Saturday, October 24, 2009

NYS Sheep & Wool Festival @ Rhinebeck

Ginger was fortunate to attend the New York State wool festival in Rhinebeck last weekend and was blown away by the hundreds of vendors and thousands of attendees. Her husband, Bob, simply couldn't believe the passion and enthusiasm of the fiber people.

The featured breed this year is the Leicester Longwool sheep. This breed was favored by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson in colonial times due to the sheen and brilliance of the wool. In the 1800's, it lost favor to the Merino and practically became extinct in North America. Thanks to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the Longwool was re-established the breed and its popularity and numbers are increasing in the United States. Did you know that?

Friday, October 23, 2009

Maddie's Top Down Sweater

Is this the cutest baby, wearing the most darling sweater? Yep! She's Ginger's granddaughter, Maddie Mae, supported her by her mom, Sarah. Ginger knit this top-down sweater with O-Wool's organic cotton/wool blend, called Balance. It is a dream to work with & everso versatile (a customer also used it to crochet one of our market bags & it turned out great!) Do you remember your first jean skirt???

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Francine's Raggedly Belle

Meet Raggedy Belle, created by Francine Cogan, a regular @ Needle Rock. What granddaughter wouldn't love such a labor of love with so much character. Nice job, Francine!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Congratulations Sue & Amy - Winners @ World of Wearable Art

We couldn't be more thrilled to bring you this photo of our very own creative fiberartists, Sue Hobby & Amy Jean Boebel - you'll never look @ your window screens the same again! Congratulations gals!!

Screen Play, Amy Jean Boebel & Sue Hobby, United States Screen Play, Amy Jean Boebel & Sue Hobby, United States

2009 Runner Up Wellington International Award & Commended Gen-i Creative Excellence Section, Theme: Fold