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Monday, July 28, 2008

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at what is going on in the new location on Elliott Rd. Lots of cleaning and painting, putting up new lights and fixtures.
This is my husband Chris, and his buddy Tim ,who have been there until all hours of the night making a beautiful space for all of us to enjoy.

We have all worked hard making all these changes. We have had fun too! See you in the bright and colorful new space in a week!

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Last Day at Yarns etc... Greensboro

This is Reece- the best Yarn store dog in the world! He now knows how to wait on customers and will be at the NEW Gate City Yarns in Greensboro!
I opened Yarns Etc... in Greensboro on January 2nd, 1995. I closed it today- July 26th, 2008.
13.5 years in the same location. The store has gone through some changes but has always been an inviting, warm and friendly place. I can't even begin to count the number of people who have walked through that front door, the number of people who have learned to knit and the number of people who came in strangers and left friends.

I have had many mixed emotions about closing the store. I started the store when I was 32 and Evan was a baby. He had a playpen in back and would nap the afternoons away. He knew everyone up and down Elm St. Back then it wasn't nearly as nice as it is now. We had very few choices for lunch and there were many undesirables to avoid. We have so many good memories of days in the store and on Elm St.

Downtown Greensboro has grown and changed and so did Yarns etc...  I opened a second store in Carrboro in 2001 after we moved to Chapel Hill.  Both stores did well and I had the opportunity to buy Great Yarns in Raleigh. 3 stores is a lot to keep up with and I was on the road between them all week. We all know how the price of gas skyrocketed this Spring and Summer and it became clear that some changes needed to be made.

My good friend, Tina Feir, had been operating Spinners Ridge out of the Greensboro store for 4 years. I had a conversation with her and another friend, Carl Beeson, about taking over the yarn part of the store in Greensboro. They decided to go for it and formed a new business called Gate City Yarns. They are an excellent team and have so many ideas that I can't wait to see the transformation in Greensboro. Look for their store to open Mid- August!

So today I packed up a truck load of yarn and miscellaneous yarn supplies and drove back home to Chapel Hill. I will still visit Greensboro- my parents are still there. I will miss so many things about Yarns etc... in Greensboro. Thank you all for your support throughout the years!

Fiber Camp-Last Day

After  2 weeks of Fiber Camp every afternoon I finally had a chance to catch up and I realized I never posted about Day 5 at camp.

These Girls were such advanced knitters that they could knit practically upside down!!

Some of the girls made these great fabric shopping bags.

All of the girls made cute knit purses on the knitting machine.

We all had a lot of fun and learned so many new skills and made new friends!

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Durham Bulls Stitch n Pitch

The rain couldn't stop us from enjoying the Durham Bulls  at the Stitch n' Pitch tonight!  There were lots of knitters knitting and laughing and sharing and - oh yeah- watching the baseball game.

A BIG THANK YOU to Leslie who organized the event! Who put together great goodie 
bags and got the word out so everyone would come!

If you missed the event this year don't miss it next time!!

Fiber Camp Day 3

Today the girls finished sewing their pillow cases and hair scrunchies. They are all learning so much about sewing and their new sewing machines.

We made a flock of sheep. I would be very surprised to see a purple or aqua sheep in the fields.

Some of the girls  made woven pot holders.

Sarah and Ainsley finished knitting their scarves today. Everyone is creating beautiful projects!

Monday, July 7, 2008

Fiber Camp

This week we are co-sponsoring Fiber Camp with Thimble Pleasures. We have 6 girls who learn about sewing at Thimble Pleasures in the morning and come across the street to Yarns etc... in the afternoon to learn about different Fiber Crafts.

Today the girls started knitting scarves. Most of them knew how to knit and made lots of progress on their projects today.

We also dyed fleece with Kool Aid in the Microwave. We made some bright cheerful colors. Keep checking all week to see what we make with all that colorful roving!!

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Challenging Projects

Vacations are a great excuse for finally getting around to tackling a new project or trying a new technique. How about trying something in miniature? One very patient knitter carefully knit this miniscule sock on the smallest of needles. Eventually a mate was made and they were turned into earrings. Clever!

What do you want to make that you haven't had the time for?

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