by Natalie Deem
So many things have been going on in the shop since our last blog post! We’ve had a change in season, with the appropriate yarns being newly stocked in the shop (it’s cotton time, baby!), a trunk show, and we had our first ever retreat! The shop has been buzzing over the past few weeks with all of these events!
Coming up, on June 17th, we’ll be hosting a Palouse Yarns trunk show; these yarns are beautifully hand dyed in Moscow, Idaho. Their creator will be here the same day to chat about her experiences in this industry, and some of her inspirations.
June 16th, our Semi-Annual Clearance Sale kicks off, and continues until August 12th. This is a progressive sale with discounts on selected items starting at up to 25% off then, every 2 weeks the price drops another 25%! Get to the sale early for the best selection!
In late April we held our first retreat at the Riverside Hotel http://riversideboise.com/
We started on Friday, April 21st with a Welcome Party for out retreat guests, featuring a Hawaiian theme to complement the yarn that we used at the retreat from Hanalei Yarns. http://www.hanaleihanddyed.com/
Things got off to a great start with retreaters enjoying tasty appetizers, an amazing Hawaiian inspired drink, courtesy of our clever bartender at the Riverside, and getting to know each other before turning in for the night. Some our guests already knew each other, but many made new connections and friends throughout the weekend; one of the many perks of going on vacay with people who all love knitting!
Most of Saturday was filled with teaching the techniques our guests would need to know to start their projects from the kits they received as part of the retreat. Nicole started everyone off in the morning, with Natalie continuing the class work in the afternoon with one very special break at midday. We got a guided tour of JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place)! http://jumpboise.org/
This is an amazing creative, and meeting space for people to take classes, work on art or craft projects, even tape their own TV show! There is also a display of antique tractors collected by J.R Simplot, himself.
Saturday evening was capped off with a delicious Poke bowl meal at held at Telaya https://www.telayawine.com/, with appropriate wine pairings, and a tour of the winery!
Sunday we started our projects, using the lovely Hanalei Handyed yarns from the retreat kits. After everyone was off to a good start, we chatted, ate cookies, and made our way over to the Twisted Ewe for an exclusive sale for our retreat guests.
To our retreaters: We (the staff) had a great time getting to know some of you better, and sharing some wonderful knitting time with you! We look forward to seeing you all next year!