One of my primary goals for 2019 is to schedule activities more than two weeks in advance. I started in December by planning out the first quarter of the new year. January is almost gone now, but we are quickly coming up on February. Dates and times subject to change.
Celebrate the end of another great year by helping me clear out old shop samples! Starting on Small Business Saturday and running until December 22, select tools and samples will be on sale for 15-20% off list price. When I say “supplies are limited”, I mean it. There is only one of each available!
RENTAL TOOLS & FLOOR SAMPLES
- Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel + Onboard Lazy Kate
Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel Schacht Cricket 15″ Loom+ Stand Schacht Flip 20″ Loom + Stand
- Schacht School Loom
- Schacht Hand Carders
- Valkyrie Hand Combs
- Louet Blending Board
Lacis Umbrella Swift
KNIT & WOVEN SAMPLES
- Child’s vest, knit
- Cowl, knit
- Phos shawl, knit
Adult hat, knit
- Woven scarves
Thursday, November 22 >> Closed
Friday, November 23 >> Closed
Saturday, November 24 >> 10 am to 5 pm
Celebrating 11 years, the Yarn Discovery Tour provides fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit 19 amazing yarn shops throughout Northeast Ohio. This will be the first time Gwen Erin Natural Fibers is participating! We are the most eastern stop on the tour and easy to find just off I-80 (exit 234). If you are coming from Pennsylvania, we’re a great place to start.
During the tour, September 4 thru September 22,
the Studio will be open special hours:
Tuesday 12 PM – 4 PM
Wednesday 12 PM – 7 PM
Thursday & Friday 11 AM – 6PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM
How does the Tour work?
- Purchase a $8 passport at any participating shop & receive a free souvenir tote bag. Passports available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 21 and continuing through the 2018 YDT.
- 2018 Yarn Discovery Tour begins Tuesday, September 4 and concludes Saturday, September 22.
- Purchase a minimum of $10 from any participating shop and receive that shop’s free YDT pattern and entry into that shop’s Prize Basket drawing ($100+ value).
- When you make your purchase, receive a passport stamp from that shop as well as their pin for your souvenir totebag. Visit a few shops or visit them all!
- Collect 5, 10, 15 or all 19 passport stamps and be entered into YDT Prize Basket drawings as well.
- The YDT will draw 4 winners from all shoppers with 5 passport stamps, 2 winners for all shoppers with 10 and 15 passport stamps and 1 Grand Prize Winner from shoppers with all 19 passport stamps. Shoppers with 5, 10 or 19 passport stamps not already winning a YDT Prize Basket, will be entered in a Last Chance Drawing.
- Shoppers with all 19 passport stamps will also receive a free I Did It All souvenir.
- Prize winners will be drawn and notified the week after the YDT concludes. Winners of shop prize baskets pick those up from the shop itself. Winners of YDT Prize Baskets may pick those up from their shop of choice.
- Winners will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the YDT concludes.
Get more information and see all the participating shops.
I find myself at the end of the spring show season already. This year I traveled to Pittsburgh, PA in March for Indie Knit & Spin. With new organizers and a new venue, I wasn’t sure what to expect. However, it ended up being a pretty good day. Next I popped up to Ann Arbor, MI for Fiber Expo. I always love going to this show mostly because Ann Arbor is a really nifty town. We go to Zingerman’s Bakehouse for breakfast both days and usually end up at the Deli for dinner on Saturday. I think I’ll just have to plan a visit for fun some time since it’s only about 3.5 hours away. The show itself went pretty well considering we had an ice storm Saturday night! Also in April I went to Salem, OH for Knitter’s Delight, a smaller event that has taken the place of Knitter’s Fantasy. Traffic was rather slow and most shoppers weren’t interested in fiber. I rounded out the tour with one of my favorite events, the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster, OH. I realized that this was my ninth year as a vendor! How can that be?
It doesn’t seem possible that I’ve been building this business for almost 10 years. Overall it’s progressed very slowly. Some people start their businesses and shoot right to the top. Everyone just faints at the sight of them. Not for me. My graph has a very mild incline. With a few dips along the way. I have some devoted customers, but in general I’m not on anyone’s mind. I can’t quite say what keeps me going. I’ve devoted myself to this and gosh darn-it, I’m sticking to it. Whether you like it or not.
Here I am, sliding out the back of the fall fiber season. In September I was looking across the weeks and it felt as though it would drive me mad. One weekend on, one weekend off, one weekend on, one weekend off, two weekends in a row. I’ve never had that many events so close together! But, here I am with just one more fiber show on the schedule. I made it through without having a break down. In fact, it was nearly as terrible as I’d imagined it to be. For years I was too timid, too afraid to load up my schedule. I didn’t think I could handle it, but apparently I can.
So, after Indie Knit & Spin in November, what’s next? I’ll be switching into finished goods mode – knitting, weaving, felting. This year I applied for three events, one in Akron, two in Cleveland. I figured I might get accepted to one, instead I was accepted to all of them! You’ll find me this holiday season (every weekend in December leading up to Christmas) at Lake Affect Studios on December 2; 78th Street Studios on December 9 + 10; and Last Call at Goodyear Hall on December 17. I’m working really hard to keep calm!