Letter from the President
I hope you had a chance to get out and visit stores on the LYS Tour. I made it to three yarn shops I had never visited before, as well as some regulars. There is something about collecting those buttons that drives me to visit “just one more”. I exercised restraint and only made two purchases—my stash does not need enhancing!
I hope I can continue to exercise that restraint this Wednesday, as we will have Business Members visiting us with tempting projects and yarns. In fact, I will be de-stashing soon. Stitch ’n Pitch is coming up, and we are putting together a basket of yarn to raffle off as a fundraiser for the guild. If you have a skein or two of yarn that, while beautiful, just isn’t going to make it into your queue, consider bringing it to the meeting to donate to our raffle basket. We are looking for complete skeins with labels—high-quality yarns that will tempt!
We have some fun meetings planned for the upcoming months—yarn dyeing, dessert potluck (woo hoo!), classes, a knit-along and the holiday party. As always, if there is a topic or speaker that you would like to see on the schedule, don’t hesitate to approach a board member with your suggestion.
Purls of Wisdom
Please remember that early summer is a great time for tossing your stash. Amy has compiled a helpful moth information sheet, check it out!
"Take me out to the ballgame, buy me some yarn and some stitch markers, patterns, needles and then some more yarn....."
OK, not the original words—but heck, they fit, and they are true—so I'm sticking with it. Stitch 'n' Pitch is Thursday, July 20—knitting night at the baseball game! Even if baseball is not your thing (Paulette and Paula—I'm looking at YOU!) it is still a great event. Lots of local yarn shops set up on the concourse on the 300 level along with indie dyers and some related businesses. Last year there was a woman who made really great bags—project bags that can pass for a purse in gorgeous colors—set up directly opposite our table. Yes, one of the bags DID come home with me, why do you ask? It is a fun evening of knitting, socializing and even some baseball.
I hope you got to enjoy the LYS Tour! Even though I only got to three shops this year, I still love the tour. I mean really—how many other business' do that?
"Hello, my regular customer, on whom my business depends! I'm glad to see you in my shop—now here is a map to all of my local competitors—you should go and visit all of them!" Just charms me every time I think about it. I understand that independent book shops do the same thing, but without the tote bags and buttons.
Which shops did you visit? Some of your favorites? Find any new ones? Excited about any of the patterns? I have not crocheted since college....which was perhaps more than a year or twenty ago....but the crochet scarf from Acorn Street has me ready to dust off my hooking skills and give it a go!