this is such a busy time of year for us all.  for me, i have a bunch of classes scheduled, and as everyone is scrambling to make things for the holidays, the classes have been well attended.  i also have two shows coming up, as most of you know.

the first is raggz fiber affair and wool market THIS saturday, october 21 from 10 to 3 at the Delmont fire hall located at 2360 route 66 in Delmont PA.  i believe this is at least my 4th show and it just keeps getting better.  23 vendors will be here including farmers, dyers, spinners, as well as accessories and sheep-related goodies.  there is no cost to get in, the parking is free, and it is handicapped accessible.  there is always a give and take table where you can drop things off you no longer want or need or take something you want.  as you come in, you will get a ticket for the door prize drawings which will be held at 1:00.  our wonderful vendors each donate an item for this drawing.

the next show is the work of our hands which is an artist market.  it is always the first friday in november – this year november 3 from 10 to 7 at the lamplighter restaurant in Delmont.  this is our SIXTH year and is a juried show and each and every vendor is local and makes all of their wares by hand.  there are NO re-sell vendors, which makes this show even more special.  the lamplighter is easy to fine located on route 22; the parking is free and plentiful, no admission, and handicapped accessible.

both of these events have their own Facebook page for more information and photographs of some of the items you will find for sale at each.  or you can contact me for more information.

and before i forget, i’m in the process of moving my website to a different server, so hopefully there won’t be a glitch.  if there should be, please contact me via my Facebook page or text/call me at 724 600 5550.

if you look at the events/classes tab on the website, you’ll see a bunch of good classes coming up including beaded shawl, proper wet blocking techniques, eco dyeing, crochet with wire and beads, felted pumpkins, and a spin-in potluck day on 12/2.  i will also be holding a christmas luncheon instead of a tea this year and it is tentatively set for wednesday december 13 at chef dato’s table in derry.  details are still being worked out so stay tuned.  i will also be hosting my second annual mingle and jingle event in december shortly before i close for the season.  my last day will be saturday december 23rd.  i will then be on a sabbatical for a few months but i will schedule play dates during that time where we will meet and have fun at the shop and probably do pot lucks as well.  i am toying with the idea of being open the first friday of the month for regular hours during jan/feb/march and am considering vending at the pittsburgh creative arts festival next year which will be held april 6-8 at the convention center in pittsburgh.  but i’ll let you all know about this as soon as it is decided.  so as you can see, there’s lots going on and lots of fun to be had!

on a sort of sad note, beaver yarn shoppe is closing its doors at the end of october.  susan is offering a 30 to 50% discount until that time.  i know it may be a drive for some of you but susan has some great yarns to be had at a good price.  try to stop in and tell her i sent you – i promised i would!  this will be the second yarn shop to close this month, as knits burgh lost their lease and closed this week.  there are still eight other LYS’s in this area to patronize, so please do.  i know i get on my soap box about small businesses, but everything i say is true – if we don’t support them, they will be gone for good.  and as far as yarn shops go, you cannot go into joanne fabrics or michaels or amazon (!) and sit and chat and cultivate friendships.  your LYS is the ONLY place of business where this kind of camaraderie happens, so please keep that in mind.  your LYS is also the only place to get higher-end yarns and the variety of fiber and color and i am one of the few with local vendors as well – at least twenty.

done for now – hope to see you saturday at the fiber festival!


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