There always seems to be a flurry of activity @ the shop!
Currently we are busy putting together kits and more kits for LYS Day (Local Yarn Shop Day) Sat April 30th. This is a day for us to show off to you all and to say Thank You for being such great customers and supporting us!
New yarns are coming in as well from Bad Sheep Yarn Co located in North Pole Alaska! Can't wait to receive it! Dream in Color will be up for vote as well along with their newest base Riley, single ply worsted, 100% SW Merino - can't wait to try it out!
Additionally crafters have been bringing in new goodies, we received new order of barrettes, and a new line of biscotti - yum!!
Hope to see you soon!
March 11, 2022 - not sure where the time goes! Everytime I turn around it is a new month..... we have been busy working on new offering for classes and workshops - Maers needle felting landscape workshop has been filling so quickly we went from one night to 3! I am sure you all will have fun! If you missed out, add your name to the waitlist and we will see about adding another session.
Sunday March 13 Daylight Saving time begins - do you have any clocks you don't need to change as you left them, did not change them from the fall time change - in denial? I have one!
To celebrate more sunlight hours, we are offering 13% off yellow yarn - so bright and fun!
Judy from the Elegant Flower will be offering a flower arranging workshop on Wed. 3/23/22 - that should be lots of fun - a bunch of flowers in a vase on the table is always so cheerful - but to be able to turn it into a lovely arrangment - how cool is that? Be sure to register now before this workshop fills - flowers are provided, you just need to bring your scissors.
One of our biggest dilemnas has been the size of our learn to knit waitlist... and finding an instructor who can accomodate the commitment - so our short term solution is going to be to add a ONE MONTH Learn to knit class. Sharon will be offering this class alternately with her sock class - so we will see how that goes. An email will be going out to everyone on our waitlist and then if there is room, we will open the class up to anyone interested.
April 2nd is National Handwork Day Registered in 2017 by Amy Bierstadt and proclaimed as a holiday in 2018, the day recognizes the painstaking dedication that is required to create items by hand. We are going to celebrate by hosting a Fashion/ Show & Tell Show all day! Stop in, show us what you have made, let us celebrate with you! Maybe we should kick it off with Wine, Cheese & Chocolate Friday evening - what do you think?
What else is going to be going on in April? Well firstly, Easter, Sunday April 17th we will be closed, so please plan your shopping accordingly. Then Saturday, April 30th is LYS Day. Mark your calendar and plan to come help us celebrate this fun day! Weather permitting, we will fill our sidewalk with our yarn spinners, and have tons of kits ready to go for you, including, rolling out an exclusive shop shawl pattern, designed by Melani.
Jan 12, 2022 - whew things are finally settling back to normal. The re-do is done, new inventory has, for the most part arrived and been processed into the system.... new Freia yarn has arrived and after our meeting with Andra (our Berroco rep) today we have lots and lots of great ideas.... mostly for DK yarns..... we are very excited and can't wait to start knitting samples!!
Lots of great new products on the gift side... Naked Bee restocked, fun new puzzles from New York puzzle company, picture frames from Macone, bracelets from Jewels of the Vineyard, and lots more...... evening Drop-ins are starting back up and a couple of knit-a-longs will be added to the schedule soon. We have been doing a lot of brainstorming - 5th Saturday events, Feb 2, 2022) 2-2-22 - what should we do for that? First 22 folks in to make a purchase get a gift?? Mystery boxes - one for Valentines Day..... we are open to suggestions too..... stay tuned ....
12/20/21 -- just a quick reminder of our hours for the next couple of weeks!
12/22 & 12/23 - Last couple of days to wrap up your shopping we will be open till 8PM
12/24 - Christmas Eve - we will be closing at 4PM
12/25 & 12/26 - Christmas & Boxing Day we will be closed
12/27 - 12/31 - our Annual Year end sale - Not to be missed for great deals; classes as scheduled
12/31 - New Year's Eve we will be closing at 4PM
Jan 1 - 6 2022 - we will be closed for inventory and our annual re-do - all classes and Social knits have been cancelled
Thursday Jan 6 - Evening classes will be held
Friday Jan 7th - We will re-open for our regular schedule - classes in the AM and shop hours 12-6 - looking forward to seeing you all then!
12/17/21 Christmas is right around the corner ... are you ready? We still have lots of wonderful handcrafted items from our crafters ready to be snatched up! Stop in or shop online NOW - we will continue to ship but do not guarantee timely arrival of your selections.
We would like to welcome Maer (pronounced like Mary without the y at the end) to our awesome team! She has actually started teaching this month, talk about jumping right in! We are so excited!! She will be offering an ARNO & CARLOS knitted doll workshop in January, mostly knit in ONE piece - so this might be worth checking out!
Speaking of January please note we will be closed Jan 1-6, 2022 for our annual re-do and inventory. Evening classes on Thursday the 6th WILL be held - all others earlier in the week have been cancelled, and back to our regular schedule Friday Jan 7th.
I trust you all had a wonderful holiday, we do have so much to be thankful for ...... family, friends, pets, etc etc.....
I apologize that the December schedule is so very late - no reason except good old procrastination .... I am happy to say, it is finally completed, everything posted on our calendar page and downloadable here: December Calendar and Description of all classes
Don't forget to join in the Community Affairs Snowman hunt they have put together instead of the Holiday Trolley.... should be lots of fun!
See you soon!
Have I seriously not posted anything since June?? OMG!
We just seem to go from one activity to the next .... and have so much fun doing it all! I truly hope you have been able to join us for many of the events, our Virtual Yarn Crawl, our In-Person Yarn Crawl, our Summer Sidewalk sale!! so much!
Firstly, thanks to Beth and Marla we have the Charity knit/crochet back on the 1st Wed morning of the month! This year we are making hats for sailors on the Carl Vinson - 6000 hats are needed in total (no worries not all are coming from us!) Tuesday mornings, Linda has started up some of her technique classes again, so both the Tues & Wed AM Drop-in sessions have been suspended for the foreseeable future - however we have ADDED a Tues evening Drop-in 6-8PM the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of the month - hope you can join us!
The biggest new event at the moment is our 12 Day Mystery Box subscription..... register to reserve your box and daily starting Nov 11 our Elf will be sending out an email offering you 2 items for purchase that we will add to your box for you!
We have designed this to have lots of options for you ... purchase Item A, Item B, both if you really like them, if you can't make up your mind (& you don't really want both), let our Elf decide for you, you can also opt out for the day (although we really can't imagine why you would want to do that!) OR you can opt to make it a total mystery!!! This is going to be so much fun! Head over to our YouTube channel and watch Stacey's promo..... be sure to register now!
6/18/21 - How do you like the changes in the yarn area? We really wanted to move the Remix - it was tucked in the corner for so long and we think it is such a fantastic yarn that it really, really needed a new home! and now it has one - you should have seen us moving those huge shelf units! Well it was either move them as a unit or move ALL that yarn ..... ah well - it all worked out.
We had such a great time seeing so many of you at Worldwide Knit in Public Day, and Dianne enjoyed teaching a few folks how to knit! Beautiful day, and thank you for joining us!
Once again we are going to host our take on 'Prime Day' - hope you received the email and are as excited about the event as we are - we are going to be holding it on Monday, June 21st from 12-6 - watch for all the emails and the great sales. Perfect time to start stocking up on gifts for the holidays! Didn't get the email explaining the event? Be sure to sign up now for our emails, so you don't miss out!
We wanted to thank those of you who have followed us on our Facebook Live events, we are going to take a short break - but in the meantime, don't forget to stop in to check out all the new goodies!
Beth's Hat Knit-Alongs are going strong - each month she is presenting a new hat with new skills -- the Zoom meetings are free if you purchase the supplies for the hat in the shop.... if you 'stash-dive' for your yarn then the 2-3 week Zoom is just $15 - be sure to register now.
As many of you know, the canopy is back up, social knitting groups have started back up and classes have the opportunity of being held indoors or out. Our shop hours will continue to be 12-6 Mon-Fri & 12-4 Sat/Sun. Although the occupancy restrictions have been lifted, we are still watching the numbers in the shop at one time, and yes, I am sorry to say at this time we are still requiring masks to be worn by customers in the shop. We will continue to require the use of hand sanitizer - and I do not think that will go away, it just makes sense to have folks clean their hands before touching all our gorgeous fibers! How we never thought of that before is a wonder!
Enjoy your weekend folks and see you on Monday!
4/19/21 - WOW what an awesome day we had on Saturday ... thank you to everyone who stopped in and those of you who supported us by ordering online! It was a-m-a-z-i-n-g ..... can't thank you enough!
Moving on, Sirdar has a lovely acrylic yarn called Bonus DK - and to help promote the yarn they are starting a Crochet A-Long Blossom Blanket starting this week. It is really cute!! Great for beginner crocheters as well - so we are told. We are just finalizing details with Shaye and will get it posted ASAP .. so stay tuned for details. In the meantime the kits (12 skeins of yarn) will be available starting tomorrow (4/20) at the shop.. and I believe it will be just about $60 or so.
Yes, we are having some beautiful weather but at this point there is still no date on when the canopy will be going up. We will keep you posted!
Beth is hosting the Malabrigo KAL Temperance Shawl and it is going well - I am loving all the colors everyone has chosen! Can't wait to see the finished projects! Speaking of finished projects - how are you all doing on the Cocoknits Franca KAL?? Janet wore hers in the other day - looks like a wonderful piece.
Beth is going to be starting a series of monthly Hat KALs ... starting with the Sunflower pattern that was an LYS Special. More details coming soon.
Looking for something to do? Have you checked out the Fiberside Chats? Some really talented folks are lined up to share their passion & expertise.... check it out!
We hope you are enjoying this beautiful weather!!
3/27/21 - In our search to keep us afloat and keep you, our customers engaged, we’ve explored new ways of doing things and learned other ways to reach out and connect. We appreciate your support during this trying time, feel free to reach out with any ideas you have of events/ products you would like to see in the shop and on our calendar!
The Cocoknits KAL with Janet (via Zoom & in-house) ended this weekend - keep knitting for those of you who did not finish - the rest of you - be sure to stop in or post a photo of you and your sweater! Very exciting and hopefully you learned some new techniques.
Speaking of KAL (knit-a-longs) Malabrigo is hosting one for their "Temperance Shawl" knit-along for April and we are thrilled to have Beth back leading this KAL. Malabrigo will be giving out lots of prizes - so be sure to pick up your yarn and get yourself registered!! (we do need a minimum of 4 people to run any of our Zoom meetings/ knit-alongs so be sure to register soon!) NOTE: the first meeting will be Wed, March 31 due to the Easter holidays, all subsequent meetings will be Thursday evenings!
Fiberside Chats have been great fun - I do hope you have looked these over and have signed up to "meet" some of these designers & dyers... a great diversion to your day ... plus the fact that they are sooo inspiring!
Coming up in April:
Friday 2nd @ 6pm - are 2 dyers, Jennifer Miller and Alissa Barton, both of whose yarns we have carried in the past;
Sat 10th @ 4pm, Join Gudrun Johnston for a wee virtual journey to Shetland;
Sun 18th @ 4pm, Under the Covers at 2 Dye Studios with Jeane Decoster of Elemental Effects and Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep, again Elemental Effects is a yarn we carry; and wrapping up April on
Sunday, April 25th at 4pm meet Beth Brown-Reinsel - details on her chat are forth coming.
Do register now for these fun chats!
2/13/21 - Intention-setting helps us stay focused. Experiments show that when we set intentions, we’re far more likely to follow through on our goals. So what intentions have you set lately? We are very excited to have several of you fill our your Bingo cards and it is great fun to see your excitement when you get to cross off a project!
1/30/21 - How has this year been so far for you?
The re-do is done, seems so long ago! New inventory is just about all in-house, now to just get it all into the system. How do you like the website and some of the streamlining? Always a work in progress!
Our annual documentation filming will be Monday morning - so watch online for the new tour if you have not been in - even if you have been in, it is fun!
Thank you to those who took time to take our poll - have you had fun spending your $$? Stacey has shifted her focus to putting together boxes - mystery boxes - we are thinking about quarterly but you never know how ideas/ yarn might "talk" to her. Happiness boxes are also available - you know that 2AM wake up call and you need something to help you feel good? We have them... the items will be the same in each theme but the color/ flavor might be a bit different! Check them out.
We have been having fun looking through the lists of "National Days" to celebrate (please note these are the "fun/ unusual days" NOT our annual 'legal' holidays on the calendar). Ones coming up for Feb include "spunky old broads day" and yes this really is a day!; Lost penny Day, Feed the Birds Day, Walk the Dog Day among others .... we will have something fun going on or to give out on those days! Stay tuned.
Also on the docket are some Knit-a-longs and a great line-up of guests on our Fiberside Chats ... hope you have been able to tune in on some of them, Hanne Dale & Siri Angela Gamborg, Andrea Rangel and Norah Gaughan are upcoming. I am working on a knit plaid scarf following the chat with Carissa Browning ... so much fun! Lining up my next project from the Outlander book after our chat with Barry Klein from Trendsetter Yarn Group - if you could not make the chat, watch the replay - it is up on the site now - great fun!
Have a great day!
12.1.20 - Thank you!
We, at Craftworks, your local Brick and Mortar craft fair and local yarn shop would like to thank the community for your overwhelming support over Thanksgiving weekend. To see so many of you come out to support us was amazing and just warmed our hearts to no end, even brought some to tears! This has given us the energy to continue the battle. Many small businesses, us included need a strong holiday season if we are going to be here next year, due to the financial hit we have taken from the pandemic.
Black Friday has traditionally been a day that big box stores and on-line businesses dump a whole lot of money into advertising and slash prices beyond words to entice you to spend your hard-earned dollar with them. Last year, major retailers spent just over a quarter of a billion dollars on Black Friday ads alone. By contrast, the average small business spends a mere $400 per month on marketing, according to a Chamber of Commerce survey.
What the big boxes/ internet businesses do not do is help the community they service. Small business is what carries the area. We know people by name, your neighbors and your friends and are there for you when you ask for donations and support for your school, church and civic groups.
In-person store limits have slowed down the hustle-and-bustle of the shopping day, but some shoppers told us they are less frantic and are able to enjoy the experience more, either in-store, virtually via zoom (personalized shopping) or online with shipping or curbside pick-up.
Thank you all and we wish you a wonderful, blessed holiday season!
5.14.20 -- A Good Piece of News
7.28.20 -- How is your summer going?
What has changed? We are staying open on Sundays for all those enjoying Stay-cations! So stop in between 12-4PM.
Lots of new yarns have been arriving, the fall season from Berroco, lots of new Emma colors and new monthly colors from Forbidden Fibers. Be sure to check them out and pattern suggestions - some great ideas for holiday gift giving.
What are you working on? Looking for help choosing your next project .... we have put together a number of kits for you - be sure to check the kit pages.
Our classes have started back up - several have openings - daytime classes are under our canopy (with fans) and evening classes are in the shop (with air conditioning & shop is closed to customers) - register today and get started!
Speaking of looking for help we are; so if you are interested come talk to us!
CUSTOMER-FOCUSED SALES & FIBER ARTS PROFESSIONAL
If you …
• Love to knit/ crochet or any other fiber arts • Are Motivated & Willing To Go The Extra Mile • Are Friendly & Outgoing • Are Detailed & Organized • Have a Burning With A Desire To Help Customers • Want to share this love of the fiber arts
A Really Fun Place to Work! • Flexible work schedule • Being part of a creative team • Paid Training • Continued and ongoing in-house training
Must be a proficient knitter, (Crochet experience a plus); Sales Experience helpful but training is provided …
Craftworks is a handcrafted gift shop, all made in the US and a full-service yarn shop, located in Northborough, MA. We offer gifts, classes, and yarn, and are focused on growing sales through customer service and satisfaction.
Come in today and fill out an application, call for an appointment or e-mail the application found on our About Us page
6.22.20 -- Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the "Re-opening Tailgate"
It was wonderful to see so many of you after our quarantine & ALL your AMAZING projects. Congrats to Katie, Lois & Marci - they won the drawings!!
Just a reminder, we do required social distancing (2 arm lengths) the wearing of masks if SD is not possible, and the use of sanitizer by all. The staff & I will be wiping things down on a regular basis, while sanitizing in the evening.
Classes and Drop-ins have started back up again with strict guidelines: if there are 3 or less folks, you have the option as a group to come into the shop, all others need to meet outside under the canopy with the fresh breeze and the fan.
Lori & Sarah have worked hard to get all the shop inventory up on the website. We are continuing to offer online sales and curbside pick-up options. Marsha came in and has created a new Virtual Tour - check it out!!
We continue to receive a number of boxes weekly, wooden puzzles, more shirts from Jess 'n Jane, new yarn from Alegira (Manos), Emma, Berroco & of course Plymouth. All these new yarns have inspired new kits that now available on the website as well ... remember you can always swap out the colors or make up your own kit.
Looking forward to seeing you in the shop soon!
6.12.20 --- Re-opening TAILGATE Party (w/ Social Distancing!)
5.29.20 -- Reopening Information
June is right around the corner …. That means we are getting closer to opening ..…..
We are working diligently towards our Phase 2 opening which is currently set for June 8th. This date is fully dependent on the data trends continuing to move in the right direction. In the meantime, we will continue to ship orders out, do curbside pick-up, and local (Northboro) delivery. Current shop hours are Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri 10-3, and by appointment on Saturdays.
Our goal is to open the store on Monday June 8th, after Governor Baker’s press conference. We will announce our opening status on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages following Governor Baker’s announcement. Once open, we will be maintaining our regular hours: Mon – Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4 and Sunday 12-4. To start, we will not remain open any evenings except for classes.
We will all be wearing masks or shields, and you will be required to wear one as well. We will be able to provide you with a disposable mask if you don't have one, ($1 donation). Cloth ones will be available for sale from our quilters/ seamstresses. If you have an underlying health issue that makes wearing a mask difficult or impossible, we encourage you to shop online or arrange curbside pick-up.
For your safety and comfort, we will be social distancing as much as possible when helping you choose yarn, reviewing your patterns and helping to fix issues with your work. At this time, we are not planning on having one-way directions in the shop, but will limit the number of customers in the shop at one time.
We are in the process of obtaining canopies large enough to accommodate our classes and social knitting outside weather permitting and as you are comfortable attending. Our Zoom social meetings will continue as requested, as will some of our virtual classes/ workshops.
While the CDC recently announced they no longer feel surface to human transfer of the virus is likely, we will be sanitizing high traffic surfaces prior to opening, during business hours, and again after closing. Bottles of hand sanitizers will be located around the shop, you will be asked to sanitize your hands as you enter the store, we will be happy to pump for you should you wish as these are not touchless.
We will accept returns, per our normal policy (they will be quarantined prior to being put back out for sale), we will wind your yarn as needed/ requested, you will be asked to sit outside, or come back later to pick the skeins up.
We miss you all and cannot wait to welcome you back! It is imperative we do so within the guidelines set by Governor Baker as we want all of you and our awesome team to be safe. We will continue to update you as we get closer to our reopening date.
Thanks for all your support, stay safe!