I work most Saturdays at Fibers, in Grass Valley, getting my dose of 'Big Town' for the week. It is always interesting to see the seasonal changes, and the customers as well as the yarn make it a fun place to be. I thought I would give you a brief spring tour....
The Grass Valley merchants are currently collaborating with the Lions and Music in the Mountains to help raise money for their ongoing concerts. They came up with a really neat idea that we have been a small part of... local artists (famous or not) agreed to take blank doll forms and turn them into sculptures that would then be placed on display for several weeks in the store windows. Interested patrons will be able to bid on and win their favorites, with the deadline being May 9th. Here's a look at the dolls on display in one of our windows:
You've just gotta love her blue hair and eyes, and her outfit reminds me a bit of Morticia in The Addams Family. In case you can't read her caption, the artist is Lisa Lang, who named this fetching creature "Tallulah". I hope she fetches a good sum of money for Music in the Mountains.
Our other window is currently featuring a weaving display and you can learn more about the Ashford Knitters Loom, or even order one at the shop's website.
Of course, there's always yarn in a yarn shop, and right now, my favorite new offering is the worsted weight colors from Nature's Palette.
I haven't figured out what to make with any of it yet, but the colors are very soothing. We have also gotten several good summer yarns, including more of 2nd Time Cotton and Cascade Fixation, along with some luxury Plymouth yarns, including organic baby camel and a super-soft alpaca 'grande'. I am so busy with the projects that are underway that it is easier than usual to avoid temptation, but I can at least pet it all!
The other exciting attraction is a whole bunch of new buttons...
Allison, the shop owner, said recently that if she hadn't decided to open a yarn shop, she might have opened a button shop... buttons can be an art form all by themselves. In fact, check out one of Anne's latest projects, complete with some really cool buttons.
While taking photos for your virtual tour, I noticed this piece, new to me at least, though I have no idea where it came from or what it is supposed to do... besides look cute.
We also got another very cute and special item in this week, which you are probably going to want to go and order from us! This little pattern comes with a special prop, to help you knit up a sock key ring mounted on a miniature sock blocker!
I haven't seen these anywhere else yet, but then I don't get out much... it sure looks like a perfect gift for your favorite knitting grrlfriend, either with a sock you made or not!
I am all about you supporting your favorite LYS, since so many have been going under this year, as a result of the serious recession (or has it been upgraded to a depression?), but if you can't find it locally, give me a shout.
Since no tour would be complete without a view of springtime in downtown Grass Valley, I have included this fabulous glimpse of a wall of wisteria in bloom on the backside of our building... the basement hosts a Pilates studio and I am not sure what's in the top story.
I just love the contrast in color between the violet blossoms and the mustard-colored plaster walls...
Hope you are enjoying spring where you are!