March 20, 2016 from 12-5pm in the Great Room at Savage Mill!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Homespun Yarn Party 2016!!

We’re pleased to announce that the 9th annual Homespun Yarn Party will be held on Sunday, March 20, 2016, from 12-5pm at the Great Room in Savage Mill, Savage, MD.

Vendor applications will be available shortly - if you are interested in applying and have not already done so, please sign up on our notification list here.

Calls for sponsors and volunteers will be going out later this month.

Stay tuned for further details here, on our Ravelry Group, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sponsor Post: The Knitting Boutique’s Saturday Morning Breakfast Club Podcast

By The Knitting Boutique

We launched our very own Podcast and we want you to subscribe!

Take a listen to what’s going on at The Knitting Boutique by listening to our new podcast, the Saturday Morning Breakfast Club

Thousands from around the world continue to download our podcast to hear:

  • Industry experts and authors like Amy Herzog, Donna Druchunas and Shirley Paden
  • Tips and techniques from the Boutique associates
  • Fiber knowledge from Sweitzer Mill Farm

You’ll also get the chance to win yarn, accessories and other giveaways by listening!

Click the iTunes or Stitcher logo below and subscribe to receive future podcasts automatically.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sponsor Post: Feel Good Yarn Company

The following post is from our sponsor, Feel Good Yarn Company.

Ever since we first came out with SilverSpun customers have been asking us for colors. We’ve done a few limited edition runs of hand dyed colorways and indigo, but that was as far as we got to dipping our toes into the proverbial dye vat. Until now. We’re excited to finally have three colors as part of our permanent collection, all kettle dyed here in the US!
Starry NightSilverSpun Starry Night
SpumanteSilverSpun Spumante
Sugar PlumSilverSpun Sugar Plum
And perfect for these new colors is our new pattern, the Pompeii Hat, also available as a kit with your choice of color combos!
Our new colors also coordinate perfectly with Backyard Fiber Works Hand Dyed Worsted, available in kits for knitting the Connectivity Gloves!
Starry Night and Blue Spruce
Starry Night and Blue Spruce
Sugar Plum and Sweet PeaSugar Plum and Sweet Pea
Spumante and Red CedarSpumante and Red Cedar
Starry Night and Storm CloudStarry Night and Storm Cloud

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!

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