Don’t forget to check out our event this Friday, October 24th at Portland Dry Goods! Swans Island Artisans, dyer Jackie Graf and weaving studio manager Laura Matthews, will be on-hand for demonstrations in spinning, dyeing, and weaving – all processes involved in making our beautiful blankets, throws, wraps, scarves and cowls.
Jackie has been with Swans Island for 5 years, and is heavily involved with product development and colors in the yarn department. She is an accomplished fiber artist who also teaches spinning and natural dyeing at fibers events throughout the country. She will bring her dyepot and spinning skills to PDG for an afternoon of fiber and color! Laura has a degree in fibers and is the weaving manager at the Swans Island studios. She creates custom designs for our clients and keeps the looms running smoothly. She will bring her weaving and knitting skills!
Weekend escapes about Maine in October are our favorite times of the year. The leaves turn delicious hues of red, gold, and orange, giving every town a vibrant glow. Pumpkins abound. And the colder days and nights call for light layers and hats. Swans Island cowls and scarves are perfect for fall days–crafted with the finest organic merino wool and using processes that uphold their natural loft, they’re the quintessence of style and warm sophistication.
We love the way they keep us warm on short walks into town or on long drives to our favorite leaf-peeping spots right here in Maine. Here is a short list of where we like to play, explore, and soak in the natural beauty of Maine. Where do you like to spend your days in October?
Top 5 Spots to visit this Fall for weekend escapes in Maine:
For all you knitters out there, Jimmy Beans Wool is hosting a Knit-A-Long featuring our very own Anna Cowl pattern. A Knit-A-Long is a project-based knitting circle that is hosted among either local knitting groups or wider online communities. This Knit-A-Long for the Swans Island Anna Cowl will be hosted on the Jimmy Beans Wool blog and on their Ravelry Discussion Board.
For more information on the Knit-Along, which runs January 25 through mid-February, visit the JBW website at www.jimmybeanswool.com. Our blogger and head of yarn sales, Irene, will be casting on for the Knit-A-Long. Let us know if you’ll be joining the Knit-A-Long, too. Or send us photos of your finished cowls.