Tuesday, September 30, 2008
E. Ann Hemmerich
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The last five months have been incredibly challenging but I think we are finally settled in our new home. They (whoever they are) say that moving is one of the most stressful situations to be in and they (whoever they are) are very wise indeed. All of us here at the Web have had our ups and downs over the last five months. Nothing went as it should. Phones didn't work. Lights didn't work. There was water in the basement. The internet was on then the internet was off. Where are the pens? Have you seen the crochet hooks? What special order? There were a lot of tears and a lot of take out. But somehow we got through it and it was all worth it.
For me it was a very humbling experience. I have been overwhelmed by the generosity of my friends, my staff and all of you. I have so many people to thank that the list of names would eventually bore you into leaving the blog and then you would not get to see all the great pictures from the party. So I will be brief. I would like to thank my husband Chris who put in many, many hours doing construction and remodeling. He made my vision come to life. My girls, Liv and Lauren who I watched carry shelf after shelf from one location to the next and were happy to help. The dear, dear women that I work with, side by side, every day for their endurance and tolerance. Anne, Lucia, Diana, Carole, Stacey, Cheryl and Debbie you know how I feel about you. My sister, Peggy, who flew up from Texas during her summer break to help me get organized. My old friend, Joanna, and my new friends, Susan and Catherine, who helped me put together the best party the hill as seen in quite some time. I tip my hat. And to all of you who lent your support and encouragement and forgave all of our short comings during this trying and difficult and exciting time. I can never thank you enough.
Now to the pictures
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
And in the case of the Tangled Web, it’s time to celebrate our move to bigger digs. The official opening was September 20 and what a day! The shop looked great -- bright and airy, fully stocked with yarn. Coming to work that day reminded me of being a third grader preparing for the school play. Excited, nervous, ready to go, scared to get started. Would people really come? Would they like the store? Would they appreciate all the the hard work and hours the entire staff had put into making this new site a real beauty.
We needn’t have worried. People poured into the store. Everyone seemed happy to be there; happy to join in the specialness of the day. What a great mix of food, drink and great yarn. People were happy to participate in the afternoon’s festivities. People showed up with babies in tow, children. Even husbands seemed happy to be there. Several people wore clothing they knit. A big hit were our stylish black t-shirts. (On sale by the way).
The day was very long and yet, over too soon. All the staff -- Anne, Diana, Cheryl, Stacey, Deb and me, colleague Carole was out of town -- made two things are priorities. Making sure that everyone who came in felt welcomed and happy was the first order of the day. The second was to make sure that our boss, Mary, was relieved of responsibility for the day. We wanted her to enjoy the day and the fruits of all her labor. We all appreciate her vision for the new store and her energy in making that vision a reality. I think it is safe to say that we were all proud to be a part of the day and even more to be part of the Tangled Web crew. It is a privilege and a responsibility to make the Web a real destination for needlesmiths. At day’s end we gathered to get ready to close, tears in our eyes.
“Great job, everyone,” Mary said. “Thank you.”
“And thank you for the Web,” said Deb.
We all felt the same way and we hope all our knitters and crocheters feel the same sense of community and camaraderie.
Come check us out. You’ll see what we mean
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Just a reminder that this Saturday, September 20, is the Tangled Web's Grand Re-Opening Party from 1-5pm! Among all the festivities, we'll be offering free learn-to-knit lessons from 1-3. Bring a friend to learn to knit or to introduce her or him to the new store and we'll enter you in a drawing to win one of 50 $20 gift certificates.
From 3-5pm champagne will be flowing and refreshments will abound. And you can take a gander at the amazingly yummy new yarn, books, patterns, giftees that are coming in every day to the store!
You're the reason we're here; please join us in celebrating!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The first is the wonderful Bird In Hand mittens - pattern by Kate Gilbert. They are not for the faint of heart, but if you have two-color knitting experience, please consider taking the class because they are knock-your-socks off gorgeous!! The class is 2 sessions, Sundays 10-12, September 14 and 28
The second class is Easy Cable Mittens, sized for child up to adult in either worsted or chunky weight. Mittens make a great teacher gift and these are easy enough to make a bunch of. The class is 2 sessions, Sundays 10-12, September 21 and October 5. (We’re also teaching Easy Cable Hat and Easy Reversible Cable Scarf classes, so you could make a whole matching set!!)
We’ll also be teaching how to cable without a cable needle in all of these cable classes.
Call the store at 215-242-1271 to sign up or for more details.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Tangled Yoke Cardigan, this past spring's Knit-Along, in Lana Grossa Merino 2000 in apple green. Mere pictures do not do justice to how crisp and fabulous the sweater turned out in this yarn. I feel like throwing my formerly-perfectly-perfect version in the trash and doing another one in the Merino 2000!!!
Way to go, Mary!!