event recap

This was year #5 for me at A Knitter’s Fantasy. While it isn’t the highest scoring event on the schedule, it is still special. This was my first step into the world of yarn shows (back in 2010). I appreciate its proximity to my house: about 7 1/2 miles. I enjoy setting up Friday night. I am glad the booth fee is reasonable. And of course, I always love seeing my fellow vendors and friends. Ana and I shared an 8×16 booth again. My half is pictured below.

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This year I quietly debuted my newest dyed item: Companion Colors. I only had three pairs, so it was more of an experiment than a grand introduction. Mostly I think they were ignored, but I did sell one to someone who was very happy to take it home. I am looking forward to playing around with the process more during my next dye day. Perhaps by Great Lakes I’ll have a nice stock of them and do a bigger display (with signs).

Right before packing (and I mean RIGHT BEFORE) I was still labeling yarn and fiber. I’ve been fiddling a bit with my tags, so some items had a newly updated version. I’ve been trying to print horizontal labels, but it’s actually been somewhat difficult. I don’t use any fancy image software and whenever I print things, they always come out grainy or fuzzy. The best method yet has been to print a sticky label and attach it to the band. I used them for new Sheep Tones skeins and the Companion Colors. I do like the way they look, however, the edges of the label are coming up! Blarg.

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Third event of the year behind me already! I spent Saturday with Ana (Wren & Rita) at A Knitter’s Fantasy and it was a really great day. Usually the market is rather quiet during classes, but this year it seemed that we had traffic evenly throughout the day. My lack of inventory was painfully obvious as I set up, and now after the show I am very low. The next couple of weeks are going to be very busy so I don’t embarrass myself at the Great Lakes Fiber Show. In between now and then I’ve got two camping events, a visit to Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival, and major dental work. I need to do some serious scheduling.

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Remember how we bought a house three years ago this summer? We worked so hard to get it ready before we  moved in, but there were a few projects that had to wait.

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For instance, the bathroom is still weird (no mirror/cabinet, unfinished floor, bathtub without a shower head). The plan was to finish off the mudroom first since it needed insulation, drywall, flooring, basically a lot more stuff. However, it’s been a very sloooow process. We are now to the stage of putting mud on the drywall, so I decided to take a picture. Soon we will be ready to paint! And then eventually put in the cabinets and storage this house so desperately needs. Someday…

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And just in case you haven’t had enough updates from me, the latest issue of the newsletter is live.

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8363983It is happening this weekend!

Market is open from 8 am to 4:30 pm. Stop in to visit with me and Ana of Wren & Rita. We will be located in the same spot as last year.

Check out the website for more details.

After selling out of spindles at the Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival last month, I had to put in an order. I decided to get 20 this time around, so it should last me a little longer. Come by to give one a test spin.

Hope to see you there!

looking ahead

January is a going to be a busy month of preparing for what is to come. One event has been moved and one has been added, so things will be a little different this year. The Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival moved from February into March, so I will not be going to the Women’s Fiber Fest hosted by the Alliance YWCA. But if you are desperate for fiber in February, do not fear! I’ll be in Pittsburgh anyway for a new event hosted by Cosette Cornelius-Bates. For those of you in Ohio, you will find me in April at A Knitter’s Fantasy again along with Ana Brito Skalos of Wren & Rita. So make sure you put these events on your calendar, check out their websites, and get registered for any classes you make want to take. They will be here before you (or I) know it!

FEBRUARY 10

Indie Knit & Spin Boutique
@ Cosymakes Studio
1406 South Negley
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Open 12 pm to 5 pm

MARCH 15-17

Pittsburgh Knit & Crochet Festival
@ Four Points Sheraton
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046

APRIL 06

A Knitter’s Fantasy
@ Cheney High School
731 South Hazelwood Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio

Open 8 am to 4:30 pm