Today is local yarn shop day! How about checking out local yarns when you visit your LYS.
Most local yarns are produced by small farms. Yarn sales help small farms survive. Selling just raw fleeces cannot generate enough income to even care for animals for a year. Hay, grain, medical care and husbandry supplies, maintenance of field and barn, and shearing add up. I recently came upon a social media post somewhere by a yarn company stating they knew exactly how much the farmers whose wool they purchase make. I have had this stuck in my head for days. I don’t even recall exactly where I read it. It doesn’t matter where I read it. It is simply not true. If a farmer is selling raw wool in bulk they are doing so at a loss! Even selling hand spinning fleeces at 20-30 dollars a pound cannot recoup all of the expense. Small fiber farmers know their animals well and care for them appropriately. Their wools are carefully sorted by the hands of someone who knows how to evaluate a fleece and ensure it is put to the correct use.
So please, on local yarn shop day seek out the yarns produced by your local farms. You will get a special yarn created with hard work, love and knowledge.
I continue to unpack from Vogue Knitting Live NYC both literally and emotionally. What an incredible weekend. The city is the city. Full of energy and inspiration.(Great food and friends too.) I am mostly struck by the kindness and support I received from so many people, yarn loving customers as well as the known names in the knitting world. Incredible and overwhelming. Our little booth was a favorite to lots of people. I can’t even describe how meaningful that all is. So thank you Ann and Kay of Mason Dixon Knitting, Purl Soho, Versaci Knits and all the wonderful customers we met. I hope you all love your yarn. Also, incredibly exciting, an offer to do a website for us from an artistic director of an ad agency! Someone pinch me! Back to counting yarn and updating shop. Thank you all!
We have entered the Mortgage lifter contest sponsored by Beekman 1802.
First prize is $20,000! There is also a $2000.00 cash prize for the farm with the most votes.
Please vote daily by clicking on the link below. Share to your social media too!!!
Thank you for your support.
I had the great good fortune of growing up in a beautiful little beach town. A town that has always had a gay population. I also had the great good fortune of having parents for whom this did not matter. They did not have gay friends but friends. It is inconceivable to me that there are mothers, fathers, friends and family yet again suffering an unspeakable grief. Guns need to be controlled and so do the mouths of politicians that use divisive language for political gain and ego gratification..
I worked on a knitting project last night but could not concentrate. Today I queued up a big Spotify playlist and this beautiful song by Bob Marley and the Wailers commenced. It was the perfect moment for this song. It is a reminder as to how much I appreciate my family and friends, a group of humans full of mirth and moxie, kindness, creativity, intelligence and heart! So, listen if you wish. Listen while knitting.