trying to relax after a very successful and fun Steel Valley Yarn Crawl. thanks to all of the participants and volunteers who gave of their time to help me out! i had plan on vegetating all day but i had to do some work at the farm, then i decided to can some blackberry jam, THEN i realized i had a lot of paperwork to catch up on. so i figured i would get the website and blog updated, as well as working on applications and jurying for the upcoming Work of Our Hands show on November 4th, as well as getting some things wrapped up for my second RaggZ fiber affair and wool market October 22nd.
ALL of my exclusive color way “RaggZamuffin” dk weight yarn from youghiogheny yarns sold out during the crawl! i guess others loved it as much as i did! it is gone now but am hoping to do more things like this in the coming year. the funny thing is, i didn’t get any! lol
i also just updated the classes/events tab on the site to include a date for our kombucha class, which will be held sunday, august 28th and a drop spindle class on sunday october 30th. check the tab for more details.
i’m sorry i keep changing dates around for the september stash sale, but my vacation plans have shifted a few times, thanks to darling daughter. so for now, you can drop off your stash any time between NOW and the end of august. be sure to get the inventory sheet and rule sheet first so you know what to expect. the actual dates of the stash sale are now friday, september 16th through and including saturday, october 1st. i’m really excited about my first stash sale EVER!
as far as the upcoming raggz fiber affair and wool market – i’m really excited about some new vendors to showcase. several of the others had conflicts with this date, so i was able replace them with some other local vendors, some of whom have never done a show before. Sylvia Elliott does amazing zentangle and will showcase her artwork on project bags as well as t-shirts and cards. Susan Gibbs is a quilter and makes amazing project bags as well with the funkiest and cutest fabrics! Jennie Tabrum, otherwise known as ‘knittenjen beads’ will have her knitted beads there for sale along with kits to make your own. this event will differ a bit from the april event. each vendor will donate an item which will be raffled off at specific times in the afternoon and demonstrations will be held throughout the day as well, including drop spindling, lifeline, needle felting, and different cast on methods. still working on a few more!
please check out the classes/events tab for the rest of our wonderful classes on the schedule for the fall season.
in my quest to support local and/or small businesses, i will say that Youghiogheny Yarns from Connersville, PA was my BIGGEST seller during the entire crawl. kudos to keri fosbrink for her amazing dye work! i now carry panorama fiber art hand dyed gradient yarns and fibers and they were a huge hit as well. panorama is a one-woman business out of texas. my goal for 2017 is to cut down on some of the bigger brand names and mills and concentrate on the little guy. meadow croft dye works out of washington, pa continues to be a good seller at the shop and i am pursuing several other accounts. as far as i know, i am the ONLY shop in pennsylvania at this time to sell any of these yarns! i want to be the shop who supports the indie dyers and spinners as well as USA companies. i am looking at carrying some handmade hexagonal needles out of michigan called indian lake artisans. they are handmade out of local wood. the prices are not cheap but i heard from some of my customers that they are the best needles ever, so i plan on offering them in the next month or so.
if you are or know of some independents who are looking to have their wares in a retail store, please give them my name and have them contact me.
thanks everyone and hope to see you soon!