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Back to School

It’s that time of year again. The boys are back in school! Although I had a great summer hanging out with them, it’s nice to have a routine to get back.

Felted Soaps by The Twisted Purl
With all the extra help this summer I can officially say we are all caught up on Felted Soap orders. This is the first time in over three years!!!  I’m stockpiling like crazy in preparation for the fall rush.  To my fantastic retail stores thank you a hundred times over for your patience while waiting for orders. I’d love to get to a place where I can just ship your order right out to you and we are finally moving in the right direction.

New yarn is still coming in daily! Above is Rustic Merino Sport from the Queensland Collection. Check it out in our online shop.

Below is a work in progress from one of our customers. She is making a scarf out of Uluru. I’d love to see what you are working on. Stop in and share!

In addition to yarn we also have these super cute key fobs! You know you want one for your project bag or keyring.

The last few weeks of summer have been interesting and fun and BUSY. As things wind down and those wonderful routines settle in you’ll start to notice the whispering’s of fall. Cooler weather means crafting y’all!!!
This guy was on my bumper the other day reminding me I need to hop to a few things.

Classes!!! Yes lots of classes must be scheduled. First though, if you have an idea for a class and have the desire to teach please let me know!

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Conway needs a Local Yarn Shop

Dearest yarnaholics, fiber fiends, spastic spinners, do I have some news for you!

Conway needs a local yarn shop. Yep yep! We have to travel way too far for the textile experience we all crave. Our two closest shops are lovely and spectacular, but often, you just want something in your neighborhood. A place to swing by during lunch or after work. A place to call yours.

Enough is enough. I’m throwing in my hat and starting it up. This is super scary and a huge leap of faith, but Conway NEEDS a yarn shop! I hope, pray, and beg you to join me. My hubby and son are breaking in the couch to make it a comfy crafting spot just for you. Over the next couple weeks we are carefully selecting new yarn and other nifty crafty things.

You can expect to find lots of handmade yarn, tons of spinning and felting fibers, unique yarn from companies all over, classes (knitting, crochet, felting, spinning….yes!!!), and more!

Darn Good Yarn at Twisted Purl's Yarn shop

We are meeting with yarn distributors to get in some cool stuff, but as you can imagine that takes a bit of time to accomplish.

Our shop will offer a unique experience where you can pick out all the fluff and stuff you want to go into your yarn:

TwistedPurl Fluff and Stuff

I’ll blend it together on a drum carder.

Twisted Purl carded battThen turn it into a handspun yarn while you wait (or you can always come back and pick it up).Twisted Purl Handspun Yarn

Eventually the shop will be fully stocked, but before then, our doors will open, and our little community can start. Hope you will join us! 1105 Deer St, #5 Conway Twisted Purl

Grand opening details coming soon!

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Knit 2 Together

On Tuesday night, Jeanetta and I made a short trip over to Russellville to attend the new yarn shop’s knitting night. This is an absolute must for any yarn-aholics anywhere!

The shop is located in downtown Russellville, click here to see the map to their shop.

OK, so I have to admit, since I really started getting into the production of yarn, I have become a total yarn snob. I scoff at yarn sold at Walmart, I barely want to reach out and even touch the yarn at Hobby Lobby, and in recent excursions to certain yarn shops I rarely see anything I find worth of taking out my wallet to purchase. I feel very strongly about yarn made here in America and also even more strongly about yarn WELL created. Now you know my dark secret…I am a yarn snob. Being a snob, I only like the best, and only approve of the best.

With all that being said, Knit 2 Together is exquisite. A majority of their yarn is handmade and if it is not handmade it is well worth knitting or crocheting with. I wanted to touch everything! They had this amazing baby alpaca that I just squealed over. It was the softest, yummiest fiber ever. I had to buy some and am in the process of knitting a pillow for my couch so I can curl up with it anytime I like. They also carry some very unique handspun yarn from Ozark Handspun. I am very impressed with the two ladies who own the shop, Stephanie and Kim. They are not the typical yarn shop owners. When you walk into their store, you are made to feel welcome. They have an excellent eye for yarn and fiber and this will be a store I frequent for many years to come.

Lastly, my sheepish feeling is passing. My computer depression is lifting and I am starting to feel like getting back into the swing of things. Last night there was a silver lining in my rain cloud. Don’t you just adore the picture above? It’s Truman from Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. He is napping and enjoying the sun. This picture really sums up my sheepish feeling today. ♥