“Oh, to be alive in such an age, when miracles are everywhere, and every inch of common air throbs a tremendous prophecy, of greater marvels yet to be.”  – Walt Whitman

Happy 2013 my friends – so we made it through the end of the Mayan calendar unscathed and here we are sailing happily into another new year.
Big news:  Raspberry Hill Alpacas 100% locally-grown natural colors only yarn is 50% off for the month of January (or until supplies last)!  It’s as soft as butter and the fact that it’s all natural AND local makes it my favorite.  If that isn’t enough for you, it is a steal at this price so be sure to come in and check it out.

(This yarn has the honor of being displayed on my new/old bellows table.)
10% off of ALL Cascade 220
Thursdays January 10 and 24:  purlin girls at the bean in Latrobe at noon
Tuesdays January 8 & 22 knitters anonymous at RaggZ 1-5
Tuesdays January 8 & 22 Tuesday night knit club at Lisa’s at 6 pm
Saturday January 12 Mardi Gras show at the Greensburg Art Center
Thursday January 31 Dolly Llamas at RaggZ at 1
open every Friday 10-5
Also mark your calendar for the Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival march 15, 16, and 17 at the Sheraton Pittsburgh North in Mars – very easy to get to from the turnpike.  Check out their website at pghknitandcrochet.com and sign up for their emails to get updates on the festival.  I’ve gone several years and its loads of fun, new yarns, classes, patterns, etc.  I plan on going and have room for 4 people to ride with me so let me know asap.  They are going to feature my shop in an upcoming newsletter which goes out to 5,000 and, for the first time, I’m putting an ad for my shop in their brochure!  Barb Grossman (wife of ex-steeler Randy Grossman) is the creator of the festival and does a great job.  The website shows the festival schedule as well as a complete listing of all the classes.  Classes do fill up quickly so don’t dilly dally if you’re interested in taking one or more.  Last year it was in February and several of us went on Friday to avoid the crowded weekend.  Lucky for us we did because Saturday and Sunday snowed like crazy.  The plan for now is to go Friday again but since they moved it to March, that should alleviate the worry about weather issues.
Last month’s prize winner was the creative, talented Kim McGuire.  Kim doesn’t even know yet that she is the winner of a skein of organic Mountain Meadow of her choice.
I am looking forward to this new year and my new website and am diligently working on a list of upcoming classes and finalizing dates.  The following is a partial list: socks, a knitted wire/yarn/beaded necklace, a beaded cabochon, wet felted bowl of cherries, needle felted silk scarf, a knitted, felted sheep, fimo buttons, wet-felted flowers, free-form crochet, and crochet edgings.
stay tuned!
The bargain bin on the porch is bursting at the seams with new yarns added every week.  Also quite a variety of lamb’s pride superwash has been added to the regular inventory as well as the seconds bin.  I’ve been busy!
Reminder:  there are several books outstanding from the lending library.  Please check to see if you have one. I know its easy to forget about it.
Oh and please remember to sign up on this page to receive the blog as it is updated, as once my website is up and running, I will not be mailing these updates out – they will come to those who signed up immediately after the update.  Please let me know how this works by commenting on this page, as the feedback is important to me.
Now off to shovel more snow and try to burn off a few of those Christmas calories…
Love to all and hope to see you soon!

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