While we're not quite ready for pumpkin spice lattes, we are pretty jazzed that Fall is just around the corner and with it comes the Yarn Discovery Tour and Fall knitting projects seem less crazy now. Many of you are familiar with the Yarn Discovery Tour (YDT) and are eagerly snapping up passports and free totes. For those of you who are new to the whole YDT thing, here's what it is: an almost, month-long love fest for all things yarn across 19 shops in Northeast Ohio. We know, right?! It's the most wonderful time of the year! You need to purchase an $8 passport (yep! Just $8 for your ticket to awesomeness!) With your passport you also receive a free, souvenir tote that is super-cute. Then from Tuesday, September 3 through Sunday, September 22, shop as many shops as you like and get free stuff. What free stuff?? Spend a minimum of $10 at a participating yarn shop and receive that shop's free pattern, receive a free pin for your bag, a stamp in your passport AND a ticket in that shop's $100+ Prize Basket!! How great, right?! But wait! There's more. When you visit 5, 10, 15 or all 19 the shops, the YDT has prize baskets for you to win too! And when you visit all the shops, there's a great little notions bag that you get free too! You can check it all out at the YDT website by clicking here.
The Artful Yarn has some major fun planned for the YDT, so keep an eye out for email updates and info posted on our site as well. Passports are available for purchase now on our website or in the shop. Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon and get ready for a wonderful month!
OTN Rally Day, our daylong retreat held at the historic Chagrin Falls Township Hall, has become a summer tradition. It's our kick-off to Fall knitting. You can count on The Artful Yarn to bring in new trending projects and techniques as well as great new yarn for the highlighted class sessions. We added a Participant Fashion Show a couple of years ago - it's super fun! Most everyone wears or brings something they have made and, of course, we all want to know all about it. The Fashion Show provides all the details and a chance for us to applaud each other's work! Everyone loves the free Chinese Auction too. You get a ton of free raffles tickets and then over the course of the morning, you can use your tickets to win something from our 20+ item raffle. Shopping?? Oh yes! There's a big hour and a half break for lunch and shopping around Chagrin Falls and to use your participant discount at the shop itself. Everyone loves the chance to hang out with fiber friends during OTN Rally Day and we keep the fun going with the option of "retreating" to Jekyll's Kitchen for appetizers by the Falls. It's a great summer day and we hope you will join us again this year. What does OTN mean? On The Needles! And we hope you enjoy starting some great new projects for the Fall. Register early for best class selection!
Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
The Artful Yarn is hiring seasonal sales associates for September through December. We're looking for yarnies to work during the weekdays or if you're only available on a weekend, we're hiring for Saturdays or Sundays too. If you would like to be a part of our team, please review our job description below. Send your ONE PAGE RESUME via EMAIL ONLY. Phone calls will not be accepted. Accepting resumes until July 12th.
Sales Associate for The Artful Yarn
The Artful Yarn is a fun, boutique yarn shop, a friendly retreat for local and visiting fiber friends! We love meeting fun knitters and crocheters from all walks of life, all skill levels and all connected by a love of fibering - whether it's classes, new projects, new skills or a special event.
Our intentionally-curated yarn and gift collection features companies owned by women or families, many of them from the United States. We support fair-wage, companies and those that foster ethical treatment of animals and responsible disposal of dye. Even our gift bags are made from recycled paper, not plastic.
We constantly strive to be fresh, fun and contemporary in our marketing, class projects and yarn collection while creating great experiences for our customers. We are a shop that builds community around yarn.
A Sales Associate must love a high-energy, fast-paced environment and a fun, engaging personality that brings customers back again and again. A Sales Associate is responsible for all sales activities and sales associate job duties, from greeting customers, answering questions, providing assistance, suggesting items, lending opinions and providing product information. Individual responsibilities as a Retail Sales Associate include demonstrating outstanding customer service and selling skills, great knitting and/or crochet skills, keeping the selling floor stocked with merchandise, assisting in display of merchandise or organizing the selling floor and stock areas.
A Sales Associate must process payments by totaling purchases; processing checks, cash and credit cards. Maintains a professional attitude with sincerity and enthusiasm reflecting The Artful Yarn’s commitment to our customer. Develops product knowledge by staying current with trends through social media, reading current vendor tags and pamphlets and attending staff meetings in order to communicate information to the customer.
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The Artful Yarn pays hourly and offers a great employee discount.
Located at 100 North Main Street, Suite 230, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, 44022
Local Yarn Shop Day gives us all the opportunity to share some love for the bricks & mortar stores that make it all possible! Local yarn shops celebrate the excitement of really great news with you (a finished project, new job, new baby, retirement) and hug you along tough journeys where you need that yarn to get you through. We’re your friends who commiserate ripping out that row ONE MORE TIME and rejoice with you when all the ends are finally woven in. We’re your real fiber friends unlike any other place you can purchase yarn or get a pattern. The National Needlearts Association created LYS Day as our chance to celebrate how the LYS is That Place in our local community and in our hearts. Here’s how The Artful Yarn plans to celebrate:
Friday evening, April 26
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Kick-off LYS Day the evening before with our Yarntini Night exclusive appearance by LeeAnn Halley, owner of the Village Herb Shop. LeeAnn premieres her newly created natural homecare line of cleaning products as a nod to Earth Day and support of our shop’s own mission of championing happy, healthy yarn made ethically. Reservations are required as we are limited to 15 guests. Refreshments and a goodie bag from the Village Herb Shop along with great beverages and little bites. $5 ticket/person refunded on any purchase that evening.
Saturday, April 27
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
>For the first 20 customers: FREE, small wooden, garment care tag, FREE pattern booklet from Berroco Yarns and a FREE Hedgehog Fibres stash-busting knitting pattern
>10 extra Yarn Card Dollars on every purchase
>Exclusive yarn and kits created by Stitch Together Yarn for Rebels and Dream in Color
>LYS Day Raffle for a Denise interchangeable Needle Kit (retail value $89)
>Mimosas in the morning & snacks all day long
Please join us! We can't wait to see you!
So here's our newest crush for a project! Thank you Linda G for bringing this new amazingness to our attention because since you told us about THE SCARFY THING by Beata Jezek on Friday, there are about 4 of us jumping in this knit already! You need fingering weight yarn (guess you can use any weight because it's just that easy to knit in any yarn, any way, you want!) You can get the recipe on Ravelry. We think this is a great spring break, cruise, trip knit. Are you in? Let us know! We might start a fan club at the shop and knit together!
We've also added a new page to our website! So many new things are coming into the shop that we thought you might like to know about all of them - of course - and our What's New page just doesn't cover it all, right? We're still going to have the What's New page, because we love to just put it all out there, but thought a little highlight on some new awesomes that arrive every week would be as exciting to you as it is to us. So check it out! We obsessively update our website so there's always something updated every other day or so.
After 25+ years totally addicted to all things yarn, we've seen a few books, more than a few, tons! Have bookshelves full of them and love every one. Books are like friends. They all have their own character and we turn to them when we need different things. The Artful Yarn just received PomPom Publishing's newest awesomeness, Knit How: Simple Knits, Tools & Tips. We really don't stock books, but we couldn't get this one fast enough. No matter where you are in your knitting journey, we highly recommend Knit How. It's a fantastic resource!
So why another beginner, how-to book? Lots of beginner books, we find, are tough to slog through. They try to do too much and it's overwhelming when you're new baby knitter. We like the fact that Knit How gives newer knitters just what they need to be successful without trying to be an encyclopedia of all things knitting. We love that the editors chose to focus on younger people in the book and highlight a younger person's take on the craft of knitting.
The editors say this about their book's approach "We love knitting, and we love our knitting pals so much we thought there should be many, many more of them. We also thought that these new knitters might like a really straightforward, plain-talkin' and frankly, stylish book to learn the ways of the modern knitter." We couldn't agree more! We particularly like the ideas of stylish and modern knitter!
Knit How is full of amazing, beautiful photography plus clear illustrations of techniques. It covers knitting basics, tools and vocabulary - something we do in our LTK classes! The book covers the joys and importance of knitting swatches and THE BEST projects that help build your knitting skills while creating pieces you would actually wear and give as gifts.The projects start with coasters and move into fingerless mitts, simple cowls in 3 ways, cable scarves, two-color hats, pullover sweaters, a lacy cowl, cropped cardie and 2-color socks. The editors also added some great extras including how to fix mistakes, how to wash & block your knitted pieces and a chart that deciphers UK vs US measurements. We also love the little vocab lesson on Knitters Lingo (Yarn Barf, Startitis, 2nd Sock Syndrome for example). Even the book's covers do double-duty as page savers and a ruler! A ruler!
Knit How is everything you want! Youthful and fun with easy projects and great info! The Artful Yarn offers a 7-month blanket course that teaches many of these same skills. And now you'll see many of the Knit How projects appearing in our class line-up. Already we've added the Ce Fingerless Mitts and the Mary, Bobbie & Juju Simple Cowls to our February & March calendar. We hope you'll join us for some great knitting how-to!
Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
We've decided to start the Christmas Eve Cast-On tradition at The Artful Yarn - we just love the idea so much and feel that so many holiday traditions have been lost in the modern rush that this one seems really doable. You can check out our Ravelry thread where we are beginning to post knit and crochet patterns that would be fun to start on Christmas Eve. And we're asking you to post your suggestions too. The only criteria is that the project has to be fun, fairly easy and that you include the weight of yarn used. No specific yarn names unless it's something people can find at The Artful Yarn. That's fair, right? You know, it's okay to take a few minutes on Christmas Eve to sit down and reflect on the holiday, enjoy the smell of the tree, look at the lights and pretty packages, eat a cookie or two and start a fun little project! Here's to tradition!
Right after the MollyGirl Trunk show, we looked for more fun patterns for Glamour Lite, a pretty fingering yarn with just a glint of shine if you really look for it. We ran across a pattern for Vintage Fairy Lights Socks by Helen Stewart. We are just so enchanted with the story and tradition behind these sweet socks. According to her pattern notes, Vintage Fairy Lights socks were created from a collaboration with Dani from the wonderful Little Bobbins podcast, and Jane from Hedgerow Yarns. Every year Dani hosts a Christmas Eve Cast On, a sweet and simple tradition to cast on a pair of socks every Christmas Eve. These socks are intended to evoke a feeling of comfort and joy. There’s an easy textured pattern on the top which brings to mind those old-fashioned Christmas lights, with a straightforward rib on the leg: something easy to relax you as you sit knitting and waiting for Santa. Perhaps you'll start a new holiday tradition too! We believe a skein of MollyGirl Glamour Lite (75% superwash merino/25% nylon) would be perfect - with just a dash of fairy glint, these socks would be truly magical!
The other day a great customer friend came in looking for yarn for a baby blanket. (One of our favorite things!) Once she chose her colors, she said I like to provide moms with information on how to take care of the blanket. Can I wash it? What about drying? We checked out the labels and, although it was the same yarn, the skeins had different care symbols from each other. Okay! We're savvy women! We looked it up! Seems that one label said not to put the project in the dryer and the other said you could throw it in the dryer. Ok! We're savvy women! We called the yarn company. Seems the newer labels for this yarn indicate that projects can be placed in a dryer at a lower setting. Then we got curious! What DO all those little symbols mean?? Here's a handy guide from the Craft Yarn Council that tells all. We found it especially enlightening to see all the washing symbols together - and they make total sense now! With holiday fibering upon us, it's nice to know what those symbols mean and what to share with gift recipients.
Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
This time of year I like to organize the jumble of needles I create every year. Doing it now means I actually get it done and then I know what my needle situation is as I queue up holiday gift projects to knit. First I start by making groups by type of needle: straights, circular and DPNs. Maybe you are better at keeping the packaging for your needles, but these disappear on me. So I like to sit down with my handy Knit Chek and size up all my needles.
Here are some organizing ideas that I have used in the past:
Smaller shipping-type envelopes: I like the ones that open on the short end. I cut off the adhesive flap. I have written the needle sizes on them with a fun marker, tacked them to a bulletin board and then placed my needles inside the envelope. Generally, I keep straights and circulars separate.
Paper Towel Cores: Another thing that I have done is take a bunch of paper towel tubes and stuff them into a smaller shelf cubby that I have, label them and slide straight needles into those.
Old Knitted Scarf: I have been known to thread my circular needles through an old scarf, pinning a paper tag next to them that labels the length and the size. I should really hang that scarf up with the needles but I confess it lays over the back of a loveseat in my home "office." I have tried the soft organizers with clear plastic sleeves, but there are never enough pages and they get too bulky for me. I know I could have multiples of those for different lengths of needles, but I just haven't done it. Our shop sells a great circular needle organizer that I LOVE and it velcros around a coat hanger. It's the best solution out there in my opinion.
I don't have that many DPNs and for the ones I do have, miraculously, I have kept the little cardboard holders for them. I have seen cute organizing ideas like pretty, antique salt and pepper shakers (tops off, or course), travel toothbrush cases - there are tons of great ideas.
However you store your needles, protect the tips! It's so easy to drop needles into jars or vases. Over time the tips might splinter, become blunted or damaged in other ways. Early on in my yarn coveting years, I crammed a ball of yarn down into my needle jar and gently poked my needles into that rather than banging them down into the exposed bottom of my jar. It's an idea!
October is a great month to organize your needles! As we get closer to Thanksgiving and year-end holidays, the time and mental focus on this task just isn't always there. And by January, who wants to do this?! We're too deep into new fun projects to bother with it!
Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
Cathy Hougan, shop owner