March 19, 2017 from 12-5pm in the Great Room at Savage Mill!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Sponsor Post: Exciting Happenings at Lovelyarns!

The Alpaca Yarn Company is coming to Lovelyarns for a trunk show on Saturday, March 25th 1-4pm to help kick off the Charm City Yarn Crawl!

They now have BUTTONS!!

And of course loads of gorgeous locally hand-dyed yarn and fiber for spinning and felting from Brediculous Yarns, Create Yarnworks, Feederbrook Farms, Full Circle Artworx, Flying Goat Farms, Kim Dyes Yarn, Dancing Leaf Farm, Of Grace and Stitches and Snallygaster Fibers!

Here are some of the goods:

New Hand-dyed organic cotton from The Great Adirondack Yarn Co in Amsterdam, NY

New hand-dyed Roving from FullCircle Artworx in Baltimore, MD

Handcrafted crochet beaded bangles by Susan Adele Davis, Baltimore, MD

New hand-dyed SW Merino yarn by Brediculous Yarns, Baltimore, MD

Sunday, March 19, 2017

10th Annual Thank You Post

Thank you for another great Yarn Party!

We had a really great time today and want to thank everyone who came and participated in our 10th anniversary celebration!  We had over 600 visitors this year.  First, a couple of lost-and-found notes:  several jackets were left in the room.  They're still there - please contact the Great Room to arrange pickup (see photos in our Facebook Group). A WIP was left at our greeter table; PM or email me if it's yours.  One of our visitors lost a floral earring; if you happened to pick it up, please contact us.  Now for the thanks...

Our generous sponsors:
Door prize donors:
Our talented vendors:
All of our vendors make their own products in some way, whether that means raising the animals, dyeing the fiber, spinning the yarn, or crafting bags, jewelry, woodworking, or pottery by hand in small batches. You can find profiles of each of the vendors on our blog, with links to their websites.
Our wonderful volunteers:
We couldn’t do this without you and truly appreciate all your hard work helping spread the word and ensuring everything comes together on the day of show.
  • Andrea B.
  • BlueLoom
  • claireleah
  • cozit
  • cyb
  • darymaid
  • dreamerwithdrive
  • elizen8876
  • EmpirePhoenix
  • geniap
  • gottoknit
  • imjustlori
  • jhankie
  • joneice
  • KatMacPet
  • Klevitan17
  • heiressknits
  • laramary
  • laurenhaiken
  • leapatti
  • LiisaB
  • ljhaynes
  • LuckbeaPanda
  • marseille
  • miscellaneaarts
  • mizzleahmae
  • passionateknittr
  • p1lambird
  • pef1996
  • pelageyka
  • PhDelicious
  • Su1282
  • Tanno
  • TipsyTarsier
  • tobebeatrice
  • vaacosta
  • Vegetarianwmn
  • woundtootight
  • xavyor
  • and the bonus helpers that came with these folks!

Our teachers:
Our selection committee, who have the difficult job of narrowing down the applicants to fit our space.

TAPS. Alternative House, and AAMC project and yarn donors and everyone who stopped by the charity tables to work a few rows on our scarves and hats.  Kyrsalynn shared some photos in the charity thread on Ravelry.

And everyone who came to shop and socialize and learn and be awesome together!

Please share your photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Ravelry!  Lindsay's photos are up on Facebook, and purchase show and tell is happening on Ravelry.

-Jess, Paula, Corrine, and Lindsay

10th Annual Homespun Yarn Party - Today's the Day!

Roads are clear and it's warm and dry inside the mill.  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 19, 2017 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!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Breaking News! One-on-One Help from our Roving Teachers!

Do you have a project in the works that could benefit from some quick expert advice?  Bring it along!

In addition to our regularly scheduled classes this year, our teachers have generously offered to make time available for those needing a bit of help on a project (e.g. picking up stitches, tightening holes in heel gussets, those blasted side stitches that like to get messy, joining new fiber on your spindle without losing twist, interpreting a tricky pattern instruction) and offer impromptu mini-sessions and on the spot Q&A on crochet, spinning, and knitting.

If you see one of our teachers sitting at the class table without an active class session, or roving about, sporting an HYP "Roving Teacher" button, feel free to flag them down for assistance!

As a reminder, our class sessions are detailed here:

1:15 - More Ways to Cast On
1:45 - Intro to Drop Spindle (bring fiber & spindle)
2:15 - Weaving Ends and Joining Yarn
2:45 - Intro to Drop Spindle (bring fiber & spindle)
3:15 - Fixing Your Mistakes (bring your swatch, needles, and a hook)
3:45 - Longest Thread Contest (bring fiber & spindle)
4:15 - Intro Knit or Crochet or Sock Machine and Spinning Demonstrations

Our teachers will be out and about throughout the day.  We want to make sure our teachers get some shopping time in, so if they don't have their button on, they're off-duty.  The 4:15 class session will depend on interest - we definitely want to enable new knitters and crocheters - but most Yarn Partiers are already pretty savvy so we will likely have best availability in the 4:00 hour.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sponsor Profile: Knit Locally

What is your website? Email?

What is your Ravelry name/group?


Where are you located and what are your hours? 

We just moved to the heart of Gaithersburg (Montgomery County) on the edge of the historic district.  We're located at 1 East Diamond Avenue, at the intersection of East Diamond and Chestnut Avenue (across from the side entrance to the fairgrounds).

We are open:
Wednesday/Thursday: 12-6 Friday: 12-8
Saturday: 10-5 Sunday: 12-5

Look for expanded hours during the Metro Yarn Crawl, from March 31st through April 9th this year.
We welcome knitting groups with a group discount, gift with purchase, and refreshments.  We will even schedule special hours to accommodate your group. 

What kinds of things do you carry? 
We carry a large selection of America's finest artisan yarns, select international yarns, and hand-made jewelry.  Our yarns cover all your fiber needs, from basic to luxury yarns.

We are intensifying our efforts to carry a large assortment of independent fiber artists and feature hand dyers, including hand spun yarns, not sold elsewhere in this area.  Also, we've added some unique fashion accessories, specifically colorful, hand made/embroidered shawls, vests and jackets.

How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business?
We just started our third year in our new location.   I have finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of opening a yarn store.

What's your favorite thing about having a LYS?
The celebration of color and texture which envelopes you the moment you walk into the shop. It is instantly calming and uplifting.

Sponsor Profile: Cloverhill Yarn Shop

Cloverhill Yarn Shop owners Wae (left) and Amanda
play around with puni mustaches after one of the
shop's spinning Fridays.
What is your website? Email? our email is

What is your Ravelry name/group?
Cloverhill Yarn Shop

Where are you located and what are your hours?
We are located in Catonsville, MD at 77 Mellor Avenue.

We're open Monday-Saturday from 10am-6pm and Sunday 12pm-6pm. In addition, we host the following:
Sit and Knit Thu 6-8pm
Sit and Knit Sun 1-5pm
Sit and Spin 2nd and Last Friday 6-9pm

What kinds of things do you carry?
We carry a variety of products including yarns from a variety of companies like Berroco, Cascade, Knitting Fever, Malabrigo, Skacel, and many others. You can also find our own line called Tempting Ewe Yarns which is sold exclusively at Cloverhill Yarn Shop.  We also sell fiber and roving for spinning and felting to include products from Ashland Bay to Hobbledehoy batts and rovings. We are also Schacht, Ashford, and Spinolution Dealers and we can order in any of their products from spinning wheels to looms.

How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business?
Amanda Ko and Wae Wang bought Cloverhill Yarn Shop and we opened our doors to a newer and brighter space on July 2nd, 2013. We have been working hard to restore Cloverhill to its former glory. Many customers had drifted away over the years and we wanted to build on the history of our shop to create a space where the fiber loving community can gather free of judgement or prejudice to celebrate our love for our crafts. We have the most loving and supportive community of men and women and it really shows and we invite everyone to come on by because Cloverhill is back!

What's your favorite thing about having a LYS?
Our favorite part about having a LYS would have to be the people we get to meet everyday. We really do enjoy meeting new customers and getting to know them individually and welcoming them into our community. They know we're their safe place and if they need help we're there. We also like the yarn and the fiber, a lot.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

2017: Wolle's Yarn Creations

Wolle's Yarn Creations 3

I am the creator of the original gradients - Color Changing Cotton yarns. Lately I have branched out and am now also offering cotton/silk and cotton/glitter yarns. All the yarns are next-to-skin soft and drape well; they are perfect for knitted, crocheted, and woven shawls and cardigans. The yarns are available as 50, 100, 150, and mega (180 gr) skeins -- all skeins are handmade. 

Wolle's Yarn Creations 1

Twitter: @wollesyarn
Ravelry: Wolle

Wolle's Yarn Creations 2

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