my first Mingle & Jingle open house was really fun. despite all the ice we had saturday morning, the open house/christmas party/last minute shopping event was well attended. i was considering cancelling or postponing the event due to the ice but it warmed up enough to melt the parking lot and walkway. add to that the salt we heavily spread so no one would slip. thank you to everyone who came and shared some christmas cheer with us and perhaps purchased some last-minute gifts. thanks also to the vendors for taking a chance on this first-time event. i will definitely repeat this next year and can hopefully put in an early order for better weather.
the Gefelted Fish classes went well and the ladies all did a great job!
i am working on a great selection of classes which will be offered next year including kumihimo (did i spell that right?), knitted beads, colleen mcguire’s beaded lacy shawl (back by popular demand), beginning knitting, kombucha, fair isle, more wet and maybe even a cooking class, and much more! yes, raggz is a yarn and fiber shop but much more than that – it has become a community of wonderful women who genuinely care about one another. every year more friendships form and i am happy to be a part of it and to be able to provide the place for it all to unfold.
so what’s next? this is my final week of regular shop hours for this year. tuesday from 1 to 5 and friday from 10 to 5. friday (12/23) is our end of season potluck and anyone is welcome to join us. the shop will be closed for the winter and i will reopen friday april 7th. i have two classes offered at the upcoming Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet and plan on getting some painting done during the winter months. i am always happy to open by appointment, so please don’t hesitate to give me a shout if you would like to look around.
i am often asked why i am closed for the winter months. of course, it’s not necessarily the best for business but i, and only i, am responsible for clearing my parking lot and steps and keeping them cleared on a day when the snow may fall nonstop. my shop isn’t in a plaza or city where sidewalks and streets are cleared. also this wonderful old house was built in 1903, and although there have been some limited renovations, it is big and expensive to heat. my first three years, i stayed open all year but depending on how severe the winter was, business was slow but i still had to keep the heat turned up and it turned out it just wasn’t cost effective. the past two years i closed for renovations and inventory and held a grand re-opening party in april and it has seemed to work out for me. and of course, in addition, there’s still lots of work to do on the farm. lots of wood to cut, split, and stack – no lack of things to do. so forgive me for the inconvenience but it seems most people can understand. and as i stress above, i am always happy to open up if anyone asks.
i am excited about carrying some new items next year such as Indian Lake Artisans handmade needles (made in michigan), more local yarns such as Shirsty Cat, Youghiogheny Yarns, Meadowcroft Dyeworks, and The PrAiry Girl.
i plan on restocking some of malabrigo’s new yarns and colors as well as Kraemer yarns. lots of good stuff for next year.
during the winter months, i will be holding a few play dates. i am also thinking about yarn bombing a bicycle so if anyone is interested in taking part, let me know!
merry christmas. happy hanukkah. spend some time with your loved ones. have a safe and happy new year as well. keep in touch!