How can it possibly have been two weeks since I last updated everyone about
our comings and goings? Things have been trucking right along. We’ve had
visitors from Nevada, Maryland, Delaware, Ohio, all over New England and
several folks from Britain. Then there are our local spinners, weavers,
knitters and even a few felters and beaders thrown into the mix.
Brenda and I are learning a great deal about what people want. We have the
spinners who are looking for fibres they haven’t had the opportunity to see,
let alone actually touch. Weavers needing basic accessories such as
shuttles, bobbins and of course, coned yarn. Knitters of all descriptions,
many looking for natural fibres, and just as many looking for those funky
man made yarns for embellishment. Then there are the travellers, wanting to
take home purely Nova Scotia items.
It is a fine balance, making sure we have what everyone is looking for,
without stretching ourselves too thin, but so far so good. We have a little
better then half of our stock in, so there is still the excitement of new
boxes arriving every day, and new displays coming together after much
staring at blank walls, waiting for inspiration.
Local artist Tamara Thiebaux has brought us some wonderful prints of a
watercolour painting she did for my wild Danish weaving friend Pia’s
birthday. “Child with sheep” is a beautiful image of a small child reaching
over a fence to catch the attention of the sheep on the other side. They are
ready to be framed, and are available for $29.00
Tamara will be working on new prints in the coming months that depict
various breeds of sheep. She also created a new map for us, you can find it
by clicking on the map and directions link at the top of our homepage. You
can check out her work at http://www.trotbo.com
What else can I tell you? We have qiviut scarves, handspun wraps and a
variety of other handwoven pieces from the Wonderous Woolerie which I am
slowly photographing. Local weaver Peggy Struve has been busy at the loom
making cotton tea towels for us, which we can’t even get unpacked before
they head out the door!
Brenda and I installed an apple ladder, hanging from the ceiling of the shop
to display the Manos del Uruguay yarns that we received. These fabulous
skeins are all handspun and kettle dyed by members of a cooperative in
Uruguay, allowing the spinners and dyers to provide for themselves and their
Our 8/2 UKI cotton arrived on Friday, this is truly lovely fibre for tea
towels and light summer wraps. There is also organic Peruvian cotton,
silk/wool blends, fine Alpaca and recycled silk yarn lining our shelves.
There is even some “Alloo” or nettle yarn from Nepal that would be perfect
for rugs, placemats or bags.
We have sheepskins, Nova Scotia tartan blankets, adorable baby booties,
handmade in Nova Scotia. There is even a wild novelty yarn from Italy that
reminds me of a little creature from the old Star Trek with James T. Kirk,
seems to me the episode was “Trouble with Tribles” 🙂
Brenda has been washing fleeces and doing some dyeing, so our bathtub and
apple baskets are filling up. Everyone who visits gets a real kick out of
our clawfoot tub full of fibre.
Wolfville, NS (where I spent last evening curled up on the couch, with the
fire going. Feels more like late fall then late spring)