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First In-Person Show for Us in 2 years

On Saturday our first in-person fiber festival goes live! Yes, it’s in-person. The show is Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival. It’s at the Clark County fairgrounds. You can find out more information here.

I’m super excited so see people and to be in the presence of unbridled creativity!

I’m nervous because we haven’t set up the booth in 2 years…will we remember? Will it actually be better?

I’m a little scared too. Will people wear masks and be safe? How can we provide a safe place for our customers?

So many emotions!

I know you must be feeling these things too. I also hope you are feeling excite to touch all the yarn and see all the colors.

We are in the Arts and Crafts Building. We are right by the front door. To keep us and you safe, we will be wearing our masks. We will be bringing a fan so there is more air circulation and less opportunity for the virus to transmit. The festival is from 10-5 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday.

Please do come out for a beautiful fall day! It’s supposed to be just gorgeous weather that day. I’m want this weekend to be a real celebration! Be sure to stop by and show us anything you’ve made with our yarn or fiber. We love seeing all your fantastic creativity on display!!

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Defeat Festival Overwhelm- a new podcast episode

Festivals are so fun! Festivals are so tiring! Festivals are gearing up to start being in person again.

I hear all the time that you are overwhelmed. It is stressful and makes your experience less enjoyable.

In this podcast, Lisa talks about some simple steps you can take to make sure that your next in person festival is fun and inspiring and enjoyable.

There is a special printable that is mentioned in the podcast. You can find it here.

Listen to the podcast here OR subscribe on iTunes or Spotify

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Local Shepherd’s Farm Market

In just a few weeks, I will be at the Shepherd’s Farm Market. This is an event sponsored by Frederick County Sheep Breeder’s Association and the Maryland State Sheep Breeders Association. There will be 25 vendors at the Frederick County Fairgrounds on April 3rd. We will be there from 11am to 3pm. There will be shepherds with meat and cheese. There will be vendors with yarn, roving, sheepskins and felting products. There will be shepherds with finished goods like hats and mittens and scarves. And there will even be a shepherd who also makes beer. This is one of the earliest farmer’s markets.

I will be bringing my yarn, some felting supplies and some knitted items. It is totally outside event. And we will all be wearing our masks and will insist that you do too, just to be safe. I hope to see you there.

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Farm Chicks Yarn Affair

It’s time for our Farm Chicks Open Studio. We’re calling it Yarn Affair this time and our theme is Hygge. I’ve written about this previously in the blog. We will be open 10am to 3pm on January 16th….this Saturday. We will be having a Zoom Happy Hour from 4-5pm EDT. I will be sending out the zoom link in my email blast tomorrow. So be sure to sign up for my mailing list to get the info.

Each month we pick a photo as an inspiration for the 3 of us: Flying Goat Farm, Dancing Leaf Dyeworks and Avalon Springs Farm. This month we picked the above photo of a cozy reading or knitting space.

This month I decided to make a mini-skein pack. I wanted to have all of these beautiful colors. I wanted them separate and not on the same skein. So I will have the mini-skein packs ready for sale this weekend and also on the website by Sunday. Each pack as five 100-yard mini skeins ($40). They are ~500 yards per pack. The yarn is my Corrie Sock Yarn which is a superwash Corriedale wool with nylon blend. This yarn is one of my work horses. It is great for socks, but equally wonderful for a shawl, scarf or hat. It is a fingering weight yarn with nice drapablity.

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A Different Kind of Virtual

This week Camp Yarnsie is taking place. Yarnsie is a community based group. They offer a myriad of classes and groups for all kinds of textile crafts including weaving, spinning, knitting, and crochet. They have open rooms nearly around the clock, so you may meet other crafters from a whole different part of the world. It’s a great place to see and be seen.

maryland shawl
Maryland, My Maryland Shawl Kit

So on Tuesday, there is a virtual marketplace that is also a little different. There are featured artists each day. You can interact with new vendor friends as well as dear vendor friends. The “camp” takes place from 11/17 through 11/30.

Our “day” is this coming Thursday. There will be videos of our animals. I will also be walking viewers through all our yarn bases and wonderful garments you can make with them. I will also have a presentation highlighting gift ideas for your crafty friends…or for yourself too. There will be a social hour where you can share your sweaters and a free felted soap class. All these events are free but you must register. Click here to find out more.

I hope to see you there!!

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Another Virtual Show This Weekend

Let’s be real….

How are you feeling? Are you continuing to knit or crochet or spin? Are you making way through your collection? Are you excited about the possibility of seeing some great yarn and roving and pottery and buttons this weekend?

This weekend, really starting tomorrow, Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival is going to a virtual show. I am grateful that the festival organizers have taken on this new world of virtual festivals. I am grateful for the teachers who will teach on zoom. I’m grateful to all the shoppers who are supporting us. So I hope that you will be able to come out and see what we have for you this weekend.

This festival is on a new platform called Eventeny. Here is the link to the festival page. That platform is much like ETSY. You as a shopper will be able to fill your cart with items from many different vendors all in one place. I had to make a decision about this platform. I made the decision to not migrate my whole webstore to this platform. I have put my special collections there. Click here to see our page. You can find much of my Autumn collection, Viral collection and my new colorway in honor of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

BUT, I do want to give you a perk for buying from my webstore this weekend. You can use the code SVFF on my website only, for free first class shipping on your purchases. This coupon code is active now and it will expire 9:30am on 9/30. There you will find all our yarn and roving and kits and swag.

I will also be doing Facebook Live sessions at the following times (click here to watch):

Friday 10am and 5pm

Saturday 11am and 4pm

Sunday 9am.

I hope that I will see you virtually this weekend. Keep making beautiful items. It is good for your soul

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open studio this Saturday 10-3pm

Yes this weekend will be pretty busy around here. We are vendors at Vogue Knitting Live. See here for details. AND we are having an open studio on Saturday…. 10am to 3pm.

Here are the details: Wear your mask! We will have hand sanitizer for you to use when you enter and also when you leave. We will allow 2 people in the studio at a time. If there is a wait, we will have chairs appropriately spaced. So you might want to bring your knitting with you.

There are 2 other farms open on Saturday: Avalon Springs Farm and Dancing Leaf Dyeworks. So make a day of it!!

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Vogue Knitting Live–August 13-16

Hi Y’all!

Yes I’m going to be vending during Vogue Knitting Live August. I will be LIVE on ZOOM on Thursday and Sunday. I have the 3pm hour on Thursday and the 10am hour on Sunday. I will be showing you our yarn and colorways. I’ll be taking you all out to the barns for a visit with the sheep and goats. And I’ll be showing you how to put together our yarns for some of the most fun current patterns on Ravelry.

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Vogue Knitting has lots of classes going on that weekend. They also have lectures and a keynote. You can register for the whole shebang or you can just get a marketplace ticket. The tickets for the marketplace are only $3.99. There are 4 vendors each hour. You can see and learn so much at this show. I hope you will join us. Here is where you can get the tickets.

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Ticket to Anywhere

First of all thank you to all the people who came out to the Fiber Art Studio Virtual Tour this past weekend. It was a lot of fun. I loved visiting people as I did my live videos. And I loved seeing what all the other vendors were talking about in their videos sessions as well.

We will be starting the KAL for our featured shawl, Ticket to Anywhere, next week. There is still time to get some minis to make this great shawl. You can find the shawl pattern here. And you can find mini packs here.

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Fiber Art Studio Virtual Tour Tomorrow

What to expect:

  • Pattern “Ticket to Anywhere” will drop Saturday morning. You can get a code for a free pattern, when you buy a 5 skein mini pack from any of our vendors.  Coupon must be redeemed by 11:59pm Monday 6/8.
Ticket to Anywhere Shawl by Kristen Jancuk
5 skein Mini packs available to make Ticket to Anywhere
  • Prizes will be given out throughout the day. You just need to be in the group, watching and commenting. If you aren’t on Facebook, you can engage in the Ravelry group. We will be giving out prizes there too.
  • The group will have a watch party on Sunday. So you can see videos from our vendors if you missed them on Saturday, or if you just want to get a dose of cute animals, beautiful yarn and wonderful yarnie accessories, creams and spinning equipment. 

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