Wednesday, February 13, 2008


Right down to your TOES!

That's right, tomorrow (if the Fed Ex tracking system is correct) a NEW shipment of South West Trading Company's TOFUTSIES will be in. This will also kick off That Yarn Shop's involvment with the HOT SOX SPOT campaign and the Think Outside of The Sox Contest!!

Please click on the link for more details, this is a sock contest of the like never seen before...not my words, but theirs.

I am so excited to be on the SWTC team and look forward to carrying their enviromentally friendly fibers here at That Yarn Shop!

That coupled with LaLa Knits latest hand dyed sock yarn and ya'll should be in sock heaven!

Tomorrow night's Knit In is still on! If you are not going to be out with your Valentine, well, come and enjoy some time with us! We will be doing something a little bit different and I think you will's a worthwhile endeavor.


Come join us this Thursday Night from 6:00 - 9:00pm and lets work together for Breast Cancer Awareness.

We will be working on a Pink Project putting together a Scrumble.

The plan is for you to bring pink motifs to the meeting or let us help you make them.(they can be crocheted, knitted or both!)

We will pin them together to form a scrumble and one of us will "sew" them together and send them toPrudence in Australia to become part of the Pink Project.

Prudence and this blanket will be displayed all over the world.
She attends all the major shows including the shows in Europe.
She is usually invited to the shows on both the coasts of the US (Chain Link and TNN).

Lets participate in a global effort to raise money for Breast Cancer Awareness.

This is copied from the Pink Project groupon

Prudence Mapstone, P O Box 5242, Daisy Hill, Qld.,4127, Australia

Everyone have a wonderful day and stay tuned for more updates!


Thursday, February 7, 2008

Are We Feeling The Love?

I have my radio set to wake me up every morning @ 8:00. I know, I'm a bum to sleep so late, but I don't open shop until 10:00 a.m. Anyway, so I am awakened to the sweet melodious tune of NPR. Most mornings, I hear the weather and traffic right off the bat, but this morning I got to hear the financial news. Wow, that was a bummer. Retail had a "less than desirable numbers for the month of January. Walmart and larger retailers were down from last year considerably, while Cosco wholesales were up." I laid there, staring at the dumb clock thinking..."it wasn't just bad for them either bucko."

Ah well...such is life...I choose to remain optimistic, I see good things happening in our future. For starters, The Gift Shop/Gallery that Tony and I are going to make in the front of the store, should bring in a different market and be a neat way to spotlight our Mississippi Artists.

Then there is the HOT SPOT SOX program I am fixin' to start with South West Trading Company is going to totally ROCK! I will keep you posted, but we should have some Tofutsies in by the next week or 2!

How about a SOCK BOOT CAMP!? You read that right! I'll just wet your whistle that and fill you in with more details later, but it will be AWESOME!

Well, I need to get ready for Knit In here in a few minutes. I hope everyone is having a wonderful day and don't forget to support your local Yarn Shop!


Friday, February 1, 2008

Lots of Catching Up

Wow, where to start? It seems like a lot has been happening but at the same time the shop has been excruciatingly slow lately. You would think that with the weather being the way it is that we would be doing a bit better here, but nope...I think the ugly word "recession" is firmly inbedded in the backs of the publics mind and people just are afraid to spend...maybe...that is my theory anyway.

We have had some great classes happening lately. The drop spindle class was an absolutely smashing success! We had 8 people show up for class and I received emails from others who had missed and want in on the next class! I think, if LaLa doesn't mind, we may schedule another class for February 16...that is tentative at this point.

LaLa's sock class was also a huge success! We have more sock addicts on our hands now...I teasingly said that I would have to change the format of my shop to carrying sock yarns only at this rate! She has also made another order and will be hand dyeing some more of that scrumptious sock yarn asap. Stay tuned!

Patty (who teaches the spindling class) has been networking and now we have some beautiful lace weight Llama from Roxywoodfarms, Alpaca from Coldwater Alpaca Ranch, as well as gorgeous rovings from Little Bit Acres Farms! You really need to check these fibers out for yourselves! The whimple I made for myself out of the alpaca is everything I dreamed it would be. I am working with the llama now and it is really deamy soft! Of course, I don't think I could ever say enough about Patty's rovings and hand dyeing, "like butter" to spin with!

This month will be very exciting too! Yes, another Basic Sock Class! This Saturday is a Heart Sachet class, awesome for beginners! Then another spindling class learning to use the drop spindles. Finally, LaLa is going to teach the "Magic Loop" technique! I'll post more info as they come along or go to

I am currently making an order for the new Cascade "Great American Afghan" and "Great American Aran Afghan" books. They are $12.95 each + tax extra. Several of us here at That Yarn Shop are going to begin working with this book and the Cascade 220 line to make our own afghans. If you are interested, let me know and I will order either or books for you...I need to have a prepay on the books. If you want to check it out, go to and see what you think!

Our knit ins have been going great...we have had some very laid back nights, but last was so much fun! You would not believe it, but we actually had Courtney of Paggios in Memphis, 1684 Poplar Avenue, come and wax our eyebrows! I have never had mine done before but she is most excellant! It did not hurt, she followed the natural line of my brow and it was just perfect! I look fabulous today and can not wait to get my hair done there...I hit tony up with the maybe getting some pamper time for my b-day in March. LOL!

Well, I need to get to work, I hope everyone has a knitty day!