September 15, 2015

Putting on a New Face

I waited for a year with much anticipation and excitement for the Georgia FiberFest to roll around and then it was (WHOOOSH!) over in the blink of an eye! (insert sad face)

Cedar Hill Farm booth

Pam Powers in her booth

Felting Demonstration (amazing life-size horse head, no joke!)

Saori Weaving Demonstration

But coming home has been a whirlwind, too, so let me tell y'all about what's new around here. First, thanks to the whole family pitching in and nearly killing themselves in the heat this summer to make up for what the first two successive contractors screwed up and abandoned when they absconded with our money, we have ALL of the concrete work done on the barn as of this morning (so much concrete that this barn will outlive us all!) and the framers can get in here next week and get down to business. I'm sooooo excited! A finished barn means shelter for the horses and donkey and the sheep during ice storms, there will be a storm shelter for us, 2 hay lofts to store the hay out of the weather, a workshop for the husband, a machine shop to work on the tractor and the trucks, and a new dyeing area for me.

Next, you may or may not have noticed (if not, why haven't you visited the online shop this week?!) that my shop has a new face.  The old one was a bit tedious and not at all easy to shop with, so I revamped the look, the ease with which you can select your items, and the shopping cart/checkout pages.  I hope you like it.  All of the drop down boxes should be gone and you can go directly to the yarn line of your choice via the left-hand scroll bar. Here's a quick peek:



Also gone are a few of the labels that have been around for a while.  I've decided that I'm really just a wool snob, so in that vein the alpaca is mostly gone, except for Velvet.  You will no longer find Belle Luxe lace or Cielo DK in my shop.  The good people who visited the Georgia FiberFest market were kind enough to help me eliminate my stock.  You also will no longer find the Flock label (195, 225, and 335). These I could no longer get from my supplier and they were just hanging on.  They were also bought up by the good people last weekend.

You know what is in the shop that's new?  SINGLE SHEEP! Our very first fleece came back from the mill in a single-ply fingering weight and I've dyed it up and you can pick up a bit in the shop, but hurry because this was a small batch and when it's gone, it's gone!


Also new in the shop are Autumn colorways for Journey, Rocket Sock, and Rocket Sock Medium, grommet project bags of new and different fabric.  And there are MINIONS because everyone loves a Minion, especially me, and you probably need some to keep track of your projects for you.  I taught a 2-at-a-time sock class this past weekend and the ladies discovered just how useful these bags are for that technique.  You could also use them for colorwork.


Anyway, it's also round 2 of sheep vaccinations today so I have to get out there and con some sheep into letting me stab them in the neck for a minute.  That's going to be not so very fun.


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