happy new year everyone! now it’s back to normal for most of you. me – i’m on my winter sabbatical. the frigid weather we had these past few weeks was making me long for hot summer days (and i don’t really even like summer!). frozen water pipes at the barn a couple of days meant filling 20+ 5 gallon buckets twice a day and hauling them up to the critters. during that time i fell on my tailbone, injured my shoulder, had frozen pipes in my basement at our house, and had a bridge come loose. so it can only get better from here, right?
i’ve been setting up some new display pieces at the shop and doing some overall revamping. i’m excited to have some new instructors teaching new classes coming up this spring including beginning crochet, double knitting, portuguese knitting, basic felting, steeking, wet blocking, yarn dyeing, and more! what classes are YOU interested in? i am going to try to figure out how to send out a survey to find out what you guys would like to see offered at the shop from classes to yarn to events and even changing the days and hours i’m open. perhaps adding one sunday a month or a game night and a contest or two. let me know what you think here on the contact page if i don’t figure out how to do a survey please. i value your feedback!
remember, the pittsburgh creative arts festival this year will be held on april 6, 7, and 8 at the david l. lawrence convention center. lots of good things planned, as always, including an exhibit called fiber forward 2018. applications are being accepted now for crocheted and knitted work. submissions are currently being reviewed for both wearable and artistic knit and crochet. this is a juried exhibition and the jurors are the headliners for the festival. all the information you need is on the website including prospectus, submission form, contact info, etc. check it out here: http://www.fiberforwardpgh.com
the raggz fiber affair & wool market 2018 is set for april 21 and october 20. applications have just gone out and i’m looking forward to another good show with wonderful vendors. if you or anyone you know may be interested in vending, let me know. yes, still at the delmont VFD on route 66. just set up the new fb page: https://www.facebook.com/raggzfiberart/
believe it or not, the 2018 steel valley yarn crawl is already in the works. sadly we have lost three of our regular yarn shops but the show must go on. since this is the crawl’s fifth year, we are planning some special changes. stay tuned for more details as time goes on.
raggz now has online sales! there is a new website called fiber crafty which has done all the work to allow small businesses like mine to sell things online without having to set up a complicated website. just learning how to navigate the site and am posting things daily. check it out when you get a chance. after i post more items, i will be offering a launch coupon to kick it off. the link to my page is https://raggzfiberart.fibercrafty.com
our first play date has been scheduled for saturday january 20 from 10 to 3. if the weather doesn’t cooperate, the snow date will be the following saturday january 27. we thought about it being a pot luck, but that is optional, especially considering: 1. we’re all dieting (aren’t we?) and 2. if you make something to bring and the play date is cancelled, well, you’ll have to eat it all yourself. so it’s up to you – food isn’t mandatory! i miss seeing all of you and hope to see you then. you know i’m always available by appointment as well, so please don’t hesitate to call if you need something. also i have not settled in on an opening date yet. it would normally be the first weekend in april but since the creative arts festival is that weekend, i’ll have to decide whether it will be the week before or the week after. but there’s still time to decide.
the other new thing we’re starting this year is the raggz lunch bunch. (again with the food!). we’re going to go to a different restaurant for lunch each month. at this point, we’re scheduling for the first wednesday of the month beginning with may. february and march it will be the first saturday of the month to accommodate our poor working friends who cannot manage a wednesday lunch. april is up in the air due to the festival. SO february 3 and march 3 is our short term plan. time and place to be announced shortly.
and yes i have one more unannounced surprise but it will be kept under wraps another month or so before the big reveal.
stay in touch and send me any suggestions you may have and thanks for supporting me over SIX years!