Shop Small Saturday – 2018

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My youngest daughter and I support Small Business Saturday every year, spending Saturday morning in a small, local town near us.

We start out with breakfast, then we go to A Good Book first thing, then make our way through the other shops.

Some years we hit gold, other years, it may only be a small item we have found. Either way, we support it.

I also support small fiber businesses.  Every year I find something that I could use to create my own handmade gift with, be it yarn to knit a project or fiber to spin for the yarn to knit a project.

To get into the spirit of “shop small,” I have put a 20% off coupon code in the #spin15aday store for Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Enter: shopsmall2018 for 20% off items ordered.

Even if the #spin15aday shop has nothing you are needing at this moment, please take some time to look on the web or down your local street to see if there may be another small business shop that holds that perfect gift item.

I’m not dissing the big box stores, I’m just thinking we can do a better job of gift giving without them.

Spin on…

Home for the Holidays

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Home for the Holidays:

It’s Thanksgiving weekend! The turkey has us stuffed and the pie made us sweet(er).

One of our family traditions over this long weekend is to watch Home for the Holidays, starring Holly Hunter, directed by Jodie Foster. (playing as the some of the family watches from the couch and I write this post)  This movie still makes me laugh…

Technology:

Not much spinning or knitting these past few days, though I am trying to work on the website, which feels disappointing when I can’t get it to do what I want.  There are thoughts of looking into a new platform, but the prices are pretty high for a very small business.

I’ve had a few issues with WordPress/Woocommerce for #spin15aday purchases, so I’ll apologize for this upfront as I work through the issues.  Not always easy being your own IT department.

In #spin15aday news:

#spin15aday plans for 2019 are pretty light at the moment.

For sure there will be #xoxospin15 and #campspin15in19′ happenings.  Also, there will be a Halloween spin, once I decide on the theme.  Between these will be small #spin15aday events, which I’ll post on IG once I get some brilliant ideas.

Enjoy your weekend and remember to #spin15aday.

Until next time…

 

 

Breed Study Conservation List

A while back, one of the lovely spinners on Instagram asked if within the breed study we could focus on conservation listed wool breeds.  I thought that was an excellent idea.

So, I made an executive decision (laughing, because how executive can you get on Instagram), then researched and decided on six wool breeds to spin.

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Here is the list with the corresponding month to spin them and their level of conservation:

January 2019:      Dorset Horn – threated

February 2019:   Teeswater – watch

March 2019:        Lincoln – threatened

April 2019:          Manx Loaghtan – at risk

May 2019:           Southdown – recovering

June 2019:           Shetland – recovering
Finding resources to spin for the breed study each month: 

No. 1: Stash Dive…dive deep, really deep. Find that bit of wool for the breed that corresponds to the month and spin it up.  Don’t spend when you don’t have to. At least until you decide if it is a wool breed you enjoy working with…then buy to your heart’s content.

No. 2:  I’ll have 1 oz. samples of the breeds available in the #spin15aday store near the first of the year.  I haven’t decided yet if I will put together packets as I did before or go with individual tastings.  I want to keep the costs down for both you and I.  Boxes, shipping, it all adds up.  The less it costs to get the wool to you is for the better.

No. 3:  Make a trade with some IG folks. Maybe a listing in the Ravelry #spin15aday group for spinners to contact each other to trade wool breeds. Maybe someone has multiple of one breed and can exchange with you for a wool breed you may have that they don’t.  The cost would be postage to each other. I think that’s a swell way to work things out.

Once we get to June 2019, we will have completed a full year of study with so many more breeds to try.  We will revisit this in the late spring.

Until then, spin 15 a day….

 

 

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