As 2016 draws to a close I thought that it would be fun to look back on all of the amazing things that have happened this year. Come with me as we catch up on everything that happened with a Marly Bird Yearly Review 2016. *post contains affiliate links*
First, I would like to give a sincere thank you to all of you that have followed me for a long time and for those that have just started to be apart of my community. I enjoy interacting with each of you, learning from you and being able to teach you new tricks along the way. You allow me to do what I love every day and I am so grateful for that. I look forward to what 2017 will hold and I hope that you will join me in the journey. [Read more…]
The annual Black Friday Cyber Monday Deals Yarn Books Patterns 2016 blog post is here. Check out the BEST deals in the Yarn Industry from your favorite Designers, Yarn Dyers, Yarn Makers, Bag Makers, Notions Suppliers, and more!
IMPORTANT Note: updated periodically until 11:59pm MT Nov. 28, 2017.
*This Post Contains Affiliate Links*Every year, I ask yarn companies, publishers, notions suppliers and designers if they would like me to share their Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with my followers, and each year I get some of the BEST participants and what YOU GET is a THANKSGIVING DAY AD that is just for YOU!
When does it start?
There are many that are happening RIGHT NOW! But most of these sales/discounts/deals don’t start until Nov. 25th. I encourage you to click, look, plan your attack for Thursday or buy what you like NOW!
How does the image work?
Things are a little different this year in that you can see an actual ad for each sale and click on the image to be directed to the sale.
The grid is responsive, as you hover the mouse over the image it will expand and show you the image in more detail. To scroll to the next page of images, simple click on the image and swipe left :-), or click on the dot below the grid 🙂
Have fun! Let me know what you got!
NOTE: this post will be updated periodically
until 11:59pm MT Nov. 28, 2017.
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The Yarn Guys, Jeffrey & Dennis have a Wall of Yarn and came to share what it’s all about with us on the Yarn Thing podcast with Marly Bird.
Jeffrey Wall and Dennis Rinkenberger own the LYS Wall of Yarn, in Freeport, IL. Their yarn shop just hit it’s 5 year anniversary this May and they are also the North American Distributors for Rauma Yarns from Norway. Rauma has been producing high quality yarns for about 90 years. Their shop can also order pewter buttons and clasps from Norway and have an Amish family make wonderful wooden yarn bowls for us as well.
Jeffrey started knitting at age 9 and stopped in high school but picked it up after graduating from college in 2000. Dennis started knitting in 2011 when they were in the planning stages of opening the shop. He says the mechanics of how yarn works attracted him, weaving initially as many guys who take up crafting. Jeffrey’s mom is the one that thought they should open a yarn store. Their customer’s call Jeffrey ‘the Yarn Whisperer’ because he can recall what they’ve been working on, fix what they’ve been working on, can find and identify patterns.
In the shop, The Yarn Guys try to carry a little something for everyone though they do specialize in Scandinavian/stranded knitting. Because the shop is in a small town, they try to find other ways to keep the business viable, first becoming the distributors of Rauma yarns and patterns. They have a large variety of colors and yarn, perfect for fans of color work. Jeffrey translates all of Rauma’s patterns from Norwegian into English and teaches knitting classes throughout the midwest. Dennis is also a yarn rep so he travels around the country trying to find good homes for our yarns. They both travel to large events to share the yarns, like Stitches (where they are news sponsors of the events), Interweave Yarn Fest, Vogue Knitting Live and KnitLab so that they can share this yarn to people who don’t know about it!
For the fifth year anniversary, they worked with Anne Poldesak of Wooly Wonka Fibers. The conversation began with realizing the traditional anniversary gift is wood, which made them recall that Birch is the first letter of the druid alphabet which uses tree with a lot of meanings and interpretations in fairy tales. For the shop’s knit-a-long (they’ve had one every month) Anne created The Beitha Shawl pattern and two yarns to represent the leaves and the bark. The next is blackberry (which is a luscious purple), and later will be holly, further out is apple… So much inspiration but a huge project!
They have also recently worked with Alasdair Post-Quinn who was on the program recently, who created a pattern with their yarns for Yarn Box.
Our distribution website is www.TheYarnGuys.com. Our website for the shop is currently under construction but will be www.WallofYarn.com. People can follow us on Facebook as the Yarn Guys (the shop) Facebook for Wall of Yarn. They have a Ravelry page for the shop and one for that fantastic Knit-A-Long Ogham, and Instagram.