May 09

DIRECTIONS

By Elyse | New Directions - We're Online! , Uncategorized

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DIRECTIONS

Sometimes, I feel like the Looney Tunes character (maybe Daffy Duck), who said,”Which way did he go?” Yes, taking a business from one direction to another is “tricky business”; and sometimes I don’t know in which DIRECTION I’m going.  Sometimes, it’s very interesting; sometimes drudgery (entering inventory into the shopping cart!).

But my old brain is learning new things. Even my children are proud of me – I’m not bugging them every 5 minutes about “How do you do that?”.  Daughter, Susan, set up this latest version of my website and used Word Press. And my shopping cart is Big Cartel. When we did our first website in 2007, Bill and I had to learn HTML code. We took an online course from Kennesaw State – great course, but I wouldn’t want to live there! This was a little more than we wanted to get involved with. SO, here we are today with a much easier (although, it can still be confusing) way of doing things. I know how to work with Word Press and Big Cartel to get things done (mostly). The support teams are great if I have questions (and the support team also includes my children who seem to know in which DIRECTION to point me!).

So, here we go.

Take a look at what we’ve done with the website. Mostly, look at the shopping cart. I am adding things on a daily basis. Transitioning from Brick and Mortar to Online!.

Ride with us!

Talk to you soon

Elyse

 

Mar 02

Laura Barker – Featured At Spring Fling

By Elyse | SPRING FLING

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Evolution of a Designer/Teacher

Laura Barker is featured in two of our classes at Spring Fling:

Her Rose Window KAL on Ravelry will debut at Spring FLing 2016. We are so excited to bring this first KAL session to you from Laura in person. The pattern is available on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/rose-window-tote-kal 

Her second class is Mitered Entrelac. You can read about her technique here

Laura is the author of Mitered Entrelac, Knitting Entrelac Around The Corner.

Mitered Entrelac by Laura Barker

Mitered entrelac is a new way to work entrelac, starting in the middle, and working from the inside out with bands of color. The book features 14 patterns, including garments, accessories, home decor and children’s items.
For pictures and patterns, visit Ravelry »

Mitered Entrelac by Laura Barker
Mitered Entrelac includes photo tutorials for getting started, reading the patterns, provisionally casting on a few stitches directly onto your needle where you’ll need them, and an innovative way to pick up stitches for a beautiful transition between blocks. For pictures and patterns, visit Ravelry »

 Read about Laura here
She was our featured speaker at our Wine and Wool event at the Lodge At Lake Chatuge in November 2105.  That was a bit of serendipity. Laura was promoting her book here in the Atlanta area and asked for an appointment with me (Elyse – Only Ewe And Cotton Too). Of course, I ended up with some of her books to sell in the shop! Her book will also be available at Spring Fling.
Watch for Laura in future knitting publications as her career continues to Evolve.

 

Feb 22

The Evolution Continues

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Last week began a series of posts about the EVOLUTION of Spring Fling Atlanta. I would like to continue this discussion by telling you some things about our vendors and their participation in Spring Fling.

Getting To Know You: VENDORS:

I have posted all of the vendors at this link: http://onlyeweandcottontoo.com/knitting-classes/events/spring-fling-2016/

One of our vendors has given us some personal insight into the evolution of her business (Purdy Thangz):

Cheryl has been in business for 8 years and her business (along with our other vendors) is constantly EVOLVING. She stated, “I started out making stitch markers, earrings and book marks from knitting related charms. I thought I would set the world on fire with them. I found out, quickly, that wasn’t the case. These items now make a great addition to my current line of products.”

“Today, my core business is shawl pins in many forms. I make shawl swirls and shawl swirl sticks from polymer clay; other shawl pins are wood or gemstones. A recent addition is slides for scarves and shawls.”

Now here’s the kicker! Cheryl continues, “I swore that I would never spin or dye fiber. Well, I do both now. I make rolags and braids for spinners; and I dye fiber for needle felting. I also sell needle felting supplies.”

Cheryl states that her favorite products to make are her drop spindles. Many are made from gemstones; others are made from exotic woods (thanks to her husband who taught her to use a drill press).

Each of our vendors has a story like this on his/her website. I love to read their stories. I’ll bet you will, too. Take some time to look at the websites and facebook pages. You’ll like what you see.

Elyse

 

 

 

 

Feb 12

SPRING FLING ATLANTA

By Elyse | SPRING FLING

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The Evolution

Spring Fling Atlanta was the brainchild of Elyse Anderson (Only Ewe And Cotton Too, Alpharetta, GA) and Arlene Jacobson (Needle Nook, Atlanta, GA). As brick and mortar yarn shop owners, we saw a need to present to our “crafty” public a BIG TOP tent of local shops. All in one place – and – an inside venue!

So, began Spring Fling Atlanta in 2014. Our first (small) venue was the Marriott Courtyard in Sandy Springs, Ga. We had 8 vendors: seven yarn shops and one vendor with a knitting machine (knit purses , hoodies, etc). This show was considered SUCCESSFUL according to vendor and customer feedback. Whew! We didn’t lose our shirts.

So, began the annual event; 2015 brought the larger venue at the Pavilion at the Marriott Perimeter Center. Another successful event. More vendors – NOT ONLY LOCAL YARN SHOPS, but wonderful crafters whose wares I will blog about in these weeks leading up to Spring Fling 2016, March 19th and 20th.

SOOOO, comes our 3rd annual Spring Fling Atlanta in 2016 – the Marriott Perimeter center again; but the larger grand ballroom with more vendors and classes (for the first time).

When my youngest son was a small tyke, we read a series of Disney books featuring Disney characters, one of which was Goofy. Goofy’s lesson in his book was, “Slow and Steady, Steady and Slow; that’s the way we always go”. Another favorite quote from a friend of mine is, “I don’t want to spread myself too thin”. What great lessons for Arlene and me as we consider the growth of this event.

You see, while our event has grown each year, we want to be able to continue to call it a success for vendors, customers, and sponsors (Arlene and Elyse). Here are some of the considerations:

1.) Venue – Is it in a convenient location? Is it affordable for vendors? Can we pay the teachers what we know they are worth AND provide good classroom space? Let me give you some examples:

The vendors consider their expenses before committing to Spring Fling – booth price, extra inventory, employees to help in the booths and at the brick and mortar (if) we have one, hotel rooms.

VENDORS LIST (Click here): SPRING FLING 2016

2.) Classes – Teachers work hard to educate themselves and prepare for their classes. Not only have we educated ourselves about the techniques we teach, we have planned the best way to actually teach the techniques.

Class Descriptions

Events: Register for Spring Fling Classes

3.) Arlene and Elyse – we appreciate your support (vendors and customers) as we take all of these things into consideration in the EVOLUTION of our event each year. We enjoy positive feedback that will lead to solutions that make our event work better for everyone. It’s how we learn!

We spend a considerable amount of time in the planning – in all areas – for Spring Fling. We DO listen to your suggestions. Example – free admission, free parking, reasonable class prices, great vendors, good location. We will continue to look at these things as we plan each year’s event.

Thanks – Elyse and Arlene

 

Aug 26

Mama Said

By Elyse | Ruby's Blog

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Ruby's Swim 1

Well, here I am! And you want me to do what?

Ruby 4

Really? Maybe a treat will help!

Rubys Swim 7

OK. OK. Hold on to me, Dad.

Rubys Swim 9

I’m headin’ for the barn!

Rubys Swim 10

See ya! I’m outa here.

Ruby home from swim!

Putting my head between the pillows and never coming out! Mama said there’d be days like this!

Aug 21

Meet Our New Blogger

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Miss Ruby

Friday, August 21, 2105

Hi! I’m Ruby, an 18 month Aussiedoodle. My mom and dad own Only Ewe And Cotton Too, and I come to work with them every day (unless I’m having a spa day at Pit Stop For Pets which is next door; my dad says the first rule is “look good!”). I greet and welcome everyone who comes in – that’s my job – and my mom says it’s the most important job.

Now, I have a 2nd job. I’m helping Mom with her blogging! She says she just can’t seem to get it all done. Isn’t knitting supposed to be relaxing? That’s what she tells her students, anyway. Follow Universal Yarn’s motto, “Knit, Smile, Relax, Repeat”.

Right now, Mom is working on the products page and shopping cart. So, check it out to see the progress. And buy something while you’re at it. She works really hard to bring in good products that her customers will like………

In fact, this morning we had to be right on time and get to the shop at 10:00am because a yarn rep was coming in. Mom had already said she wasn’t going to buy much – something about getting through the slow season – lol, you and I know how long that lasted. So,  do keep checking back because September will be the start of a new fall season – yarn and classes, too!.

Signing off for now

Ruby

Feb 18

TALES FROM THE EWE 15

By Bill Anderson | Uncategorized

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Gentle Knitter and Serene Croshayer:

As some of you know we adopted Prince back in January.  Prince was a 9 year old English Springer Spaniel, who had been severely neglected by his previous owner.   Through the extraordinary work of English Springer Rescue America, Prince was given the veterinary care that he so desperately needed.  We had such great hopes to have Prince join us in the Shop, but unfortunately he was unable to overcome his sad history and passed away in early March.  He left us with such sadness and we were heartbroken.  Here is a picture of what we believe was Prince’s happiest day.

The Prince-Jan. 28

Since then we have thought long and hard about our life in the Shop with you our Gentle Knitters and Serene Croshayers and after much thought and prayer, we are excited to announce the arrival of Miss Ruby.  But first of all a little primer about my life in the Shop.

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Now most of you know about my challenges-I don’t knit, I cannot crochet and I am colorblind, so I need help here and that’s where Miss Ruby comes in.

 

Yellow Girl 3 - 8 Weeks

 

Miss Ruby joined us on this Saturday past and she comes from a wonderful set of parents-a moyen poodle Dad and an F-1 Australian Shepherd Mom.  She is 11 weeks old and has already begun her training both at home and here in the Shop.  Originally Miss Elyse and I discussed having her trained to be my assistant in identifying colors, but that would surely be a failed strategy as Miss Ruby is also challenged in that department which means we need to take an alternative approach.

So now we get past the discussion of color and a request for you to visit the Shop to see how Miss Ruby’s YARN RECOMMENDATIONS are going.  To give you an idea of the task ahead, take a look at the just arrived Blue Heron Yarns:

Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Twist Lace (approx. 1000 Yds./skein)

Blue Heron-Cotton Rayon Twist Lace

 

Blue Heron Cotton Rayon Twist (approx. 630 Yds./skein)

Blue Heron-Cotton Rayon Twist

 

We’ll keep you posted on Miss Ruby’s progress.

For now I am your,

MB