cold weather and long evenings are a yarn lovers dream! the weather is right for wearing handknits and putting a casserole or pie in the oven. the long evenings invite us to settle in with wonderful projects and yarns. at raggz, we can help you choose a gift of yarn, fiber or perhaps ideas for your next project. we also have notions, kits, and Gift Certificates. A skein of yarn is every knitter’s favorite gift!
my next and final event of 2017 is mingle & jingle on saturday, 12/16 from 10 to 3. a christmas celebration for my friends and customers, who are one and the same. i will serve hot cider, wine & cheese, a veggie tray, fruit, and various finger foods. christmas music will fill the air while you do some last minute shopping and visit with friends. ten local artists and craftsmen will have some of their locally hand-made wares. ornaments, decorations, quilted table runners, pottery, wall hangings, jewelry, cards, shibori scarves, felted items, soaps, eco-dyed scarves, wool pot holders and table runners, and so much more! this was a fun event last year in spite of an ice storm that morning and we’re looking forward to another fun event with mother nature promising to be a bit more kind. note that the gift pre-sale will be friday 12/15 just in case you would like to shop a bit but can’t make it saturday!
next week my regular hours apply and saturday, 12/23 will be the last day i will be open for this year. it is bittersweet for me to close but i plan on having plenty of play dates which will be published here on the website as well as on my Facebook page “raggz fiber art by toni ritchey”. please please try to join us. these play dates are so much fun and relaxing. most of you know why i close but for those of you who do not, it is because i am a sole proprietor and it is up to me to keep my parking lot, walkway, and steps clean and ice free. this isn’t easy for one person if the weather is bad all during the day. it’s also expensive to heat this old place and if the weather is bad and no one ventures out, i wasted all that heat! you know i am always available for appointment any time, so do not hesitate to call, text, FB message me, whatever….
i’m really excited about 2018 because i have some fun things planned. i hope to take some classes at the culinary school at WCCC and also give the shop a facelift to keep things efficient and interesting, so i’ll no doubt be very busy. but my big news for next year is a secret for now – you’ll have to stay tuned this spring to find out what it is! i usually reopen the first weekend in april, but next year, the pittsburgh creative arts festival is april 6, 7, and 8, so i have to decide whether i will be vending there and pick a new opening day. registration to the creative arts festival is now open with SO many amazing classes to choose from – check out their website here: http://pghknitandcrochet.com
i also plan on partnering with serenity bead shop in greensburg on a project next year which i’m really excited about. laura and cathy have a great shop and so many interesting classes and i hope to be able to take some this winter. check them out here: https://www.serenitybeadshop.com
i would like to give a shout out to the ladies from the steel city fiber collective. i’m sorry to say i never got to get there until today to pick up a wool picker. i realize now that i missed out on this adorable shop full of fiber-y goodness. tomorrow is their last day (12/14) and everything is 30% off so try to hoof it on down there and say so long to these young women of vision! good luck ladies!
that’s all for now! merry christmas one and all!