As I sit here writing, the first snow flakes of the season are in the air. They are the type of snowflakes that never see the ground, but decidedly, they are there and fall is here. We always greet fall with mixed feelings. Summer at the mill is so beautiful and full of growth and visitors, we are sad to see it go. However, as the crisp air of fall drives us deep into our warm wool bedding and our cozy cowls and to our knitting, we are reminded of what wonderful things wool, and our little woolen mill, are. AND, there are still many exciting things happening at the mill throughout the fall!
First, we are loving our 2017 Fibre Artist Millstay with knitter and author, Sylvia Olsen. She’s spinning and knitting and designing and musing everyday – you can follow along with her through her blog. The Millstay is fast drawing to a close, but there are still a couple of chances to come knit along with Sylvia. On Thursday, September 28th, Custom Woolen Mills will be at the University of Calgary’s Harvest Fair with socks and yarn – drop by and say hello! Or, join us for our last Open Saturday of the year, 12pm to 4pm on September 30th.
Second, you can also join the mill at the Carstairs Museum on Saturday September 30th for Alberta Culture Days. We will have needle felting set up for folks to try and you can take the opportunity to see Sylvia’s historical collection of Coast Salish Knitting in the Carstairs Museum’s Pointen Art Gallery.
Third, if you’ve visited the mill this summer or been following along with us on social media, then you’ve probably noticed that we’re growing and collecting a good amount of natural dye stuff. Well, fall is the time to use it! We’ve been scheming and working to bring a dream of locally grown, naturally dyed yarn to our shop and that dream is growing ever closer to fruition. Last year’s fibre artist resident, Megan Samms, is joining us again for a stay and we’ve got some pretty fabulous plans in the works – so stay tuned!
As you dig into your fall knitting, we hope to see you out here at the Mill!