 

Saturday, 10:00am - 8:00pm 

Wyoming Inn, Wyoming NY

Try a new technique, meet fellow fiber enthusiasts, have some great meals and shop local vendors. Please follow the link for more information.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

All About Spinning Ratios

From Margaret: 

Did you know your spinning wheel is just like a bicycle? Just like! Except a spinning wheel only has one wheel. And is pretty stationary. And a bicycle doesn't make yarn. Ok. Nevermind. Bad example.

Other than that, just like! Spinning wheel ratios, like the gears on a bicycle, control your speed. You can change the yarn you make by changing your ratio. If you want to go faster, you can switch gears. If you want to go slower, you can downshift. You don't always have to treadle faster to add more twist. 

This demo will be somewhat hands-on; if you want to play, please bring some fiber to mess with.  

We will have fiber available for those who want to participate.

Here is a brief article on silk that came in an email today: 

March is our annual auction, please consider donating!

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Roc Day: Yoga with Carolyn

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Hope you all have a happy, healthy New Year! 

Carolyn Zimmerman from Synergistic Yoga will be heading up our program this year. As gratifying and relaxing as sitting at our wheels for a few hours may be, it may not be the best thing for our bodies. Carolyn will show us some stretches and exercises to counteract this lack of momentum. Bring your wheels, exercises will be done in the chair or standing up. If you find you have particular achy spots when you spin, be sure to let her know.

Carolyn has be doing yoga since the 70's. From her website: 

Synergsitc a blend of traditional hatha yoga stretches, deep breathing, moving meditations and relaxation techniques to quiet the mind, relax, stretch and tone the body while awakening the spirit.

We will also have open spin, and if you have something for show & tell, please bring it. Margaret N. will be doing February's program on ratios, March is our annual auction. For those of you going to the retreat in March, don't forget to bring your $50 deposit, Becky will be collecting. And remember your dues if you haven't already paid them.

January 7
St. Distaff’s Day
By Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
Called St. Distaff’s Day (or Roc Day) because after the Christmas
holidays ending on Twelfth Night the women proposed to resume
their distaffs. The ploughmen would make it their sport to set fire
to the flax in requital for which prank the maids would souse the
men from the water pails.

PARTLY work and partly play 

  You must on St. Distaff’s Day: 
From the plough soon free your team; 
  Then come home and fother them; 
If the maids a-spinning go, 
  Burn the flax and fire the tow. 
Bring in pails of water then, 
  Let the maids bewash the men. 
Give St. Distaff all the right; 
  Then bid Christmas sport good night, 
And next morrow every one 
  To his own vocation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Potluck

Sunday December 11

Time for our Annual Holiday Potluck! Bring a dish, and if you're so inclined, a plate and utensils. We will have open spin and show & tell, too. If you have made some toys for our outreach, please bring those too.

We have a yoga instructor lined up for Roc Days!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Is it wool? cotton? rayon? silk? nylon?

The Mystery Fiber. 
Sunday, November 9

"I'm not sure what it is, but I real-l-l-ly liked it!" We find a great deal, love the color, lose the tag. We want to know what we have. One simple, economical, and fairly accurate way to determine fiber content is with a Burn Test.

Daryl (rhymes with Carl) from Daft Dames Handcrafts will show us how to identify our mystery fibers. Each fiber has a distinctive flame, burn and/or ash.  She will help us tell the differences between them. I've seen her give this talk before and it's very informative. Feel free to bring in your own mystery fibers and see if we can identify it.

Daft Dames Handcrafts Stocks all sorts of fibers, geared primarily to weavers, but much of what they stock can be used for knitting. They also have various rovings for sale, as well as spinning wheels, looms, and books. The coned yarns are very reasonable, with a selection that you would never find at your LYS. 

They are located at 
  • 13384 Main Rd (Rt. 5)
  • Akron, New York 14001
  • (716) 542-4235
No Website.

December meeting is our annual holiday party pot luck, open spin, and show and tell.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Man-Made Fibers with Erica

As spinners, we work with lots of natural fibers, and may think of "synthetic" as a dirty word, but did you know there is a third fiber  category?  Man made fibers come from a single source in nature, like corn or bamboo, but go through both physical and chemical processes to become a spinnable fiber. Some of these fibers are brand new, but the first was created in the nineteenth century.  Erica Fire will talk about six man made fibers:  rayon, bamboo, ingeo, soy silk, milk silk (or silk latte), and seaCell.  She'll discuss their history, what they're made of, how they're made and also some of their "green" claims.  If you have made anything from one of these fibers, please bring it in to show as part of show and tell.  Please feel free to bring spinning or anything else you'd like to work on during the talk.