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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Goodbye to 2013 …

As we say in the South, ‘Here’s your hat, what’s your hurry?’ This has been a mixed bag kind of a year. We’ve seen new babies, marriages, steamy romances, folks struggling financially, horrific medical diagnoses, deaths of loved ones ….

And such is the fabric of this shop. It is such a privilege to smile, laugh and cry with each of you. Thank you for being the heart and soul of this shop and including us in your life, we love you each and every one. And thanks to you for holding us up when we need it, also.

We’re having a Cast-On Party tomorrow, January 1, 2014 (YAY!) from noon until 4 … bring your new project or shop for one, just come. We’ll make coffee, we may bake something(or not), but we’d just love to see you!

We’re ending this post with the last thing off the needles totally completed in 2013 … Last2013Metalouseit’s Stephen West’s Metalouse (free pattern from http://www.knitty.com), added a picot bind off to make it a bit more girlie.

Happy New Year to all, and thank you!

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