March 2015 – “Fly By”

Please send all announcements, fiber related articles, and classified ads for the next issue of The Flyer to newsletter editor Bob Devol (e-mail).

Please include all contact information—including name, address (email and/or snail mail), important dates, and/or phone number.

  • Important Note:  Our July meeting will be held on Saturday, July 11th due to the July 4th holiday.
  • Important Note:  Membership dues were due in January. If you have not paid them yet, dues will be collected at our March meeting. Dues are $10 and are payable by cash or check made out to “TVHG.” Please direct any questions to the treasurer, Erin Kelley.
  • Spinning Workshop:  On June 27th there will be a workshop with Martha Owen of John C Campbell Folk School. The cost is $50/person there is room for 20 people on a first come basis. We will need a deposit of $25 that is non-refundable by March meeting. Pay in full by May meeting.
  • Focus Group: One of the Guild members, Steve Prentice has offered to set up a Small Group for an hour, he will bring some suri alpaca and wool, some 30/70% wool/alpaca and some 50/50% wool alpaca. He’ll card up enough so everyone who participates in the small group can have a try at spinning some of each. Those who want to participate should bring their spinning device and something to take notes on. This Focus Group will begin promptly at 10:00 AM for folks who are interested in giving Alpaca a try.

Upcoming Guild Programs:

  • March: Program: Mitt(en) Challenge.  The March 7th meeting will be “The Mitt Challenge” Knit, Crochet, Weave or Construct a pair of Mittens, Fingerless Mits or some variant of a glove from your hand spun yarn. This is not a competition, it is an opportunity to challenge yourself to create something “special” with your hand spun to share with our Guild members. We hope you will participate in this quick and easy challenge.  Please mark your item with the type of fiber you used, the technique for spinning and plying (e.g. worsted, S spun, Z plied, two ply), the pattern you used for your project and the source and maybe how many oz. it took.


From Mary Devol:

Mountain Hollow Farm, 553 Vancel Road, Tazewell has a unique opportunity for interested in cashmere and cashmere goats. Every Thursday and Saturday in March, from10am – 2pm will be harvesting cashmere from their goats. The Farm would love for you to join them! They supply the goats and tools for the ultimate goat combing experience! Come to the farm any Thursday or Saturday in March (10am-2pm). Get up-close and personal with a goat and see why we make such a fuss about cashmere!

From Linda Frank:

We have once again been invited to demonstrate at the Rossini Festival in Knoxville on April 25. At the last meeting we voted to participate in it this year. I am requesting volunteers for demonstrating at the festival. We usually do 2-hour shifts with two people at each slot starting at noon (12-2; 2-4;4-6;6-8). I will set up and take down the booth at the end. We usually have two wheels that remain with the booth for the day. One is the guild Ashford and the other is my Ashford. We will have the guild quilts on display as well as hand cards, drop spindles and some different types of fiber to spin with. You are welcome to bring your own fiber or use what is provided – usually some alpaca and wool. Please let me know if you would like to participate and what your preferred times are. It is a great atmosphere for spinning, eating, and getting cultured!

From Deborah Adams:

Just 6 weeks until the SMFAF festival so if you have not signed up to demo or work at the event let JoAnn Neary know. Our classes are not full but getting there, so don’t miss out.