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« Reply #70 on: April 15, 2007 08:16:00 PM »

How exciting!
I don't do any of the things you do, well I barely knit, want to learn how to do it better though. I've started felting (needle/wet) in recent months, I've been sewing, and I've done many other assorted things over the years, I want to try everything. I'd love to see spinning, sounds fascinating, is it something that is portable? Do you have a local supplier for rovings?
 Are you going to WLU?
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« Reply #71 on: April 16, 2007 07:51:15 AM »

I'm willing to teach you any/all of it if you like.

I have a couple spindles that are definitely portable, and within a week I'll have a folding spinning wheel that is also extremely portable. I went with my spinning class to Wellington Fibres which is just outside of Elora and bought some roving there. Other than that I've purchased online. I like Crown Mountain Farms because they have a selection of very bright colourways that are named for songs from the '60s. and it's perfect for socks. I am addicted to knitting socks.

I'm graduating from WLU this June, and going to Western for grad school in September, hence why I won't be here after that. But I'll be living in Cambridge for the summer and volunteer in Waterloo, so I'll definitely be around.
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« Reply #72 on: April 16, 2007 08:41:42 AM »

Its a shame that this group has partially disbanded. I got accepted to University of Waterloo for the fall.
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« Reply #73 on: April 16, 2007 08:55:56 AM »

I wouldn't worry too much. There isn't a club for crafts at UW but it's easy to start one.

http://www.feds.ca/clubs/

There's also a local knitting guild and a spinning guild, both within a 15-minute walk from either campus.
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« Reply #74 on: April 16, 2007 10:58:25 AM »

heavenlyevil, I live in Waterloo but had never heard of Wellington Fibres before you mentioned it.  Do you know of any other interesting yarn suppliers?  I've been to the Spinrite Factory Outlet in Listowel, but other than Len's Mill Store and Cloth and Clay, I don't know of any other great places to buy yarn in this area. 
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« Reply #75 on: April 16, 2007 11:16:18 AM »

There's the Herrschner's on Victoria St. but they mostly sell acrylics and such, though they do have some wool and sock yarns that Michael's doesn't carry.

Knitwerx has a stall at the Farmer's Market in St. Jacobs. I've gotten Addi Turbos from them for $5 cheaper than anywhere else.

Oh, there's also Yarn Bird in Elora but I haven't been there yet.
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« Reply #76 on: April 16, 2007 06:56:06 PM »

Ooh hello! I'm still hanging around Waterloo region... kind of. I'm heading home for the summer, but I'll be back to school in September (though commuting from Ancaster at that point), but still possibly up for some crafty rendezvous'!
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« Reply #77 on: April 16, 2007 10:17:43 PM »

I feel so OLD!
I wish I was still in school, you guys are so lucky, enjoy yourself!

I'd love to learn spinning and knitting, I bought a kids knitting book to get me started, but I just don't get it, it's pretty sad.
I've bought rovings online for felting, and I've bought some alpaca from a farm, the natural colours are beautiful and it's so soft, I'm gonna check out Crown Mountain Farms, sounds great!

Are socks difficult? I'd love to make funky socks, or leg warmers for my daughter, she insists on wearing dresses and skirts even when it's cold out. I can think of a million things I want to make!
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« Reply #78 on: April 17, 2007 07:30:54 AM »

Socks are difficult only if you try to understand them on the first go. When I learned I was at home with no internet and a sock pattern from the ball band of the yarn I was using. In several places I got confused and wondered if I was doing it right, but there was no one around to ask so I just followed the pattern to the letter and it worked.

Once I understood the basic construction I've been able to crank out socks from memory. They're really easy once you get through that first time.

Legwarmers are even easier, because they are just a long knitted tube. You can add stitch patterns or ruffles and such but the body of the thing is just knitting around in circles.
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« Reply #79 on: April 17, 2007 11:47:41 AM »

Do you want to plan getting together at some point?
Where is a good spot? I live near the University (Bearinger and westmount).
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