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8/13/18 - I love all the energy our customers bring to the shop ...  and seeing everything they are creating! Thank you for supporting our shop!

Lots of new Campbell pottery arrived this week, the Naked Bee products will be arriving shortly, and some great new yarns as always!

Don't let this weather get you down it is nice and cool here! Come and meet our 2 new staff members on the yarn side, accomplished knitters and crocheter - Brigitte and Dianne.... welcome!
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7/21/18 - wow it has been busy at the shop -
hope you have been able to participate - our version of Prime Day was great fun .. glad to see so many of you take advantage of the great discounts we offered.....  we have received a lot of feedback that it was fun! 
Berroco sent in a mini-trunk show of their Portfolio #4 samples - they have really outdone themselves - all the patterns in the booklet are keepers!!  Now we just need the time to knit them all! Stop in soon to check these samples out - they get packed up next week. 

Additionally, The Fibre Co samples have arrived - they are lovely and feature Meadow, Canopy and Road to China Lite yarns.  
We have been moving things around and filling up the discount shelves making room for the many new fall yarns that are starting to come in. Speaking of fall yarns, Beth will be hosting a Yarn Tasting of Berroco's new fall yarns in August, Monday the 20th. Be sure to register NOW for this event we only have 10 seats available - bring your needles, we have samples of their 6 new yarns for you to 'play' with (sample) and some great ideas for your knitting pleasure. Door prizes and fun is on tap for that evening! 

If you have been enjoying Abigail's pottery in the front window - don't wait any longer to pick those pieces up - she is going to be leaving us the beginning of August... sorry to see her go! 
Enjoy the weekend!
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7/7/18 -
I really am working on getting my act together - what is the saying the faster I run the further behind I get??!!! I am definitely on that treadmill! 
  

Our POS (point of sale register system) has lots of potential and I am trying to tap into it - for your benefit! Did you get the email asking for permission to text you alerts?  Sometimes I get the urge to move something out and if I could just send a quick text - you would be the beneficiaries - by the time I get to emailing the urge has gone. 
Additionally, everyone deserves something nice on their birthday! (We just need the month/ day not the year - unless you want to!) 

If you did not get the email feel free to check our email archive and respond and don't forget your cell phone number if you want to receive the texts. 

Lots of new yarns are starting to arrive from orders we placed at the trade show - we are very excited about them ... we also have a whole trunk full of new books & patterns - we hope you will take the time to browse, and check out the trunk show schedule - lots of samples are coming in to help inspire you!

=> 7/6-7/16 - Berroco Ultra Wool & Portfolio 4 patterns - one of our newest favorite yarns
NEWLY ADDED => 7/24 - 8/4 - The Fibre Co - samples in Meadow, Canopy & Road to China Lite
=> 8/16-8/27 - Toad Hollow Yarns - an independent dyer from New Jersey
=> 9/7-9/21 - Emma's Yarns - have we told you yet how VERY EXCITED we are - Emma is just 16 and her sister Aspen is her business manager - what a team! ask to see their yarns next time you are in - we brought a few skeins back with us! 

 

=> 9/28-10/22 - Berroco Mini Portfolio 6 trunk show
=> 10-11-10/14 - no trunk show but the Yarn Crawl and the launch of a new yarn program!

 

=> 10/26-11/12 - Berroco Mercado Trunk show based on Pattern Booklet #400

 

=>11/16-11/26 - Berroco Skye Trunk show based on Pattern Booklet #398

Tucked in there somewhere in the fall we are adding a Sirdar Trunk show, and possibly a yarn tasting from Berroco ...  wow busy schedule - hope you will be able to join us!  
whew ... I need a nap!
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6/21/18 - Have you cleared your calendar and set your alarm?? We are hosting our Annual Beginning of Summer Party - A Hundred Ravens yarn mavens and crafters fair, 11-4PM ....  Join Us! 

Check the July schedule for kids classes - we are trying knitting Tues - Friday; weekly sessions; Crochet will be on Tuesday evenings ...  register now - classes are limited! 

Check out hashtags #craftworksyarn; #craftworksnorthboro; for more up to date info on FaceBook....  we are attempting to catch up to the millenials and technology....  

Did you check the new window display?  We need a name for our kids! 

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5/27/18 - Memorial Day weekend - yes, we will be closed, Monday Memorial Day....  

In Honor of Our Fallen Service Men and Women and Remembering All Whose Work Is Done

On this Memorial Day our hearts are filled with gratitude for the courageous men and women of our armed forces who made the ultimate sacrifice to secure our freedom.....  if you have lost someone, our gratitude is with you & your family.
 
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5/2/18 - What an awesome day!! --- no, no complaining allowed about how hot it is!! 
We have been unloading lots of fun inventory both for the gift shop side and new items for the yarn side - new notions, cute Top This hat kits and Hug This blanket kits. We had an awesome meeting with Andra our Rep from Berroco, Sirdar & Lang so watch for new inventory arriving soon; Also Efe from Feza yarns stopped in for a visit and of course we couldn't let him leave without an order!! 
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4/23/18 - THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! THANK YOU!!!!
We had an awesome time - and certainly hope you did as well! It was great to see so many of you out and about - and the weather could not have been better! Congrats to the winners of 'Last Knitter Standing'!!  (and to those of you 'brave' enough to participate! ) on to our next event - our Kick-off Summer Party June 24th...  mark your calendars!

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4/16/18 - 4 days to go ....  we hope you will join us! 1st Annual Local Yarn Shop Day....  we are going to have some fun ..... bring your favorite size 7 - 8 needles for Last Knitter Standing from Universal Yarns with AWESOME prizes!!  

Several of the manufacturers are on board and have been sending out prizes to add to the excitement:     
Can't wait to share these with you!
We have Frabjous Fibers 'Cheshire Cat' in a special colorway just for this day,
Classic Elite sweater kits & copies of their new 'Hub' magazine;
Berroco has sent a NEW pattern booklet to celebrate this day;
Manos del Uraguay has an awesome scarf pattern and yarn kitted up as well
and drum roll please -
we will be launching our very own Scrap Sock Yarn Scarf kits (specially priced for this event!) 


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4/15/18 -  
Saturday, April 21, is the inaugural LYS day, promoted by TNNA, our industry's trade group.  Meant to highlight all the wonderful extras you get when you choose to buy your yarn and supplies from a Local Yarn Shop (LYS), we will treat you to a day full of raffles, a few rounds of "Last Knitter Standing", fun giveaways and most of all, inspiration.  

A number of our vendors have offered us some wonderful specials for this day, and of course several of our instructors will be on hand as well. On hand are lots of goodies from free pattern booklets (Berroco), specially designed shawl pattern (Casapinka), discounted priced sweater kits from Classic Elite (Liberty Lite mixes), specific new colorway of Cheshire Cat (Frabjous Fibers) and so much more! So mark your calendars and join us 10-4 Saturday April 21st. 

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3/29/2018 - I just looked at the calendar, and realized.... yes, it is Easter this weekend .... but also that Saturday is the 5th Saturday of the month .... how many do we have a year? 4 so they are something special to celebrate....  Let's go with purchase 5 items and receive a 25% discount off your bill!  Come and finish Easter shopping - we still have lots of goodies to make those Easter Baskets special!!
See you Saturday, March 31st.

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3/27/18 - drum roll please!!!  2 things:
The votes from the February Winter Challenge have been tallied -
we are just waiting for an opportunity to take a group photo - thank you to everyone who participated and for all your votes! 

2nd -
your area yarn shops had our first meeting for this year's Greater Boston Yarn Crawl ... time to mark your calendars: 
Thurs - Sun October 11-14, 2018. 
We have 10 confirmed shops and a few others we are awaiting confirmation on. 

The Free your Fade KAL is going well - some really lovely combinations are being worked up - if you would like assistance putting together some yarns, we will be more than happy to help you out - oddles of indie dyed yarns to choose from! 

Did you see the Charity Knit article in the Community Advocate? No - then check it out now! These are awesome women knitting for great causes (different one every month!) 
Lastly, the newest email has been posted on the Archived page - if you did not get a copy in your inbox and would like one, be sure to sign up! 
Have an awesome week!! 
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2/27/18 -
2 things:
The Olympics are over - did you enjoy watching them?  And how is your Winter Games Challenge project? We are accepting hats/ scarves through the close of business Sunday, March 4th... awards will be presented on Sunday March 25th....  will you win Gold, Silver or Bronze??  Some of the entries are great - this is going to be a tough one. 

Have you picked your colors for the KAL project coming up in March, starting the 11th, 1-3PM.... Free Your Fade ....  come check out our samples and pick your colors - we are kitting these up for you... and the color selections are just gorgeous starting with Manos' Alegria.

Check out the new calendar - spinning on Friday March 2nd; weaving on Sunday the 4th; lots of crochet classes begin next week; and Hilary has added 2 new Beginner & Beyond knitting classes - Friday 10-11:30 & Sundays 2-3:30 ... sign up now so you don't miss out!! 

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2/23/18 -
Did you read the note the other day? Northboro Food Pantry is in need of food!  We can do our share to help restock the shelves ....  bring in a donation and receive 5 loyalty points on your account! Easy ...  come on we can fill the basket!

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2/12/18 -
Monday - I am one of those nutty folks who actually likes Mondays - the start of a whole new week, maybe because technically I am off on Monday, a chance to get caught up, make time for fun, exercise and all the rest I want to do ...  well I can dream right??

Had a meeting this morning with the Rep from Cascade Yarns - lots of goodies will be coming in shortly! Can't wait.... in the meantime we have received our order of Alegria from Manos and are taking sign-ups for our April knit-a-long with Beth....  Free your Fade shawl, by Andrea Mowry. If you have some great fingering yarn you are not sure what to do with this might be a great project for you. It takes 3 colors, 400 yards of 2 of them and 200 yards of the 3rd color. Several of us are working up samples soon to be on display. 

Carol has opened up another 3D Needle felting class for the Hedgehog....  Wed Feb 21st, 6-8:30PM be sure to register now as these classes close quickly! The March schedule is all set to print so that will be in the shop this week - remember tho I add classes to the online calendar as they come in from the instructors, so check it often! 

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Don't you just love a great snow day?
I am sitting here, watching the snow which has pretty much stopped falling, working my way through little nudgy projects around here that need doing, and after each one, treating myself to another row or two on my project! oh and helping folks pick out snowy day projects - yes, I am thrilled to say, we have had a few customers today and a few more at this morning's drop-in - so of course the big question is: how long do I stay open, do we cancel classes for tonight - or continue to wait and see? I am inclined to wait and see, but then most of you knew this, and keep working on those projects that need doing including vacumming!

Have you thought any more about our February Winter Games Challenge - come on this is an easy one! Cast on or Loop your hooks during the Opening Ceremonies and create a hat or scarf in the colors of the Olympic rings, or in Red/White/Blue to show your spirit. Bring your completed project to the shop by Sunday Feb 25th to be entered to win your VERY OWN medal --- gold, silver and bronze!
(As Mary and Jean have pointed out - you can always donate your project to our 2018 Charity Knit collection.) SO come on, plan to join in - it will be fun!  

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Have you checked out our classes lately?? 
The perfect hobby for cold weather ....  and personal satisfaction - lots of great classes are on our schedule. Currently  we have 4 classes going on - the shop is hopping!!
Knitting for Beginners & an Int/Advanced class, Beginner Crochet, 3D Needle Felting, and Magic loop socks, (They moved from Tues night to Monday night!)

So you missed one of these - but we still have some goods ones coming up including: Time to Tackle a Sweater coming up later this month, as is Flat Felting - Landscapes; Thrummed Mittens starting in Feb, 3D Needle Felting in Feb will be working on a Hedgehog,  and more .... don't miss out!


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Happy New Year!!  Happy 2018!!
Thank you for your patience while we finished up the re-do and thank you to my wonderful team who made it happen in 3 days - well 3+ a bit - due to the pending snowstorm. I hope you, our customers are enjoying the new layout. We are still awaiting new inventory and are putting it out as quickly as it arrives and we can get it logged in.

In the meantime, help us Welcome Abigail, our newest potter. She hails from Somerville and has some lovely pieces - I am eyeing one of her large bowls that will be a perfect pasta bowl - can I justify it with just 2 of us at home???? 

Seriously folks, lots of great things are in the plans starting with our Knitted Charity project, K1CToo. Beth and Mary have teamed up to lead this venture. They are offering a one day a month knit-in, the 1st Thursday of the month, 2 options, 10-12PM and again at 6:30-8:30PM. Come learn a new technique or brush up while making a hat to donate. Get a monthly drawing ticket for every hat you turn in ...  fun for all and warm hats for those in need!
Jan 11 is the last day to turn in the red infant hats but we will still accept them through the end of the month. Next project will be hats for St John's Soup kitchen in Worcester. These will be done in chunky yarn, come join us!

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Come join us for open knits and to get the last great bargains of the year.... our heat is on, the chocolate bowl is full, we have plenty of seats and creative ideas to share with you! (For those of you envious of me on vacation in Florida - don't be it is in the 50s here and overcast so I can't even sit outside bundled up and get a bit of a tan .. not happening this trip!)

But seriously, you only have 2 days left to pick up some great bargains - then we close the gift shop side for our re-do.. time to take down the trees, and make room for new artisans joining us. The yarn shop will continue to be opened during this time and classes will start up again on Tuesday, January 2nd with open knit at 9:30 - see you then!

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THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH for helping us to make this the best Christmas season ever!!  
We hope you have all had a wonderful Holiday and are looking forward to an even better year 2018! 
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HAPPY THANKSGIVING - and
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!!  

We wish you all the best and a wonderful day with family, friends, great food, parades & of course football! 
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Be sure to take a look at the newsletter and catch all our
Small Business Saturday specials. 
 


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And here we are into November already! Yikes -
We have had a great month so far, Vin's book signing of Tom Brady's Comeback was well attended, and the BBQ from Texas BBQ and the beer from Cold Harbor Brewery were thoroughly enjoyed by all. Sabrina's visit (Anzula Yarns) was so much fun, lots of chatter about sweaters and getting them to fit - such a challenge for many of us - but it is do-able really!! We are working on lining up another sweater class in January - so stay tuned!

Normally we don't set Christmas trees, decorations & inventory up until after Thanksgiving but with so many of us hosting this year, we decided it would work better to do it the 21st....  so Tuesday it is. After classes today, I felt like I did years ago, waiting for the kids to go to bed to set out the gifts, only today it was waiting for class to be over so we could spread all the holiday inventory out on the tables to start bright and early tomorrow! Lots of great new things from our talented crafters! Can't wait for you to see it all!!

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SEPTEMBER - NO ----  OCTOBER 2017!! 
-----  alright who spun September right off my calendar???  We were so busy I can hardly believe ...  did you have a blast participating in the Yarn Crawl??  We did - it was great seeing so many of you again, and meeting so many new folks - welcome!! We hope you enjoyed your visit.
Our Grand Prize basket for the Yarn Crawl was won by Paula - congrats and have fun.
Additionally, thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for our Summer Challenge - it was awesome to see so many great creations! and thanks to Bryson Distributing for their generous donation of our Grand Prize!
The Overall Grand Prize went to Sharon and the "Leaf hat"; 1st Place in the 3 categories went to Elyse, Marci & Kate; 2nd Place and Honorable Mention went to: Katie, Loretta, Jean, Diane - congrats to all!
      

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October has been a month to catch our breath, make room for new yarns and getting samples done for the shop - we have come across a number of awesome 1 skein projects for gift giving. Stop in soon to check them out and get a huge jump on your list!

Did you miss out on this week's 3D Needle Felting - the adorable pumpkins?  Carol has agreed to add another class next Monday Oct 23rd; 6-8:30 ....  don't miss out! Register now!
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Calling all Pats fans ....  Vin Femia, Northborough Author has just published his 2nd book on the Patriots ... Comeback, 
Tom Brady’s Two-Year Mission to Overcome Deflategate. Mark your calendar and bring your Pats fan to a tail-gate party and book signing Friday, Oct 27th. 5:30-7:30PM. Download the flyer now, put it on your fridge and don't forget to join us!

See you soon!

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AUGUST 19, 2017
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Plans for the Yarn Crawl are coming right along - check out the official website www.yarn-crawl.com for more info but in the meantime we are putting together some fun Make-it Take-its....  Needle felting a seasonal pumpkin pin, make your own shawl pin from basket reeds and beads, try your hand at crochet flowers for a pin or hair elastic, and more in the planning stages!
Our passports are in and ready for you to pick up ...  however our project bags are not - they will be ready on Monday Aug 28th - you can either get your passport now with an IOU for the bag or wait and get them both on Monday. The NEW project bags (winner from our Project Bag design contest earlier this year) will have some goodies in them to be sure: the Little Knitting Book, a scrub from Susan here at the shop and a mini skein from Avalon Springs Farm - awesome yarn! Your choice, now with an IOU or later with the bag in hand!

Besides planning for the crawl we have implemented our new sales program - and have finally sorted out the customer glitch - so if you were in the system you should be now as well with your points!!  And after our inventory reduction sale we have restocked with lots of great inventory: Tiles that Bring Smiles; little "Child Vases" and glass hugs, some new fimo clay pieces - mirrors and tall vases and of course more Campbell Pottery. Stop in soon to check it out! 

Additionally, we have officially launched our selection of Twizzlefoot yarn by Mountain Colors and Baah Yarns from CA. Stop in soon for best selection and to ohh and ahhhh  - oh and the new most AWESOME Yarn of the month from Frabjous Fibers has arrived - and it is a glorious blue with a hint of purple....  a must 'squeeze and have'!
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AUGUST 2, 2017 -----  Wow!  we were all amazed at how many of you folks took advantage of our Inventory Reduction sale - it was awesome! Thank you!! We still had a ton to inventory, a long process - we never really realized HOW many different one-of-a-kind items we have in the shop.... we have uploaded as much as we could get done into our new point-of-sale system. So far the system seems to be working well ...  fingers crossed.

A number of new items have arrived including Nina's Tiles that Bring Smiles - beautiful fused pieces - just perfect for gift giving!! Also some hand blown glass "Child vases" and glass hugs, lots more Campbell pottery, as well as some One Wing scarves that are so lovely. Stop in soon!

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JULY 26, 2017 ------  Thank you all for coming in and taking advantage of our inventory reduction sale ....  you haven't been in yet? Well come on down! we have lots of awesome yarns left for the taking, all week ... well buying actually. Not just the yarn is on sale, but everything IN the shop.... so dig out your holiday shopping list and come on in and take advantage of this unprecedented sale!

Remember we will be closed from the end of business Friday July 27 (5PM) through Monday July 31. to roll out our new sales system. Knitting Classes will be meeting on Sat 10-11:30 and Monday 5-6:30 and 6:30-8:30PM, and Crochet Monday 6-7:30PM.
See you soon!

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JULY 18, 2017 -----  have you heard our news???  We are launching a Point-of-Sale system in the shop - launch date is August 1st. So for those of you who have the old handwritten sales slips - this is the end of them! Those will be valuable collectors items soon!!! We have been extremely busy putting SKU codes on all the artists' items in the shop ... and getting ready for the switch-over. Please remember that we will be closed from the end of business Friday July 27 through Monday July 31 - reopening with the new system in place on Tuesday August 1!! 


In the meantime there is still lots going on in the shop including classes galore. The August calendar will be available today (once I get more ink for the printer!) Check out the new classes ---  now is the time to get started on those holiday gifts - I know it is hot but start with the smaller items, lighter weight or cotton yarn, which we have plenty of, and you won't be in a bind come the holidays.

Check this out ---- Janet is stepping away from weaving this month and has added Wet felting class ....  come 'play' with soap and water and walk away with a lovely felted scarf; Tuesday Aug 15th 3-5:30. Call the shop to register. (We will have online registration capability once this site truly goes live! )


Do you have your Summer Challenge Project bag yet? No? we do have a couple left, stop in and get started, you have until Sept 5 to turn in your project....  lots of awesome prizes will be awarded!

While in the shop, give us your opinion - we are currently squeezing yarn from Joelle and her company Wandering Yarns. Let us know if you would like to see us carry  her yarns.

Looking forward to August: we will be rolling out Mountain Colors Twizzlefoot yarns.

Have an awesome day and we hope to see you soon!

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APRIL 28th, 2017
—- Thank you ALL for your thoughts, cards, flowers, food and prayers as our family dealt with the
     passing of my dad, we appreciate it, and thanks to my wonderful staff & artisans who all kept the shop running!!

     Speaking of staff – I hope a number of you have had a chance to meet (& greet) Patty – our newest instructor/
     employee …. she joins us from Suzies and has jumped right in with sweater & poncho classes – be sure to check the
    schedule for other fun garments … if you have  been in lately you have seen me sporting the ‘Movie Night Cocoon’ that
    she whipped right up, perfect for this weather!
awesome cotton yarns


A wonderful selection of cotton yarns has arrived from Plymouth. Not sure about working with cotton – did you see my email? No – stop in and grab a copy and be sure to sign up for future emails. Lots of great new choices and colors and options for this yarn. Check out the New Arrivals display next time you are in the shop.

The fifth day of the month be it Sat, Sun, Wed whatever always plays havoc on scheduling ….  so I decided to have fun this month!

Join Us Sat, April 29th 10-4 for a 5th day celebrationbuy 4 skeins and get the 5th skein (of  equal or lesser value) FREE!!  yep we are giving it away – just for you! 

Other events to take note of:

Design our next project bag: we need a new design – so put your thinking caps on and sketch out your design….  the person with the winning design will get the first bag off the press FULL of awesome yarn! So start sketching/ doodling whatever ..  designs need to be submitted by the end of May. (The graphic design team will formalize the image just give us a sketch to work off of!)

    Mark your calendar for our Beginning of Summer Party on Sunday June 25th.  String Theory Truck

   String Theory will be here with their truck full of hand dyed yarn – and you know how much  
   we love independent hand dyers – so join us for a fun day, drawings, testing, camaraderie and of
   course food!!

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