A Heartfelt Thanks to Our Customers

I know it’s a cliché, but this year I’ve learned it’s true:  time really does fly when you’re having fun. Today marks the one-year anniversary of my ownership of The Woolie Ewe and I want to take a minute to thank all of you who’ve helped make this one of the happiest, most rewarding times of my life. Leaving my teaching career behind was a huge leap of faith and one year later I am still thrilled to have taken that leap.

I’m fortunate to have a caring, knowledgeable and dedicated team helping me bring The Woolie Ewe into the future. To further that end was a trip to TNNA  (The National Needlearts Association) in Columbus last weekend. Jenn and I had a blast visiting with some terrific designers and business owners, including Amy Herzog, Deb Gemmell, Sandra McIver, and Barb Cattani,  and are working on our class calendar with them in mind.

IMG_0458From left to right: Jenn, Amy Herzog, Andy

We also tried out lots of interesting new products, like Nova Cubix needles, the Addi Quick Needle Felting Tool, and the Zoom Loom from Schacht . We subscribed to all the best knitting and crochet magazines, stocked up on new books, videos, needles, bags, notions, accessories, needle-felting supplies, and — of course, YARN! In the months to come, look for lots of gorgeous surprises to appear on Woolie Ewe shelves. And I’m not talking only to knitters and crocheters — spinners and weavers, I’ve got all sorts of Louet goodies coming, too.

I love that my first TNNA trip coincided with my first anniversary at The Woolie Ewe. Jenn and I came home with so many exciting ideas for fulfilling my vision of what I want this shop to be in the future, for what I want to provide to my customers, that I am positive we’ll get there.

I’m honored to serve you, my customers, and provide a friendly, relaxed environment where you feel comfortable hanging out with your friends and being part of our Woolie Ewe Community. In addition to having a fantastic selection of yarn, notions, and other supplies, I believe that all types of yarn lovers deserve a sincere welcome and the opportunity to participate in the easy camaraderie shared around the help table, the teaching tables, and the comfy seating area. In the past year, I’ve seen strangers become friends, sharing projects, tips, ideas, and their lives. I’ve seen friends dancing and singing along with the oldies on the radio while they shopped. I’ve seen friends laughing so hard tears streamed down their faces. I’ve seen friends supporting each other through tough times, too. The Woolie Ewe truly is a magical place. After all, we are more than just a yarn store.

 

Thank you for an amazing first year,

Andy Maglisceau

Knit an American Flag

I love this country. I love being an American. I believe the United States is the greatest country on earth. There are other great countries worthy of my respect, but I call none of them home. As Independence Day comes closer, I want to hang a huge knitted flag in The Woolie Ewe. I went in search of a pattern and I was dismayed to find several patterns that – at first glance- looked like beautiful American flags, but they were designed with no regard for what the flag really looks like. In addition to being red, white, and blue with stripes and stars, there are specific criteria to make it a real flag. So, while I respect designers’ rights to create gorgeous Americana-themed throws, I decided to take matters into my own hands. I hope what I’ve designed honors our flag. In order to meet the specifications of a real flag, I have chosen sock weight yarn so the stripes can be intricate yet not too wide.

Here is where you come in. We want the flag in The Woolie Ewe to represent all of us, so we are looking for test knitters to knit a piece of our flag. Each test knitter will knit one stripe for the flag. Each stripe is a different cable pattern (knitter’s choice). The blue rectangle also needs a knitter. The stars are crochet, and will need to be tested starting next week.

Each piece is due back to the store no later than Monday July 1. We absolutely must have the finished pieces back by this time in order to seam everything together for Independence Day. As a thank-you, test knitters who return their knitted piece on time will receive a $20 gift card to The Woolie Ewe.

Prerequisite skills: cast-on, knit, purl, follow cable charts or instructions, measure gauge

If you would like to participate, please call us (972-424-3163) or come in. We want to get you your yarn and the pattern as soon as possible.

-Andy

Summer at the Woolie Ewe-niversity

We have a fantastic line-up of classes to get your summer started off right. From knitting basics to (yes, we heard your requests!) socks and cables, from beginning crochet to granny square purses, we have class offerings for every skill level.

One of our new offerings is UFO Drop-in.  You bring in a project you are struggling with, need help finishing or just want some extra attention or motivation to finish and we’ll help you get it finished.  Seating is limited, and we’re starting out with scheduling this every Friday from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. This is Andy’s pile of UFOs that are in her office here at the store….I think she needs to get a seat this Friday, don’t you?

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I’m really interested in the Solomon’s Knot Shawl crochet class. The shawl is such a light, wispy accessory that I can see it being one of those great items you just always throw in your bag or toss on before you head out for the day.

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We have  new lower prices for just about all of our classes and we would love to help each and every one of you learn something new.  Classes are scheduled during the day or Tuesday or Thursday evenings, so we hope you find something that fits your schedule.

Cheers,
Jenn

Howdy Y’all

Hi, all, and welcome to my first blog! Yes, A Woolie Tale has been part of WoolieEwe.com for several years, but this is the very first time I’ve written a post. Why? I’m embarrassed to admit to my utter lack of technological skills, but, well, there you go. I’ve always been too busy running the shop and knitting to spend much time online, but now that I have someone to show me the ropes, and I do have lots to tell y’all, I’ve decided to carve out some time.
Who is my social media mentor? Jenn Kinzel! Many of you knew Jenn as “the girl behind the curtain” here at the shop, always working on the computer in the front office. I’m thrilled to say she has rejoined the team! In addition to getting me over my blogging phobia, she’s helping us to — knitting needle drum roll, please —reopen our online store.
Yes, it’s been down so long that you may have forgotten The Woolie Ewe ever had an online shop.
We took it offline because of technical difficulties and finally, finally, we’re almost ready to relaunch!
For starters, you’ll be able to sign up for classes. You can click on the “Events” tab up above, or follow this link: Woolie Ewe-niversity Classes

Until next time,

Andy

Winter’s Last Hurrah Ends Wednesday

Tomorrow, Wednesday April 17 is the final day of our Winter’s Last Hurrah Sale, so come on in to get stocked up for your summer knitting and bid Winter “farewell”!

- Select books 50% off
- Notions 30% off
- Needles and DPNs 30% off
- Interchangeable needle sets 25% off
- yarn 20% off
- Clearance items up to 75% off!

Show your Woolie Ewe spirit with a T-shirt or hat– also 25% off. We’re also selling some of the shop samples from seasons past.

Sale is in-store only, and phone orders are welcome. Call us at (972) 424-3163 or toll-free at 1-800-460-YARN(9276) to place an order. Sale is limited to in-stock yarn only.

Winter’s Last Hurrah!

The last few days of unseasonably chilly weather have given us a reprise of winter. Maybe you took the opportunity to curl up with that AbFab afghan you’ve been working on, or sew up that sweater you promised yourself you’d finish in time to wear this winter. Or maybe you just enjoyed the chance to wear your handknits one last time before packing them away for the summer.

As much as we love winter, we’re ready for SPRING! Cotton tank tops, lacy shawls, maybe that lightweight cover-up to wear at the beach or an easy project to take with you on your vacation– there are lots of things to knit for summer. Come jump start your knitting! To help you get started, we’re having a sale starting Saturday, April 13 through Wednesday, April 17:

- Select books 50% off
- Notions 30% off
- Needles and DPNs 30% off
- Interchangeable needle sets 25% off
- yarn 20% off
- Clearance items up to 75% off!

Show your Woolie Ewe spirit with a T-shirt or hat– also 25% off. We’re also selling some of the shop samples from seasons past.

Sale is in-store only, and phone orders are welcome. Call us at (972) 424-3163 or toll-free at 1-800-460-YARN(9276) to place an order. Sale is limited to in-stock yarn only.

3/17: Wearin’ o’ the Green SALE

St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to wear green, eat corned beef and cabbage, and save at the Woolie Ewe!

We’ll be closed Sunday the 17th, so come in on Saturday, March 16 and save 17% off yarn and kits if you wear green! Every purchase enters you into a drawing for a $30 Woolie Ewe gift card.

All in-stock yarn, and kits are included in the sale. Patterns, books, needles, notions, etc. are not included. The sale is limited to in-stock items only.

Hope to see you there!

NEW WOOLIE EWE-NIVERSITY CLASSES

Check out the new Woolie Ewe-niversity Class Schedule — we have something fun for every level of knitter and crocheter from baby steps to intricate projects.

Woolie Ewe-niversity Calendar Feb-May 2013

Beg Knit 1 – Learn everything from casting on and basic stitches through cables, pockets and finishing. At the end of the class behold your new Reader’s Wrap.

Beg Knit 2 – Make a sweater that fits exactly how you want it. Tunic style with cable in front.

Beg Knit 3 – Make a sweater that fits exactly how you want it. Intarsia color block sweater.

Tips & Tricks Additional Knitting Skills – Learn how to make yor projects go from “homemade” to “handmade”.

Finishing Class – Learn how to pick up stitches, knit stitches together, sew stitches and rows together with the mattress stitch.

Entrelac Scarf – Learn a beautiful new technique to add to your repetoire.

Crochet Fingerless Mitts – Learn to chain, single crochet, single crochet back ridge, half double crochet,double crochet, cross stitch, create thumb hole, join and finish.

Not Granny’s Crochet Cowl – Next level up in crochet. Learn the basic granny square, granny triangle,and reverse single crochet.

Hello Dolly! – Crochet Matryoshka Doll. Expand your in-the-round crochet skills. Learn simple embellishments, as well as crochet assemblyu of two doll layers, connecting & finishing.

Vintage Potholder – Round Two-Sided Colorwork Potholder. Expand your in-the-round crochet skills. Learn colorwork techniques as well as sizing and assembly

All class members receive 10% off all class materials

Classes are filling up fast, so call today to register!
(972) 424-3163 or (800) 460-YARN (9276)

Woolie Ewe-niversity Calendar Feb-May 2013

Finishing Projects – Aunt Esther’s Yarn

Some time in December a lovely lady came in to the shop with a conundrum. She had inherited some hand-carded, hand-spun, un-dyed wool from her husbands aunt several years ago but had no idea what to create with it.

She toyed with the idea of making a blanket but wasn’t sure which technique to use. After beginning a crochet swatch she promptly brought the yarn in and asked for advice on how to handle the yarn.

The story behind Aunt Esther’s Yarn was touching. Betty and I discussed the various options available and reassured her that the fiber would work up wonderfully, especially in the swatch pattern she was working in – crochet chevrons.  After giving her some suggestions on how to best go about assembling and eventually caring for the resulting blanket she left the shop with confidence.

Last Thursday she came back with a container and a huge smile.

“I promised I would come back when I finished this for show and tell.” she said as we moved to the help table.

Nestled inside the tub were two lap sized afghans. They were beautiful.

It was a real treat to see the finished results and we love that she wanted to share it with us.