…beautiful ready-made items from local artists! Okay, we know we skipped a week, but we promise this week was worth the wait.
We love finding great things for the store that in turn help our fellow community members, and we know you do too. One of the things the shop constantly strives towards is finding items that are dyed/spun/made locally, sometimes by people you personally know, so you can always find something unique while helping the environment by cutting down on fuel usage for shipping.
This week we are featuring five of our local vendors and their hand crafted items that are available for sale here in the shop. Each of these items make perfect gifts as they are ready-made, saving you precious crafting time.
1 – Box Bags with Snap Closures from Rock Solid Designs
Stephanie, owner and sewist extraordinaire of Rock Solid Designs, spent a good portion of her life right here in Central PA. One of the items we adore from her is her box bags. They come in two different sizes to meet all of your project needs.
The best part? They use snaps instead of zippers as closures. This means you can keep your yarn in the bag, put the bag on your arm, and work on your project while standing in those long shopping lines, without snagging your yarn on a zipper or worrying about your yarn ball running away. Once you’re done knitting, just reopen the bag and pop everything back in!
2 – Bento Bags and Triangle Pouches from Lisa
Lisa is probably a familiar face to those of you who join us for Wednesday Stitch Nights. She lives locally and works up fantastic bags in her spare time that she graciously lets us sell right here in the shop!
Her bento bags are perfect for any project. They come with a drawstring to make sure everything stays neat and clean, or you can push the drawstring pouch down into the bag for ease of access.
Her triangle pouches are perfect for smaller projects like socks, mittens, and small scarves. Their unique shape makes them a great addition to your bag collection.
3 – Shoulder Bags from String Theory Yarn Shop
Yes, you read that right. When the days are slow you’re likely to find me, the fearless shop owner, hunched over a sewing machine working on these bags in what I lovingly refer to as “the sweatshop” (the secret void behind the wall!).
Our shoulder bags are great for larger projects that may not fit into smaller bags. Each one is reversible and has one pocket to hold your scissors, stitch markers, etc. We’re always finding fun new fabrics to make something extra special you’re sure to love.
4 – Knit Monsters from Sweet Little Knits
Carri, owner and fabulous knitter and crocheter, may also be a familiar face to some of you. She lives locally and works up some truly amazing things. One of the things we love most are her hand-knit monsters. They come in a variety of bright colors and fun shapes, and they’re here awaiting adoption to make your little monsters happy. Or you can keep it for yourself. We won’t tell, promise!
5 – Hand Woven Wool Rugs from Lambtail Weaving
It doesn’t get much more local than these beautiful wool rugs. Local sheep were sheared, their fleeces were milled and spun just north of Harrisburg, and the resulting yarn was woven into these rugs just south of Johnstown. Each rug is approximately 26″ x 48″ and will be sure to keep your feet safe from those cold hardwood and tile floors all year long.
We hope you’ll stop in and grab something for yourself or gift giving. When you do, you’ll be helping the dreams of our local makers come true!