Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The beauty of Shibui!

As many of you know, I've been working very hard to find a beautiful yarn to compliment our new Churchmouse Yarns & Teas patterns.  I am so happy to share that the hard work has paid off and the end result is the stunning Shibui Knits! 
Shibui Knits is based in Portland, Oregon and they have some of the most beautiful color palettes I've ever seen!   
We are currently carrying Sock and Stacatto in multi colors and we hope you fall in love just like we have!
Sock: 100% Superwash Merino

Stacatto: 65% Superwash Merino / 30% Silk / 5% Nylon
Shibui also has beautiful well-written patterns for their yarn and I am currently working on our shop sample of their Vintage Baby Cardigan! 

Please join us in welcoming Shibui Knits to Firefly Fibers and visit us to see and feel this beautiful yarn in person!  

You can expect to see more Shibui at Firefly Fibers over the next few months!

Happy Knitting!
Alisa

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Stitch 'N Pitch

We had a lovely time at the 5th Annual Milwaukee Brewers Stitch 'N Pitch on July 21st, 2011 at Miller Park.  Our memento is a fabulous knitting Chorizo bobblehead. I love the ball of yarn in his sombrero!
Here's a quick rundown of the event...

We headed to Milwaukee at 2 pm.  The weather and roads were typical Wisconsin with rain, sun, more rain, more sun and plenty of road construction.
 This is our group (left to right: Rachael, Caleb, Mike, and Alisa). 
Once in Miller park the we checked out the vendors, registered for door prizes and collected the above bobblehead.
Firefly Fibers donated a kit for Spud & Chloe's Happily Ever After Hat and Mitts set in retro Brewers colors.  I hope the recipient was happy with their prize!
After that, Rachael and I spent some time knitting. 
 The sausages raced!  Sorry for the blurry photo, they were so fast I almost missed them entirely!
 And our Milwaukee Brewers won!  Go Brew Crew!

If you haven't attended this event in the past and like baseball, I strongly encourage you to attend next year!  It's a lot of fun!

Happy Knitting!
Alisa

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A year, already?!

It's hard to believe that one whole year has passed since we opened Firefly Fibers (technically it was 1 year on May 29th, but close enough, right?). The last year feels like a quick blink of an eye, but when I slow down to think about all that's happened, it's hard to believe that it really has only been one year.

I am a knitter (you probably already knew this or at least you should) and I love yarn and all things fiber related (probably knew this too). Many knitters dream of owning a shop full of beautiful yarn, this was my dream, too. From the time I was very little my folks had a locksmith shop and this inspired me to want to have my own business. They encouraged me to take this chance and after firsthand experience and a lot of hard work with little time off, I still love them both. :)

Now that I am an adult, not only do I have my parents encouragement, but I am also lucky enough to have a wonderful husband that helped make this dream come true. Mike has been so supportive since I mentioned this would be something I wanted to do. He deserves the credit for encouraging me to take the last HUGE step to actually make my dream a reality. Without him, this would not have happened, so a big thank you to Mike!


Of course I love yarn and knitting, but the people I have met over the last year are the reason I wanted to open a shop. I meet amazing people on a regular basis, I get to share my passion and I learn something new each and every day. My customers are the best!
Many of you have been with us from the very beginning and have seen the shop fill up with our beautiful yarns. I appreciate you sharing with me how the shop has changed over the last year, the transition has been so gradual for me that I barely notice until you help me take a step back. Some of our customers are just discovering us and I love the excitement of the fiber enthusiasts as they explore our shop! I thank each of you for welcoming Firefly Fibers into your lives and the community!

Speaking of, our first customer made us a little something special for our 1 year anniversary, thank you Amy!
A big thank you also goes to my wonderful instructor, Sarah Chy! She teaches the majority of the classes at the shop and knits many of the shop samples. She is a great instructor, gives great input on yarn and project selections, and has been very helpful in the balancing of my work and personal lives. I may actually have a personal life soon, can you believe it?

Thank you to all of my customers, instructor, friends, family, designers, and everyone else that has been along for this wild ride. I look forward to getting to know each of you better in the years to come at Firefly Fibers!


This is my dream come true, thank you!


Happy stitching! Alisa

P.S. I finally admitted today that we need more shelves :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Vending at Madison Knitter's Guild

We had a fabulous night vending at the Madison Knitter's Guild meeting on Monday, March 14th! After spending the day packing the store up (the shelves at the shop were really a very sad sight), we were off to Madison to share some of our favorites.

We brought Malabrigo, Dream in Color, Blue Sky Alpacas, and the star of the show, Spud & Chloƫ!

I was obviously happy about something here!
Here's Mike, he ran the register and did a wonderful job!
Sarah (our instructor) was a life-saver and came along to help out, she did a great job answering questions and keeping the tables stocked! It was a long day and night, but it was so much fun talking to all of the knitter and showing off our beautiful yarns!
A fabulous time was had by all!
A huge thank you to all of the the guild members, the guild staff, and Mike and Sarah!
It was a wonderful night!


Cheers!
Alisa



Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Join us to knit beautiful mittens!

Dare spring to come early with the beautiful Bodhi Mittens!  Our Bodhi Mitten Class starts this Saturday, Feb 26th, and we still have a few seats available!


In this class you will not only learn to make mittens, but you will also learn the basics of shaping, a decorative stitch, and how to read & follow a more complex pattern.  These mittens are packed full of knitting knowledge and are sure to impress!

Saturdays:  Feb 26th (11 am – 2 pm) and March 5th (11 am – 12 pm)

Visit us at the store to see the beautiful sample in person, get class details and register.  The details can also be found on the Firefly Fibers website!  

Happy Knitting!

Alisa

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Sock Class Success!

Our Intro to Toe-Up Socks class was fabulous!  Below are the finished socks from our final class this last Tuesday.  Great job ladies!

I really enjoyed teaching the class.  My favorite part was the group cheering as each person completed their bind-off and tried their sock on!

If you want to learn socks from the toe-up, keep an eye on our future class schedule!


Cheers!
Alisa