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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.

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

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!

Thank you!

The last two months have been grueling, especially when you add a now five month old and five year old into the mix. The days that I had mommy brain and brain fog from low blood pressure did not help, but because I’ve been working the shop for the past couple of years, autopilot set in. What I really mean to say, because it must be said:

From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone that has supported our little shop from the beginning and during the growth effort that we’ve completed (FINALLY!). I have some of the best customers any yarn shop owner could ever dream of. No, really…you guys are great!

The growth effort has generated a lot of interest for the shop and OMG yarn. In fact, of that $10,000 goal originally set, if you include the online auction, special orders generated outside of the campaign, pledges to support the new yarn line, a couple secret projects in the works, and the Indiegogo campaign funds raised, we actually got about more than half way there. We also got our 250 votes necessary to complete the Mission Main Street Grant application – Winners will be announced January 2015 after business plans are reviewed by a panel of judges. I’m calling it a success.

So what happens now? The true work begins for Midwest Yarn, and I could not be happier.

  • I’ll be announcing our customer appreciation sale later this week!
  • Yarn for the new line is being ordered – An order for approximately 200 skeins of yarn is being placed this week.
  • Yarn orders generated by the Indiegogo campaign are starting to be fulfilled. Most of what I’m waiting for is product tags, project bags, and a couple other goodies to send to our new list of VIP members.
  • The Etsy shop will become our avenue for online sales, so building up that shop is in progress. I’ll announce every time there are new listings of yarn and other things. First to be listed will be some locally sourced spinning wool that is on consignment from a local business. Yay!
  • A design call is going to be posted sometime this week for OMG’s Spring 2015 and then Fall 2015 patterns to supplement designs that I’m working on.
  • Plans for our booth at TNNA are underway as well, including class proposals to potentially teach at the convention and help cover some of the travel costs.
  • One of the top secret projects I’m working on includes a yarn that was not available for the Indiegogo campaign, but will become available for the Fall 2015 yarn line for reasons yet to be revealed. It is a luxurious worsted weight alpaca/merino blend and another yarn I’m eager to put into production soon. I may also test the waters to see if there’s a market for a lace weight version of that yarn, so that we can have a couple unique blends of domestic wool available for that line (more details to come).
  • People who are OMG VIP members will be privy to all the goodies a little sooner than the general public. VIP membership for OMG will be available via the Etsy shop and inside our brick and mortar shop soon.

Other things to keep in mind:

  1. The new yarns are debuting at our brick and mortar and online stores the weekend of Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. That means your first opportunity to purchase the new OMG yarns and the Fall 2014 patterns and kits will be in just a few weeks.
  2. Yarns will be launched on Ravelry.com around the same time that the first pre-orders will ship in November.
  3. Fall/Winter project based classes will be based around the projects that will be available for OMG yarn in addition to our usual beginner spinning, knit, and crochet classes.

Are you ready for some new yarn? Make sure you’re following us on Twitter (follow button is at the top of the Twitter widget on the right hand side of our web page), Instagram, and Facebook so you can see what’s coming and when.

Thanks again, I can’t wait to show everyone what’s up next!