Lace and More in Normandy


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Though the quaint Normandy town of Bayeux is famous for its Tapestry (really an embroidery) depicting William the Conqueror’s 1066 victory over the English, the town is remarkable for other reasons, including a wonderful open-air market and regional specialties such as Calvados and hard cider:

                                                                                                                                                                                        But for fiber lovers, the still-vibrant tradition of lace-making is reason enough to visit Bayeux. Read more about it on our travel blog, Rovings and Yarns!

Plimouth Plantation creates new line of yarn


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On November 10, 2011, Plimoth Plantation will introduce its new line of 100% wool yarn. “New Plimoth Worsted” will be custom spun in the village of Harrisville, New Hampshire by Harrisville Designs. The new line will be introduced at the Plantation’s Winter-into-Spring Farmers’ Market, and will feature a lecture at 3:00 P.M. by John Colony, owner of Harrisville Designs. The public is invited.
Press release about the event is here.

The yarn’s unique color palette was created by the Historic English Clothing and Textiles staff at Plimouth Plantation, matching colors produced by using natural dyestuffs of the 17th century.

Plimoth Plantation’s “New Plimoth Worsted” is available exclusively in Plimoth Plantation retail shops and on Plimoth.org.

Read more about it here.

Peaches & Creme – Bad & Good


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By now most fiber afficionados have learned that Peaches & Creme cotton yarn is defunct – a North Carolina factory produced the last U.S.-made cotton yarn; they sold their equipment, inventory and trademarks to a Canadian firm in early 2011.

  • The bad: 81 workers lost their jobs as a result of the sale & move of the company. According to one insider, the company’s management failed to develop new markets for their product, and relied on the grace and favor of Wallyworld to buy their inventory each month.
  • The good: though the Canadian firm now owns the label (apparently the most valuable asset), much of the ‘old’ stock of Peaches & Creme was sold to discounter Dollar Tree, where, through the jungle telegraph of Ravelry and other fibermedia, a veritable frenzy of seeking and buying has been unleashed. Spacloths, washcloths and dishcloths dancing in their heads, fibernuts are descending upon unsuspecting Dollar Trees like a plague of locusts, cleaning out Peaches & Creme balls in a flash of creative stash-building.

    OK, I bought a few. Lovely ombre tones and some solids. But I’m not saying where in Dennisport MA, USA I found them. I just know I’m knocking out some rich spa cloths in travel size, for holiday gifts.

Road Trip to Yarnland – Stitches East


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Textile Travel and a group of Cape Cod fiber lovers enjoyed a day trip to Stitches East in Hartford, CT.
Read more about it on our blog, Rovings & Yarns!

Road Trip! Bus from Cape Cod to Stitches East in Hartford, October 30, 2010


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Stitches East Day Trip!

from the Cape to Hartford, Connecticut
Saturday, October 30, 2010

Come with a group of friends and enjoy an exciting day among fellow fiber lovers!

Our motor coach will depart from the Hyannis area at 7:30 AM on Saturday, October 30, 2010. We will stop near the Sagamore and Bourne bridges to pick up more passengers, then head to the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford to enjoy the sights, sounds and sensations of Stitches East.

Our destination is the Stitches Market, with its constellation of fiber stars, authors and vendors offering everything from fleeces to roving to felting supplies and, of course, yarn. Free demonstrations are ongoing on the Market floor.

There are also some educational Market Sessions available on Saturday at additional cost: you can sign up at the Knitting Universe site.  We will be at the show in time for you to attend a Market Session at either 12:30 or 2:00 PM.  Our motor coach will depart for the return trip to the Cape at 5:00 PM.

Trip cost is $54,  including transportation via motor coach, and a discount ticket to the Stitches Market.  Optional Market Sessions are additional; register and pay for these sessions at the Knitting Universe site.

Click here to Register for this delightful day out!

Space is limited, so book now!  Registration will close on Friday, October 15, 2010.

  • You may pay by mailing a check for $54.00 as noted on the Registration page: make your check payable to FastNet Travel, and mail to: P.O. Box 326, West Dennis, MA  02670, Attention: Kathleen Lyons.  Please include an email address so we can send you an acknowlegment of receipt of your payment.
  • If you’re paying via PayPal or the EventBrite system, a small additional processing fee will apply.
  • Snacks and a few surprises will be provided enroute.  Lunch options are available at the Stitches show; you may wish to bring a brown bag supper for the ride home, or purchase food in Hartford for the return trip.
  • See the Registration Page for more information about the trip.

    Questions? Email us or phone Kathleen at 508-760-8289

    Let’s enjoy a relaxing  autumn ride through the New England countryside, and indulge our fiber passions… 
    See you then!