rhinebeck sheep + wool festival

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New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck, NY, also commonly referred to as “Rhinebeck,” is an incredible wool fest taking place every third weekend in October. Two jam-packed days of fiber vendors, workshops, artwork, livestock, and fall colors!

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This was an incredible Rhinebeck, not only because it was nido’s first visit, but Fall was at its peak. Oh, the leaves!

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First stop: PomPom Quarterly Magazine

The incredible Olga Buraya-Kefelian was on hand sharing her new Suffragette cloche pattern from the upcoming Winter 2015 PomPom Issue. Getting to thumb through the new issue was a treat.

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Incredible time meeting some great fiber artists from across the country, including, A Verb for Keeping Warms Kristine Vejar whose book, The Modern Natural Dyer is AMAZING.

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Somehow we made it out of there with out purchasing TOO much yarn. A favorite vendor was Catskill Merino Yarn. 

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Definitely looking forward to returning next year!

 

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charm pack baby quilt

Thanks to Brita for sharing her Cotton + Steel charm pack baby quilt! 

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Brita paired One Cotton + Steel Mochi 5 X 5 charm pack designed by Rashida Coleman-Hale with Robert Kaufman Chambray Dots in Indigo to create this gender neutral baby quilt for her first grandchild. This was also her first time free-motion quilting. SO lovely!

*photo credit: Brita

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staff project: Melissa’s Flax Pullover!

nido’s Melissa finished knitting her first sweater! WAHOOOO!

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She knit her son the Tin Can Knits’ Flax Pullover out of Swan’s Island Natural Colors Worsted. She loved working with a worsted weight yarn and taking creative liberties with the yellow and green striping! She has already started her next sweater for her daughter, the Cradle Cardigan, in Quince and Co. Chickadee.

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Such a cutie. Looking forward to more of Melissa’s knitting adventures!

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knitting II dates just released!

Join us on Wednesday’s January, 13th, 20th and 27th  from 6:00 – 8:00 and add some new skills to your knitting repretoire.
In this 3 part class, increase your beginner knitting skills with instructor Betsy Freeman and learn how to make a pair of fingerless mitts on double pointed needles.
Space is limited so sign up today!
802-881-0068

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quince and co. sparrow and kestrel trunk show

Now through November 20th, nido will be hosting the Quince and Co. Sparrow and Kestrel linen trunks shows!

Kestrel is a heavy worsted/aran weight linen yarn and Sparrow is a fingering weight.
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yarrow in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 

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peony in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection

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azalea tank in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection

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hibiscus in kestrel by pam allen / kestrel 2015 collection 

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forsythia in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection

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petunia in sparrow by pam allen / sparrow 2015 collection 

These garments are so beauteous. Can’t get enough of that drape.

Come down to the shop and try on these lovelies!

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recap: april rhodes weaving workshop

Most of you know April Rhodes for her pattern and fabric designer reputation but these days the Ohio based designer is branching out and exploring her love of weaving.

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We were lucky enough to host April for an Intro to Weaving Workshop held at the Burlington Firehouse Gallery in late September.

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April explains weaving as an ancient art form that explores the use of fiber, color and texture. She enjoys the the slow rhythm and meditative quality of weaving and encourages people to slow down and enjoy the process.

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Participants learned the fundamentals of tapestry weaving while creating their very own piece of unique hanging art.

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Each weaving was created out of 1 of 3 color ways offered for the workshop but no two weavings were alike.

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One of my favorite parts of the workshop was watching everyone’s weaving change shape and unfold.

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It was great spending the day learning rya knots and fishbone weaves from the inspirational April. AND creating our very own piece of wall art to top it off!

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What an incredible group!

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A big thanks to April and all who participated in the workshop. For those of you who missed it but are interested in picking up weaving, nido is now stocking all weaving supplies including Ashford lap looms, roving, cones of cotton warp, and more weaving yarn packs!

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knits for kids

The Baby Latte Coat by Lisa Chemery is a sophisticated baby sweater perfect for bundling up your little one. Knit out of The Fibre Company Tundra, it is super soft and luxurious too.

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What are you knitting for your little ones this fall?

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vermont state homes features nido!

Over on Vermont State Homes today, a spotlight on nido! check it out here.

Thanks for the write up and check out some of their other great local features.

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We were recently featured in an article, “Stop By and Get Inspired!”. If you’re interested in Vermont Real Estate, check out what they have to offer for Burlington, VT Homes for Sale.

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woolfolk yarn + patterns

nido welcomes Woolfolk yarn and patterns to the shop!

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Woolfolk is inspired by Kristin Ford’s Danish heritage and her grandmother, Katherine Temple Woolfolk, who taught her how to knit at age 5. When the last name of “Woolfolk” run’s in the family, it might be destiny to design and create amazing yarn!

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Woolfolk comes in three great weights: a chainette worsted, two fingering yarns including a marled, and a new bulky (arriving to nido shelves October 2015). This yarn is extremely soft, comparable to cashmere. With a micron count of 17.5, Woolfolk has the softness of cashmere with the wearability of merino.

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More about that buttery merino. It comes from Ovis 21, a sustainable cooperative in Argentina’s Patagonian grasslands, who believe in responsible land management and the conservation of all that use the land. This wool is not only super soft, but has been sustainably curated from land to sheep to consumer. Kristin Ford also donates a portion of her proceeds back to Ovis 21.

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Woolfolk’s patterns are modern, clean, and are compiled from some great designers from Melanie Berg to Bristol Ivy to creator of Woolfolk Kristin Ford, herself.

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We love this luxuriously soft yarn, the beautifully designed patterns, and the company’s social and environmental responsibility!

*all photos courtesy of Woolfolk.  

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upcoming class: Learn to Knit 1

In this three-part class, learn the basics of knitting while making your very first hat!

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Begin with swatching a gauge and casting on. Learn to knit and purl in the round on a circular needle. Complete by switching to double pointed needles to decrease and bind off.

*Please expect some at home knitting in order to make it through the project by the end of the class.

$78, Materials included.
Wed., Sep. 16, 23 & 30, 6-8 p.m

Only a couple of spots available! Call the shop or head on downtown to nido to sign up.

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