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The Wareham Council on Aging has announced its March calendar of events, including craft sessions, painting and a St Patrick’s Day Irish lunch.

Each event is hosted at the Multiservice Center, 48 Marion Rd. Unless otherwise specified. If local schools are closed due to bad weather, the Senior Center also closes, the council said.

March 7: Judith Grassi will host a discussion on current events, both local and international, at 10 am in the gymnasium lounge. Discussions will continue on a monthly basis. Call 508-291-3130 to register.

8 March: Barbara Pelletier will host a craft class at 1 p.m. at the Cranberry Café. Different professions will be highlighted each month. Registration is required by calling 508-219-3130. A $2 donation is requested.

March 9: The four-week acrylic painting course begins and costs $40. Call 508-291-3130 for more information and to register.

March 9 and 23: The Wednesday walking group will meet at 10:30 a.m. at the YMCA. Retired international walking and running coach Deborah Sandoli will lead the walking group. Call 508-291-3130 to register.

March 11: The Wareham Garden Club will host Garden Therapy at 10:30 a.m. Create a garden arrangement with the help of the club. Reserve your spot by calling 508-291-3130.

the 17th of March: Enjoy a St. Patrick’s Day Irish stew lunch after a presentation by storyteller Jackson Gillman. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the music will be provided by the duo Al and Pauline. Reserve by March 11 by calling Cheryl at 508-291-3100-(6514). A donation of $2.50 is suggested. Gillman’s presentation is supported by a grant from the Wareham Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the state’s Massachusetts Cultural Council.

March 23: Play bingo at 12:30 p.m. for a draw of $75 in lottery tickets. Bingo is cash only, cards are 50 cents each and tickets are $1 each or 8 for $5.

March 23: Make greeting cards in a 9:15 class. Materials are provided to make 4-5 cards. Register by calling 508-291-3130. A $3 donation is requested.

March 25: Pickup for food delivery order from 9am to 10am if you are registered with the Greater Boston Food Bank. Call 508-291-3130 for more information.

March 29: District Attorney Tim Cruz and Plymouth County Sheriff Joseph MacDonald will lead the TRIAD program at 10 a.m. Baked goods will be provided by the Culinary Arts Department at Wareham High School.

Recurring activities

Mondays

Cribbage games start at 10 a.m. in room 208

The knitting group starts at 10 a.m. Advanced and beginners must call 508-219-3130 to register.

Marge Blinstrub will lead fitness classes at Wareham’s Free Library. Circuit classes are held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and cost $3 per class.

Tuesdays

Mahjong games start at 1 p.m. at the Cranberry Café

Physical activities hosted at the Multiservices Center. Chair volleyball starts at 10 a.m. and Tai Chi starts at 1:15 p.m.

Join a weekly coffee and conversation group from 9-10 a.m. at the Cranberry Café.

Pick up free lunches to go courtesy of Old Colony Elder Services between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. Lunches are available on Tuesdays and Thursdays and meals must be reserved three days in advance by calling 508-291-3130. The menu is available in the Senior Beacon and on Facebook.

Wednesdays

Make carpets for the homeless with the material provided at 1 p.m. in room 102.

Thursdays

Chair yoga starts at 2 p.m.

Fridays

Marge Blinstrub will lead fitness classes at Wareham’s Free Library. Country line dancing classes take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. and cost $3 per class.

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Independent designers get creative with yarns and dyes https://BellaKnitting.com/independent-designers-get-creative-with-yarns-and-dyes/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 20:03:37 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/independent-designers-get-creative-with-yarns-and-dyes/

When you see a cute handmade sweater, you know it took a long time to make.

Knitting or crocheting is only part of it. (A fun online calculator at www.lovecrafts.com estimates how long it would take from a basic scarf to a blanket, baby booties or patterned garment; figure between 20 and 80 hours.)

Before that, however, there are those who make the threads. Independent artisans are making new things with wool and other fibers, including recycled plastic, as well as dyes.

Samantha Myrhe, owner of RavensWood Fiber Co. in Nova Scotia, Canada, started a dozen years ago with a few sheep, and her third generation of lambs were sheared this fall. She sells her yarns online and at local markets, and gives her quirky dyes quirky names, like Sea Glass, a dreamy water-hued blend; Fireflies, in the starry colors of the night sky; and Autumn Drive, evoking a ride through an autumn forest.

“Dyeing is chemistry,” she says. “Although the process we use is a simple heat and acid-vinegar process to fix colors, the underlying chemistry involves the bonding of a color molecule to a wool molecule. More or less molecules , color more or less intense.

She found that using water from the local municipal system created unpredictable colors, so she turned to well water instead. Yet there is an element of luck: more rain means more minerals in the water. “More minerals mean my reds can be more orange, my blacks break up and go gold. It’s crazy,” she says.

Myrrh has a good group of reliable and “stable” colors, but also what the indie dye world calls OOAK: One of a Kinds.

“The magic of what the dye gods gave me that day,” she says.

Different fibers take dye in different ways. Alpaca hues tend towards pastels because they don’t absorb as much color. Nylon and silk absorb dye and, when mixed with merino wool, provide a beautiful depth of color.

Some dyers are exploring other types of wool, including yak, cashmere and Australian Polwarth sheep, which has a strong, silky character good for many woven projects.

The wool gets high marks for durability; as the International Wool Textile Organization notes, it is renewable, biodegradable and recyclable. Around the world, many farms, studios and workshops produce yarn and other textile products using techniques with low environmental impact, including recycling water and using little or no additives.

Britt-Marie Alm, who runs Love Fest Fibers in San Francisco, offers small-batch yarns from sustainably operated mills on the West Coast, Nepal and Tibet. Alm has had a decades-long love of Tibetan culture ever since he joined a community service project at a local high school. She learned spinning and weaving techniques from Tibetan artisans and now supports several women-led collectives there and in the United States.

Her soft, chunky yarns include Color Core, in which she weaves ethically sourced merino wool around colorful organic cotton fiber; the result looks like a woolly Twizzler. Alm came up with the idea during the pandemic.

“I was spending more time indoors, as we all were, and became captivated by the amazing weaves made by customers exploring inside our yarn,” she says. “Their techniques centered around cutting the threads to show the inner cross section, and it was mesmerizing – the textures and color gradients were just stunning.”

Along with her partners at the Washington State factory — a mother-daughter team that also breeds a few alpacas — she developed seven Color Core colorways.

Love Fest also offers a naturally fluffy yak yarn called kullu, which looks like cashmere, without the sheep shearing.

“The last few years have seen a reinvention of what yarn can do,” Alm says. She cites a range of knitted and crocheted homewares, from baskets and rugs to pillows and poufs. The chunky yarn and huge stitches that make these projects possible, she says, are more than just visually striking.

“It’s also very gratifying to be able to complete a project so quickly. It has captured the imagination of a new generation of fiber artists who learn to knit a big basket and then go on to explore macrame and weaving,” she says.

Sustainable options for yarn now also include recycled linen and plastic fiber.

“I grew up crocheting and knitting so many polyester and acrylic yarns; it seemed such a shame that more recycled materials were not being used,” says Alm.

She worked with her mill to create ReLove, a fiber that blends plastic water bottles with merino to create a soft, chunky yarn available in colors like denim, curry, fog and leche. The sets contain 40 meters of yarn, which saves about 10 plastic bottles from landfills, she says.

Other notable independent operations include farm/mill combos like Red Hill Fiber Mill in Taswell, Indiana, which raises alpacas, runs educational tours, and spins and sells yarn and wool products gleaned from their herd. Lydia Christiansen’s Abundant Earth Fiber, on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, features wool spun from East Frisian sheep that graze just down the road from her mill.

Myrhe and Alm say that independently made dyes and yarns tell stories that make a knitted piece more valuable to the wearer.

Myrhe loves the journey that the dyes take her on. Often her best finds, she says, are “happy accidents,” and she tries to jot everything down quickly. “I lost a lot of treasures thinking I would remember and save later. I couldn’t remember, and the most beautiful coppery red eluded me for years, only to be found by chance a few months later.

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Crafts: Indie Designers Get Creative With Yarns and Dyes | Way of life https://BellaKnitting.com/crafts-indie-designers-get-creative-with-yarns-and-dyes-way-of-life/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:00:00 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/crafts-indie-designers-get-creative-with-yarns-and-dyes-way-of-life/

(AP) — When you see a nice handmade sweater, you know it took a long time to make.

Knitting or crocheting is only part of it. (A fun online calculator at www.lovecrafts.com estimates how long it would take from a basic scarf to a blanket, baby booties or patterned garment; figure between 20 and 80 hours.)

Before that, however, there are those who make the threads. Independent artisans are making new things with wool and other fibers, including recycled plastic, as well as dyes.

Samantha Myrhe, owner of RavensWood Fiber Co. in Nova Scotia, Canada, started a dozen years ago with a few sheep, and her third generation of lambs were sheared this fall. She sells her yarns online and at local markets, and gives her quirky dyes quirky names, like Sea Glass, a dreamy water-hued blend; Fireflies, in the starry colors of the night sky; and Autumn Drive, evoking a ride through an autumn forest.

“Dyeing is chemistry,” she says. “Although the process we use is a simple heat and acid-vinegar process to set the colors, the underlying chemistry involves the bonding of a color molecule to a wool molecule. More or less molecules , color more or less intense.

She found that using water from the local municipal system created unpredictable colors, so she turned to well water instead. Yet there is an element of luck: more rain means more minerals in the water. “More minerals mean my reds can be more orange, my blacks break up and go gold. It’s crazy,” she says.

Myrrh has a good group of reliable and “stable” colors, but also what the indie dye world calls OOAK: One of a Kinds.

“The magic of what the dye gods gave me that day,” she says.

Different fibers take dye in different ways. Alpaca hues tend towards pastels because they don’t absorb as much color. Nylon and silk absorb dye and, when mixed with merino wool, provide a beautiful depth of color.

Some dyers are exploring other types of wool, including yak, cashmere and Australian Polwarth sheep, which has a strong, silky character good for many woven projects.

The wool gets high marks for durability; as the International Wool Textile Organization notes, it is renewable, biodegradable and recyclable. Around the world, many farms, studios and workshops produce yarn and other textile products using techniques with low environmental impact, including recycling water and using little or no additives.

Britt-Marie Alm, who runs Love Fest Fibers in San Francisco, offers small-batch yarns from sustainably operated mills on the West Coast, Nepal and Tibet. Alm has had a decades-long love of Tibetan culture ever since he joined a community service project at a local high school. She learned spinning and weaving techniques from Tibetan artisans and now supports several women-led collectives there and in the United States.

Her soft, chunky yarns include Color Core, in which she weaves ethically sourced merino wool around colorful organic cotton fiber; the result looks like a woolly Twizzler. Alm came up with the idea during the pandemic.

“I was spending more time indoors, as we all were, and became captivated by the amazing weaves made by customers exploring inside our yarn,” she says. “Their techniques centered around cutting the threads to show the inner cross section, and it was mesmerizing – the textures and color gradients were just stunning.”

Along with her partners at the Washington State factory — a mother-daughter team that also breeds a few alpacas — she developed seven Color Core colorways.

Love Fest also offers a naturally fluffy yak yarn called kullu, which looks like cashmere, without the sheep shearing.

“The last few years have seen a reinvention of what yarn can do,” Alm says. She cites a range of knitted and crocheted homewares, from baskets and rugs to pillows and poufs. The chunky yarn and huge stitches that make these projects possible, she says, are more than just visually striking.

“It’s also very gratifying to be able to complete a project so quickly. It has captured the imagination of a new generation of fiber artists who learn to knit a large basket and then go on to explore macrame and weaving,” she says.

Sustainable options for yarn now also include recycled linen and plastic fiber.

“I grew up crocheting and knitting so many polyester and acrylic yarns; it seemed such a shame that more recycled materials were not being used,” says Alm.

She worked with her mill to create ReLove, a fiber that blends plastic water bottles with merino to create a soft, chunky yarn available in colors like denim, curry, fog and leche. The sets contain 40 meters of yarn, which saves about 10 plastic bottles from landfills, she says.

Other notable independent operations include farm/mill combos like Red Hill Fiber Mill in Taswell, Indiana, which raises alpacas, runs educational tours, and spins and sells yarn and wool products gleaned from their herd. Lydia Christiansen’s Abundant Earth Fiber, on Whidbey Island north of Seattle, features wool spun from East Frisian sheep that graze just down the road from her mill.

Yarn enthusiast Michelle Thymmons has compiled a list of popular Instagram yarn dyers in North America and Europe on her website www.vamicreations.com. They include a multigenerational family at Bumblebee Farm in Davis, Illinois, who raise sheep and rabbits, dye and make their own knitting fibers, and run Harry Potter, “Lord of the Dead”-themed yarn clubs. Rings” and “Game of Thrones”. .”

Knitwear and pattern designer Norman Schwarze in Munich, Germany has a global compilation at www.nimble-needles.com that includes Vivid Wool outside of Reykjavik, Iceland; Son Wishbone in South Africa and The Blue Brick in Ontario, Canada.

The company Yarnspirations has developed a new format for the ball itself – a lifesaver-shaped ring called O’Go which it says is less prone to tangles. O’Go is available under different brands and in a range of colours.

Myrhe and Alm say that independently made dyes and yarns tell stories that make a knitted piece more valuable to the wearer.

Myrhe loves the journey that the dyes take her on. Often her best finds, she says, are “happy accidents,” and she tries to jot everything down quickly. “I lost a lot of treasures thinking I would remember and save later. I couldn’t remember, and the most beautiful coppery red eluded me for years, only to be found by chance a few months later.

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Clubs, crafts, movies and games https://BellaKnitting.com/clubs-crafts-movies-and-games/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 11:05:39 +0000 https://BellaKnitting.com/clubs-crafts-movies-and-games/

The Monroe County Public Library offers local residents the chance to read, learn, connect and create. The Downtown Library is located at 303 E. Kirkwood Ave. and the Ellettsville branch is at 600 W. Temperance St. All events are free. Funding for the event is provided by the Friends of the Library Foundation.

Story time and the discovery of preschool

In preschool story time, stories, songs and nursery rhymes inspire your child to talk, sing and play with books and words, followed by Preschool Discovery – fun and open art experiences, STEAM adventures and the letter exploration. It’s 10-10: 25am and 10: 30-11: 15am Thursday in Ellettsville A and B meeting rooms. Suitable for ages 3-6 and caregivers. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.

Storytime in ASL Sign Language

Learn targeted American Sign Language vocabulary through stories, songs, and games. For preschool children aged 3 to 6 and their guardians. It’s 10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Friday in the children’s program room at the downtown library. Register at mcpl.info/calendar.