More updates and a special guest!

17 Mar

On Monday, March 11, 2013, Saco River Yarns opened its doors as a yarn store.  Some of you may be surprised to hear me say this because you have purchased yarn at the store since February.  A brief explanation follows:

The Saco River Dye House, located just behind the store in the historic Pepperell Mill in Biddeford, ME has been skein dyeing yarn since December.  In order to access the dye house, clients need to enter through the retail space.  Often, a client or someone who accompanied them would notice the yarn that was sitting in the retail space and inquire about purchasing it.  Others may have seen the dye house’s ad on Craig’s list and purchased yarn through the dye house.  So…technically the store has been open since December but it has not been an organized, independent retail space.  As of 3/11, it is.

Now the store has set hours, a dedicated Knit-at-Night/Crochet-at-Night (KAN/CAN) every Tuesday night from 5-8pm and some new yarn stock in addition to the bargain wall.  Did you know that we are an official Quince & Co. flagship store?  The colors are inspirational and the feel of the yarn is divine.  We are also ordering yarns and anxiously awaiting their arrival in addition to fiber for spinning,  needles, crochet hooks and various accessories.

My camera does not do these colors justice.  You'll just have to come in and see them for yourself!

My camera does not do these colors justice. You’ll just have to come in and see them for yourself!

Those of you who have visited the store already, know that it can be a challenge to find us.  We are tucked away, partially hidden by an old fort and without a sign.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!  to everyone who has tenaciously sought us out.  We now have an “Open sign” and will be meeting with someone to get signage made the beginning of this week.  Hopefully, this week will also bring a shop phone so you can call if you are lost and I can run to the curb and wave a skein of yarn at you to guide you into the parking lot.   Until the signs are up, here’s a picture of the front of the store from the outside of the mill.

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Follow the “Open” sign and enter the gray door.  We are currently, the only door on the right when you enter the mill.

So now that I have bored you with all the “business”, let’s talk about all the fun!  On April 6 from 9am-2pm, Saco River Yarns will welcome a special guest, Clara Parkes,  Clara, an intrepid fiber adventurist, is the author of Knitter’s Review, a free weekly online knitting magazine.  She is also the author of three books, The Knitter’s Book of Wool, The Knitter’s Book of Yarn, and The Knitter’s Book of Socks as well as contributing to  many other books and magazines.  Currently, Clara is working on a yarn adventure partially set in Biddeford, Maine known as the The Great White Bale.  Clara will be available to discuss and sign her books and maybe discuss her adventures chronicling the bale.  Who knows what else we might be able to talk her into doing. 😉

The festivities on the 6th are still in the works and more information will become available as the event becomes more organized so keep in touch and share, share, share the news.  As always, if you have any requests or suggestions, please let me know.  I want this store to be a place where people come to relax, visit and create great fibery things.

 

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3 Responses to “More updates and a special guest!”

  1. Christine March 18, 2013 at 3:18 am #

    Very happy to say I purchased some Quince and Co yarn during last weeks KAN/CAN. LOVE IT!

  2. Aunt Jean March 28, 2013 at 11:27 am #

    Can’t wait to visit your yarn shop!

  3. Erin McDonald April 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    Hi there! We so enjoyed our visit and I wanted to let you know I put up the first post about our experience, more will follow tomorrow! Here is the link to today’s post…
    http://knittinginbeantown.blogspot.com/2013/04/saturday-to-market-to-market-then-to.html
    Thanks again! Erin

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