Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Fun classes coming up = $20.00 each

It’s Drop In Time = $20.00 for 2 hours of learning and fun!! 

All classes are Thursday mornings 10am to 12pm – see dates below

We have set aside the formal classes to offer a “drop in” format group of classes
to help you with a few Christmas gifts.

Thursday Nov 3rd = Fun with one colour Brioche stitch cowl/scarf
Skills: Brioche stitch, provisional cast on, 3 needle bind off

Nov 10th = Cable hat band design
Skills: Charts, provisional cast on, 3 needle bind off, pick up stitches,

Nov 17th = Swedish Twined knitting – hat, mittens, slippers
Skills: traditional Swedish knitting

Nov 24th = Shetland “Hap” small project
Skills: Lace, Seaming, Charts,

Although these classes are “drop in”, you can register right up until the day before the class date. You might be lucky and we have room, but if you don’t want to miss out on a particular class, please drop by to pay for the class in advance.

You will need practise supplies and materials for the projects,
so do check with us for those details.

Just a reminder: these are not beginner classes.
You must know how to confidently knit, purl cast on, bind off
and know standard increases and decreases.

Send us an email or call if you need more details.


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Handwoven Nov Dec issue now in stock

Mixed yarns highlight this issue of Handwoven, as weavers will read how to make the most of weaving thick and thin. Enjoy 10 projects with options for 4-shaft, 8-shaft, and rigid-heddle weavers. Whether it’s a deflected doubleweave scarf that separates into two layers at the ends, a rigid-heddle shawl that’s easy to weave and wonderful to wear, or one of the other must-weave projects, you will find plenty of reasons to cozy up with your loom! Deb Essen also shows you how to easily fix common threading mistakes. And in his column “Notes from the Fell,” Tom Knisely teaches you how to weave a beautiful baby blanket and gives an idea for a new family tradition.

Projects include:
  • Dancing Circles Scarf
  • Discovery Towels in Thick & Thin
  • Diamonds with Pizzazz Bag
  • Fibonacci in Rep Runner
  • Thick and Thin Bed Rug
  • “Wearing Purple” Crackle Runner
  • Royal Holiday Runner
  • Layers of Air Scarf
  • Salmagundi Shawl
  • Traditions: Sweet Little Wedding Towels

Spin Knit 2017 magazine NEW!!

Spin & Knit features spinning and knitting projects for all skill levels, whether you just started or are more experienced. Explore your local fiber festival with our insider’s guide filled with tips such as wool show secrets, what not to miss, and how to shop like a pro. Learn about the animal fibers we love to spin from various sheep breeds to camelids to goats.

We’re batty for batts—and we know you are too! Learn three ways to spin striped batts. Discover how to control color and texture and spin lofty, smooth, or wild yarn that make your knitting sing.

New to spinning? Maggie Casey covers the basics with a step-by-step introduction to spinning. Anne Podlesak shares the inside scoop on how to get your special fleece processed at a mill. Already have a stash of handspun yarn? Leslie Ordal explains why not getting gauge is not a hindrance to knitting with your handspun.

Get all this and more in Spin & Knit!

Projects include:
  • North Road Hat by Kate Larson
  • Timberlane Cowl by Eileen Lee
  • Leaf Cap by Melissa LaBarre
  • Cenote Shawl by Anne Podlesak
  • Stone & Fire Cowl by Amy Tyler
  • Kelp Shawl by Benjamin Krudwig
  • Secret Garden Mitts by Heather Zoppetti
  • A New Slant Scarf by Jillian Moreno
  • Locked Up Bag by Kathy Augustine

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

McCann Family History

Benjamin, born in Bulter Ohio, and Caroline "Carrie" McCann met & married in Ohio had 5 children, three daughters, Malacy, Ann, & Emma and two sons William "Frank", and Joseph Alpheus "Al" McCann. 
The McCann clan lived in Ramsey Illinois during the Civil war, and later moved onto Winfield, Kansas before finally settling in Barry County Missouri in a place know then as Sugar Creek that would later be come to know as Seligman Missouri. 
Benjamin was a carpenter and farmer by trade, and his sons followed in his footsteps building many of the towns buildings, homes and area bridges for the Frisco railroad.
Frank married Hattie Beirly and had three children Mildred, Lillian, and Benjamin "Bennie" McCann. 
Al met and married Alice Yount they had 7 children Josie, Maynita, Lenna, Nettie, Georgia, Chloe and their only son LaVoughn who died in infancy. 
About the same time as the LaVoughn's death, Lenna who was young gave birth to a son out of wedlock, Wayne L McCann who was raised as the son of Al and Alice. 
Al and Alice made their homestead on 200 acres in Seligman on the edge of town and remained there until their deaths. They are buried in Seligman Cemetery with their children Lenna, Mayinta, and Georgia Jeff, and her husband George Jeff, and their Grandson Wayne. 
Frank and Hattie are also buried there along with Benjamin and Caroline. 
Josie McCann Thompson was buried in Eldorado Kansas.
Nettie McCann Payne was buried in Idaho. 
Chloe McCann Roley was buried near her home in Grantspass Oregon. 
Georgia an George owned the family farm until George's death, then Wayne moved from California to help care for the farm.  the land was still in Georgia's name and was passed down to her son Charles and his wife Jewel. 
Once Georgia died, the land was then sold to a developer who had the trees cleared, ponds filled in, and pastures sold off, the reamining land was sectioned off, and is not recognizable due to development. 
The old homestead built in 1902, burned to the ground around 1984 during a storm. 
This is the house where I spent the majority of my teenage years, this is where I learned to make homemade butter, to cook on a wood burning stove and to sew clothing on the very treadle machines that my great great great grandmother once sewed the clothes for the burials and weddings in Seligman.  

You can bet that nearly every time I visit I hug at least one of the trees in the grove of sugar maples that were planted by my great great great grandfather and once stood by the home providing syrup, shade and wind breakage, and still stand strong and proud