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.
From 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,