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Your Local Yarn Shop - LYS!

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We are about to attend The National Needle Arts Association show in Columbus, Ohio.  This is the gathering of suppliers who sell their goods to your local yarn shop.  It is an opportunity to share new products, ideas and trends in the yarn industry.  It is also "old home week" where friends who share their love of all needle arts can shmooze and reconnect.  We are looking forward to doing just that, and hope that many will attend to see what's new.

We encourage you to visit your LYS in the next months and see what new inspiriting delights your shop will be bringing back from the show.  Summer is certainly here, thankfully, and while some people knit regardless of the season, others will be looking for those new projects for the fall.  See what's coming in, have a chat with the owner and staff, and most of all, support your Local Yarn Shop and Local Needlework Shop.

Festival Shawl Revisited....Festival Throw

Festival Throw Kit  One of the most downloaded free patterns we have is the Festival Shawl.  This is a double ended Tunisian crochet pattern and is really fun to make.  I originally designed it for a yarn that was available a while ago, so we are now working it up in Trendsetter DUNE.   For [...]

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Texture, texture, texture!

We are so pleased to be presenting new Bulky Bundles from Great Adirondack Yarns.  Each bundle contains six yarns, all hand dyed at the same time and each one a different texture.  Yardage per bundle is over 700 yards.  The yarn does the work for you no matter which pattern you knit or crochet.  The [...]

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Inspiring Artists

We recently participated in the One of a Kind Show in Chicago and it was a fascinating experience.  The range of ideas and the quality of the work was overwhelming.  Artists came from all over the US and many different countries. The work was varied, from handmade flasks and ceramic pieces to some of the [...]

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Our Annual Thanksgiving Celebration

It happens every year around the Thanksgiving holiday - our celebration for our customers. From now through December 1, you can shop at BagSmith and take advantage of a 20% discount, and you can use it as many times as you like during the celebration. Just use the coupon code Thankful14 during check out and [...]

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Creative Juices

We're working on unique pieces for the One of a Kind Show in Chicago.  Each handmade piece is made from our yarns and felts, and knit, crocheted, felted and embellished in our studio. The show takes place at the Merchandise Mart  and runs through December 4-7.   We've never exhibited in a show quite like [...]

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Amplify Your Creativity

This has been quite the week.  Voting has started for the Martha Stewart American Made Contest.  BagSmith is a finalist and is competing for one of 10 awards.  The competition is intense as there are so many wonderful companies that are making interesting products in several different categories.  We are in the crafts category and [...]

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Supporting Your Local Yarn Store - LYS

We've been in business over 10 years and know some wonderful people in the business.  I don't know how I would have ever come to develop my products if it weren't for my LYS, Fine Points in Cleveland, OH.  Owned and operated by Liz Tekus, this store has a bevy of great yarns, accessories, and [...]

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Improvising with a Felt Pelt

I've made a few shawls from our new Felt Pelts but last week I really started playing around.  We received the Ecru Pelts which really got me thinking about embellishing them.  So, I cut one in half and overlapped two of the raw edges.  I needle felted along the raw edge on each side and [...]

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Baby Lily's Swirl Rug

Know a new mom?  Here's a rug that can serve many purposes as a child grows.  Our Swirl Rug can line a Boppy Lounger or swing chair and then move onto the floor where you curl up together and read books.  Make one out of a single alpaca or merino bump.  It's washable in cold [...]

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