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Another year at it’s end.. wow! where does it go?

I can’t believe how fast the time flies.  We have a new granddaughter Briar Leigh , born this year, and our little guy is now 3 years. Geez it goes so fast.  Jim has retired and is my full time partner at the shows and driver for all events (yeah!!!)

For the business we’ve updated our yarns to more colors and a few less types.  I really like the versatility of the rayon we have in our Rick Rack and our Zig Zag yarn.  I use it for weaving, knitting, Tunisian crochet, crochet and artistic quilts.  We are offering a few Merino wools yet too, as I happen to like to knit with superwash Merino wool. The Toasty toes yarn will continue, as will Michigan and Tippy toes.  I am still dyeing up the roving braids for spinners too, currently I have a bump of Merino and Tencel that I’m dyeing up in 8 oz braids.

 

Beaded Scarf kits seem to be on the fast lane again. I have brought in a line of beads that are pre-strung again, for ease. We will be putting up a tutorial as soon as the girls get it to me. The beads will be in a 6 string or 12 string choice of colors to match our Tippy toes yarn.

I’d love to see what you are all working on , with our yarn , so keep sending me pictures!  Happy Holidays and a very happy New Year!

Jim and Tracey Schuh – owners of Interlacements Yarns

 

 

All Fiber Arts Retreat Door County 2018

 

 

Yay!  It’s coming up fast!  Here are the classes we are offering

12:30-2:30 Saturday Sheryl Thies Slip some Texture and Color Achieve dramatic texture and fascinating color patterns by slipping stitches while working with only one color of yarn at a time. If you know how to knit and purl, you are ready to slip some color into your knitting.   Discovery Slip Stitch Cowl pattern provided. Materials: 2 skeins of sport weight yarn, each skein a different color. Look for high contrast colors, and size 6 knitting needle set or circular. Discovery Slip Stitch Cowl Pattern was designed using 2 skeins or Toasty Toes by Interlacements. If substituting yarn bring needles appropriate for your yarn choice.
12:30-2:30 Saturday Tracey Schuh Warping and Weaving on your Rigid Heddle loom Students will learn how to warp up and weave on the Rigid Heddle Loom, I will demonstrate on a cricket loom from Schacht. We use a direct warping method and will be setting you up to weave a scarf. Students should bring: a working Rigid Heddle loom , I will also have a few set up depending on the number of students we have. Susan’s fiber shop has looms for sale also.   Class cost is $30 per student and we will also give you time to finish the project if you run out of class room time. . The finished project will be a scarf that is 7 inches by 60 inches long . Yarns used will be my Zig Zag yarn in a variety or colors
2:30-4:30 Saturday Danny Criswell Spinning Wool- an Introduction Students willl learn bastic techniques such as park and draft, different methods of drafting, parts of their wheels and how their wheels work.   Students will learn h ow to adjust their wheels for their needs and how to add twist to fibersto make it yarn.   I will show students how to take yarn off their bobbins and count their yardage as well as a brief introduction to plying. This class will give students the fundimental ground to grow as spinners. Class cost is $70 per student and each student will receieve a drop spindle to help with the drafting. Students must bring a wokring wheel with at least two bobbins, although three or four is better. Also bring at least 4 oz of fiber. Recommended fibers: Corriedale, Bfl, Merino, Rambouillet, cheviot or Shetland. waste yarn and niddy noddy recommended. Class size 3 max 6
9:00-11:00 A.M. Sunday Sheryl Thies Get Hooked on Tunisian Crochet and Make Scarves Learn the technique that has captured the attention of the knitting world. Even if you’ve never knitted or crocheted (although knowing how to make a slip knot and chain is helpful) you can lear. Tunisian crochet and create a complex looking fabric that appears almmost woven.   Easy to learn, quick to wrok up, tunisian crochet will take your creativity to new heights. But beware you just might get hooked! After learning the Tunisian simple stitch (TSS) play with color and design your own scarves.   Basic ‘recipes’ for rectangle and triangle shaped scarves, worked in various yarn weights will be covered.   Bring: a Size L/11 (8mm) Tunisian crochet hook (avail in class and three partial skeinsof smooth worsted weight yarn. each a different color.
9:00-11:00 A.M. Sunday Danny Criswell Spinning with locks: short and long Students will learn how to spin locks from lockspun to tailsplun. I will show you methods for spinning locks with and without a core as well as spinning them into a yarn that is not entirely locks. Students will make a sample yarn with the different methods learned and we will also talk about how to finish the yarns and different items that can be made with them. This is an Advanced class. Class $60 Students must bring: a working Spinning wheel with a bulky flyer and bobbin. At least two bulky bobbins but 3 or 4 recommended. At least 4 oz or curly locks ie: mohair , wensleydale, Teeswater, BFL Masham or any other curly wool . At least 1 oz of long locks with a maximum length of 7 inch or 8 is optimal.   Note any fleece can be locks pun, curly is just is you want curls sticking out. You can also bring a mix of curly and non curly. Wool should be lcean and dry, dyed or natural. A cone of strong slightly sticky yarn for use as   a core. Recommended items: niddy noddy, waste yarn, art batts or smooth batts, angelina or additional add ins.
11:00-2:00 Sunday Melissa Bohrtz Creative Fiber Blending Get creative in fiber preparation and artisically blend fibers to create textured yarns with Melissa of Hello Purl. In this class you will discover how to blend fibers into batts, rolags, and pulled rovings.   Learn how to use a drum carder, blending board, and hackle to prepare a variety of fibers including natural and synthetic. With the use of the equipment and fibers you will learn how to layer and blend fibers as well as add texture to batts rolagsand pulled rovings to help create textured art yarns. We will also discuss your creative wishes as a fiber artist so that you can create a specific blended effect you may desire in your work.   Please bring any fibers you wish to blendwith. as well as any blending equipment you may have if you want to sue your own.   There will be all of the tools needed for class but students will need to share in class. Minimum students 3 Maximum 10 Cost is $35 class fee and $25 Materials fee. Materials fee includes: Use of fibers in class including combed top, loose fibers and a variety of add ins. Students will work with 1-2 oz at a time and can make 2 batts, 2 sets of rolags and 2 pulled rovings. No experience necessary.
2:00-4:00 Sunday Danny Criswell Fractual Spinning Students will learn how to spin theirwool tops for either two or three ply yarns and how to spin them in a method that will give them long and short color runs that will make for a semi striped yarn.   This is a great method to use on those wool tips and rovings that you bought because you love the colors but have no idea how to ply from seperate bobbins.Class is an advanced class, Minimum of 3 students Max of 8. Class Price is $50 Students must bring: a working spinning wheel and lazy kate with at least 3 bobbins for 2 ply yarn and 4 bobbins for a 3 ply yarn. 4 oz or more of dyed wool top or roving wool blends are okay too. (ex: wool and silk) Recommended items are: niddy noddy, waste yarn, a small basket or bag to put stipped fiber in.

 

Spring? Really? I hope so…

Spring? Let’s hope so!

Hey everyone! The calendar says it’s spring, but here in northern Wisconsin, I think we are super delayed. The drying racks have been outside to dry, but it sure seems wierd to see them with snow banks in the back ground.

We have added a couple of shows to our calendar for this year and will keep updating as things come up. I’m also working on organizing a show in up in Door County at the wonderful Rowley’s Bay Resort for October 5-7 2018. See our Facebook group for new information on classes, vendors and more!

Jim is now retired and has been a huge help on the road and at shows. We have been reorganizing the shipping and receiving rooms and making some real headway.

On a personal note, I’ve been knitting sweaters our of my handspun yarns. I spin alot , so needed to find a pattern to fit my needs. I did find one on Ravelry, but had to rework it to my own liking. I will have the pictures up on the gallery soon.

I’ve been dying up fiber for spinning also, I bought a big bump of BFL and love the way it dyes up. Fiber available in 8 oz braids.

New yarns : Bolero and a 100% silk that is still unnamed. I will post information as soon as I get it ready.

Take Care and Keep on Creating!   Tracey and Jim Schuh Interlacements Yarns

Birch Trees and Grandbabies…Oh, and Yarn Club news, too

Yarn Club box ready for shippingHelllllllloooooo! It was a long month in January due to cold, snow, rain, ice etc…you get the picture. Today the sun is out and life is good again! I have the February Yarn Club boxes already sent out (early), but I also have a few left, so am going to give you all a peek at what they contain.

The Yarn Club yarn of the month this month is our famous Toasty Toes yarn. It is 580 yds. approx. of wonderful soft merino superwash yarn that I have dyed up in a colorway reminiscent of our winter Birch trees that wind thru our woods. They are a smattering of creamy white with brown and black areas that are so attractive to me. I love the Birch Trees that have been photographed in the sun and the different colors of grey and black really stand out.

Next in the box is a handmade ceramic button. This was made for us by a local artist Stuart Van Swol of Windmill Fiber Arts. Stu makes a ton of buttons for me so I’m sharing the love with you all. Another one of my favorite things in the cold winter is hot tea and a swizzle stick to sweeten it up!

The next box is for March. I will be previewing it in a few weeks, but I might give you a peek ahead of time, so get your orders in for the next three boxes if you are not currently in our club. We also will be featuring our Rayon textured yarns and a few luxury yarns that I’ve found at market.

Oh, did I mention that we have a new grandbaby coming? She will be due in mid June and this gramma is pretty excited. Jim and I will be out in Colorado for Estes Park, but we will high tail it back home after the show to see the new addition. Stay warm, and keep on creating! Hugs and kisses for Valentines Day! xxxooo

Happy New Years and may your knitting basket always be full and full of fun yarns!

stranded knitting multiple colorsWell the Christmas holidays are past now, and we’re on to the new year! 2018! What an exciting year for us at Interlacements Yarns, on the personal side, Jim is retiring from his job in April , and thus will be on the road with me for shows more! Also, we are expecting another grandchild in June!

On the business side of things, we are starting up a Yarn Club which I believe will be a lot of fun for the members. I’ve always wanted to share a few of my favorite things and new colorways I am creating with members first so here is the chance. I went on a buying spree and purchased some silk and wool yarns, and other luxury fibers to add to the mix up. Sheryl Theis has graciously designed a few new patterns for us to give you in your boxes and we are pretty excited about that. I’ve also added more types of spinning fibers to the new line up, will start photographing them next week. And weaving warp chains will get their own pictures too. I’m so grateful to my shops, customers and friends for all the support and love. Please keep sending your finished garments pictures to me so I can add to the gallery. We love seeing them!

Happy New Years and may your knitting basket always be full and full of fun yarns!

Jim and Tracey Schuh

 

 

 

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Christmas TreeThe Holiday Season is upon us! I’ve been knitting up some colorwork hats for the little ones at our Christmas eve celebration. I wanted to challenge myself to something I’ve never done before in my knitting, and colorwork seemed to be the ideal thing.

Today is also Free shipping Friday and I’m a bit slow to the gate, but we also are offering FREE Shipping to your order today, with no limits, as long as it is placed on the website.
We do have to limit this to the cont. usa tho. Sorry international customers, I have to make it make sense.

Whether you are Knitting, Spinning, or other fiber arts crafting we hope you have a very wonderful holiday season and we thank you all for the great year! Merry Christmas!
Jim and Tracey Schuh Interlacements Yarns

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Fall into Winter Spinning Retreat

Polwarth Roving dyed up in Gills Rock colorway

Montana retreat was a blast! I’ve never taken a formal spinning or fiber class before so it was my first time as a student. I LOVED it! The retreat was a Yarn and Yoga, put on by Kate Larson. It was held at the Boulder Hot Springs resort in Boulder Montana. I flew out of Green Bay to switch planes in Minneapolis and then Minneapolis to Helena. I packed light for the trip as all I needed was yoga clothing and swim suit and my spinning wheel.   The hotel is fantastic, old world charm and great healing vibes. We had access to the outdoor hot spings swimming pool and the indoor plunge and cold water plunge. WOW !!! I found out how I can turn into total mush after a massage session. Oh yea, there are massage therapists on staff and my mother treated me to an hour and a half massage! Thank you Mom!!

The food was great, healthy, organic and wonderfully tasty. I wore slippers all day long and totally got relaxed in the hot springs. Our wonderful Yoga instructor Kelly really did her research on what muscles we needed to work and relax and made the class so nice to be in.

Needless to say, I learned a lot from Kate on spinning the different fibers and why and how to . Each student also created a journal of their spinning fibers with personalized notes and pictures.

I made some new friends at the retreat, and will enjoy seeing how they grow in their spinning also.

What a wonderful way to start off the fall time.

Got home just in time to pack up and head for North Carolina . We do a fiber show there called SAFF. I LOVE this show. My customers come in year after year to show me what project they made with my yarns and I love seeing them.

 

Jim had a good time giving out trick or treat candy to the kids and beaded bracelet kits to the adults. This year we rented a house with friends and enjoyed that too.

Now it’s back to work for me, no more shows until February. I’ve been dyeing up all sorts of yarns and making warp chains and socks. I’ll post them in a bit.

 

We have our kids coming home for Turkey day so I’m getting ready for that too. My little B. likes to get into MiMi’s spinning stuff and knitting so I’ll put it up outta reach and save me the worrry (and him the temptation) and as my daughter once said, “Happy Birthday Turkey!”

We had some crazy summer, huh?

Hi everyone! We had some crazy summer, huh?

Montana colorway created for my yoga and yarn retreat

I have to say I am glad it’s not so hot and humid now. When it’s 90 degrees outside it’s unbelievably unbearable in my dye studio. Our new website is up and running and shows you a couple new yarn/items. We have added Hand dyed combed top in Falkland Island Polwarth and a Superwash Merino. Both spin wonderfully and dye vibrant colors. Our roving is available in all of our standard colorways and semi solids just like the yarns.

I’m headed to Boulder HotSprings Montana for a yoga and yarn spinning retreat with Kate Larson teaching! Pretty excited for that adventure you can imagine. I have been making socks again on my antique sock machine, and love the way it cranks out the new Toasty Toes yarn and Tippy Toes yarn.

We also have a few changes coming up this next year, with the biggest one being that Jim will be retiring and joining me in the business more. We would love to add a few shows
Or festivals, and add some trunk shows , with me teaching a few more classes again. Our shops will be able to order on the website now, just email me for your access code.

Happy fall y’all!   Tracey