Mandie Harrington here
This Saturday, November 17
The shop is beautiful with inspired yarns and masterpieces by VanGogh, Cezenne, Monet, Chagal, Picasso, Degas…… Drop by and we will fix you up with a “masterful” yarn fix! Join with us in the Monet Mitts Knit Along (see below).
Starts Thursday Evening – January 19 at 6:30!
Two sessions – the second session is on Wednesday Evening – January 25 at 6:30 PM
Learn the basics of crochet.
Taught by Michele Marshall.
$20 class fee plus supplies
Call (812.988.0336) or email to reserve your spot.
Thursday Evenings – January 26, February 3 and February 10 at 6:30 PM
Fridays’ at Noon – January 27, February 4 and February 11 at 12:00 Noon
Learn to knit socks using the Magic Loop method.
Taught by Michele Hayes
$30 class fee plus supplies
Call (812.988.0336) or email to reserve your spot.
We are enjoying our times together on Tuesday nights. Why don’t you join us at 6:30 PM? Crocheters are welcome too.
This week (Jan 17), we will be passing out our January Sock Club Pattern (only if you want it).
Next week (Jan 23), the Monet Mitt Knit Along pattern will be available. (From out of town? See below.)
Michele Marshall discovered this beautiful Monet Waterlily fingerless mitt pattern (pictured left), and has agreed to assist us in a Knit Along. We invite everyone to join us–I have a yummy selection of handpainted, shades of blues, Pagewood Farms yarn (there is also a Brown Sheep yarn that will work), we will have the instructions at the shop by Tuesday, January 23, AND we will be posting instruction, thoughts, and comments on our website – the new Knit-Along page. The yarn kit (sock weight yarn and the pattern) can be shipped to you for ONLY $15.00 ($12 for local pick-up). Call the shop (812.988.0336) or email NOW to get your kit and join in the fun!
Do you have a Frequent Buyer Card? If not, you need to get one! For every $20 you spend you get a punch (ah, not a “punch in the face” or even a “Hawaiian Punch,” but a nice little heart shaped punch on a card), when you fill your card with 10 punches you get $20 off your next purchase. For the rest of January and February, we will give you 2 punches for the first $20 you spend on Tuesdays! We are open on Tuesday afternoon and evenings from 3-8:30! (Only for in-store purchases)
If you are from out of town and are looking for a yarn fix, look no further! During the rest of January and February we will offer free shipping! I am in the process of posting more pictures of our yarns on the website, and will always work with you over the phone (812.988.0336)–I even will text or email you pictures. We do not have an online store yet–the inventory changes quickly around here and I can’t keep up with that yet!
Thanks for supporting the Clay Purl during these “slow” months in Nashville. The locals and the hardy tourists will be the ones that carry us through. You are always welcome to spend time knitting or crocheting in one of the store chairs.
October has been a busy month, yet there is a lot to look forward to in November! Download the Knit-vember coupon (print it out and bring it in, or show it on your smart phone). A great discount for you to use during November.
Tuesday, November 1, at 6:30 PM at the shop. This is a great opportunity to meet new friends, learn techniques from others, see what they are knitting, and just be together. Crochet-ers are also welcome! Bring your project and join us!
Many have asked for a beginning Crochet Class–make the beautiful Curly Scarf shown in the shop. Call today, or come by to reserve your spot in the class.
Thursdays, November 3 & 10. Cost is $20, teacher is Michele Marshall
Tuesday, November 15, 6:30 PM. This month we have a great pattern for Felted Elf Slippers! There is also a crochet pattern available. Three people completed their Summer Stripe Socks and received a beautiful Danforth Pewter charm. I expect several have their Fall Leaves socks done…..mine are on the home stretch!
If you didn’t get involved in the Turkey Class, but still want that little guy on your holiday table, we have a few Turkey Kits ($10) available. They are easy to make, and are lots of fun!
We would love to help your family and friends purchase gifts for you this Holiday season. We have these great little cards in the shop called “Wish List” Cards–you can fill out things that you want, and send those “someones” in, and we will help them to buy a gift for you! We will even send a postcard later this month, and then next year we will send a postcard out 1 month before your birthday. Or if you know what you want, click here and complete the form now, then e-mail it back to me.
I always have a brain that is full of ideas. One of them is to create some form of a “children’s knitting business”–the idea is still in it’s infancy, but it is coming, I will keep you informed. I have an idea….If you knit and are willing to knit one of the characters of the nativity scene (I will provide the yarn and pattern)–it would need to be delivered to the shop before Thanksgiving. This will help decorate the shop for the holidays, and we will also sell raffle tickets and give entire set away by drawing the week before Christmas. The funds raised will be used to purchase supplies to teach kids how to knit (or given to local children’s charity)–I want to be up-front any time we raise funds for a project.
Speaking of being up-front, we have sent $216 in to World Hope International – Adelphe to date. This money is from the sale of the Clay Purl Bags and it is supporting Kim Chhoan Chea, a Cambodian woman who is operating a business to better her life, feed and educate her children, and make her less likely to be preyed upon by the human traffickers. For more information on the Adelphe program, click here, and click “Adelphe” under the “Our Work” tab.
Mark your calendar now for Friday evening, January 6–The Clay Purl will introduce “Starry Nights and Days with the Masters.” Art inspired yarns from all over the world! It will be a weekend of fun. If you would like to come for the weekend, and need a place to stay, contact me, I will be happy to recommend some great options. You will hear more details next month. Actually Brown County is great in the winter!
Last night I sent out the most recent edition of our newsletter. If you are interested in receiving this monthly letter informing you of what is new, what is happening, and what is going on at the shop, you can click the link on the home page and subscribe. Here is the information from the newsletter….
July was an interesting month. We have had record-breaking heat, and some people think that hot weather is an excuse to not knit! But, as I have told many, “knit socks—they are easy to carry with you on vacation or to the ball game, they are small and they don’t make you hot! They make wonderful Christmas presents, and we have some really beautiful sock yarn!” We have had some slow days, but we have done well in spite of the heat. There are also some wonderful lightweight cotton types of yarn to knit, or how about a lacy shawl in beautiful silk?
There have been a couple of knitting groups taking advantage of our nice air conditioning. Some days you will find a few people settled into our chairs knitting, chatting and having a good time! We always welcome you to come in, get comfortable and knit or crochet!
I have just ordered our first order of Crystal Palace yarns! Should be here soon. There will be lots of fun yarns—ribbon yarn, little flowers, puffin yarn….we have also ordered some beautiful sock yarns and baby yarns from Crystal Palace. This opens the door to a lot of beautiful yarns that we can get in the future. We have also expanded the Pagewood Farms line with Yukon sock yarn (there are a few hanks left), St. Elias sock yarn, and Fuzzy Purls (you just have to see this one—I am not even posting a picture)! We also have some new alpaca yarns, including the yarn from our local alpaca farm, Whispering Pines. Come in and touch it! It is beautiful.
As promised, we got a small shipment of Paul Hayes Pottery on July 12. He was working with a different kiln, and some new glazes, so the order wasn’t quite what he had hoped. The knitting bowls were a hit, and they went out the door quickly. I have put in my order for more! We should have another assortment of pottery next week sometime!
Before we even opened the doors, I dreamed that I wanted to design our own knitting bags. So I thought of 3 sizes and drew them up and included everything that I wanted in a knitting bag. I asked a local seamstress, my friend Becky Scrougham, to make them, and she does an incredible job. We started out with 3 designs (The Elayna – small, The Alyssa – medium, and The Shelly – the mother of the project bags) in 3 fabric combinations (brown and blue, red and white, and black and white). The response to them has been amazing! We are continuing to perfect the bags, and have branched out into other color combinations.
My beautiful two year old granddaughter loves coming in to Mimi’s shop and she always wants to carry “my bags” – so however many “Elayna” bags we happen to have she carries around the shop!
If you haven’t been in to see Margie Hill’s hand knitted farm full of animals, you better come soon! They are magical – people just want to take them home! They aren’t for sale, but the book is. Get your own copy and knit them yourself out of Brown Sheep Cotton Fleece yarn! (Book is $13.95)
Note: Change in dates!
The first sock club will meet on August 23 from 6:30-8:30! (Previously announced August 16). You donate $5.00 that will cover pattern, snacks and a charm upon completion of your pair of socks).
Our first knit night was this week. Several knitters came together and worked on various projects. The editor of Our Brown County stopped by to take some pictures – there might be a story on the shop soon!
Our next Tuesday Night Knit Night will be September 6, 6:30-8:30 PM Everyone is invited. Again there will be a discount for all participants on Brown Sheep Sock Yarn.
Many knit stores around the country are beginning the Knit Happy Club. This is a club that you actually join—cost would be approximately $10 per month (possibly discounted if you pay up front), they meet here at the shop once per month. At the meeting the group will work on a particular knitting technique, you will be given a newsletter and an exclusive pattern. The meetings would be monthly from October through May. Let me know if you are interested. I know of other shops that are doing this, but don’t want to commit unless there is a good group of people interested.
The past couple of weeks have been moving along at a really fast pace! We began our first classes (sock knitting and beginning knitting). I have been working my other job since opening–I committed to stay until after the conference is over (I am heading to Columbus, Ohio tomorrow and will return on Saturday evening). I will be relieved to be here full time, seven days a week is too much. I am so thankful for Paul and Mariruth for helping out when I have been working in Indianapolis!
It was fun to see the great article in our local paper today (The Brown County Democrat)! Thanks Megan.
I am setting up the next round of classes, and will write a newsletter soon. Thanks everyone for coming in…..and thanks especially those of you who have made a purchase already, we really appreciate your business–I think someone else has said that before, but it is true.
This was sent out as our first e-newsletter…..you can subscribe to it on the Home Page!
Hey there! This is the first “News from the Purl!” It has been quite an interesting and busy time since getting our space at 90 West Franklin Street, Nashville, Indiana on May 1.
First, we had to get things ready—my brother-in-law, Don, was so wonderful in building the cabinets, cubes and light fixtures. He is scheduled to build some more shelves in preparation for the pottery. My sister, Mariruth came in everyday as the yarn and goodies started to arrive to help me price things—Paul (my son) and David (my husband) even helped some. Then there was our friend, Andy who drove the shelving units down from Fishers, Indiana so we would have a place to display all this beautiful yarn! Mariruth and Paul have been coming in on the days that I have to work in Indianapolis.
We were able to open our doors on May 12, and it has been fun! I am learning so much and have already met a lot of great people.
I had no clue that there would be this much interest in classes! I originally thought to wait until after the “tourist season” to start classes, but have made the decision to start now. So here is what you have been waiting for–remember, this is only the beginning!
Mondays, June 20, 27 and July 11 (skipping the 4th) 6:30-8:30 PM
(This is for people who have never knit, or haven’t knit for many years.)
Class Fees: $30.00 plus materials
Special Materials Package: $15.50 (valued at $17.05)
Includes— How to Knit (book)
Size #8 KA 9” Bamboo Needles
1 Ball of Encore Worsted weight Yarn (your choice of color)
If you already have good quality #8 needles you may use your own, and then either select another set of needles at the same value, or pay the difference. You may also choose a different yarn and pay the difference.
Taught by Shelly Hayes
Thursdays, June 16, 23 and 30 9:00-11:00 AM
Class Fees: $30 plus materials
Materials needed: enough sock yarn for 2 socks (you will receive 10% discount on your yarn purchase).
You will also need a #1 or #2 – 32” (or longer) circular needle (available for $9.46).
If you have your own good quality needle, you may use it. You need to purchase your sock yarn for the class at the Clay Purl – there are many different varieties available. You need to already know how to knit and purl, experience with circular needles is helpful,, but not necessary.
Taught by Margaret (Margie) Hill
Note: Class size will be limited; your place will be secured when you pay the fees. Call or stop by to reserve and pay for your spot in the class. If you have any questions, you can also email.
Everyone welcome! Bring your knitting or crocheting, and we will have some cookies and coffee. It will be a chance to meet friends, learn new things, get some help, and just have a good time.
Because this is an idea from Brown Sheep Yarn Company—there will be a 10% discount on Brown Sheep Yarn for all participants during Knit Night.
For anyone who loves to knit socks! Each month, there will be a selected sock pattern plus a selection of yarn for one price (I am in the process of choosing the August pattern now). Bonus! When you bring your completed pair of socks in the following month—you will receive a Danforth Pewter charm. We have bracelets and necklaces are available for your charms.
You should know the basics of sock knitting—maybe you will want to take the “Sock Class” first.
Many are asking about the pottery. We are excited to carry Paul Hayes Pottery beginning mid-July! Paul is an incredible and creative young potter (and I am not the least bit prejudiced).
I think I will call it a tie for the most popular yarns this month: Handspun Bouquet (from Pagewood Farms) and Opal Sock yarn. Many are finding great fun in the hand felted flowers, that can be moved to where you want them as you knit or crochet along in beautiful color with Handspun Bouquet. And, since the weather has turned HOT fast, many are taking advantage of the “cool knitting”—socks! And there isn’t a “funner” sock yarn to knit, than Opal—you are always surprised by the intricate patterns that you create with such little effort!
Since it has been literally flying off the shelf, more Opal is on the way, I have also ordered some new sock yarn from Pagewood Farms (that I hope gets here before the first “sock class”), I have also ordered some bamboo yarn from Sweaterkits, and some more wonderful yarns from Brown Sheep. Oh, I love getting boxes of yarn….which shall I knit next?
Some of you have already purchased some Serendipity Needles. I know I have told the story over and over, but in case you didn’t know yet….(skip ahead if you have heard my spiel) …
They are a great quality, white birch knitting needle made in the US by a small family run company in Rhode Island. They are beautifully decorated by a group of hardworking, mentally handicapped people. Each needle is a special work of art! I hope to get some great “fall” ones in later this summer.
I had this idea to create project bags, so I sketched out everything I would want in certain project bags, and came up with 3 designs—The Shelly—which is “the mother of all project bags,” the Alyssa—which is the medium bag, and the Elayna, which is the small one. I asked a friend of mine, Becky, who can do wondrous things with a sewing machine to make them up. I had no idea how popular they would be—with the exception of the red ones! Doesn’t anyone like red? I hope to get a few more this weekend.
As you know, I am new to this whole Nashville shop thing. Everyone told me to expect big crowds last weekend (Memorial Day). But I learned that a big, holiday weekend crowd doesn’t necessarily mean that you will sell a lot in a yarn shop! Saturday was a decent day, and so were the few hours I worked on Sunday afternoon. So I anticipated Monday! What I didn’t realize, was that most of the people visiting Nashville on Monday rode their motorcycles, and they don’t have much room to carry much back with them.
The other thing that occurred on Monday was the “husband syndrome.” David called to see how things were going. I told him there were people in the shop, but I wasn’t selling much, because the husbands were following their wives around with their arms crossed, making comments like, “What are you going to do with that?” So, out the door they went! David came in to hang out a little later, and the next couple that came in was the proto-type of the “husband syndrome”—he hung over her shoulder for the few minutes she tried to look at yarn, he scoffed at every ball she picked up. When the door closed—we started cracking up!
Today, the husbands have been happy to sit in my comfy chairs and let their wives shop!
Then there are a several young couples that come in and they both knit. Usually the husband finds the yarn he wants to knit in the first 2-3 minutes, he lays it on the counter, then he retreats to the comfy “husband chair” while his wife deliberates, touches all the yarn, carries around a few balls at a time, and generally wanders around for a half hour or more before she decides what to buy.
OK, indulge me a little with stories about my 2 year old, curly headed, beautiful, brilliant granddaughter. She went “potty” in her potty chair the other day—I think it was just a fluke, but she did it. So, when I heard, of course, I got all animated, and excited, and told her next time she came to “Mimi’s Shop” I would take her to the toyshop and buy her a present! She came over on Monday, and while her mom and her “Papa” manned the shop, Elayna and I went shopping. She talked all the way to the toyshop (about 2 blocks), and charmed everyone who saw her. She went directly to the toy kitchen, and selected a coffeemaker that made brewing noises and dispensed “coffee”(water) into a pot.
While checking out, I noticed an unmistakable smell coming from Elayna! So much for the potty reward!
I will do my best to keep the website updated. We are installing the Internet on Tuesday, so I will be able to keep up with things and not have to work when I go home. Paul has taken some beautiful photos of the yarn; I hope to get them posted soon. I am also trying to set up the website so you can order, yet keep my life simple at the same time. I plan on sending this newsletter out once per month. I hope you enjoy reading the “News from the Purl.”
We passed our “two weeks in business” anniversary on Thursday! I have enjoyed meeting some great people as they wander into our little shop.
On Friday morning David and Matt went over early and hung the “official” sign! No more misprinted banner sign, now we are official. Elayna was visiting Mimi’s shop while the guys were hanging the sign. She brought her “tea party” and decided to measure every piece of the tea set….everything measured “two!” She loves the little tape measures that we give away when someone purchases $20 worth of product.
I got another shipment of hand spun bouquet in this week (and already need to order more!), the crochet hooks finally arrived, and I will be making another Opal Sock Yarn and Brown Sheep order this week.
I will be posting some pictures of the yarns and other products this week, and am making plans to begin a couple of classes (the response has been very positive). I am also collecting subscriptions to our e-newsletter–if you are interested in receiving the monthly e-news letter, there is a link on the home page.
I think I could use a few more hours every day!
We are finally open–I actually did open the doors as planned on May 12. I have really had a fun weekend in the shop, and look forward to all the “plans” that I still have.
Some of the items have not come in yet, and several have asked about the pottery–Paul’s pottery will be in the store sometime in July. We do look forward to that! The crochet hooks, some more yarn and the books should be in sometime this week.
If you are in the area, I hope to see you in the shop.
Some huge boxes of yarn have come in over the last couple of days, as well as other things. My sister is helping me price everything, and I am beginning to put the displays together. Don (my brother-in-law) has finished the cabinet, the “cubes,” the “rack,” and is installing the lights. Things are starting to come together! I am still waiting for a couple of orders, but it is exciting to see stuff come in. Looks like we will be on target for opening May 12! I had a slight hope to open on this Saturday, but it doesn’t look like we will be quite ready for that.
We have a phone number at the shop–812.988.0336 (it is our old home number). To get this accomplished, I have spent many hours on the phone with AT&T this week–why can’t a simple job be “simple?” But finally, everything is connected and we are ready for the credit card machine (which comes this week).
Unfortunately, we will be opening without Paul’s pottery, because he is completing a big order for Wesleyan Women. But yesterday he reported that he had thrown his last (1000th) communion cup! So, he will be firing and glazing them soon, and throwing some other things that they have ordered.
This morning, we stop for Friday morning donuts, and get back to work!
I have been sitting at the dining room table, with the computer, files, yarn books, order forms, and old cups of coffee surrounding me for every minute that I have been home for the last couple of weeks. I have been trying to get my first orders ready! It is so bad that Paul and David walk by and say, “Is that all you ever do?” I just answer, “yes,” and continue on! The other night, I awakened at 3:00 am and it seemed perfectly logical that I get up and get busy. I swung my legs out of bed and grabbed my glasses then realized it was 3:00 am, and you don’t get up at that time. It happened 2 more times before I finally succumbed, and got up at 4:30!
I have sent the first batch of orders in, and have the last 2 just about ready to go. I should have them in tonight.
My phone rang in church this morning! That has never happened to me, and I have made fun of several friends who frequently have this happen. Later I got the message that the woman who currently occupies the place where “The Clay Purl” will call home will be leaving the shop early this week, and we can get started! Whoo hoo…..the ball will be rolling soon.