Speaking of woolly things in the New York area, the Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Festival – popularly known as Rhinebeck – takes place the weekend of October 20th, in Rhinebeck, NY.
Not in New York? Unsure about sheep? The National Alpaca Farm Days have been announced for the weekend of September 29 & 30th. Alpaca farms all around the US are opening their doors to visitors that weekend. If you’ve always wanted to meet an alpaca – or you’re just looking for some of the softest, warmest yarn you can work with – this is your chance.
The Nordic Heritage Museum in Seattle, WA, is hosting a Nordic Knitting Conference, the weekend of October 5-7th. The theme of this year’s event is mittens, and will feature more than 20 classes from knitters, spinners, designers and textile artists. The conference organizers are also gathering examples of Nordic-style mittens for an exhibition to run over the winter.
If you’re looking for fibery events in your area – or planning a road-trip- don’t forget to check out Clara Parkes’ list of events on the Knitter’s Review website.
I love these home decor items: giant-scale knitted blankets, pillows and lampshades made by UK textile designer Melanie Porter.
You can see more of the designer’s work at her website.
A charming little yarn-bomb has been spotted in Wellesley, Massachusetts. We’re seeing a lot of large and dramatic yarn-bombs at the moment, which are clearly the well-organized work of multiple artists. I rather like this one, as it looks like the impromptu handi-work of a single knitter.