March 22, 2015 from 12-5pm in the Great Room at Savage Mill!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Photos from HYP 2015!

Hey all, I just added a bunch of photos from yesterday to our Flickr page and the Facebook group. Please feel free to share any photos you took of the event or any goodies you brought home in the Facebook group or our Ravelry group!

Thanks for making HYP 2015 great!

We had a really great time today and want to thank everyone who came and participated! Apologies in advance to anyone I have inadvertently left out here…

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 by hand in small batches. You can find profiles of each of the vendors right hereon our blog.

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.
  • a1dawen
  • cozit
  • craftywineaux
  • cwashing
  • cyb
  • darymaid
  • GlobalWarmer
  • graebel
  • idontknit-tilnow
  • KatMacPet
  • kdlane77
  • Killyard
  • Klevitan17
  • LiisaB
  • LuckbeaPanda
  • meghanm87
  • miscellanearts
  • mizzleahmae
  • MtownKnitGuy
  • owlchick
  • pef1996
  • PhDelicious
  • robinhoodvandal
  • selmer1958
  • somebunnyslove
  • Su1282
  • tcknit
  • textilegeek
  • TheManny
  • TipsyTarsier
  • vaacosta
  • xavyor
  • and the wonderful kids, friends, and spouses who lent a hand without complaint!
Our selection committee:
  • Who have the difficult job of narrowing down the applicants to fit our space
Our teachers:
  • Genia, Claire, and Lauren
TAPS project and yarn donors:
  • lots of you! there was a huge pile of stuff on the charity table!
And everyone who came to shop and socialize and learn and be awesome together!

Please share your photos on Facebook and Ravelry!

We’ll see you next year!

-Jess, Paula, Corrine, Lindsay, Theresa, and Laura

Lost & Found:
If you misplaced an item at the Yarn Party, please contact us - - and describe the item to claim it!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Classes, Door Prizes, Charity, and the popular Longest Thread Contest!

For the last few years, we've run The Longest Thread Competition at Homespun Yarn Party. Its been such a hit, that we’re doing it again!

Bring your favorite drop spindle and 10g of the fiber of your choice. Everybody gets ten minutes to spin as much singles yardage as they can. The longest singles wins GLORY, and a prize.

Hope you join us!

Don't know how to spin on a drop spindle? We will teach you! We'll offer classes on knitting, crochet, and drop spindle throughout the day. Have your needles or hook ready for knit and crochet lessons; yarn will be provided - for the spinning lessons, you can purchase some fiber and a spindle from one of our lovely vendors or bring your own. Classes are held at the center tables.

1:15- Intro to Knitting
1:45 - Intro to Drop Spindle
2:15- Intro to Crochet
2:45 - Intro to Drop Spindle
3:45 - Longest Thread Contest

We'll also have fantastic door prizes throughout the day, courtesy of our vendors and sponsors. You'll get a raffle ticket as you enter, and we'll draw winners every half hour. Prize packages will be on display at the HYP Door Prizes table - place your ticket in the jar for the prize you'd most like to win but make sure you'll be in the room when that ticket is drawn - you must be present to claim your prize.

Don't forget to bring your comfort monsters and scarves for TAPS and if you have any extra yarn you'd like to donate, Claire will be happy to take it off your hands at the Knitters and Crocheters Care table. You can read more about this year's project here.

Finally, we'll have HYP tote bags, project bags, and buttons for sale at the HYP swag table just inside the door. If you don't have a swift and ball winder at home, or if you just can't wait to start working with your new purchases, we will offer winding for $2 a skein at the HYP Winding Station. All proceeds support future Homespun Yarn Party events.

Weather permitting, the covered deck will be available to hang out and socialize if you need a break from shopping.  If the deck is open, we'll also have some fun demos of wheel spinning.  Keep your fingers crossed for lovely weather, but our vendors are all indoors so we are mud-free and dry, rain or shine!

Sponsor Profile: The Yarn Spot

The Yarn Spot logo
1. What is your website? Email?
The Yarn Spot website

2. What is your Ravelry name/group?
The Yarn Spotters (and Lee is Leeknits and Marianne is macknits)

3. Where are you located and what are your hours?
11425 Grandview Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20902

Saturday and Sunday 10-5; 
Mon., Tues, Thurs. 11-6,  
Wed, Fri 11-8

4. What kinds of things do you carry?
The Yarn Spot has a wide selection of yarns, from the most basic cottons and wools to hand-dyed yarns in silk and bamboo and beyond. In addition, we have the needles, tools, and notions you need for your knitting, crochet, spinning or weaving project. We are a Dragonfly Fibers flagship store, carry Susquahanna yarns, Frabjous Fibers, Mrs. Crosby and more. We are always on the look out for great new yarns--this year we are hosting Backyard Fiberworks, Kismet, and Seven Sisters Pop-Up Shops. 

5. How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open a LYS?
We have been open since November of 2009. We opened the store because of our love of yarn, fiber and craft and it seemed like the right time to embark on our next great adventure!

6. What's your favorite thing about having a LYS?
Meeting wonderful people who enjoy fiber as much as we do, working with yarn ALL DAY LONG and having flexibility in my schedule. Must attend school shows and events!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sponsor Profile: The Knot House

1. What is your website? Email

2. What is your Ravelry name/group if you have one?

3. Where are you located and what are your hours?
129 E. Patrick Street, Frederick, MD   
Hours :  
Tuesday 11AM-9PM 
Wednesday thru -Saturday 11AM-5PM
Sunday 12-4PM

4. What kinds of things do you carry?
We carry a lot of Indie Dyed Yarns:  Neighborhood Fiber Co., Shalimar, Dragonfly, Magpie Fibers, Duck Duck Wool just to name a few.

5. How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your business? July will make two years we have been in business.  Frederick didn't have a local yarn shop, and we felt there was a need for it in the downtown community.  The building we are in also provides a lot of inspiration.

6. What's your favorite thing about having your business?
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.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sponsor Profile: Uniquities

1. What is your website? Email?

2. What is your Ravelry name/group if you have one?
Rav Group - Friends of Uniquities
Facebook - UniquitiesYarnShop

3. Where are you located and what are your hours?
421 Church Street NE, Suite D, Vienna VA 22180...on Church Street between Beulah Road and East Street
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri - 10am to 5:30pm
Weds - 10am to 6pm
Sat - 10am to 5pm
Closed Sundays, except in December

4. What kinds of things do you carry?
We carry a wide selection of yarns and fibers for knitters, crocheters, and spinners, as well as a huge variety of needles and notions (knitting notions, knitting bags, handcrafts). We also carry spinning wheels and other spinning equipment.

5. How long have you been in business, and what inspired you to open your
This fall will be 21 years in business. We started as a way for handcrafters to sell their products, but it quickly grew into a knitting shop, and from there we expanded our inventory and added spinning. We still have a small selection of hand-made pottery and a few other handcrafts.

6. What's your favorite thing about having your business?
Sharing our hobby with others! There are so many new and exciting things out there for knitters and other fiber artists, and we love to be able to be a hub for these activities and share the product and knowledge with others.

2015 Maps & 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 - directions are provided on their website 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! We encourage people to arrive throughout the day - our vendors will have great stuff all day and 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 Bonapartes! If the weather is nice, go for (or send your family on) a walk on the Savage Mill Trail!

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