Homespun Yarn Party

March 24, 2019 from 12-5pm in the Great Room at Savage Mill!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Let's Party!

Come party with us!

Here's a round up of information about this year's event:

Where: Historic Savage Mill - 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763
When: Sunday, March 24, 2019 from 12-5pm
Admission is FREE!

Carpool if you can and come later in the day to avoid the crowds. We promise there will still be great yarn, fiber, prizes and other treasures. We recommend parking in the West lot (at the far end of the mill), and you can usually find street parking in the neighborhood within a few streets.

We're excited and we hope you are too. See you soon!

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

2019 Maps and Venue Info

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Savage Mill is a super cute old complex that was once a fiber mill. It's got spinning areas, carding areas, weaving areas, and a cotton shed. You can read more about the history and renovation here. It's the perfect venue to hold us and our fiber fanatics!

Savage is just north of Laurel - get directions from your location here. It's pretty convenient from I-95, right off Rt 32. For your GPS, the address is 8600 Foundry Street, Savage, MD 20763.

Once you're at the mill, we'll be in the Great Room. There are maps around once you're in the door, so it shouldn't be hard to find us! Parking is easiest in the west lot - it gets pretty crowded in the closer lots!  Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood.

While folks tend to line up outside the room before doors open, please come a little later if you can...this ensures that our vendors and volunteers can set up safely and is courteous to our neighbors at the Mill.  If you prefer to avoid crowds keep in mind that the shopping experience is always much more relaxed after the first hour.  We promise you there will be tons of great yarn to check out all afternoon, and we will encourage vendors to hold back some of their best sellers until later in the day! We'll be announcing new door prizes every 30 minutes.

Also, take some time to check out all the great antiques and furniture! There's a used book store, craft and scrapbooking stores, a bead shop, a game shop, and more to see! Save room for a delicious french pastry at Bonaparte-Rustiq or a sweet treat at Sweet Cascades Chocolatier. The rest of the Mill is open until 6pm.  If the weather is nice, go for (or send your family on) a walk on the Savage Mill Trail or take a self-guided tour of Savage!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

2019 Sponsor: Charm City Yarn Crawl

What is CCYC?
Join the Charm City Yarn Crawl and receive 20% off full-priced yarn, fiber, and patterns by purchasing the CCYC tote for $15 from participating Baltimore area shops. The discount is valid March 29th - April 7th, 2019. Each shop will be planning events during the 10 day event and each shop is offering an amazing raffle prize that participants can enter to win.

What stores are participating?
Each year participating stores are listed on the website.

When is it happening?
This year the Charm City Yarn Crawl will be March 29th - April 7th, 2019.

What inspired you to start the crawl?
Honestly, we wanted to participate in the Metro Yarn Crawl in D.C. but we were too far away to participate. Danielle from Fibre Space encouraged us to start our own crawl and even connected us with people who could help us get started. I think it benefits customers as well as LYS owners.

How does it benefit customers?
Customers buy a tote for $15 and during the yarn crawl they are entitled to 20% off their purchase of yarn, fiber and patterns. They have a "passport" they will get stamped as they visit the shops (no purchase necessary for a stamp). While they are at the shops they should ask what the shop has as a raffle prize because at the end of the crawl, they'll drop their stamped passport off at the shop with the prize they like the most.

This event is a great way for customers to be introduced to all of their local yarn shops. Each shop has their own specialty and a yarn crawl is the perfect opportunity for each shop to demonstrate their uniqueness to a new group of customers.

2019 Sponsor: Woolwinders

What is your website? Email?

What is your Ravelry name/group?  
Woolwinders Yarn Shop

Facebook: WoolwindersYarnShop
Instagram: Woolwinders
Twitter: Woolwinders

Where are you located and what are your hours?  
Woolwinders Rockville:
404 King Farm Blvd., Suite 150,
Rockville, MD  20850

Woolwinders Annapolis:
709 Skippers Lane
Annapolis, MD  21401

Hours at both locations:
Tuesday - Saturday  11:00 - 6:00
Sunday  12:00 - 5:00
Closed Monday

What kinds of things do you carry?  
Large assortment of yarns, needles and accessories

How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business?  
Woolwinders has been in business for about 15 years.

What's your favorite thing about having a LYS?  
We love helping customers with their knitting projects!

Monday, March 18, 2019

2019 Sponsor: The Knot House

What is your website? Email

Instagram: Knothouseyarns
Facebook: Knothouseyarns

What is your Ravelry group?

Where are you located and what are your hours?
129 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD

Monday Closed
Tuesday 11AM-8PM
Wednesday thru Saturday 11AM-5PM
Sunday 12-4PM

What kinds of things do you carry?
We carry almost all Indie dyed Yarns including:
Western Sky Knits
Julie Asselin
Spincycle Yarns
Just to name a few, as well as Shepards Wool, Shibui, and Kelbourne Woolens.

Knot House PodcastHow long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open a LYS?
July will make 6 years. There wasn't a local yarn shop for over 3 years, so we thought with the building, light and hard work we would open one. We have enjoyed bringing the small Indie Dyers to the community, and enjoy looking for "what's new" all the time.

What's your favorite thing about owning a LYS?
Our favorite thing about owning The Knot House is the incredible sense of community it brings. Customers often say it is a happy place, and I don't think you can ask for more than that.

The Knot House also has a podcast

2019 Sponsor: Leona's Gallery - Sewing Studio

What is your website?

Also on Facebook: LEONAs GALLERY

Where are you located and what are your hours? 
LEONAs GALLERY - Sewing Studio
Historic Savage Mill
8600 Foundry Street, Carding Bldg., Ste. 214
Savage, MD. 20763

Hours of Operation:
Sunday By Appt.
Tuesday 10am-6:00pm
Wednesday 10am-6:00pm
Thursday Noon-6:00pm
Friday 10am-6:00pm
Saturday 10am-6:00pm

What kinds of things do you carry / what services do you provide?
I teach sewing, design and quilting classes.  I have a sewing program that allows Home Schoolers the opportunity to earn scholastic achievement  in Family & Consumer Sciences.  As a dressmaker, I specialize in bridal gown alterations and custom clothing.

Check out Leona's Wednesday Evening Sewing Lab Sessions to get help on your projects - finish old projects, learn new techniques, relax spending quality time sewing! Each Wednesday 6-8PM. $60 per session, includes sewing machine but no materials. See details: Sewing Classes

How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business?
I feel as though I've been in this business all of my lifetime. I became interested in sewing at the age of ten.  I continued my studies in Commercial Sewing & Business Management.   I have been sewing for over forty years! I am achieving a lifetime dream of creating apparel and teaching others the valuable life skill of sewing.  In 2015, LEONAs GALLERY Sewing Studio took up residence at the Historic Savage Mill.  What a  wonderful back drop to be in such an historical place that speaks to the overall craft and textile industry. 

What's your favorite thing about owning your own business?

The ability to handle day to day operations that are based on my level of integrity.  Living a lifestyle that's spiritual, balanced, healthy and passionate.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

2019 Sponsor: Corrine Walcher Designs

What is your website and other social media?
Instagram: GingyKnits

What is your Ravelry name/group?

Tell us about your designs
I like classic design and I design everything from socks to shawls to sweaters to accessories sets. I primarily knit with local dyers (many of whom are Homespun Yarn Party vendors).

How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business?
In May 2014, a dyer friend had a designer pull out on a promised club design, and I thought I could probably throw one together for her. It was Barrel Riders, and I liked it, and began to design a few more things.

What's your favorite thing about having your business?
It allows me to stay home to run the house and take care of my kids. And who doesn't like to play with beautiful yarns all day?