12.13.17

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!

11/25/17

ok so thanksgiving is over and we’re all eating leftovers, eh?  i honestly think leftovers are better than the original meal but that’s just me.  and every year i SWEAR i’m not doing it again next year but you know how that goes. today is officially ‘small business saturday’.  you all know how i feel… Continue Reading

11/2/17

happy november, folks! SO much going on this time of year for us all. this blog will be a brief one, as i’m currently heading out the door to set the venue up for the work of our hands artist market tomorrow from 10 to 7 at the lamplighter restaurant in delmont. it’s not like… Continue Reading

10.17.17

this is such a busy time of year for us all.  for me, i have a bunch of classes scheduled, and as everyone is scrambling to make things for the holidays, the classes have been well attended.  i also have two shows coming up, as most of you know. the first is raggz fiber affair… Continue Reading

10.1.17

well, fall is here not only on the calendar but weather-wise!  i LOVE fall – cool, crisp air and the perfect time to cuddle up with your knitting and start thinking about those presents you want to make for your friends and family!  some of you over achievers out there have been making presents all… Continue Reading

9.11.17

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… Continue Reading

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

7.30.17

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

7.25.17

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

7.11.17

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