11/15/13 two days late!

this is indeed my busiest time of the year with past holiday shows as well as upcoming shows.  the mock’s open house was a complete success and i know that everyone who attended (vendors AND customers) had a great time!  now i’m getting ready for the ligonier market christmas show on november 30th and the following weekend the log cabin christmas open house and market (november 29, 30, and dec. 1, then again the following weekend december 6, 7, and 8) located at117 hay lane in murrysville.

as you may or may not know, i carry a beautiful oregon yarn called imperial yarn.  the owners of imperial stock ranch are good to their animals and the environment, something i feel is very important.  they send out a newsletter each month and this month they had big news:  

Ralph Lauren designers are using their yarn to make sweaters for Team USA to wear in the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremonies of the 2014 Winter Olympics.  Ralph Lauren called on more than 40 made-in-America partners to create its collection for Team USA for the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.  Imperial Stock Ranch and Imperial Yarn is one small story in the making of the Team USA Olympic uniforms.  to read more, check out the link below:
http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=28870006&ab;=int_102913_HP_HERO_1_M_MADEINAMERICA_EXPLORENOW

this is great news indeed and good to hear someone is finally utilizing american made products.  lets hope more big names follow suit.  try finding items made in the USA anymore – its not easy, that’s for sure.  KUDOS to imperial yarn.  come check it out at the shop soon too.

check out this link if you havent already – its cute:
happy late november birthdays go out to judy b on november 17, and jan g on november 26.
check out the adorable hats my friends bobbi and andrea of darn cute yarn crocheted:
oscar never looked so good!  they also do tons of other characters – check out their facebook page “darn cute yarn”
or contact me if you’re interested in something in particular.
on saturday november 16, i attended the indie knit and spin in regent square.  this is the third year for this event and it is well attended by fiber fanatics from near and far.  i purchased some beautiful handspun yarns as well as hand dyed rovings:
some of this beautiful yarn and roving came from jennifer galantine of willow mist boutique in latrobe.
UPCOMING DATES TO REMEMBER:
thursday, nov 21 noon – purlin girls coffee bean latrobe
friday, nov 22 – shop hours 10-6
tuesday, nov 26 – KA at shop 1-7
tuesday, nov 26 – 6:00 close knit girls panera murrysville
CLOSED BLACK FRIDAY! please stay home or shop local!
saturday, nov 30 ligonier christmas show 10-3 ligonier YMCA*
*come visit all the vendors you loved to see last summer one final time before hibernation begins!
my final class of 2013 will be the jump ring bracelets taught by alysa barnhart of clementine on thursday dec 5 at 11.  see details on my website:  raggzfiberart.com
last month’s door prize winner was maia olivenstein.  maia is a regular here and i know she’ll be happy to know she won this month’s prize!

i am once again felting a pair of slippers for my son anthony.  yes the son with the size 13 foot!  monte remembers well the first pair i made for him because they were so huge!  check out the before and after pictures below.  dont mind all the fuzzies on the floor in the before photo – that is my studio and I’VE BEEN BUSY!!!!  i knitted them with lopi yarn, my personal favorite for felting with, as it is so thick and fuzzy.  he picked the colors!  very fuzzy! 19″ sole before felting and 13″ sole after.  and yes they are the same size – just doesnt look like from this perspective!
Happiest of Thanksgivings to you all!  i am very thankful for my wonderful life, good health, perfect kids (!!), and friends like you!

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