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End of the Year State of the Flock



Happy Holidays, my friends. I can’t believe it’s this time of year again, it has come back around so quickly. But what a great time of year, a time to celebrate with family and friends. As well as a time to look back on the great year we’ve had and all the new people we met. I’d like to take a second to thank everyone who has stood by us and supported us over the years, we honestly and literally can’t do this without you and we want you to know we appreciate you. Again happy holidays whichever holiday of the season that may be for you and a healthy new year.


Today Dec 15, 2023, at 11:59 pm EST the shop will close for 2 weeks for end-of-the-year inventory and bookkeeping. Shipping will continue until Dec 20 (our last ship-out before the holiday break). Shipping will resume in the new year when the shop reopens Jan. 1, 2024, at 12:00 am EST.


When the shop opens on January 1st you will be able to purchase a battery, they are now officially in my hands, I just couldn’t get them into the inventory before our break. Sorry about that but again on Jan 1, they will be ready to ship.


Looking Back on 2023

The past year has been crazy busy. At the beginning of the year, we released Roly-Poly and Whirligig, with great success. We have been thrilled with both the ease of use and the design of both products. We will continue to hustle to make as many as possible in the new year.


Dave and Becca have been building like mad, and the additions to the team of Jenn and Katie in the beginning of the year have allowed us to really reduce the waiting time in the queue. At present, we have a wait time of 6 months or less on both the Magpie and Starling queues.


When not building for updates or queue wheels Becca and Dave have been able to do a couple of festivals. This year was our second year at Maryland Sheep and Wool. Becca and Jenn had so much fun this year, please come and see us in Maryland, on May 4 & 5, 2024 in barn 4, booth 2 & 4.


In October we were lucky enough to be in the New York Sheep and Wool Festival for the first time, and WOW, what a ride it was. Dave, Becca, Jenn, and our incredible friend Karen took the long drive from Kentucky to New York to enjoy the festival and man the booth. Ohhh, the apple cider doughnuts were everything I'd hoped they’d be. But the best part of the weekend was meeting all the new people and getting to hug all the people I recognized from other shows. Come by the booth at Rhinebeck in 2024 and give me a hug, we will be in barn 36 booth 18.


What's in Store for 2024?

Well, we’re not ready to say any more than this but, keep your eyes and ears open, we are in a design phase, there is something special on the horizon.


Production Schedule

Beginning of January

  • Roly-Poly and Whirligig Shop Update

  • Building Starlings and Magpies for the Queue


End of January/Beginning of February

  • Martin Shop Update


End of February

  • Building Starlings and Magpies for the Queue


Beginning of March

  • Roly-Poly and Whirligig Shop Update

  • Preparing for MDSWF

Where to Find Daedalus?

May 4th-5th 2024 - We will be vending at Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, Maryland. Barn 4 Booth 2 & 4

October 19th-20th 2024 - We will be vending at New York Sheep & Wool Festival. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, New York. Barn 36 Booth 18


Activity from the Flock


The following is a peek into the wonderful creations by our flock. When posting to social media please make sure to tag us @DaedalusSpinningWheels and #daedalusspinningwheels so we can see what you are working on. Jenny Arnold absolutely stunned us with her shawl. Jenny specializes in 1927 Breed Standard Shetland. Jenny started this project back in February of 2022 with three colors of Shetland: white, light gray, and black. Starting with fleece and being able to process it by hand let her have full control of the colors and how they blended together. All the yarn was spun on her Falcon. The finished yarn was knitted into an incredible 6 ft square lace shawl. The finished project is something we had to share with you all. We can't wait to see what https://www.instagram.com/jennyarnold8154/



Emily Witte never disappoints not only with her spinning, but also with her knitting. Both bright and cheery, her spinning always makes me smile. And she chooses the cutest patterns. But wait there’s more, Emily is also an incredible mentor, nurturing a now rather large spinning group in Wisconsin. Big shout out to all the lovely people joining her for their weekly spin in. To see more fibery shenanigans check out Emily, Amber, and Jean Marie's IG accounts.



Laura Linneman has been spinning up a prolific amount of yarn on her starling v3 for an amazing article in PLY Magazine’s Sweater issue which is available right now. If you don’t have it, log in to ply online and purchase a copy, you’ll love her article. https://simplecirc.com/ply-magazine/item/9639/the-sweater-issue-43



In October Jillian Moreno added an Ultra-Violet Reactive Orange Martin to her flock and she immediately took it to the Lambtown Festival in California. I foresee lots of beautiful yarn and many happy students in their future. For Jillian’s class schedule check out her website. http://www.jillianmoreno.com/



Jay has been busy spinning a beautiful braid by inglenook fibers in the Bordeaux colorway on his Starling V3FP. Once finished he did what he does best and wove the yarn. Please check out his weaving studio on his website for more gorgeous pieces.


Debbie Held has had a busy year of teaching, writing, spinning, and weaving. Debbie spun these beautiful beige singles on her Falcon and Magpie to be woven up and sewn by Astrid for the Drape Issue of Ply Magazine. The blue/purple scrappy scarf is made from all sorts of yarn including textured art yarn samples spun among several of her Daedalus wheels.



 

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