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Goings on at Midwest Yarn

Hello, Summer and a BIG Announcement for OMG Yarn

Well, the summer season has officially started for our lovely little shop. That means planning like crazy for fall yarns, and enjoying a little bit of the warmer weather.

That also means knitting and crocheting with lighter weight yarns too! Fingering and sport weight yarns allow you to keep up with your fiber obsession without the weight of bulky yarn (pardon the pun) overheating you.

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The Enderis Park Pullover in OMG Rushmore. Main color is #EarlGrey; complementary color is #Surrender.

I’ll be posting suggestions for some great summer projects, including new patterns from OMG, the newest of which will be posted this week and next week. I’ll also be hosting a few workshops (meaning one session classes) throughout the warmer months to keep your skills fresh.

So…Don’t forget that buying OMG patterns and yarn means I can continue to be here and keep up with the demand for better and better projects. Don’t let the summer slow you down.

Isn’t Allyson from Holla Knits gorgeous in her Enderis Park Pullover sample?! Work it!

Holla Knits Pattern Giveaway
In case you missed it, my newest pattern, the Enderis Park Pullover was released on June 15 on Holla Knits’ website. I’ll be hosting a pattern giveaway and participating in a blog tour on June 26 (you’ll see the post here). Keep an eye out for the details, coming soon. In the mean time, you can find the pattern for purchase on Holla Knits’ site here. If you need help with the project or would like to order some OMG yarn to make yours, shoot me an email (melina AT MidwestYarn DOT com) and I’ll be happy to help!

My BIG Announcement
My friends and family are privy to this news already, but I wanted to share with all my followers. No, I’m not pregnant. I’VE BEEN ACCEPTED TO BE A VENDOR VOGUE KNITTING LIVE: CHICAGO this October! It is, to say the least, a dream come true and I couldn’t have done this without your encouragement and support.

What this means is I HAVE to buy more yarn (and finish paying off the big shipment I just got), so make sure you keep supporting our online and brick and mortar stores so that we can have a successful show with all the yarns! I have a few more surprises up my sleeve to tempt your yarn obsession, so be sure you’re following the blog, Instagram, and Twitter to keep updated on all the preparation and peeks at what I’m working on.

Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair Recap
Well, the Fiber Fair has come and gone, and I had a great time! I met some great new contacts, saw some familiar faces, and introduced everyone to littlest shop helper, Sharky. While I didn’t reach my personal sales goal for the show, my attendance was well worth it, so many thanks to all who came out. I’m plotting what the next shows are to apply for, so stay tuned!

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.

Pattern Preview and Weekend Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in our online auction a couple weeks ago, it was a big success and raised $920 for our trip to Ohio for the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair!

Don’t forget, we’re closed tomorrow, Saturday, May 30, in order to travel to Columbus, Ohio for the TNNA summer show. Networking, visiting friends, looking at yarn to stock in the shop and potential new yarn bases for dyeing in the future. Please wish me safe travels!

That means no Stitch and Bitch tonight, but we’ll be hosting it next weekend as a part of Bay View’s Gallery Night from 6pm – 9pm as usual. Our featured artist this time is Allison Anderson who makes wonderful therapeutic jewelry (like our littlest shop helper’s teething necklace, which has helped him tremendously as he is popping in new teeth left and right). Join us for a relaxing evening!

And now, a couple of sneak peeks at a couple of the patterns coming out soon for OMG this summer…

Water Shawl 1

For our knitters…and this is the project that I have been jokingly calling the black hole for yarn.

Puff Star 3

And for our crocheters…

And if I can manage to stay awake on the flight home from TNNA tomorrow (yup, I’m flying down and flying back on the same day, ‘cos I got it like that…), I’ll type up my recap of the day.

Have a good weekend and we’ll see you next week!

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. 🙂

YarnCon
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.

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Retail Location Update: Closed Wednesday, January 28

Today, Wednesday, January 28, Midwest Yarn’s retail location is closed due to illness of our littlest shop helper. He was diagnosed yesterday with bronchiolitis, a lower respiratory infection caused by a virus.

The hardest part about being a parent is when your child is ill. The hardest part about being a working parent is being unable to be there for your sick child, which is one of the biggest reasons I work for myself: I don’t have to make the choice, I can actually be there for my little guys when they’re sick.

Out of both of my children, including Peanut, my 5 year old who is sick with ear infections and croup often, baby Sharky is the sickest I’ve ever seen a baby get that’s been in my care. We will likely be closed for the rest of the week, but that announcement will be made later today or tomorrow.

I’m happy to answer any questions via email and if there’s something specific people are looking for that I can ship out, email me and I’ll ship it (no charge on shipping this week). I’ll extend the free shipping to Etsy customers as well, use coupon code GETWELLSOON now through February 7, 2015.

Again, I apologize for the inconvenience, but we’ll see you soon. AND new hours go into effect in February (once we’re assured little guy is feeling better). In the mean time, stay warm and happy stitching.