5 Mar

It was my intention when I began this blog to write at least once a week.  So far, I have not done a very good job!  But there have been so many changes that every time I started to write a post, it would be irrelevant by the end of the day because so much had changed!

So here’s where everything stands with the shop at this point:

We are going to go for a “soft” opening Monday, March 11.  Beginning next Monday, we will have set hours.  The hours will be M,W, Th, F 1-5p.m.  Tuesdays, we will be open from 1-8.  The reason for the later hours is so that knitters can drop in and visit and just knit/crochet/spin/whatever, in the company of other “fiberists”.  Saturday, we will  be open 9-2.

To this point the shop has been a mishmash of old yarn and boxes of product.  This Saturday, we cleaned house!  Gone are the bins of mystery yarn, and one of the mill tables.  In their place are the beginnings of what will be the casual sitting area for visitors of the shop to sit and look at patterns or work on a project.  We are beginning to fill the bins with beautiful Suripaco alpaca blend yarns, produced by Claudia’s herd of suri alpaca along with Fair Trade hand knit products and manufactured socks out of an alpaca blend.  And tomorrow I will have the great joy of going to the back and “shopping” for the types and colors of Quince & Co. yarn!  Quince & Co. is dyed in the Saco River Dye House and we are so excited to take those beautiful skeins of yarn we walk by all day and put them out on the wall for you to purchase.

One of the exciting things about Quince & Co. is that they carry crochet patterns!  I am slowly making progress on Haiku, a beautiful shawl.  I am making the shawl in a yarn called Finch in the Split Pea colorway.  This is a solid but springy yarn that is so nice to use in crochet.  A nice break for me from the cotton I usually use to crochet dishcloths.IMAG1231 IMAG1232 IMAG1238



Finally, this past Saturday we had the first drop-off of mittens from the Mitten Project for the Maine Children’s Home.  So many adorable mittens created by some very dedicated and carrying crafters!  If you are interested in donating a pair (or six pair or seven pair…), more information can be found on their Facebook page.  My daughter took some wonderful pictures of the mittens and dutifully forwarded them to me from her iPhone but I can’t seem to save them from my text message to put on the page.  So, I will be sure to do so as soon as she e-mails them to me.

We are up to 86 likes on the Saco River Mill Facebook page but can’t wait to hit 100 likes so keep spreading the word about the store!  And as always, if you are in the area feel free to follow the “OPEN” flag if it’s out, to the store and be sure to bring your project so you can sit and visit for a while.

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