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Archive for October 30th, 2008

Meet the Artist: LynnH Yarns at Rae’s, Sunday

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

colorjoybasketyarn16.jpgI am preparing for a big, fun event which will occur Sunday. At Rae’s Yarn Boutique in Lansing, Michigan, we are having a “Meet the Artist” event this Sunday, November 2, from 11am-3pm. I am dyeing all sorts of lovely yarns in preparation for the event.

This week’s yarns can be called my “Sea and Sky Collection.” The dyes I have been attracted to in my studio are mostly cool… from green, through turquoise, indigo, cobalt, royal purple, and plum. There is at least one raspberry as well, but the majority of the colorways thus far are cool and refreshing like a dip in the still lake. I think you will like them. (Photo top right is from a previous batch of yarns, all sold.)

I will have a large stock of my longstanding signature yarn, Cushy ColorSport. This is a DK weight yarn (the manufacturer called it Sport, thus the name), a gorgeous machine wash/machine dry merino wool, which feels like it is made of springs, it might as well have lycra content but it does not. Great stuff.

The ColorSport comes in 1/2 pound skeins, two skeins make a baby blanket, and can make a sweater in several sizes. DK yarn is thinner than Worsted-weight yarn, which means you get more square feet of knitted fabric for the same number of ounces, but this is dense enough to be warm with less thick fabric.

I will also have some Funky Felty, a yarn I released less than a year ago for the first time. It is an Aran/Heavy Worsted, which can substitute in favorite patterns for Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted (though it has a multiple-ply structure so it feels lighter).

And the big excitement? A cashmere-blend yarn intended for socks. This is thicker than standard fingering-weight sockyarn, it’s looking like a DK weight from its specifications. It’s squishy and soft and pettable. Lovely stuff. Rae has a skein of this for pre-display at her cash register right now, in a colorway I’m calling “Purpleberry.” (My dad always said blueberries were not blue, they looked purple to him… this colorway is several variations on purple plus a wonderful rich purple-blue.)

If you are in town and interested in wool, yarn or knitting, I hope you will be able to make it to the event. It will be something of a Party, with prizes. If you buy $40 in yarn you get a free pattern which will work with the yarn you purchased. Please consider stopping by!

Halloween: The Fabulous Heftones in Pontiac!

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

I received an official notice today from Maggie Ferguson of Live from the Living Room, announcing our Halloween concert this Friday. Here is what she wrote:


located in the atrium of
7 N. Saginaw St.
Pontiac, MI

Admission: $5.00/person
8:15 pm to 10:30 pm

With your hosts:

Happy Halloween!

This week is our big Halloween Spooktacular.

Dennis, Annie, Denise, Marilyn, Andy, Jack and I are going all out to bring you a very cool, haunted event! Our special guests will be THE FABULOUS HEFTONES whose vintage music will make the event particulary reminiscent of the Golden Age of Halloween – the Roaring Twenties!

Treats! Frightful Decorations! Costumes! Tricks! Prizes!

The Living Room believes in a kinder, gentler version of Halloween. No blood, maniacs, chain saws, or severed body parts will be present (unless you bring them yourself). For our part, we’re planning a good old-fashioned haunted Halloween party!

Costumes are encouraged, but not required.


MAGGIE FERGUSON and DENNIS KINGSBURY open the show with several of their own compositions as well as a few interesting covers.

Now featuring the music of FoxFire with Maggie Ferguson and Denise Marie Stein.

Special guest appearances by Marilyn and Andy Mather!

THE FABULOUS HEFTONES – “perform love songs and novelty numbers in the genre called “Tin Pan Alley.” The music was mostly written in New York City in the 1920’s, though they play music anywhere from the late 1800’s to the early 1930’s.

– Lynn plays a fun upright acoustic bass that looks like a large banjo. The instrument is called a Heftone, and it was invented/built by Brian’s father, Larry Hefferan. A friend named our band after the bass many years ago, and it stuck.

– Brian plays a mean ukulele, and we both sing and whistle. Brian also vocalizes in a style which can substitute for a trumpet solo. This style of singing was very common in the 1920’s. One performer who sometimes sang in this way was Cliff Edwards, otherwise known as Ukulele Ike.

If any of you will be in the area and looking for some fun, I am absolutely sure you will find it here. There will be many prizes and lots of good times. Please consider joining us!