Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Can't Wait for the New Year !!!!

At the start of every season, Myra and I start the arduous task of compiling our class list for the next semester. She spends a good deal of time researching what the latest trends are, including color forecasts, techniques, and patterns. Then comes the almost impossible job of finding the right teachers to teach the class. We get their commitment, spend the money to print the list, send it to 2000 customers, and then wait and see.

For the winter class list, we came up with the idea of having once a month demonstrations of all of the latest techniques. Some of the demos are for the Skacel artfelt felting technique, using the knitter's loom, triangle loom, dyeing self stripping yarn, inkle loom weaving, variety of cast ons, cables, crochet, the list goes on. Watch for the new class list next month.

Ongoing classes include the Wrap Me Up shawl, a beautiful, twenty block project that continues to delight our customers, weekly weaving classes, and knit alongs. The knit alongs will be announced with the new class list.

The Great American Afghan is going to be an ongoing class, as well. The Cascade sales representative came by the store last week, (one of three reps we saw!), and we bought all the shades of yarn we need for the afghan. Remembering that we already had 78 colors, a huge selection by all counts, we ordered another 15!!!!

Over the next several days, I'll be posting more about what we bought last week. The giddy feeling from spending all of that money persists!!!!

We bought a TON of sock yarn. Oh, I can't even remember everything, except that there is a lot of silk blends coming in, a new line from Plymouth that is sure to send everyone into a tizzy, and some really beautiful stuff from both Cascade and Skacel. Not to mention the Addi Lace needles in bigger sizes.

If I don't get back here before Thursday, Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Woolbearers!!!!

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