Thursday, May 03, 2007

A Taste of Silk

Last Friday, we hosted a yarn tasting at The Robin's Nest in Mount Holly. The Nest is known in the area for their delicious desserts. All the gals who attended said they had a great time and also enjoyed knitting the little sample balls we wound of our silk yarns. Following is a letter that good friend and customer Doris Cote from Bergen County wrote to knit U about the yarn tasting. She was one of several people who drove over an hour from the north country to be with us.

Knitu -----
I wanted to share with you a wonderful idea my not so local yarn store
had. I travel an hour and a half each way on the NJ Turnpike to go to
Woolbearers in Mount Holly. These gals arranged a bus trip to Stitches
East last Fall and just keep coming up with great ideas! They "invited"
their customers to a Yarn Tasting Friday night, at a great restaurant in
Mount Holly known for its over the top desserts. For $25, we got dessert
and a beverage and a lot of fun. They booked the upstairs room and each
place was set with a plastic martini glass. Each chair also had a bag
with a thank you gift. Mine was a handy purse sized chart where I can
list all my needles types and sizes. Great idea! In the glass was a
cello bag with many little balls of silk and silk blend new yarns for us
to sample. Each little ball had a tiny tag with the name and you got a
print out cheat sheet with all the info on each yarn. The work that went
into all those little balls must have been unreal.The cheat sheet was so

There were about 43 ladies all prepared with needles ready and we knit
our samples, switched to the next ball and discovered which were our
favorites, talked, laughed and made new friends. It was a lot of fun.
Door prizes were skeins of some of their own hand dyed silk blend yarn.
( to dye for) I was surprised at what turned out to be my favorite
because knitting with it was such a pleasure. One poopy color was so
beautiful when put next to a midnight blue. I'd have never given it a
second thought on the shelf, so this opened the door to get out of the
same old, same old color choice rut. I know that there are many shop
owners who read this list and thought you might like to try your own
spin on this idea.
Doris, at the other end of the Turnpike

I also have to mention that Sabra, one of the talented women who work for Woolbearers, arranged the evening and put a heck of a lot of work into planning it. Many thanks to her and the customers who spent time rolling many little balls of yarn.

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