may 2014

THE MARYLAND SHEEP & WOOL SHOW : BE PREPARED

The first weekend in May is nearing and that means that the Maryland Sheep and Wool Show is upon us. This is the time to pay your $70 fee for the bus trip on Sunday, May 4, from Cumberland. Please pay by check or credit card at Millicent’s or call 301-722-8100 or 855-301-8200 (toll free) with a credit card number.

What will you receive for your $70?           

 A worry free ride on a luxury bus to and from Cumberland

Juice drinks and homemade snacks                                                             

Someone who watches over you (Mel and your "buddy") 

Bottled water and energy snacks for your time at the Festival

A catalog of the MD Sheep & Wool Show to peruse on the bus

A T-shirt with a Millicent's Logo on the front and a catchy phrase on the back  (If you haven't yet given us your size, I will be ordering a Large or X-Large for you.  Beware is  you are a SM!)


                     

Our bus to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Show leaves bright and early at 7AM on Sunday, May 4.  Please meet at 6:45 in front of the Ramada (formerly Holiday) Inn on George Street in Cumberland.  Parking is available in the parking garage across the street.  We have more "trippers” than last year and I have had to order a larger bus.   There are still some spaces available, so if you are a procrastinator it is time to call in now to reserve a spot for yourself.

It is always helpful to be prepared, so here is a list of things to bring/wear/consider:

Comfortable, closed-toe shoes
Clothing that you can layer and un-layer
A brimmed hat
An umbrella or light rain gear (if the forecast is ugly)
Water
Snacks
Bug Repellant
Sun screen
A camera
A charged cell phone
A bag or backpack for your purchases
Money for Lunch and Dinner
Money or credit card for purchases

Things you'll want to see at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival:

The sheep sheds (or parade of sheep at noon)
The sheep dog demonstration
The broom man
The current year's Sheep & Wool T-shirt
The sheep and goat cheese vendors
The heirloom plants for sale
The many many many yarn vendors
The variety of color in hand-dyed yarns
The fleeces for sale
The beautiful woodwork in the turned spindles             


SUMMER HOURS BEGIN IN MAY

Summer hours begin May 1.  These will continue through the end of August.
 
Tuesday through Saturday: 11:00 - 5:00
Thursday:  11:00 - 6:30
Sunday:  1:00 - 4:00

You'll also find that our class offerings are fewer in May than other months.  Over the 12 years that Millicent's has been open, I've found that people are in their gardens (me, too!) in May. However our long-running classes and year-long Knit-Alongs will continue and we will have one Introduction to Knitting Class in May on Thursday evenings starting at 5:30.   Please note that 10:30 classes will begin at 11:00 during summer hours.  All the time changes are on our calendar and class listings.

SOMETHING NEW ON MILLICENT'S WEBSITE

The Millicent's Yarns & More site on Facebook has served many purposes over the last several years:  1) entertainment, 2) reminder of upcoming classes, 3) notices of closure because of holidays or weather, 4) great and interesting visuals.  I want to add two more purposes this spring: 5) a review of yarns and 6) notice of new patterns. 

However, many Millicent customers do not use Facebook and don't get these messages.  But, I have found a solution!

You will now find Milllicent's Facebook notices from Mel on Millicent's website homepage.  Look to the left and down.  The "Like" box comes first.  You can ignore that.  But the good stuff is just below that.  There are no comments from others.  There is no gossip.  There are no political or religious statements.  Just good stuff about yarn and knitting and crochet and sheep.  Scroll down to see messages and pictures from previous days and weeks.

ANOTHER PARTY AT MR. TOAD'S POTTERY

We have a lot of fun decorating our very own yarn bowls at Mr.Toad's Pottery last month.  The yarn bowls allow a ball of yarn to roll within its walls as you use it rather than rolling across the floor. There are several shapes and depths to choose from.  Some folk painted the yarn bowl with figures or designs, while others used the special effect of the paints. We had so much fun, in fact, that are repeating the event.  So here it is: 

                Friday, May 30, 7:00 - 10:00.  Bring your creativity and a snack to share.

                              

SUMMER YARNS HAVE ARRIVED

Summer yarns are coming in.  In this newsletter the spotlight is on Uluru, mainly because has more artificial fiber than yarns I usually bring into Millicent's.  It is made up of 55% Cotton, 26% Acrylic, 19% Polyester with approximately 410 yards per 100g that knits to 4.5-6 stitches per inch on a US 3-10 needle.


                          

Uluru has a soft halo that softens the knitted fabric made of it.  It has a subtle striping effect that lends interest to the fabric. And it is great for knitting a light weight shawl. 

I loved knitting with this yarn.  The model in the shop is "Fish Net Shawl" designed by Tempting Ewe Designs.  You'll find it to be lightweight and appealing.  And one of the best things is that it takes only one ball of Uluru -- only $12.50.  The one ball shortens the pattern by one tier of the lace pattern (as easy as knit one, knit two together), but nonetheless it makes a plenty large shawl.  Fish Net Shawl is available through Ravelry.  It is not a free Ravelry pattern, however you can purchase it easily right at Millicent's.  We'll print it out for you, you pay us the $4.50 for the design rights.  Then we get billed by Ravelry at the end of the month.  Easy, right?

                                  
 

A HINT ABOUT SUMMER CLASSES

Summer classes at Millicent's are short so you can fit them into your busy summer schedule. They may be only 1 day between 2 to 6 hours long.  They may meet days in a row.

Summer classes are skill-based and prepare you for fall and pre-holiday knitting.   That could sound, but think again.  You'll learn the basics of all sorts of techniques in these classes: lace, entrelac, multi-directional knitting, Fair Isle or stranded knitting, new cast-ons and bind-offs, fixing lace knitting.  We'll have some project based classes too: a crocheted bowl, a circular lace pillow cover, among others!  So get yourself ready for summer fun.  As always, Millicent's classes are free when you purchase your materials with us.

GREAT CLASSES STILL STARTING IN APRIL

 Some April classes will be starting soon. 

The Chain Reaction crocheted afghan class continues on Friday, April 18 and 25.  This class gives instruction on one crocheted square every week.  Join on in as time allows. 

On Saturday, April 19, a class on the Dreambird Shawl begins at 10:30am and a 3-week Entrelac Market Bag class begins at 2:00pm. 

                             

The "Help Me!" class on Tuesdays at 10:30 (11:00 in May) and the "Beyond Intro" class on Wednesdays at 3:00 continue. 

We will be closed on Easter Sunday, April 20, but will open the following Sunday, April 27, for the Building Blocks Afghan group.  Only one person came to our class last month, so we will look at two squares to help you all catch up.