SweetGeorgia Studio Opening!

Thank you so much to everyone who took the time out of their busy days (it was civic election day!) to come down and visit the studio this past Saturday. I was overwhelmed with the support of old friends, new friends, old weaving classmates, pharmacy colleagues, dancers, online knitter friends, and family. Half an hour into the opening, we were standing pretty much shoulder-to-shoulder in the space and my heart was so happy but also racing. Here are a few photos from the afternoon:

Near the end of the afternoon, dusk settled in and the city lights started coming out. That’s me at the computer helping Kim and Carol. Woo.
Unabashed colour.
Lots more colour and fibre
New weaving things from Schacht! Like my favourite end feed shuttles!
Our friend, Greta Ho, brought me the most incredible orchid. Thank you!!

I feel so very blessed to have such wonderful family and friends… none of this would have been possible without them. My mom baked all the cookies and cakes and prepared all the nibbles and drinks so that I could focus on getting all the new loom equipment built and arranged. Friends came over to help label yarn, move the heavy things and fix up the studio. It was really quite amazing.

Finally, after all these years, Kim Werker of Interweave Crochet and Crochet Me fame and I met up for the first time. She is hilarious, generous and so engaging… especially the bits about Joss Whedon. I’m looking forward to hearing her interview soon!

Donald from WeaveThings also came up from Washington to visit me! I’m humbled by the efforts people made to come visit for the afternoon. Thank you so much.

 

New basket of yarns: Superfudge and Heartcore

###Shop Update!

Lest you think I have forgotten about the online shop, never! I’ve just posted an update today and you can find some of the new yarns and fibres that I’m going to be stocking regularly:

Superfudge: The ultimate super skein. It’s 100% superwash merino wool. It’s 1/2 lb… that’s 1120 yards in 225g of light fingering weight wool. Make some super long knee socks or knit a substantial and squishy shawl or scarf.

Heartcore: A huge 1/2 lb (225g) skein of light worsted or DK weight yarn. 55% mohair and 45% wool with approximately 485 yards per skein. Knit a hat and matching wrist warmers… or some warm, hardwearing socks for winter.

Superwash BFL: It’s superwash. It’s Bluefaced Leicester. It’s the best of everything rolled in one. And it’s seriously the softest and fluffiest fibre I’ve ever seen.

As for the studio, I will be posting about the facilities there soon. We’ll be offering the space up for people to reserve dye workspace, the new Schacht Baby Wolf loom, the Leclerc Nilus 36″ loom, and all the carding and warping equipment.

For now, if you would like to come visit, we are officially open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 am to 6 pm. Come visit us at 4th and Main.

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  • http://purly-qs.blogspot.com Rosa

    Congrats on your new studio. I love seeing all the colors–very vibrant! Wishing you much success in your venture!

  • http://purly-qs.blogspot.com Rosa

    Congrats on your new studio. I love seeing all the colors–very vibrant! Wishing you much success in your venture!

  • http://sunflowerfarm.blogspot.com judy

    It looks absolutely beautiful. Amazing colour. you have every right to feel proud. Best of Luck

  • http://sunflowerfarm.blogspot.com judy

    It looks absolutely beautiful. Amazing colour. you have every right to feel proud. Best of Luck

  • Amanda

    WOW – it all looks so amazing! I totally would have been there if I still lived in Vancouver or even close to it. Darn this 2000 km distance between me and all things cool in Vancouver :(

    Cheers!

  • Amanda

    WOW – it all looks so amazing! I totally would have been there if I still lived in Vancouver or even close to it. Darn this 2000 km distance between me and all things cool in Vancouver :(

    Cheers!

  • http://gaile.ca Gaile

    How I would have loved to be there, but I worked this past Saturday! Your studio looks absolutely gorgeous and the yarn colours are amazing. I have wanted to own some of your yarns for a LONG time and can’t wait to see it up close. I work Tuesdays and Saturdays, but will make the journey out from Maple Ridge hopefully before the snow flies (because we all know that if it snows even a tiny bit that roads in the lower mainland become chaotic).

    Congratulations on your opening, and wishing you much success with this adventure!

    Your Mom is amazing for doing all that baking for you, and I did notice Kim Werker in one of the photos – lucky you (and lucky her)!

  • http://gaile.ca Gaile

    How I would have loved to be there, but I worked this past Saturday! Your studio looks absolutely gorgeous and the yarn colours are amazing. I have wanted to own some of your yarns for a LONG time and can’t wait to see it up close. I work Tuesdays and Saturdays, but will make the journey out from Maple Ridge hopefully before the snow flies (because we all know that if it snows even a tiny bit that roads in the lower mainland become chaotic).

    Congratulations on your opening, and wishing you much success with this adventure!

    Your Mom is amazing for doing all that baking for you, and I did notice Kim Werker in one of the photos – lucky you (and lucky her)!

  • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

    Congratulations on a successful opening! The studio is beautiful!

  • http://bumblebeeknits.blogspot.com Carin

    Congratulations on a successful opening! The studio is beautiful!

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com mari

    Congratulations!! I knew it would be a huge success! Here’s to you and all of your hard work!

  • http://marirob.blogspot.com mari

    Congratulations!! I knew it would be a huge success! Here’s to you and all of your hard work!

  • LisaB

    It looks like a fantastic day!! So sad I missed it! I can’t wait to see it in person, it looks like an amazing amazing space you’ve created! (Sorry about all the exclamation marks, but your studio deserves them.)

  • LisaB

    It looks like a fantastic day!! So sad I missed it! I can’t wait to see it in person, it looks like an amazing amazing space you’ve created! (Sorry about all the exclamation marks, but your studio deserves them.)

  • Brittany

    Hmmm… I’m coming home for a visit beginning of December. Are you right near Foundation on Main?

  • Brittany

    Hmmm… I’m coming home for a visit beginning of December. Are you right near Foundation on Main?

  • http://marvalousknits.blogspot.com Marva

    Congrats on your new studio. I live in New York, but your grand opening looks fab. I wish I was there. Well you never know, maybe one day I;ll visit. Congrats again, the fibers look fab.

  • http://marvalousknits.blogspot.com Marva

    Congrats on your new studio. I live in New York, but your grand opening looks fab. I wish I was there. Well you never know, maybe one day I;ll visit. Congrats again, the fibers look fab.

  • Alison

    I was there. I saw, I touched, I loved all the colours. It was standing room only and challenging to get to the skeins but that’s success for ya. Congratulations, You are doing wonderful things!!

  • Alison

    I was there. I saw, I touched, I loved all the colours. It was standing room only and challenging to get to the skeins but that’s success for ya. Congratulations, You are doing wonderful things!!

  • http://marydotmusic.livejournal.com Mary

    Oh wow! I knew when you announced the grand opening, I wanted to be there, but even with a ferry ride away in Victoria (and election day!) I couldn’t make it. :( I’ll have to book an appointment with you one of long weekends when I’m in town! Everything looks so devine! I want yarn!!!! :)

    Congratulations and Here! Here! :D

  • http://marydotmusic.livejournal.com Mary

    Oh wow! I knew when you announced the grand opening, I wanted to be there, but even with a ferry ride away in Victoria (and election day!) I couldn’t make it. :( I’ll have to book an appointment with you one of long weekends when I’m in town! Everything looks so devine! I want yarn!!!! :)

    Congratulations and Here! Here! :D

  • Louisa

    Big congrats on your successful opening! Sorry I couldn’t be there but hopefully I’ll be able to drop in on a Tues or Wed soon.

  • Louisa

    Big congrats on your successful opening! Sorry I couldn’t be there but hopefully I’ll be able to drop in on a Tues or Wed soon.

  • http://gilraensknits.blogspot.com/ gilraen

    Congratulations!!! It looks so divine!! A tad far to visit unfortunately but since luck was with me I obtained some Hard Candy sock yarn which arrived super fast yesterday in the UK. It is as hoped for: stunning and beautiful, thank you so much for a pleasureable purchase and gorgeous yarn :) Good Luck.

  • http://gilraensknits.blogspot.com/ gilraen

    Congratulations!!! It looks so divine!! A tad far to visit unfortunately but since luck was with me I obtained some Hard Candy sock yarn which arrived super fast yesterday in the UK. It is as hoped for: stunning and beautiful, thank you so much for a pleasureable purchase and gorgeous yarn :) Good Luck.

  • http://christagiles.com Christa Giles

    It IS a beautiful studio, and I was so glad we made time to pop in! Thanks for letting us play with your looms to figure out how they all work, and for selling me yummy fibre – the three braids came home and were all spun and plied that night (the first full project on my Wooly Winder that arrived back in September) and have become a lengthwise garter-stitch scarf in an elegant blend of colours that makes me think of roses and leaves embroidered on the backs of vintage chairs.. very elegant! You’ve sparked my spinning enthusiasm again, thank you so much! I’ll be back for more :)

  • http://christagiles.com Christa Giles

    It IS a beautiful studio, and I was so glad we made time to pop in! Thanks for letting us play with your looms to figure out how they all work, and for selling me yummy fibre – the three braids came home and were all spun and plied that night (the first full project on my Wooly Winder that arrived back in September) and have become a lengthwise garter-stitch scarf in an elegant blend of colours that makes me think of roses and leaves embroidered on the backs of vintage chairs.. very elegant! You’ve sparked my spinning enthusiasm again, thank you so much! I’ll be back for more :)

  • http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com sweetgeorgia

    Thanks for all the wonderful support!!

    @Brittany Yes! We’re just a few blocks away from The Foundation! We’re at 4th and they are at 7th! Hope to see you soon!

    @Christa All spun and plied already! I’d love to see what you make with it.

  • http://sweetgeorgiayarns.com sweetgeorgia

    Thanks for all the wonderful support!!

    @Brittany Yes! We’re just a few blocks away from The Foundation! We’re at 4th and they are at 7th! Hope to see you soon!

    @Christa All spun and plied already! I’d love to see what you make with it.

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  • Lis

    Congratulations on opening a studio! I’ve been watching your blog now for a number of years and really admire your work–the weaving as well as the dyeing. With all of those colours, your studio looks like a candy store. I live in Montreal, otherwise, I’d be in at least once a week.

  • Lis

    Congratulations on opening a studio! I’ve been watching your blog now for a number of years and really admire your work–the weaving as well as the dyeing. With all of those colours, your studio looks like a candy store. I live in Montreal, otherwise, I’d be in at least once a week.