To all our wonderful friends who stopped by and said hi at the festival, Amanda and I feel truly blessed with all the love and support. So truly and deeply, thank you all. The MD Alpaca Festival was great and we will certainly continue to vend for years to come.
Many people saw me supported spindling during the festival. I wanted to share the name of the artisan who makes my prefered spindles. His name is John and his shop is Straddle Creek Spins on Etsy. I recommend the removable whorls spindles they are fantastic!
This is what John has to say about himself on Etsy:
Hello! I’ve been woodworking for over twenty-five years now and find nothing more fulfilling than taking a hunk of wood and making a thing of beauty out of it. I began dabbling in making spinning tools for my wife many years ago when she became interested in hand spinning. I have since made my wife a spinning wheel, a drum carder (my favorite project so far), many varied spindles of one type or other, skein winders, and the list goes on and on. What started out as fun little side projects quickly became an obsession on my part, to the point where all I wanted to do with wood was make spinning tools.
I enjoy the entire process of making spinning tools. From selecting the wood, to designing and turning as well as the final rubbing of beeswax. Each of my offerings is tested by my wife or one of my daughters who are all accomplished spinners. Your spinning tool will not be shipped to you unless everyone here is in absolute love with it! (-:
We’ve got a lot planned for the shop so lets get started!
Amanda and Wae are excited to announce that we will be vendors at the MD Alpaca and Fleece Festival!
Spend time with us at the Maryland Alpacas and Fleece Festival where Neighborhood Fiber Co.
will make a special appearance as our featured local dyer. Stop in to say, “hello” and pick up some of Karida’s amazing yarns and kits! We are also bringing with us a new batch of freshly dyed Tempting Ewe Yarns, Sugar Magnolia Farms Alpaca Yarn,
Hobbledehoy batts and Rovings, and a some gorgeous Hipstings products.
We’re happy to say Maryland finally has its own Fall fiber festival and this year the Alpaca Festival opens its doors to more than only Alpaca Fiber.
Look for us in the Bingo Hall!
Date: November 16 & 17, 2013
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Howard County Fairgrounds
2210 Fairground Road
West Friendship, Maryland 21794
Come join us for a fun-filled festival!
Dozens of Maryland breeders will be exhibiting their beautiful alpacas. Get up close and personal with the animals while learning about the benefits of this eco-friendly livestock opportunity. But beware… alpacas are addictive!
- SHOP early for unique holiday gifts!
- WIDE variety of fiber products from Huacaya and Suri Alpaca
- NEW! Select Alternative FiberProducers and their products
- Now accepting 2013 VENDORAPPLICATIONS!
- STOCK UP for winter fiber projects
- Raw fleeces and fiber, roving, yarn
- Alpaca pen sales
- EXPANDED SCHEDULE of craftseminars, workshops & fiber demos
Please leave family pets at home, as they are not permitted on the Fairgrounds.
MABA Alpacas and Fleece Festival is brought to you by all the volunteers, members and Board of Directors for the Maryland Alpaca Breeders Association.
Black Friday Sale + Cephalopod Yarns Trunk Show
If that’s not enough we wanted to let you know that we will be having a Black Friday Sale in conjunction with a Cephalopod Yarns Trunk Show! We will be open our regular hours, 10-8 pm. We know the rest of the world starts shopping early, stop by with us and save when you’re done at the department stores!
Although the trunk show yarns won’t be on sale, we will have several yarns marked down throughout the store including brands such as Mirasol and Juniper Moon Farm to name a few! Come by to see all of our Black Friday Deals!
Always modest about her talent Amanda works tirelessly to create yarns dyed from Natural sources like acorn, iron, poke berries, goldenrod, and walnuts. She also uses eco-friendly dyes by Greener Shades for colors that aren’t quite from nature. She also makes striping yarns and has played with and achieved gradient yarns as well as some awesome one of a kind skeins like the blue and white shawl below!
Behold her awesomeness!
The days are flying by like leaves caught in an autumn wind. Honestly, I can’t believe it’s already been almost 3 months since Wae and I signed the papers that made Cloverhill Yarn Shop ours! So much has changed in the shop and in our lives in those three months as we nurture the shop and watch it grow and thrive.
It’s Trunk Show Season!I just realized how very close it is to our first Trunk Show in the new shop. Liz from Hobbledehoy Yarn + Fiber is bringing some fiber goodies this Friday the 27th of September. I am excited to see what beautifully hand-dyed batts and battlings come through the door this Friday. I’ve been reading up on Liz’s blog and checking out her Etsy shop to give my eyes a taste of what might be coming and I just can’t wait! If you missed your chance to visit the Hobbledehoy booth at Maryland Sheep and Wool this year like I did, now is your chance to meet the owner and see what beauties she has to offer. Here are the details for the show:
Hobbledehoy Yarn + Fiber Trunk Show
Friday September 27th
If you can’t make the first night, the trunk show will carry on throughout the weekend. We also hope we can convince Liz to let us hold on to a few of her batts and battlings so that anyone who might be out of town this weekend will still have a chance to pick up some delicious hand-dyed fiber. Wish us Luck!
Yarn tasting at Cloverhill. Did you miss it? Mark from Cascade Yarns brought in the whole Cascade line and set up buffet style. Several happy customers had the chance to “taste” the yarns on display. Each guest was asked to select a yarn or two or three and knit a bit to see how she liked it. Mark also brought several door prizes along. They were all kits with yarn and patterns. The largest kit had an afghan’s worth of yarn, a pattern and a large project bag! I was a little jealous that I couldn’t get in on the door prizes, but I know a guy who sells yarn and I have WAY too many projects on the needles right now. Wae and I got excellent feedback and because of our customer input will probably be bringing yet another new line of Cascade Yarn into the shop! Next time we have a yarn tasting we’ll be sending out advance registration emails so keep an eye out if this sounds like something you’d like to experience in the future!
Saturday was interesting in that we had someone come in and hand me a brown paper bag. She was from somewhere that worked with Nuns and one of them had passed away. She said that they didn’t want to throw the contents away but she didn’t know what else to do with it so she brought it to us.
I open the bag and inside is this delicately knit lace scarf, knit lengthwise, with 7 stitches remaining to be bound off. She left right away so I couldn’t tell her how close to the end this nun had been. Upon further inspection I’m sure the needles and yarn were bought at our store year ago when it was called the Weavers Place.… anyway I bound them off and they sat on the shop table for the weekend. I had a chance to show people her beautiful work and tell them the story.
I’m going to block it, and put it up somewhere nice in the store. I imagine this nun knitting in an meditative/prayer like fashion, the lace repeats are simple but long due to the length of this narrow scarf. It’s pre blocked length is 110 inches long and 5 inches wide. I’ve got her handwritten notes, the pattern isn’t spelled out, like a puzzle you’ll have to decide how to knit what she’s written down. If anyone is interested I’ll have photocopies made and in the shop for anyone who wants one.
Welcome to the Cloverhill Yarn Shop Blog!
Cloverhill Yarn Shop is owned by Amanda Ko and Wae Wang. This is their new website and they will be blogging regularly to keep you up to date with current events, classes and new yarns in store. They are experts in all things “yarn” so stop by and ask them questions or even to just to say “hi”. You can be assured of a warm and friendly welcome!