What’s new at Ewe?

The second annual Local Yarn Shop Day (sponsored by TNNA) is coming up this Saturday, April 27. This is the day we ask all of you yarnies to come out and show your yarn shop love! We have several new vendors, as well as special colorways and patterns just for the occasion, And, we’ll have …. COOKIES! (You know, those chewy  thick delicious old fashioned ginger molasses cookies Sue makes for us … those cookies!)

Here’s a quick rundown of what’s new in the shop this week … any day now we are expecting our first shipment of Brew City Yarns! Located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, this mother and daughters team produces lovely colorways in yarns humanely sourced from the UK and South America. Their first ‘brewski of the month’ installment is scheduled to arrive just in time for LYSD ~ we’ve selected their YakYak sock (70/20/10 Merino/Yak/nylon blend), the colorway is a rich jewel tone blend aptly named ‘Heart Sisters’ …

Next up is Dream in Color ~ their LYS colorway is called ‘Grand Canyon’; this yarn commemorates the centennial of the Grand Canyon’s declaration as one of our most treasured National Monuments, and 10% of the proceeds from the sale of this yarn will be donated (by Dream in Color) to the maintenance and preservation of this national treasure. Also, they have paired up kits and offer a free pattern on LYSDay …. we have these in Smooshy with Cashmere. Because who doesn’t love cashmere!

Koigu … love working with this Canadian mother-daughter team ~ they sent a door prize! We selected ‘Deep South’ as our club selection this month, and it is lovely … I do believe this would make a beautiful fade combined with their ‘Vitamin D’ and ‘Ocean’ colorways! Plus, we have all the new LYS Pencil Box combos (Don’t love this collage, it’s like a storyboard of how they came up with the color combos!)

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Mountain Colors is introducing their new tweed yarn, and we’ll have their LYS Appreciation kits for you to enjoy (and they’re sending us a door prize)! And we still have a good selection of their Wildberries sock (their sprinkle yarn) and Twizzlefoot!

 Madelintosh is in! This is not just for LYSDay, but I did want to tell you about it. We’re pretty excited to add this label … we have started with Tosh Merino and Tosh Merino Light. These are single ply yarns (which we just love) – we have a shop model of the Goramus shawl that is lovely!

Old Soul Fibers is another new addition. Samantha is an indie dyer in Greenville, SC  with a real eye for color! We have 10 colorways of her Old Soul Classic … you really need to try this one!

Knitting Fever adds a little spice to the mix … any of their pdf patterns published on their site will be FREE with your yarn purchase on Saturday! So give them a browse … knittingfever.com. They are one of the (if not the) largest yarn distributors in the country, bringing us Noro, Mirasol, Elsbeth Lavold, Juniper Moon …. really too many yarn labels to list here.

Whew.

And … BinkWaffle, Laurel Burch, LePapillon bags! Private label candles from Southern Elegance (Ewe & Company, Main Street, Kingston Springs, Nashville). NumNum’s Goat Milk Soap. Solemate socks. In2Green wraps and blankets. Fair trade baskets. More things that I’m sure I’ve forgotten to mention but this is enough for now.

Also, Jan Quarles is conducting an Indigo Dye Workshop this Saturday from 9-2, pop over to our Facebook page for the details. And she is bringing some of her indigo pieces (scarves, leggings, tops) for your shopping pleasure!

We are always glad to see you, and we particularly look forward to your support this week for LYS Day (week?)! We’ll be open Wednesday through Thursday from 11-4, and Saturday from 9-3. (Saturday is cookie day, and we’ll draw for door prizes after closing … your $25 purchase any time this week automatically gets you entered!)

 

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Happy (almost) Spring from Ewe to you!

Hello! Today is March 10, 2019 and yes, it has been quite awhile since we last updated this space. There is really no reason for the absence, except that it requires a bit of time and organization (what is that, you may well ask!?). That said ~ the shop is doing great, life is good, grands are outstanding, dogs are their usual precocious selves … all I can say is I’m a slacker when it comes to writing blog posts!

We have been working diligently to trim down our stash of national yarn labels as we try to hone in on the best small operations and most loved of our indie dyers.

We are one of 30 shops to be invited to share Round Mountain Fibers amazing yarns … we currently have in stock the Botanical Collection in fingering weight. The Botanical Collection is a variety of colorways based on plants and flowers found in our American landscape (some of which are listed as endangered). AND … yes, we have their Drunk Yarn easy peasy dye kits in stock. This photo is their Bourbon kit (yes, I had to dye two kits, and yes, there was wine involved and it is a long story …)

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Dream in Color’s ‘Funnest Sock Kits’ in Smooshy have been a big hit, and make a deliciously festive pair of socks ~ a full skein of sock yarn + a contrasting mini-skein for toes, cuffs & heels!

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Koigu’s Limited Edition monthly colorways have started arriving, we are proud to be included in the 41 shops in the United States to participate in this monthly program.  Their featured February colorway in the photo is aptly named ‘Vitamin D’ … because don’t we all need some of that right about now?!  (We knit this up using Star Athena’s Willamette scarf pattern … it is a sweet piece and soon as it is blocked it will be in the shop!)7F475269-53F6-4552-90FF-BCDF46A917D7

LYS exclusive Pencil Boxes from Koigu should be in the shop in time for Local Yarn Shop Day (April 27) … here is their color schematic of what’s coming in!

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BUT WAIT, there’s more! We have several things coming up in the shop I’d like to tell you about, so grab a beverage and read on …

April 6We are delighted to host a trunk show with Jan Quarles on Saturday, April 6 from 10 until 2. Come on out and discover the magic of indigo ~ join us in celebrating spring with the luminous blues of the fabrics produced by Middle Tennessee dyer Jan Quarles. We’ll be offering a wide a range of unique scarves, shawls, leggings, baby clothes and home goods (and perhaps some yarn). These one-of-kind creations are usually only available through private sale or high-end boutiques, and a great addition to anyone’s wardrobe. We are very excited to be hosting this event, and do hope you’ll join us!

You may have had an opportunity to meet Jan at our local fiber festivals, or had the chance to take one of her botanical dying workshops (most recently at GroWild, our amazing native plant nursery located just down the road in Fairview, TN). She has recently retired from MTSU and is devoting her time to dyeing, studying and sharing her craft. She is delightful!

71F0528F-08FC-4A1E-9598-C52745765723Then! On April 27 (which is #LYSDay and also by the way is also the day after my birthday in case you forget) …

Jan is teaching an INDIGO DYEING WORKSHOP! We’re calling it Dyeing to Knit the Blues!

Discover the magic of indigo, nature’s most soulful blue as you dye yarn for your own textile creations! In this workshop on Saturday, April 27th from 9 – 2, you’ll learn about the history of this magic blue and prepare and dye your own yarn for a project.  Drinks will be provided, you can either bring a sack lunch or pre-order a boxed lunch from Sweet T’s (about $8). Cost for the workshop is $95 per person and includes: instruction, class handouts, gloves, all dying supplies, and one skein of Merino fingering weight sock yarn (if you want a box lunch that is extra and you need to preorder). Additional sock yarn … fingering weight skeins, mini skeins and sock blanks … will be available for purchase throughout the day. Class is limited to 12, and you must prepay to reserve your spot. Stop by or call the shop to register … 615.952.0110, or message us here with your phone number, we’ll call you back quick as we can!

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And on our quarterly class schedule we are offering:

Ready to Make Your First Sweater? $55 fee includes printed pattern and three 1-½ hour sessions; Your instructor will be our local soon to be famous LeAnn Lewis

Saturdays ~ March 30, April 6 & 13 from 10:30 until noon

We’ll walk you through this simple top down raglan sleeve baby sweater step by step in three 1-½ hour sessions. You will learn basic sweater construction, how to read a pattern, use stitch markers and stitch holders, make button holes, and a little knitting-in-the-round and magic loop … this is a real basic confidence builder for new or inexperienced knitters (and a sweet little sweater)!

Supplies (which we most definitely expect you to purchase at Ewe & Company) include: your yarn, #4 circular needles, stitch markers, stitch holders.

Class size is limited to 6, so give us a call or stop by to register. We’re in the shop Wednesday – Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-3; shop phone is 615.952.0110.

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(This photo is from Jennifer Hoel’s free pattern, which we’ll be using for this class … thank you, Jennifer!) We have a knitted model in the shop if you want to stop by!
Well, there is that. Kent says I’ve been typing too long, and he’s the journalist … so thanks for hangin’ with me, come and see us, and know that we appreciate each and every one of you! Latest classes and events and snarky comments pop up on our Facebook page daily, so follow us there, we’re also newbies on Instagram. And please feel free to give us a call or stop by any time.

Casting off for now … with lots of love!

Glenna

 

 

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Trying to get back … 

IMG_0547WordPress told me it has been over 2 years since we posted … and that is sadly correct. Our bad.

We are still getting our legs back after several personal setbacks and plan to begin regular postings. Thank you for your patience and loyalty, please stay tuned!

 

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… and we’re adding a retail gift area!!

We are excited to announce that we are expanding our space & including select lines of gift items for retail sale! We would like to involve established & emerging local artisans in this space on a limited consignment basis (it’s a small space, the felted owl birdhouse featured is an example of the quality we’re looking for!) … if you are a fine artist/craftsperson and would like to be included, please give us a call to schedule an interview (& be prepared to bring samples of your work, photos aren’t acceptable) … 615.952.0110

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Like coals to Newcastle?

Nope. Jane brought me this lovely skein of sock yarn from A GOOD YARN SARASOTA … this is one of their exclusive shop colorways (‘Gulf of Mexico). It is a gorgeous yarn and as I’m told, Three Irish Girls dyes for their shop.  Awesome.  And Jane had no way of knowing that when my daughter Sarah was living in Sarasota and finally decided she wanted to learn to knit, this is the shop I guided her to.  It is a small world, isn’t it!Image

 

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Fiber spelunking today …

Jim & I dug through some of Nelle’s sewing room today … and the sweet treasures were endless. Lots of quilted squares, bits and pieces, notes & patterns … could spend days in that one small room. Hardanger napkins, pulled thread table clothes and napkins … lots of things waiting to be done, with the expectation that one day you will get back to it.

Some things were over in the corner in bags, that’s where I found my surprises.  A vintage granny square afghan (note: this was seamed with heavy, maybe quilting thread, not yarn);Image

a vintage crazy quilt (Papa Sam must have squawked about her buying this one … great job, Nelle!) IMG_0548 IMG_0549

Then we got into a chest of basically ‘shove it in here’ … old photos, stacks of Christmas cards, gifts still in boxes, lots of vintage linens, some still with tags on …. and in the midst of this, wrapped up in a random scrap of what must be quilting leftover was this precious Christening Dress and Under-dress … I’m gonna take a good look at the old photos, but I think this may have been Papa Sam’s. It’s gossamer thin handkerchief linen  with French seams, hand embroidered … IMG_0545

I just love the little bits of history of the fiber of our lives, hope you cherish them too.  All these treasure are headed to the dry cleaners tomorrow.

 

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Just noodlin’ and knittin’ …

We e-subscribe to a free small business newsletter from ‘Small Business Survival’. Sometimes I read it, sometimes I don’t. This one really hit home …

‘From outside, you may think I’m all success. But if you got up close you’d realize that I fail, too.

Development is a bit like that, too.

Whenever I hear someone talk about how amazing my hometown’s Value Added Products plant that is taking local wheat flour and producing pizza dough is, I think, “It’s really not all that.” Because I’m close to it.

But when I hear about the lavender farm in Ontario that is expanding into a winery, I think it’s terrific. Because I’m not too close to it.

When you know too much about the situation, you discount it. You focus on the other parts, the not-so-successful parts.

That’s why you think what you do doesn’t really matter that much. Because you’re too close and see all the false starts, the failures and the things you wish you could do but haven’t.

Those are exactly the things that add up to something significant. It’s because you try that you make a difference. Even when you don’t see it.

So before you dismiss what you’re doing for your town as “not that much,” remember what I said. You’re doing it. You’re making a difference.’

I certainly hope so, because my heart and soul is in this shop. And we thank you each and every day. It’s all that.

 

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