March 2011 "Fly-By" Newsletter

April Newsletter Deadline:
Please send all announcements, fiber related articles, and classified ads for the next issue of The Flyer to Charlotte Iverson (e-mail) by April 20th. Please include all contact information—including name, address (email and/or snail mail), important dates, and/or phone number.

A Note:
In order to better compliment our full newsletter and the wonderful job Charlotte does in putting it together, I am scaling back the online version to be more geared towards news bites and new topics of interest. The full version of The Flyer is still available to members via email and I’m tentatively calling this online version a “fly-by.”

Got feedback? Please leave a note in the comments on this post or let me know at the next meeting what you like or what changes you’d like to see.  Thanks!


Student Sponsorship Gifts:

For our student in Mexico, Jenny Bennett has suggested that we might bring a photo of ourselves doing something we like to do (maybe something besides spinning).  I’ll have a card for each of us to sign as we sign in for the meeting.  So far only one member has volunteered to make a gift for Katherine.  If you’re willing to knit, crochet, or weave a headband, hat, bag, etc., contact Patty Benton (e-mail).

New Drumcarder Now Available:
The guild has sold the old coarse drum carder and purchased Carmen Bonnell’s nearly new one which is a medium/coarse drumcarder.
Following a recent request for lessons in tatting, Kathy Bridges gave instructions at the February meeting, and Kathie Bernhardt has also offered to do so.  Since we’re doing something else after the April meeting, perhaps the next tatting class can be in May.  Let Penny know if you’d like to learn.
TVHS Guild Challenge:  More To Come!
Jenny Bennett suggests: I think it might be fun to have a Guild ‘challenge’ (not too challenging). Those who would like to participate would choose a ‘general’ item (scarf? shawl? socks?) and general size (for the scarf or shawl, anyway) and a date, and those that want to would spin for the project and knit/crochet/weave/felt for a show and tell on the chosen date.

We have a lot of talent in our group and it would be fun to see  the range of work. We also have lots of beginners that might learn a little  bit more about spinning for a project, etc, and maybe be inspired to make something beyond just more yarn (though, I personally have no trouble at all making more and more yarn! Yarn is a good finished project, in my book.)

UPDATE:  See the Scarf Challenge page for more information!

  • Dale Liles has forwarded an invitation from the National Park Service to demonstrate spinning at the Cosby in the Park Festival on May 21 from 10-4 at the Cosby Campground. If you’re interested, contact Caitlin Worth 865-436-1263 or 
  • Lauren Schott is the volunteer coordinator at CAC Beardsley Community Farm, a nonprofit urban demonstration farm and community garden. She is beginning to plan for their annual fundraising event, Farmfest, on June 4.  They are interested in having someone come demonstrate spinning yarn (either by drop spindle or wheel or both) in the spirit of traditional practices in an urban setting. You would also be welcome to sell your yarn at a booth, should you be interested. (There would then be a $15 craft-vendor fee.)   For more information please contact Lauren Schott at


Check out this article (sent in by Sue Klipsch):  One Million Wild Spiders Spun This Yarn (National Geographic)

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