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Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on February 5, 2013 is down right now.  Please be patient and check back again soon!

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Merry Christmas and best wishes for a wonderful year!

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on December 19, 2012

Click here for your Christmas e-card.

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Tangerine Tango

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on December 8, 2011

That’s the new Color of the Year from Pantone.  Here’s a link to it so you can see it for yourself.  It’s deep reddish-orange.

PRO WashFast Acid Dye 231 Tiger Lily PRO WashFast Acid Dye 233 Bright Orange PRO WashFast Acid Dye 199c Golden Yellow These are the closest colors I could find in my dyes.  Can’t wait to dye some up, I love bright colors.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on November 24, 2011

Hope everyone has a great place to snuggle in for your Thanksgiving meal that’s full of interesting family and friends  :)

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Photos for Sugar Land, Texas

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on November 17, 2011

This slideshow is for Jennifier at the Sugar Land Yarn Company.  :)

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Knitters are nice people

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 22, 2011

I saw this in a blog and thought it was a hoax, afterall……. why would penguins need sweaters; but it’s true.  So now I want to knit this penguin jumper, but I’ll have to convert the pattern for the knitting machine!  Suppose they’ll like hand dyed yarns?  This is from the ABC news  blog,  Follow the Skeinz website for the pattern at the end.

New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters

rex penguin sweaters ll 111020 wblog New Zealand Penguins in Need of Sweaters(Photo credit: Toby Zerna/Newspix/Rex USA)

A yarn store in New Zealand is making an unusual request that is pulling at the heart-strings of the world—they are asking people to sew knit sweaters for penguins affected by the country’s oil spill.

The “penguin jumpers” are intended to keep the birds warm until they are well enough to be scrubbed down and to prevent them from consuming oil on their feathers while preening.

The yarn store is called Skeinz and is located in Napier, New Zealand. They posted the request along with instructions and patterns on their website and have already received a “deluge” of jumpers.

“It’s really precious and overwhelming,” the store posted on its blog along with photos of piles of penguin sweaters.

On Oct. 5, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand, pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. The accident has been regarded as the country’s worst environmental disaster in decades.

More than 1,000 sea birds have already died as a result of the spill, including birds from the country’s native blue penguin population.

Oil can be extremely harmful to penguins, whose feathers are very different from other birds. They have very dense and tiny feathers of different lengths that stick onto them like Velcro, creating a waterproof pseudo-wetsuit.

“Basically, when you get even a drop of oil on these birds, it opens up a channel so water can penetrate,” Kevin McGowan of the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology told “It’s like a hole in their wetsuit.”

McGowan said the sweaters could be the equivalent of the plastic cones sometimes put on dogs to prevent them from scratching stitches after surgery or poking at head injuries.

“When they’re wet, the cold can penetrate, especially in water,” McGowan said. “You don’t want anything to penetrate through that wetsuit armor and oil is a pretty bad thing.”

Specifications and instructions for the penguin PJ’s can be found on the Skeinz website as well as the address where penguin-loving knitters can send them.

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Winter Arts Festival Jury photos

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on October 18, 2011

Finished items made from my handdyed yarns and fiber:


Felted accessories

Booth shots:

Jim Forbes’s website link is:

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Summer 2011 Knitting Events

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on June 7, 2011

Be sure to check out the following knitting events in the Midwest( I’m vending as Fairy Yarnmother at all of them)  (be sure to stop by and say hello.)  :

the Midwest CSM Crank-in will be in Danville, IL July 22-24.  This event is for circular sock knitting machines.  there will be CSM classes, mini workshops and plenty of people there to help if you have a needy machines.

The Knit and Crochet Show is in Minneapolis, MN from July 28-31.  Here’s the website:  This is the first BIG (HUGE) knitting event of the year in the Midwest.  This is organized by the Knitting (and the Crochet) Guilds of America.  The run the master knitting programs and CAST ON magazine.  It’s held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Minneapolis and features lots of big name instructors.  Everyone will be there so try to make if you can.  They devote July 27th to all of the Master Knitters program, if you’re having a problem with any of the samples be sure and check out the classes.

Stitches Midwest is held in Schaumburg, IL  on Aug 24-28.  Their website is:  This is the other BIG knitting event in the Midwest.  I don’t know how many people they get for the show turnout, but they get over a million visitors to their website.  Stitches is run by Knitter’s Magazine and the XRX Books people.  There are 4 Stitches shows (IL, CT, CA and GA) running throughout the year, and we’re lucky enough to get one of them in the midwest.   The classes are excellent, my favorite teachers are Judy Pascale, Lily Chin  and Leslye Solomon.

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Half off admission to Stitches Midwest 2012!

Posted by Fairy Yarnmother on August 6, 2012

Here’s some wonderful websites with $5 off coupons for Stitches Midwest this weekend.  Hope to see you there, I’ll be at booth  #534.


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