So.... as of July 2016, life on the homestead came to a screeching halt, when the Universe threw me a curve in the form of a Yarn Shop.Here's how that all went down.
Friend: There's a yarn shop in ________ that is for sale, you should jump on this.
Me: Um, yeah, right, in all of my spare time.
Friend: Come on, we will help you with it (ok, maybe that part is a lie, maybe all that was said was the first part).
After laughing it off, a little niggle started in the back of the little brain. The little niggle grew into a full fledged idea and by the next day I was in.
We've never been one to really think things through, lets just jump in to see how deep the water is.
Well, the water was deep, and cold, but that's another story.
Doors flew open, loans were approved and an acquaintance (now a full fledged employee, friend and necessity) approached me with an idea for this ridiculousness that had now become set in stone.
So, an opening date was set for Sept 17th (by this time it was the end of July, so, you know, 6 weeks).
Yeah, 6 weeks to totally renovate the building, paint, floors, new walls..., and do all of the stuff required with such things. And, I had to get a sign permit. Yeah, you have to have a permit to hang up a sign.
So, literally, a week before the opening day, a UHAUL was rented, a short drive was made, yarn was boxed up and moved and our local knitting group was corralled into unloading and setting up this mess.
North Woods Knit & Purl in West Branch, MI was born!
More doors opening, more opportunities and people coming out of the woodwork to help, offer services and just want a place to play.
It's been a wild ride, but I'd do it all again, and our shop continues to grow and flourish and become a place for fiber freaks to play!
We currently offer an amazing selection of Cascade Yarns, Plymouth Yarns and Needles, Berroco Yarns, Mountain Colors Yarns and of course all of the obligatory toys like Dreamz Needles, Chiaogoo Needles, Addi and Clover Needles as well as an array of stitch markers, needle gauges, scissors, felting stuff (a technical term) and coming very shortly, spinning wheels.
We have a "Yarn Really Does Grow On Trees" display highlighting all of our sock yarn.
Our current projects include an "Enter the Fiber Forest" room for our spinning and dyeing projects.
So, as you can see, the homestead suffered a devastating hit, but as things settle down, more and more homestead-y things are happening, besides, the chickens really don't care if I'm there or not. As long as they have water and food and some hay to scratch around in, they are happy.
If I had thought ahead, I would have grabbed a 100 lbs or so of potatoes from the local fruit and meat market to can up today.
Our first trunk show will happen in 2 weeks. We are hosting Kat and Claire from Why Not Fibers in Traverse City, MI on Jan 13 and 14th.
Come on over and see us, and bring a project to work on, we'll leave the light on for you, I mean, the coffee will be hot!
Please like us on Facebook, here: https://www.facebook.com/northwoodsknitandpurl/
(Yes, we also have llama and alpaca - in the form of fuzzy, warm, totally pettable yarn!)
Life really is good, and in 2016, it got a lot better!