It’s been a couple of years since we’ve had the FAST Holiday Open Studio.
We will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 11-4. It is a busy weekend with lots of open studios in the Central Maryland area. So I hope that you add Flying Goat Farm into your plans!
We have a fun new colorway for the weekend. I’m calling it Winter Light. It is based on this wonderful drawing.
This yarn is available in our Chinook yarn base (SW Merino, Cashmere and Nylon) and in Sparkly (SW Merino and Lurex). I will also have coordinating semi-solids to go with this yarn. Both of these bases are fingering weight yarns with at least 400 yards per skein. They will be available exclusively in person until 12/5. Next Monday, I will add these to the webstore. You can always email me to be put in the waiting list…
As well as my artisanal hand dyed yarn and roving, I have dryer balls, indigo dyed home textiles and some knit samples for sale.
We will have 2 guest artists for the weekend. Dawn of Grindstone Ridge Farm will be bringing her felted figurines, pin cushions, felt kits and supplies as well as other wonderful products from her farm.
Anne from APH Designs will have her fantastic fused glass jewelry, buttons, shawl pins and more.
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!!
Getting all ready for the show this weekend. Remember I’ll be open from 11-2pm on Saturday and Sunday and I will be hosting concierge shopping at 3pm EDT via zoom. Link will be sent out to email subscribers on Friday morning.
So yes! This is the fastest sweater I’ve ever knitted. And I owed it to all the accountability partners that I had. But sharing my progress on my Facebook Live Thursday shows (1pm), really helped. I had to show you progress. That means I had to make progress. So you know what? It got done.
I’m ready to cast on another one!! I’ll be swatching with some naturally colored yarns and the Shifty sweater pattern. I want to steek it and of course my yarns are thicker than what is called for… I simply can not do something by the actual recipe. I’m looking forward to more accountability too.
Do you need an accountability partner? Call on me. I’ll show up for you!!
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.
June 6th will make our 4th annual FAST tour. This is our first year as a virtual show. So what does it mean to be virtual? Well, we are having a “show” on Facebook in our group. Click here to join. During the show hours we will be posting live videos from each vendor. It will be like going from booth to booth in real life, only you get to be in your PJ’s, sitting on your couch, drinking your prefered beverage. You don’t have to carry anything around. You can sit back and have the packages delivered by your friendly USPS carrier.
Just as in years passed, we will have a featured shawl and you can collect mini’s for it. The shawl will take ten 100yd skeins. So we asked each vendor to have sets of 5 minis. So you can buy from more than one vendor, just like before to have a souvenir type shawl, but not get hit with a lot of shipping fees.
The shawl is called “Ticket to Anywhere”. I don’t know about you, but I really want to get a ticket to somewhere, right? The color theme this year was **Neutrals with a pop of color**. So I made a gradient of 4 grayish, brownish spreckled minis. I made 5 different “pops”. So there is *Greek Isles (blue), *Mexico (gold), *Morocco (magenta), *Juneau (salmon) and *Caribbean (turquoise). My wanderlust got the better of me when thinking about the names and colors of these pops. I decided to give you another choice too. You can choose a pop in Sparkly or a pop in the Corrie Sock base. When you purchase a set of minis you will receive a discount code for the pattern. You can get these here. I will be dyeing these to order, fresh yarn just for you.
And just like in years passed, there will be prizes given out throughout the day. So I hope you join our group and visit with us in 9 days.
First of all, I want to thank all the wonderful knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters who are coming to our online store and finding just the right yarn or roving to express their colorful selves. I hope you are feeling your creativity fill up and overflow. As we are all slowing down, getting out of the traffic, having more time to explore, to take more walks and to play more games or solve more puzzles with our families, it is also time to let our creative juices going.
This coming weekend, Maryland Sheep and Wool will be managing a virtual marketplace where there are hundreds of vendors. We will be online to answer questions and to fulfill your orders. AND you can also be looking at what we all have to offer right now. Here is the link to our online store.
Many of us are offering discounts and free shipping, some are offering special extras in your bag too.
What do you need to do? You need to be a member of the online community. Find it here. You also need to look at this page….the posts will not come through your own feed.
Have a question? Just ask it and one of us there will be able to help you by answering. So see you there! Have a question now? Just reply to this blog and I’ll find you an answer!
Where to find us
We are located in Frederick MD. You can shop in person with a mask and lots of social distance! Or buy online and stop by to pick up…I’ll run your purchases out to you in your car.
If you are coming here, please enter Flying Goat Farm into WAZE. That app will reliably get you to our farm.