Apr
22
2011

Earth Day!

What a lovely gift Mother Earth has given us today with this sunshine! I have yarn drying outside for the first time this season!

As you may know, we love the earth here at Wynona Studios! All of our yarn, fiber and other products are produced locally (so locally, that they are all delivered by the people that make them, nothing is shipped to us), or are recycled (locally recycled too!) We do this not only to support our local artisans, but also because we feel it is better environmentally.
We love that all of our local fiber can be traced directly back to the animal that produced it, and the farms are willing to give tours to interested people. So you can purchase fiber from Beulah, spin it up, knit a scarf and then go out to Drumcliffe Farms and show off your scarf and tell Beulah thank you.
We also chose energy efficient lighting, purchased almost all of the furniture for the shop second hand if we didn’t already own it, and even provide cloth towels in the restroom. We produce very little waste, and try to use up everything. Even the little scraps of yarn used to tie up a hank of yarn get saved in the big basket by the winder to use for stuffing. We also support other local businesses through our association with Supportland www.supportland.com and hope you will too!
One of the things that is so great about featuring local artisans in the shop is that we get to make lots of new friends that feel the same way we do! One of the newest is Sue Clark. Sue started Natural Harvest Farm http://www.osalt.org/natural_harvest_farm.html and is a beautiful handspinner. Her Romney/Angora roving has been much in demand but is back in stock, as well as some gorgeous yarn spun from it. She also has over 1000 yards of the most stunning 
merino silk handspun in a deep, deep blue available for sale. This is a once in a lifetime yarn for a sweater!
We also saw Candace Wilson from One of a Kind buttons who brought in some beautiful brightly colored hand-made ceramic buttons. I love them all and have a hard time picking my favorites, but the on with “happy” stamped on it might be my favorite of my favorites.
And last but not least our friend Terry sold us her Duncan electric drum carder. We have named her Cardette and she is lovely and making a lot of new friends. Come give her a spin! And lastly, in a genious recycling move, Grandma Linda has been creating these fun, funky, and useful knitting bags from men’s shirts and pillowcases found at the Goodwill. She used the sleeve cuffs for pockets for your straight needles and the shirtfront pockets for other notions. So cute!
Finally, please save the date of May 13th for our YARN TASTING! We will be having this event from 6:30pm-9:00pm and it is completely free. We will have a variety of recycled yarns for you to test drive and get a feel for them. We will be offering a discount of 25% off recycled yarns that evening only. We will be providing libations and nibbles, you just have to show up and have fun. Please RSVP for this event so we know how many to expect. The yarn tasting is limited to the number of people we can squish in here, so sign up early to reserve your spot!
Happy Earth Day!
JJ and Linda

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