Resources & Events

Life moves forward like knitting does – one step, one stitch at a time.

In Vermont, farmhouse for reading, knitting, design.

Thursday June 29, 9 to 10 a.m., the life and work of Dorothy Weir Young, including a presentation and behind-the-scenes look at some of the park’s collection items. Learn of the life and work of J. Alden Weir’s middle daughter – a woman whose ambition and hard work led to the preservation of Weir Farm National Historic Site and made an impact in the art world that continues to resonate. The presentation will discuss Dorothy’s early immersion in the art world and her role in exhibiting and preserving her father’s work while also examining her evolution as an award winning artist and modern woman; with pieces representing several genres over her lifetime including some of the original linoleum blocks that Dorothy used in her art. Registration is free, but space is limited, so call to secure a spot, (203) 834-1896, ext. 28.

Summer Reads: The Code of the Extraordinary Mind: 10 Unconventional Laws to Redefine Your Life and Succeed On Your Own Terms by Vishen Lakhiani, ed-tech entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Mindvalley, an education technology company specialising in learning experience design. It’s got an app to go along with the book – photos, ideas, videos.

What drives you to create? At Common Ground on the Hill in Maryland, explore craft at Traditions Weeks – more than 275 beginner to advanced level workshops taught by renowned artists, musicians, creators and thinkers in disciplines ranging from music to dance, visual arts, film, writing, discussion, and human arts, discover the myriad ways to express your inner voice. For information visit A PDF catalog with all the listings linked here.

Heart of a tulip.

Send noteworthy listings and links for sheep and wool/fiber festivals/textile events to Find more country doings, events, family-friendly happenings, recipes and related news at Moo Dog Press Magazine. Yarn and products to be considered for review or for news items, send to the attention of the editor at the e-mail listed above.

Classic beauty, Audrey Hepburn, knitting.

Classic beauty, Audrey Hepburn, knitting.

Autumn events:

NY Sheep & Wool Show (aka “Rhinebeck”) Oct. 21 and Oct. 22.

Fiber Festival of New England, Nov. 4 and Nov. 5. For those interested in hosting a 2017 workshop, here is the link for an application (PDF) and more information

One in a million.

Harvesting color, with inspiration from Rowan Magazine 10 - included in the book - the glorious Kaffe Fassett plays with color, yarn and design.

Harvesting color, with inspiration from Rowan Magazine 10 – included in the book – the glorious Kaffe Fassett plays with color, yarn and design.

“The origin of knitting how long it has existed in its present form or nearly so would be a difficult matter to trace. It is supposed by many that the oldest and simplest form was that done by shepherds. They gathered the wool torn off their sheep by the thorns; washed. carded. and spun it. They then wound it into balls and converted it by means of one wooden pin which they cut for themselves into gloves with only a thumb and mittens. After awhile a second pin was added a third and then a fourth. Few English knitters use more than four pins to knit with, but in Germany, France, Switzerland, and the Netherlands, five short needles and even six are commonly used. Wales has always been a great knitting country. The women may be seen riding on their sure-footed, rough ponies to market sitting between their panniers of butter and eggs, and as they jerk along from side to side with the uneasy jog trot of their beasts, knitting with the greatest rapidity. … The Welsh never use the stiff steel pins common in England, a much cheaper and very inferior iron pin which bends so easily that one often sees it almost doubled in the hands of a vigorous knitter. They knit with the right hand needle inserted in a steel sheath which is fastened to their wrists. The wool of the natural of the sheep and spun beautifully soft is greatly valued in Wales and would be more generally adopted everywhere but for its dirty appearance. It is just the colour of a very dirty sheep, but is unsurpassed for softness and durability. The Yorkshire dales may be almost called the home of knitting.”

Household Words: A Weekly Journal, Volume 3, edited by Charles Dickens, 1882.

Horses to knit or cross stitch pattern.

Charted horses to knit or cross stitch. Source: Pinterest

The Northeast Border Collie Association (NEBCA) is a non-profit club supporting the breeding, training, farm use and trialing of working border collies. The NEBCA region consists of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Ontario, Quebec, and the Maritime Provinces of Canada. For listings of trials and clinics visit