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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.

A Quick Update

Hi there!

Yup, I’m still here, incredibly busy, and hanging on by a thread (or maybe a fiber…). Between teething babe, active 5 year old, and plotting some yarn madness for OMG, I have been pretty over worked, but I’m still here, I promise.

I’ll be finishing up and sending out our February Project of the Month kits within the next 48 hours and while the yarn cooks and dries, I’m actually building a full website dedicated to OMG’s yarn!

The shop has been quiet this week, so I hope you haven’t forgotten we’re here. As we prepare for the biggest step for our lovely little shop to become BIG, we need your continued support.

Stay tuned for a sale on OMG yarn, our annual auction, and some other fun bits along the way. Our big show is coming up quickly and the road to it is paved in yarn. Woo hoo! See you soon!

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

OMG Upcycled: Turning Used Items into the Next Knit or Crochet Project

I’m all about working with what you have rather than reinventing the wheel.  One of my long time projects is finding ways to upcycle different things and relating them to the needle arts I love. Last year, it was working with my husband to upcycle suits he wasn’t selling out of his ebay shop (Shopvtg) and reupholstering chairs. It actually won us second place in Goodwill’s Upcycle contest last year.

Since then, I’ve been looking at fun upcycling projects I could bring to the shop. I am still working on the idea, but there are some fun things ahead, including a line of yarn out of materials you would not necessarily think to work with.

In the past week, I’ve been playing with crocheting plastic bags: a workshop we held here a couple summers ago and this week, I’ll be working with upcycling some t-shirts and knitting or crocheting with them. I’ll even be playing with dye techniques on these types of yarns. Keep an eye out for ideas I’m brainstorming on Pinterest here, and look for some behind the scenes photos on Instragram.

In the mean time, don’t forget to check out the classes we have starting in February so that you’ll be able to work with some of these unique projects I’m working on for the spring/summer.

(My file uploads keep erroring right now, otherwise, I’d give a sneak peek right now…) 😉

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.