April 21, 2011

Next MEETING: April 28, 2011 7:00 PM

TAKE NOTICE; This month's meeting is on Thursday evening, instead of the usual Wednesday because of a conflict with the library room.

PROGRAM: Jackie Post talking about her Jacobs Sheep

Jackie owns three of this unusual breed and did a bit of research before deciding to buy them. She will show slides and have a fleece so we can see the wool up close. She will also have som projects she has completed from their wool.

Fourteenth Annual

June 4, 2011
10am to 4pm

Retzlaff Winery
1356 S. Livermore Ave, Livermore
$5 entry per person
[on the left, just past City Hall & the Police Station]

From Will and Kate's humble idea for a day of spinning and "picnicing" fourteen years ago, to today's wonderful, day-long extravaganza, our event has really grown.

For any new members, this is a day of fun with lots of other fiber people from around the Bay Area. Everyone is invited to bring their wheel or knitting, and a pot-luck dish to share for a delicious big lunch. The weather can be warm or cool, be prepared for either. There are big pepperwood trees and lots of lawn space to spread out with your group. Chairs are available, but you can bring a favorite fold-up chair if you like. Paper plates, silverware and napkins are supplied by the guild.

One of the most looked-forward-to doings of the day are the drawings held at about 2 pm. Every vendor, along with our own members, are encouraged to donate a nice item for the drawings. Quite a few wonderful things have been donated in the past.

Most, if not all, of the following vendors will be here again:

Nebo Rock Ranch - Janet Heppler
Shetland fleece grown by Beverly Flemming
Jacob fleece grown by Robin Lynde
Cashmere from Barbara Fiorica's goats
Cormo fleece from Sue Reuser
Black Diamond Alpacas - Donna Daychuk
RenCon Ranch with Shetland fleece
Shaggy Bear Farms - Wendy Hansen
Dreamy Goat Design Studio - Mary Finley
Carolina Homespun [lots of spinning related goodies]
Morro Fleece Works [a carding mill]
Vintage Buttons - Annabell Yurutuen
San Francisco Fibers - Lou Grantham

There will be a list of jobs that need to be done throughout the day passed around at the next two meetings. Plan on participating in some way to help with the work.

2011 California Classic Alpaca Show

Alameda County Fairgrounds, Pleasanton

April 30 and May 1, 2011

This will be a full fleece halter show that will include a spin-off and performance demos. Come by and check out all the cute alpacas, as well as the beautiful goods made from their soft wool.

information: www.calpaca.org/classic/schedule.htm
You may even see one up close!

As a bonus: there will also be a quilt show featured at the fairgrounds that same week end.

Entry to the Alpaca show is free and $8 to the quilt show.
Parking at the fairgrounds is $8