Our August program will be a presentation by Dave Zandberg of ZZ Alpacas (zzalpacas.com). On a farm in Dallas, Oregon, Dave and his wife, Sue Zofchak, raise about 50 alpacas, 7 angora goats, some llamas, some sheep, and a few dozen other assorted animals. Dave and Sue are regulars at many local yarn events selling the yarn and fiber made from their herd. Dave has agreed to come and tell us all about the farm, the yarn, and what it’s like living with an alpaca herd.
We’re going to do a Knit-A-Long (KAL) with their yarn and fiber and hope you’ll join. Most KALs are based on a pattern and everybody knits the same one. We’re going to mix it up a bit and have everybody use some of Dave’s yarn or fiber – alpaca, mohair, or a blend – with whatever pattern you’d like. (more…)
Long-time TKG member Y’vonne Cutright shared some of her many interesting knitting experiences and amazing work at our July meeting. She’s attended knitting camp with Elizabeth Zimmermann(!), discussed Shetland shawl knitting with native Shetlander, Patrician Johnston (she started The Shetland Tracer which has since been taken over by her daughter – well-known designer Gudrun Johnston)(!), helped a friend get 1,600 machine-knit Christmas pillows out the door(!), knit a dress(!), and taught many classes. Somewhere along in there, Ellen Bernat of Bernat Yarns asked her to design for the company(!), and while that didn’t happen, Y’vonne has designed and knit numerous pieces for other people and companies.
Our speaker, Raya Budrevich, began her business Blissful Knits by dyeing yarn in her kitchen. As she explained, she has now graduated to a better set-up in her garage, taking over her husband’s former beer brewing sink to rinse the beautiful colors she hand dyes there.
She brought a large selection of skeins and arranged them in bowls like candy, as she described how she decided to become a hand dyer and how the business is growing. Raya also showed samples of lovely shawls she has designed that work well with these speckled and variegated yarns. Often, she sets them off with plainer grey or other solid-color yarns.