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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

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KAN/CAN

18 Apr

Wait.  What?

What is KAN/CAN?  KAN/CAN is the acronym for Knit-At-Night/Crochet-At-Night.  On Tuesday, the shop is open until 8pm  so needleworkers, can come to the shop, have a cup of coffee, maybe a treat (I have been known to bring cookies) and meet other like-minded crafters.  Since week one, I am happy to report, we have had a lovely group convene to work on their projects and share their stories both fiber and non-fiber related.  To date, we have only had knitters and crocheters but I would like to formally invite spinners, cross-stitchers, needle felters and needleworkers to join us.  There is room for everyone!

Now that I am getting the hang of the basic day-to-day operation of the shop under my belt, I hope to regularly post on Wednesday mornings regarding the accomplishments of the crafters who share their FOs (Finished Objects) on Tuesday night.   By the way, if you are a reader of the blog or a regular follower who might have a conflict with Tuesday nights or live too far away to physically join us, you can always share your projects on our Ravelry group or on our Facebook page.

So here is the round-up of the beautiful projects shared this past Tuesday night:

"Simply Divine" Sweaterbabe

Lois created this beautiful baby blanket in no time flat!  The pattern is “Simply Divine” by Sweaterbabe.  Lois knit this gorgeous, scrummy blanket in JaggerSpun Superlamb, a superwash wool in the Cassis colorway.   I LOVE it!!!

Lois’ friend and knitting compadre, Linda also had a lovely FO to share.

Column of Leaves

The pattern is “Brooke’s Column of Leaves”, a free pattern!  She used a beautiful, locally produced wool which she purchased at the Common Ground Fair.  The wool came from the Linda Tyler Farm, Peaceable Kingdom.  My photo does not truly represent the rich, true red of this wool.  Beautiful!!!

Donna, on of the regulars at my Thursday night knitting group in Kennebunk, the Seed & Bean Stitchers, came in sporting her most recent FO:

Cinnabar

Donna is a prolific crocheter and it seems like she made this beautiful sweater, Cinnabar, by Doris Chan almost overnight!  Donna used yarn from the “Wall of Yarn Adventure”, mystery yarn which we sell in the back room, to create her latest masterpiece and let me pose her to show off her handiwork.  Inspiring!!!

Doris, one of the original Tuesday night KAN/CAN members finished a blanket she had been working on for a few weeks.  Doris works on multiple projects at the same time.  Something which I also do BUT Doris actually finishes her projects.  Here is a beautiful baby blanket created for a new family member’s impending arrival:

baby blanket

Doris used stash yarn and her imagination to create this lovely piece.  The new baby is very lucky!  By the way, I had no sooner taken the photo when Doris had her next already started blanket on her lap.  Impressive!

Last but not least, Hannah arrived with a knitting dilemma.  We worked on solving the problem and through trial and error (a patience I don’t always have with my own projects), Hannah came up with these adorable finished projects:

Manta ray stuffies

Manta ray stuffies!!!  Have you ever seen anything so cute!  The local YMCA swim team is named the Manta Rays so I wonder if these might be for them?  If they are sssshhhhh…. they might be a surprise!  Hannah mentioned that she had twelve of them to make.  No doubt she will “fly” through them quickly.

So as you can see, lots going on at Saco River Yarns…  I LOVE to see what people are working on so please share and of course, don’t be a stranger!!!

Until next time keep on “rolling”!

Everything Old is New Again…

19 Feb

Welcome to the blog for the Saco River Mill, Yarns & Textiles store.  We are located in Building 13 of the old Westpoint Pepperell Mill in Biddeford, ME (a straight shot across Main Street from the end of Alfred Street).

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The store was created to be the retail presence for the Saco River Dye House, a newly installed dye house using re purposed dye house equipment from the former JCA dye house in Pepperell, MA.  In operation since October, they are definitely keeping busy skein dyeing yarn for former customers of the old dye house as well as adding for new clients like Quince & Co. and SuriPaco.

A few weeks ago, a post appeared on the discussion board of my knitting group on Ravelry advertising that the dye house was looking to open a retail store.  The following day I hunted down the owners and secured an interview and a week ago today, I came on board as a partner and manager of Saco River Mill, Yarns & Textiles.

Here’s what the space looked like last Monday:

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The door leading to the "seconds" room and the dye house offices.

The door leading to the “seconds” room and the dye house offices

The front door

The front door

The space was full of fixtures and inventory from the warehouses associated with the old mill.  The project before us last week required that we pull the store together by Saturday so that we could accommodate a tour of the dye house that had been scheduled for a charity knitting group.  But as you know and as I have said at least a half dozen times in the past week, there is nothing like company to get the house pulled together!

So on a snowy Saturday, we welcomed a group representing the Maine Mitten Project.  A group of knitters who have taken on the task of making 1600 pairs of mittens for holiday boxes distributed by the Maine Children’s Home.  Each knitter received a free pound of yarn to put toward their mitten making and also received a tour of the dye house.

Deb, a.k.a. DebD007 on Ravelry explains the Maine Mitten Project.

Deb, a.k.a. DebD007 on Ravelry explains the Maine Mitten Project.

Claudia welcomes the group and shares the background history of the dye house.

Claudia welcomes the group and shares the background history of the dye house

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And the tour begins..Dye.

The dye tub where the colorful "magic" happens.

The dye tub where the colorful “magic” happens

Newly dyed and very wet yarn goes into the industrial "salad spinner" to remove excess water.

Newly dyed and very wet yarn goes into the industrial “salad spinner” to remove excess water

Going from a loose skein to a twisted skein at the speed of light! ;)

Going from a loose skein to a twisted skein at the speed of light! 😉

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This machine measures, cuts, and labels the smaller skeins of rug yarn.

This machine measures, cuts, and labels the smaller skeins of rug yarn.

Creating yarn "cakes".

Creating yarn “cakes”.

Dave shows how yarn goes from cones to skeins to be dyed.

Dave shows how yarn goes from cones to skeins to be dyed.

I spend all day trying NOT to touch the gorgeous yarn as it dries on the racks!

I spend all day trying NOT to touch the gorgeous yarn as it dries on the racks!

I think everyone really enjoyed seeing how the beautiful fibers they use, come to possess the colors that inspire the handmade finished objects they create.  I know I really enjoyed seeing everyone in my shop!  While we are not yet 100% up and running, the store is open Monday-Friday and in the very near future I hope to post regular store hours and announce the official opening of the store.  So, if you are in the neighborhood, come on by and say hello, have a cup of coffee and talk about yarn!

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