a Super Crafty week in Portland + a new yarn, too May 30, 2007

The ladies of Portland Super Crafty and I are beyond excited to announce that Vickie Howell named one of her brand-new yarns in the CRAFT line after us! It was so sweet of her to think of us, and she gave us such a gorgeous color, too — very superhero-y. Her CRAFT yarns are all 35% milk fiber/65% organic cotton, perfect for warm-weather knitting. Torie, Cathy, Rachel and I are all thrilled! The new colors premiere this summer, I can’t wait.

Super Crafty yarn swatch -- CRAFT by Vickie Howell
the first Super Crafty swatch, knit up by Vickie herself!

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not an especially skilled knitter, but now that I have a new favorite yarn I will re-dedicate myself to the craft… that would be great for baby things, or the Market Bag on Vickie’s site. And then I’ve been wanting to learn to crochet, especially after seeing Linda‘s pretty designs. Okay, it’s a plan then.

In the meantime, there is a lot of cool crafty stuff going on in Portland over the next week — here’s a heads up:

PDX Super Crafty is teaching three more free craft classes at the library in the next few days, please mark your calendars and come hang out with us! Register for any or all of them online or by calling the library at 503.988.5234.

Midland, Sunday, June 3, 2-3:30 p.m.: shrines
Hollywood, June 5, 6-7:30 p.m.: shrines
Rockwood, June 6, 6-7:30 p.m.: paper and fabric jewelry

We had a great time at the Northwest library craft-in last Sunday (after stopping by the big crafty swap, of course). People made all kinds of amazing matchbox shrines! We were really wowed. Torie made a special one for her grandfather’s birthday, and I put this monkey shrine together for a certain nephew of mine:

Julian's matchbox shrine

It was so fun — thanks again to the Multnomah County Library for being so crafty, and generously hosting us.

And then of course, Sunday is also the lov.li craft fair — don’t miss it!

lov.li craft fair this Sunday!

Torie will be giving a talk on crafty business, which is exclusively for lov.li members before the fair officially opens to the public at 11, and then from 2:45-4:00, Carye will be demoing the mini-letterpress for the IPRC. There are dozens of vendors selling cool handmade stuff, plus cocktails (this is 21+ by the way), a DJ, a free crafty table, and a raffle. I will be there in spirit… but sadly, I’m missing all the PDX weekend awesomeness for a trip to Seattle — more on that shortly, it’s for a good reason!

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