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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!

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Plotting the Next Round of Yarn

Don’t forget, OMG yarn is now available to stash on Ravelry (click here)!

From a business standpoint, they teach you to assume that your business will always be in operation, so planning designs, colors, and yarns in advance is not a stretch, it’s the “how am I going to pay for this?” part that we worry about as the time comes. Part of the fiber arts industry – and the fashion industry too – is planning projects over a year in advance.

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OMG Vegas – Merino, Silk, Nylon, Poly Glitz blend – Color #Phoenix

So far, I have plans and rough ideas for Spring/Summer 2015 designs and colors AND Fall 2015 designs and colors. The hard part is wrapping my head around the budget – mainly because I don’t normally spend the kind of money that yarn shop operations require.

As long as we don’t run into any snags, here’s the general timeline and a little of what to expect coming in the next several months:

  • Spring/Summer 2015: New colors and designs coming by the end of May 2015 just in time for the National Needlearts Convention in Columbus, OH. I plan to feature OMG Calatrava, fingering weight, 100% Superwash Merino Wool. A theme has been chosen, and color testing is set to begin around the first of the new year. Expect lacy shawls…
  • TNNA Columbus: The BIG needle arts Summer show…Dates are 05/30/15 through 06/01/15 in Columbus, OH. I plan on hosting a table or booth to begin being available for wholesale at select shops. This is where the Spring/Summer 2015 patterns and colors will debut (and I’m already excited about it).
  • Fall 2015: Even more new colors and designs coming sometime in October 2015. I plan to feature OMG Midwest (worsted weight Domestic Alpaca/Domestic Merino blend that is one of my favorite yarn bases, so it’s named Midwest to make it one of our signature luxury yarns).

I’m looking into which big shows to attend as well. My wish list includes:

  • Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair
  • Stitches Midwest
  • Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival
  • Midwest Fiber Fair (happens around the same time as Stitches Midwest)
  • YarnCon

And I’m working on starting a Project of the Month club for OMG as well. This means that I’ll be curating a number of projects, both knit and crochet, that would work well for OMG yarns. I, unfortunately, won’t be able to design everything for those, so I am in the process of looking at some fun patterns online that I think will look great in our semi-solid colors that will call for one, two, or three skeins of hand dyed yarn, because I think keeping things affordable for many while supporting indie designers is important for OMG yarns.

And then when I have major pattern launches, I will feature my favorite designs for those months.

But we’ll see if we can do all of this and still have time to breathe afterwards. I’m looking forward to preparing for all these big things to come and hoping that we can continue the momentum that the shop has picked up. Make sure you continue to support our local yarn shop so that we can continue to fund these efforts.

New Patterns and New Yarn!

I am pleased to announce that we’ve released five new patterns for our new hand dyed yarn. They are available for purchase on Ravelry, Etsy (shopid: omgmidwestyarn), and we’re waiting to hear about getting them uploaded to PatternFish.

Knit patterns were designed by me and crochet patterns done by Barb Mastre Stanford. I absolutely love all of them, but if I had to pick a favorite to complete, it was Barb’s Swagger pattern. All the yarn is a pleasure to work with, silky soft (and OMG Vegas does have some silk in it).

Take a look:

You’ll be able to purchase yarn in the retail shop, patterns, and kits beginning this Saturday, November 29. If you’re not local to Milwaukee, you will be able to purchase yarn through Etsy, as well. I’ll be doing a few in-depth posts about the new yarn soon, just to give people an idea of how wonderful each of our new yarns are. If you want to see them in person, stop by the shop this Saturday.

I have a lot of yarn waiting to hit the shelves and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone thinks. See you soon and Happy Thanksgiving!