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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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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.

New Year, Now What?

The end of the holiday season, means I enter the super planning phases of the next big projects for OMG and Midwest Yarn.

Patterns
The Spring 2015 collection of patterns for OMG are fully underway and will launch in late May, in time for our big TNNA debut. The Fall 2015 collection is in planning phases: the theme has been chosen and has the usual nerdy undertones.

I also have all of the semi-solid color additions planned for 2015, that’s not including any that my come up because of special order, etc. I’m also working on doing some limited edition variegated colorways to be released throughout the year.

Trade Shows
We are in the initial planning phases to coordinate my family members to help out with logistics for making it to the big summer trade show in Columbus, OH at the end of May/beginning of June. After that, I am deciding if I want to get a booth at Stitches Midwest or Wisconsin Sheep and Wool. Any insight? Which one would you like to see OMG present?

Reminders

  1. Pre-ordering ends for our January Project of the Month Kits this Thursday (midnight). See our previous post for details and links to ordering.
  2. New classes have just been posted here. Sign up soon, we can add extra sessions if they fill up quickly.

2014: A Year in Review

What did 2014 bring us?

  • New Yarn:
    – OMG yarn expanded the line of hand dyed yarn to include 5 new yarn bases and 14 different semi-solid colors.
    – The shop got in a lot of new great yarns like Donegal Tweed by Tahki Stacy Charles, Kraemer Perfection Worsted, Mesa by Tahki Stacy Charles, and more
  • New Patterns Published
  • New Friends and New Customers, plus showed us how many loyal customers we have
    My health suffered this year and for the first 7 months of the year we had very very very limited hours open (and even some spotty attendance for those few hours). The great news is that my health is stable and I’m slowly adding more time that I’m able to dedicate to the shop and yarn line. In fact, check out our “Visit Midwest Yarn” page, I just announced additional hours!
  • A New Baby
    We call the new addition to our family, Sharky. He’s growing by leaps and bounds, and even showing signs that he’ll be walking soon (meaning, he’ll be ready to pull yarn off the shelves in no time, just like our other shop helper did when we first opened).

In spite of the personal struggles, what helped me through everything were the amazing number of loyal customers I had that encouraged me and tons of great new yarn and projects that I love.

2015 will prove to be a challenge as well, but I can only hope (and pray) that this new year will bring more personal growth, a continued passion for the fiber arts, and the accomplishment of a number of goals I’ve had for a long time. We’ll be entering the 4th year in business, and this is the year that will determine whether or not my lovely little endeavor of a yarn shop/studio makes it for the long haul. So here’s a look at what my goals are for 2015:

  • Attend the TNNA Summer Show with a booth or table to begin wholesaling OMG yarn to other yarn shops
  • I had a dream of designing a series of shawls and that dream will become a reality this year. Several lace shawls are in the works and I couldn’t be happier about how they are turning out. The series will be released the weekend of the TNNA Summer Show!
  • Grow the yarn shop to fully sustain both itself and make enough of an income for our family, because working for myself for almost 3 years has proven to be the best option for us and the boys, why wouldn’t we want to continue it?
  • Get new yarn, of course
  • Attend a few of the larger fiber arts shows like Stitches Midwest, Wisconsin Sheep and Wool, and more…I don’t know if I’ll be able to do them all, but it’s worth the shot. With me being able to take off every other Wednesday now, I should be able to plan far enough in advance and dye yarn for these bigger shows where I’ll need to take 500 to 1,000 or more skeins of yarn with me.

…and more. Hey, I can’t share all the fun things I have in store, where’s the fun in that?

In order to make all of this happen, I need you! Continue to stop in and support our little yarn shop. Each skein of yarn you buy, helps us get to some of the bigger shows to really get out there. Keep an eye out for our Project of the Month posts and continue to be the awesome knitters and crocheters you are. Without you, none of this would be possible.

8 Days Left to Craft!

This is the busiest time of the year for all of us crafters. Knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers…all of us fiber artists are feverishly working to get our hand made items finished for our loved ones before the holidays. I have several new babies to make presents for, and that’s not including my own little guys who’s gifts are off the needles.

And in the background I am brainstorming all the new projects I need to get started with once the holidays are over. OMG’s overwhelming success both in-store and online is leaving me happy and eager to do more, but I have a few things to work on before I do.

I have a Pinterest Board for this coming Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 design ideas. I won’t divulge what I’m actually doing before the late May release of new patterns, but maybe my brainstorming will get you excited (or even inspire some projects of your own).

Project of the Month
Between Small Business Saturday and today, I’ve asked our followers whether or not they’d be willing to participate in a Project of the Month Club for OMG Yarns. The idea is that it will be similar to doing a yarn of the month, but with an actual project associated. People would buy the kit offered, which includes yarn and a pattern that I choose as that month’s project. More details to come soon, but I’ll be posting January’s project soon so that people will be able to order their yarn. It’s looking like it will be a 1-2 skein knit cowl with a Valentine’s Day theme (so you can have a lovely cowl knit in time for Valentine’s Day). I came across the pattern while pinning (Pinteresting?) one day. Keep an eye out, it’s coming soon!
Happy crafting!

PS. We have new yarn in from Tahki Stacy Charles. Including Mesa (all colors) and Donegal Tweed. Available in-store only.

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!