everyone is saying how quickly summer has faded but personally, i think summer did an about face!  i LOVE fall but i also love the transition into fall.  i’ve had to dig out sweatpants and turtlenecks and turn the heat on at the shop to keep my ladies’ fingers from freezing to their needles!  but our complaints are nothing compared to the hurricanes in Texas and Florida.  i feel so sorry for those folks dealing with this and am eternally thankful that we live in a relatively safe area of the country.

and today is ‘NINE ELEVEN’.  i don’t tend to dwell on negative or sad things but this morning on Facebook someone posted videos taken on ‘that day’ and it made me literally burst into tears.  the thought of what the people in the towers felt – the terror of trying to get out of the buildings – and the worst of all for me was watching people jump from those heights to escape the hell they were facing.  we ALL need to take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are and to say a prayer for the families of those lost on this day sixteen years ago already.  i’m sure you all remember exactly what you were doing when you heard.  it is so vivid in my mind still.

onto a brighter note and back to business…..  this is the busiest time of year for most of us.  fall brings fiber festivals, craft shows, classes, and readying ourselves for the holidays.  i won’t say how many days are left because i really don’t want to know.  but the fact is that people are scurrying to make their loved ones hand made gifts, unless you’re one of those do-gooders who started christmas knitting/crocheting in the spring.  we all know someone like that!

upcoming events

if you look at the ‘classes/events’ tab, you will see the upcoming events for the shop but i’ll briefly list them here.    feltLOOM play dates will be scheduled periodically (one is this wednesday) for you to try out this amazing machine. the classes will allow you time and materials to make a pillow cover or wall hanging.  and if you like it, you can take another class or rent time on the machine and use it yourself.  the second friday of each month is dubbed pot luck friday and we’ve had a great turnout so far and some truly delicious food as well!

sock knitters out there – we are holding an after-thought heel class on saturday september 30th; gifelted fishes on sunday october 8, wet blocking saturday october 14, raggz fiber affair and wool market saturday october 21, the work of our hands artist market friday november 3, eco-dyeing with leaves sunday november 12, lularoe will be here with all of their christmas prints on friday november 17, our second spin in and pot luck will be saturday december 2; and last but not least on sunday december 10 raggz is hosting a christmas luncheon at a restaurant to be announced.   please check out the tab for complete details.  if you are a follower on Facebook, i keep these events listed on the raggz fiber art page as well as the raggz fiber art classes and events page.  you may also already know that i will be demonstrating at the stahlstown flax scutching festival THIS weekend, so the shop will not be open for business.  several of us will be there demonstrating spinning, weaving, etc in building one.  come say hello – the festival is great fun.  wonderful food, music, and flax demonstrations.

as is the norm for any class or event, you must preregister and prepay.

what’s new????

SILK MESH!  yes SILK MESH!  a company in australia had it custom-made and it is to DIE for (or DYE for)!  it is 5.2 mm and is lightweight and completely gorgeous.  great for nuno felters or making it into something all on its own.  i have it available in  several colors and undyed as well.  come and check it out.  supplies are limited.  it runs $25 per yard for the hand dyed and $19 per yard undyed.


i am happy to announce that i now have my very own scent of Dusty Tree hand soap and wool wash!  EXCLUSIVE TO RAGGZ and made especially for us!  GRAPEFRUIT!  it smells so clean and fresh and you can’t get this scent anywhere but here!  Rebecca did a great job and i very much appreciate her hard work and effort!  right now it is available in a foaming pump and wool wash but she will be making me refills for the pump soon.

also new new is lots of Spun Bunny hand-dyed yarns and fibers as well as new colors and kits from Done Roving Yarns.  and speaking of Done Roving Yarns, owner Paula Ferrar told me about inserting a lifeline AS YOU KNIT with the ChiaGoo needles!  what a revelation!  i don’t know if this is a new thing or not but it is new to me and i have used it several times so far on my Pretty Little Shawl pattern.  check out the photo below to see just how easy it is!


the yarn also happens to be Done Roving’s Monochromatic Gradient in color way Emerald City.  can’t wait for you to see it all done.  this is the large version of the shawl and i will wear it more like a sweater.  you’ll see…..


as most of you know, i have adopted yet another stray kitten.  jack went to a great home with Rebecca Hilko Shepler and her wonderful family and now i have TINK.  appropriate for a yarn shop, eh?  but her full name is Tinker Belle.  she was running around up on our farm and i was able to trap her and have now had her for a couple of months.  everyone things i should keep her but they said that about jack too.  so here she is if you havent seen her as of yet:


my other pet who requires no care at all is octopus number 3 who finally got his tentacles finished up and here he is:

orange octohe still needs a name and the contest on Facebook will conclude this friday.  the winner gets a $25 gift certificate to the shop!  so you still have time to enter – one per person on the raggz FB page ONLY.

time to close and get to work.  thanks for your time and hope to see you soon! oh and ps – my lovely daughter is going to be home for a visit between the 18th and 23rd and i’m over the moon excited about it, as i havent seen her since last year in utah!


august 27 2017

thanks everyone for your support during the steel valley yarn crawl.  it was another successful year.  next year will be our fifth event!  so we are planning some special things to commemorate it.  right now it’s all in the works, so it will be hush hush until the details are worked out.  i know i… Continue Reading


this year’s yarn crawl has been even busier than the last two years!  what an amazingly fun time i’ve been having.  such wonderful folks, not too many complaints about finding me, and an overall upbeat fun attitude!  it’s always a little scary thinking about ten days in a row but now that day three is… Continue Reading


YARN CRAWL COUNTDOWN:  THREE DAYS AND COUNTING!   remember the crawl runs from friday, july 28 through and including sunday, august 6.  my hours are as follows: friday 7/28  10-6 saturday 7/29  10-5 sunday 7/30    noon -4 monday 7/31   10-5 tuesday 8/1    10-5 wednesday 8/2    10-5 thursday 8/3     10-5… Continue Reading


such a busy time of year and so many fun things coming up!  some of you know i have a new kitten (temporarily — if my heart can stand to part with him).  two weekends ago i was wet felting my final octopus out on my back deck and i thought i kept hearing a… Continue Reading


some summer, huh?  all this rain has made a mess at the farm.  not enough dry days in a row to mow the fields and bale hay, mud everywhere…  the goats hate it.  doesn’t seem to bother the sheep and cattle.  and today is only in the 60’s.  oh well, i guess that’s life in… Continue Reading


just updated the classes page finally.  we have nice line-up.  check it out!   and note i finally nailed down the days for this year’s stash sale.  it will be from june 16 through july 7.  THREE weeks to shop other people’s stash!  you can start bringing your stuff in now – same rules apply… Continue Reading


BIG NEWS FOR ALL OF YOU DYERS OUT THERE —  i am happy to bring Natalie Redding to the ‘burgh to teach a dyeing class.  most people know who Natalie is but for those of you who don’t, check out her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/namaste.farms?fref=nf         natalie is known world wide for her amazing… Continue Reading


THREE MORE DAYS till the RaggZ fiber affair and wool market!  i am so excited for this show – well i am for every show but i’m excited to have SIX brand new vendors.  a complete list is on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/RaggZ-fiber-affair-wool-market-2017-889267987836639/  as well as our website http://raggzfiberaffairandwoolmarket.weebly.com there will be food, tons of… Continue Reading


OPENING DAY is less than a week.  i’ve been so busy rearranging the shop, stocking new inventory, bombing a bike, painting, etc., i’ve hardly had time for anything else.  suffice it to say, i’m looking very much forward to getting back into the swing of things and maintain regular hours again which will be tuesdays… Continue Reading