Au Revoir…

21 Feb

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It happened a little earlier than I expected but Saco River Yarns is officially closed to the public. Building 13, where Saco RIver Yarns is located is undergoing rapid expansion and construction.  The winter has been unbelievably snowy.  Downtown Biddeford is getting busier and busier and parking is at a premium.  People have been parking in the lot in front of Building 13 to access all downtown businesses but this is creating issues for businesses located in Building 13 as shipments cannot be delivered by tractor trailer due to the crowded parking lot.

Therefore management has found it necessary to enforce permit only parking.  Violators will be booted and it costs $40.00 to have the boot removed.  To serve my customers parking needs and prevent anyone else from being booted, I would be required to purchase dedicated parking spots.  I am only in my store until the 28th of this month.

So it is with a heavy heart I say farewell.

Thank you to all the amazing, wonderful people I have had the privilege to meet.  I have learned from you and my life is richer for having known you even if for a very short time.  I truly hope that our paths will cross again someday either locally or at a fiber event.

It had always been my dream to own a yarn store.  I’m very grateful to all who made that dream possible.  It was one of the most significant learning experiences of my life and while I am closing this chapter, I would not re-write it for anything in the world.

Moving forward, I am still very hopeful that someone will be interested in purchasing the business to keep it going.  There is a deep and rich fiber-related community in this area and I believe in the year I was in business, its surface was merely scratched.  Keep your fingers crossed and by all means contact me if you are seriously interested.  The Facebook page, this blog, Twitter, the new e-mail address: sacoriveryarns14@gmail.com, will all remain open for a bit.

All my best,

Lisa

KAN/CAN KANCELLED!

18 Feb

The snowflakes are conspiring against us! Due to the impending storm, Saco River Yarns will be closed today and KAN/CAN is unfortunately cancelled. We’ll see you Thursday from 1-6pm and spring is only 30 days away!

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New Year…Some Changes

2 Jan

Some of you may have already heard that there are changes coming to Saco River Yarns. Some of these are a matter of necessity, some are for efficiency or clarity.

The first major change I have to announce is that the store is getting a new name! As I may have mentioned previously, Saco River Yarns was originally named to closely brand the retail store with its original parent company, Saco River Dyehouse. But as of April of 2013, the two have existed as separate businesses with their own similar but individual identities.

As it turns out the similarities have created a bit of confusion for vendors, customers and the general public. For clarity’s sake, the name of the store is changing. Over time, you will see things changing at the store from “Saco River Yarns” to “B & Me”.

“Who’s ‘B’?”

Well the name is actually an abbreviation of “Biddeford” & “Maine” (B & Me). I want to give you a roll out date for the new name and to celebrate with fanfare but I do not have the branding details completely worked out yet, so this will be a slow changeover.

An immediate change is the store’s phone number. I actually have a real phone now! The new number is (207)286-7865. As usual, if no one answers, it may be that the store is closed, or I’m with a customer or have stepped away from the phone. Being somewhat technology challenged, I have to admit that I am still trying to figure out how to set up the voicemail on this phone, so if you need to get a message to me, I would suggest Facebook, Ravelry or my e-mail (still: lisa@sacoriveryarns.com) for best results.

I’m also changing the hours. The hours are changing to reflect current traffic patterns. I know that they may not be ideal for everyone but these are only winter hours and will be in effect until approximately mid-May at which time, the hours of operation will expand again to accommodate summer traffic.

SO……

Beginning Monday, January 6, 2014, I will be open:

Monday 1-6p.m.
Tuesday 1-8p.m.
Wednesday CLOSED
Thursday 1-6p.m.
Friday 1-6p.m.
Saturday 10-3p.m.

I appreciate that change is never easy for anyone and these are a lot of changes but I am looking forward to all the new adventures we will be able to create together in 2014.

Cheers to a Happy, Healthy, Fibery New Year!      cheers

 

10/29 KAN/CAN Cancelled…

26 Oct

To my dear, loyal SRY KAN/CANers,

Next Tuesday is my son’s last regular season soccer game for his junior year of college. This is an oddity since games are never held on Tuesday nights. My husband and I will be travelling to Boston to see the game so the store will be closing at 5pm.

I greatly appreciate your understanding as we support our son. I promise I will bring special treats when we resume our KAN/CAN November 5th. :D

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Amy Herzog is Coming to Saco River Yarns!

4 Oct

Let’s try this again!!!

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Amy Herzog, author of “Knit to Flatter” will be presenting her fit workshop at SRY, Sunday, November 3 from 10am-1pm. This will be a 4 hour workshop on understanding how to best dress our bodies for maximum gorgeousness and select sweaters to knit that will help us do that.

Cost is $80.00.
Seating is limited to 20.
Previous sign-ups will get first dibs on this presentation due to the unexpected cancellation in July.

To register, please send an e-mail to lisa@sacoriveryarns.com. In the e-mail include your name, mailing address, e-mail address and a phone number. I will open registrations beginning at midnight Sunday October 6. I will PayPal invoice you for payment. Once payment is received, you are in! Standard cancellation policies for classes apply (no refunds, payment due in full upon registration).

I’m really looking forward to having a great crowd! Please pass this information on to any friends who might be interested in attending.  No special knitting or crochet skills are required as we will not be doing any handwork.

Sock-O-Rama KAL/CAL!

5 Aug

Well, the time is here!!!  At 5pm EST the Saco River Yarns sock KAL/CAL will begin.   This is a product of the interesting and inspiring conversations we have every Tuesday night when we gather at the shop from 5-8pm.  If you are in the Biddeford area on a Tuesday night, we would LOVE to have you join us.

For those of you who would like to participate with us but cannot make Tuesday night’s kick-off or maybe you are not local but would like to join anyway, here is the link for the pattern we will be using.  It was kindly donated to us by Lois and modeled below:

The pattern:

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The sock:

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And of course, to encourage maximum participation and lots of happy tootsies, all sock yarn and circular sock needles sizes 0-2 will be 15% off beginning Tuesday, August 6 at 5pm EST through Saturday, August 10 at 2pm.  Even if you are not joining us but would like to take advantage of this sale you are welcome to do so.  We just received Lang yarns in Magic and Mille Colori, Berroco Sox in new colorways in addition to the Noro Taiyo sock, Berroco Sox, and Suripaco’s Springvale sock yarn already in stock.  We have 16″ and 24″ circular needles to knit socks on two circulars (we recommend using needles of two different lengths).  Copies of the pattern will be available in the shop as well.

Our sock pattern begins with an eastern cast-on, also called a Turkish cast-on.  Here is a video showing how it’s done on two circular needles.

A Trip Down Memory Lane

3 Aug

A few years ago, when Saco River Yarns was just a twinkle in my eye, I met my friend, Patti at a Park & Ride and embarked on a day long fiber field trip.  

Our destination, on that hot summer day, was Swans Island Blankets for a tour of their weaving facility and dyehouse.  The building is a beautiful cedar shingled cape located in Lincolnville, just on the other side of Camden.  It was a very hot day but I was smitten with the beauty that was the outside and the inside of this building.  I photographed my visit there but never published those pictures.  So let me take you on my tour of Swans Island Blankets and Yarns.  Enjoy!

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