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Happy Birthday, Midwest Yarn! Gallery Night, and more…

This Friday, June 5, marks 3 years in our retail space! Join in wishing us a happy birthday, by celebrating at Bay View Gallery Night. It’s sure to be a fun time, because Food Truck Friday and a Jazz Band will be playing across the street.

We’re featuring artist Alison Anderson, a jewelry maker. She made littlest shop helper’s amber teething necklace and has some original pieces for sale. Stop by and see her from 6pm to 9pm. You’ll also be able to hang out and stitch as well. 🙂

Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair
The Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair is coming up quickly. I’ll be heading down to the Columbus/Newark, Ohio area on Thursday, June 11, and back to the shop Tuesday, June 16 (the day after my birthday!). We’ll be closed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday next week for the fair, since a huge bit of yarn is coming with me.

I will be updating the Etsy shop to show all the OMG Yarn I’ll be taking with me, including some new speckled colorways.


Auction Day!

Today is the first day of OMG’s Second Annual Online Auction – Spring Cleaning 2015. Click here to join in the fun! I have close to 70 auction items ranging from finished knit and crochet items to dyed fiber and yarn.

The giveaway for the auction is pretty awesome too: I’m giving away skeins of our newest yarn coming out this fall called Midwest (of course). It is a worsted weight, 60% Domestic Alpaca, 40% Domestic Merino wool, meaning it’s a yarn completely sourced, spun, and dyed in the US.

  • First place – 3 skeins of Midwest in the color of your choice
  • Second place – 2 skeins of Midwest in the color of your choice
  • Third place – 1 skein of Midwest in the color of your choice

Each bid serves as an entry and a winning bid will get you 5 entries into the drawing. The winners will be announced early next week, once the dust settles after the auction.

I am beyond excited about the event, mainly because of the successful launch of the line last fall, and what lies ahead for my little studio/shop.

I just got back the first sample knit for the spring/summer designs and it is stunning. The knitter put her heart and soul into it and turning it over to me was like I’d asked her to give up her first born. Looks like I’ll have to make one of my own soon, so she can have hers back. 🙂

OMG Updates
With the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair coming up in just a few short weeks, I’ve been ramping up my yarn dyeing schedule. I’ve been doing some variegated colorways and regularly posting them to my etsy shop. In fact, I have over 80 listings of yarn in stock and ready to ship.

Closed Tuesday, May 12
We’ll be closed Tuesday, May 12 so that I can be a chaperone for a field trip at Peanut’s school.

Save the Dates: May 8 – May 10, Spring Cleaning Auction

My studio and house are all a-buzz with preparing for the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair and the release of new patterns coming within the next few weeks. Sample knitters are working hard to get shawls finished for the spring collection, and now we need to move some yarn to make room for all the new yarn I’m dyeing.

Work in progress by one of my sample knitters, Photo courtesy of Katy Wheeler

Work in progress by one of my sample knitters, Photo courtesy of Katy Wheeler

So, I’m hosting another auction to move out some yarn and raise some funds to complete our booth and send us on our way to the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair.

OMG Yarn’s Spring Cleaning Auction
Begins Friday, May 8, 2015 at 4pm and runs until 6pm Sunday, May 10, 2015

I’ll be posting some teasers, but what you should expect from the auction this year is yarn, a few finished items, and a few fibers and such in my stash. There will be mostly OMG yarn, but there will also be some other yarn from the retail space that I just need to get gone.

Since we had some issues with coordinating pick up last year, all items will be shipped (shipping will be $3 for local people, $5 if outside WI).

The auction will be a great way to support your local yarn shop and help OMG Yarn officially hit the road and debut on the national stage.

In the mean time, keep an eye out for stuff you’d like to get your hands on, and stay tuned for the announcement of May’s project of the month. 🙂

I also had the pleasure of traveling to Chicago this past weekend to visit YarnCon. It was absolutely wonderful! I had fun, visited with friends and:IMG_9553

  • Enjoyed a chat with Allyson D of Holla Knits and see the sample sweater I dyed yarn for in the book Midwestern Knits, to be released this fall.
  • Hugged Shannon Okey of Cooperative Press after exchanging some tweets with her across the parking lot of the venue.
  • Bought a bit of yarn, including a Magic Ball from Sophie’s Toes…it’s pretty awesome, if you ask me and it’s all mine!

Firing up the Dye Pots
I have a LOT of new bright colored, unique yarn in the works, and have been doing regular shop updates to the Etsy store. I have been filling my Mondays and Wednesdays with all the dyeing I can muster and the pile is getting big. Everything online is in stock in the Bay View store, so if you’re local, you should come get a skein…or two.

A sneak peek at Barb Mastre Stanford's Spring/Summer 2015 design...I'm crocheting this sample in Vegas...

A sneak peek at Barb Mastre Stanford’s Spring/Summer 2015 design…I’m crocheting this sample in OMG Vegas…

The newest yarn base, Calatrava, is a big hit, and seems to be doing well this far. It soaks up dye much differently than some of the other bases, and is energetically spun. My designs for the spring and summer feature Calatrava and are all big, gorgeous lacy shawls.

Stitch and Bitch
In case you were wondering, we now do a Friday Night Knit Night every other Friday from 6pm to 9pm in the shop. We have quite a few regulars, including a few ladies that are quickly becoming fun friends that I look forward to seeing each time I host the event. Keep an eye on our calendar if you’re interested in attending, the next stitch night will be held Friday, May 1 (and I might have to go see Avengers: Age of Ultron right after too…).

This week: 50 Things to Do in Bay View

As a way to bring more business to Bay View businesses, the business district coordinators are hosting an event called 50 Things to Do in Bay View – the event I’ve been jokingly referring to as 50 Shades of Bay (View). This week only, on all purchases of yarn, you can buy one get one half off (all regular priced yarn of equal or lesser value).

Because the Etsy shop is a little bit harder to get this type of discount, customers shopping online can use coupon code: OMGLOVE to get 25% off their purchase, now through February 14th.

Click here to get to the online store or Click here for our project of the month listing for February.

And remember pre-orders for February’s Project of the Month ends February 14th too. (Project Details)

Of course, gorgeous yarn picture, because I love yarn and I love our little yarn shop.

Fiesta Hat Kit_1

Online Craft Auction Details

Online Craft Auction
The online craft auction is one of the avenues in which we will be raising funds to expand OMG (the hand dyed yarns) and also bring in new yarns to the shop (see previous post).

What is being auctioned?
You will see headbands with knit/crocheted bows, cowls, etc. Some finished items are samples from previous yarn lines carried in the shop.  We need to make room for more.

And yes, there will be yarn and fiber available too.  Some from the shop, some hand spun that I’ve done, and also hand dyed yarn.  I, sadly, don’t have the time to knit or spin ALL THE THINGS like I want to (don’t worry, I have a good stash that I have set aside and is all mine…wink, wink).


Yummy OMG Handspun

I am thankful to have talented, crafty friends that believe in me who are donating some handcrafted items to the online auction. Those of you that showed interest in donating something, deadline for submission is August 16, 2014.  I will pay shipping for any items that must be shipped if you cannot drop them off.  PS. I love you, I love you, I love you.

Where will the auction take place?
The auction will take place through an online Facebook Event.  I will set up the event and you can RSVP to follow the auction.

When and how will this work?
On August 22, 2014, and 12:00pm Central Time, I will begin posting pictures and descriptions of the items.  Unless otherwise stated, starting bid will always be $1.  Participants will put their bid in the comments section of the photo for each listing.  At 5:00pm Central Time on August 26, 2014, bidding is closed for the item.  I will post in the comments section “CLOSED”.  The highest bid will win. Each person that wins an auction will be notified to supply an email address to which I can send a PayPal invoice for payment. If you win more than one auction, you will receive an invoice for all items that you are awarded.  If you would like to pick up your item(s) in person, please let me know.  You don’t have to be in the area to participate, you will be charged shipping for your item(s) purchased and a total amount due will be reflected in your invoice.  Yes, we will ship internationally, but be aware that shipping will vary by country and weight of the package.

All sales are final, no returns accepted.  If someone wins an auction but does not pay their invoice within 3 days of the end of the auction, the next highest bidder will be contacted and awarded the listing.

If there’s anything I’ve missed, leave a message in the comments and I will respond ASAP.

An Aside: Room for Growth
I stumbled across an old notebook that had the beginnings of Midwest Yarn’s business plan hashed out. It has milestones/goals I’d hoped to achieve each year for the first five years of business. Yes, I was that passionate about the business that I made a five year plan. After reading all of it, I noticed one important thing: I had reached all of those goals.

Five years’ worth of goals were just done. I knew that if the business had gotten that far, but didn’t make it, I’d be pleased with my work. That passing thought left a sting.  I had set myself up for failure. I was passionate, but did not have the confidence that I’d succeed (low self-esteem can be a killer).

I now believe (and am extremely determined to see) that the yarn shop and career I love will be a success.  Now I am putting in a million times more effort to see this new chapter of the business grow into a reality.