sheep sheared… check
fleeces getting washed…. check (two so far) (five more after that)
ready for the fiber festival this weekend….. check (shop will be closed for this event)
it’s almost here! the first RaggZ fiber affair and wool market is THIS saturday, april 23 from 10 to 4 at the Delmont Firehall located on route 66 in Delmont. a fiber festival is more than a setting for buying or selling materials. it’s a gathering place where artisans, designers, farmers, and friends come together to teach, learn, share, and celebrate this timeless art in a unique 21st-century marketplace.
our wonderful vendors include: Youghiogheny Yarns, Hipstrings, Shirstycat, Dusty Tree Soaps, Ten Mile Farm, Milk and Honey Soaps LLC, Katie Hellman’s Handspun, Tina Blake, Bare Woolies, One Sly Fox, Meadowcroft Dyeworks, Joanna’s Boutique, Gypsy Stardust, Rostraver Farm, and Raggz fiber art. almost all of these vendors have Facebook pages so you can preview their wares. LOADS of amazing fiber, handspun and/or hand painted yarns, buttons, and accessories! don’t miss it conveniently located just north of the crossroads of 22 and 66, lots of parking, no admission, handicapped accessible! the firehall auxiliary’s kitchen will be open too. i’m hoping this will prove to be a successful show for our vendors and customers. if so, it will become a semi annual event (another one in october). the Steel City Fiber Collective will be there as well with information about their wonderful new venture and there will be a give and take table where you can drop off fiber-related items you no longer want or need and perhaps pick something up you can use. please consider bringing some items for this table and shopping with local, independent spinners, dyers, and farmers who need this support. SHOP LOCAL!
other upcoming events:::::::
RaggZ spring/summer tea will be held sunday june 26 from 1 to 4 at the victorian lady of academy hill. tickets are $30 and can be purchased through me only. wear one of your beautiful creations and get to model it. optional – wear a crazy hat too! we had a ball at our Christmas tea and i’m sure this one will prove to be fun as well. seating is limited to 30 and i have already sold almost half of the tickets available so don’t think about it too long. $30 includes food, taxes, tips and chances to win raffle prizes.
Trunk Show – my FIRST! Keri Fosbring, owner of Youghiogheny Yarns has agreed to hold a trunk show here at the shop on friday and saturday, july 8 and 9th. her yarns were a huge hit at the pgh k/c and ladies asked for her yarn during my grand opening! her colors are amazing and so unique. Keri and her husband hail from Connellsville, so this fits the bill to SHOP LOCAL. refreshments will be served during this time, so try to stop by and meet Keri and see her brilliant yarns. Keri is also going to teach a dye your own skein class on August 27 here at the shop. details found under classes below and on the Classes tab on the website itself. Keri will also be joining us for the tea so you will get to talk to her in person and i’m certain she will be wearing something made out of her amazing yarns. i’m sure you’ll love her as much as i do!
Steel Valley Yarn Crawl – July 29 through August 7. save the dates. Eleven yarn shops are participating this year, although two are new.
September Stash Sale
September 9 – 24. rule and inventory sheet almost done. the gist of it is you get rid of your stash here at the shop. i sell it for you and in return, you get a gift card from the shop for the amount you sold minus a small percentage for handling fees. this will be a great time to get rid of things after the yarn crawl and before the holidays. you can then replace that old stuff with new stuff! this is not a new concept as other shops do this but i’m trying it for the first time. you inventory your items yourself and drop them off at the shop any time between august 19 and 27th. pick up after the stash sale will be october 1 through 8. stash includes patterns, books, yarn, needles, works in progress, fiber, etc. contact me for more info.
scheduled classes:::: (see Classes tab on website for details – more to come)
sensuous beaded ball – saturday may 21
magic loop two at a time – saturday june 4
beginning knitting – four tuesdays June 7 through 28 OR saturdays June 11 through July 2
dye your own skein – saturday august 27
so in-between washing fleeces, picking rocks out of the field we’re planting non-GMO corn, general farm duties, shop duties, etc., i am knitting the Brickless shawl with a wonderful monochromatic gradient yarn by done roving. yes i know, it’s best to use a solid color when knitting different stitches but i still like how its turning out.
shearing went very smoothly this year with a new shearer from ohio. she did a great job and the sheep are nice and cool and sustained no injuries in the process! tom and i are taking a sheep shearing class at penn state in may and thinking about shearing our own next year.
hopefully i didn’t forget anything. remember the shop is closed this saturday but come up to the fiber festival instead!
thanks for your continued support for my humble shop. your business is much appreciated! i’ll leave you with this gorgeous profile shot of Brother on the shearing stand. isn’t he majestic?