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Summer Solstice Yarn Swap!

I’ve been trying to reorganize my stash at home in a way that works better for me. And I realized that I have so many yarns that I love, but will probably never end up using. I hate to throw them away, because I’m sure they could have a loving home somewhere, and also I don’t like to be wasteful. Plus I’m out of space for all the new yarns I keep buying! So I thought to myself, “Self, I’m sure all fiber lovers run into this at one point or another. Why not do a yarn swap at the store?” And here we are.

Why Summer Solstice you ask?

Well, I like space. I like stars. I find the way they all move interesting. I love when there is more sun than darkness. And also, if I want to do an after hours yarn swap, this gives me an opportunity to still be home before dark! There will be an event on the store’s facebook page, and you can sign up there.

Do you have to register?

Please mark yourself as attending on the facebook event. A rough idea of people coming is helpful for me to make sure we have space for everyone!

What do you have to do to participate?

Just bring yarn from your stash that you would like to see go to a loving home in a tote or cardboard box, and a reusable tote for you to “shop” with. All yarn will be first come, first serve, and must be given away for free. We will set up the boxes in the store (our outside in the hall if we need extra room!) and everyone is free to take what strikes their fancy!

What if you don’t have yarn to give away but want to come take some home?

This is a swap. So the idea is that you give and get. But I will leave it up to the individual owners of Yarn Free To A Good Home if they want to just give it away. Some of us don’t have large stashes, and we are all always up for more yarn!

What happens to the yarn that no one takes?

Well, you are perfectly free to take your yarn home with you at the end. If you don’t want to however, I will gladly make a donation to Sew Green Rochester with all the homeless yarn!

What if you want to purchase yarn from the store while you’re here?

Purchase away! I won’t stop you! But you’ll have to wait until I finish shopping at the swap! 🙂


So there you have it! A Summer Solstice Yarn Swap in a nutshell.

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The Black Purl is marching in the 2017 ROC Pride Parade! And we want you to join us! 

That’s right! The Black Purl has signed up to be part of the 2017 ROC Pride Parade. We want to invite all of you to take part in this experience, whether it is marching with the store, or just helping us make our giant Pride Flag Blanket. We will be taking donations for The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley in exchange for Pride Flag Blanket Square Kits, available both in knit and crochet. Your finished square needs to be returned by July 1st, and we will be holding two special Stitch N Bitch Nights on July 3rd and 10th to assemble the blanket. The blanket will then be auctioned off by The Gay Alliance at Pride.

If you are interested in marching, come by the store, call us, or email and give us your name, phone number, and email address. We need people to carry the banner, some flags, and hand out pins. If you want a shirt to wear during the parade, you need to come by to place your preorder. The shirts will be available for pick up the afternoon before the parade and the morning of. All proceeds from the sale of the shirts will be going to The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley.

This is a cause near and dear to our hearts. We believe that ALL people deserve love and respect, and we sincerely hope you will join us in supporting The Gay Alliance.

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New Yarn for MayDay Underground!

We got some new yarn in for the MayDay Underground craft fair tomorrow, which is from 10-5, and we will be opening an hour early for anyone who is either vending at MayDay or comes early to check out the over 70 vendors who will be lining our halls! And of course we will be here until 8pm since it’s Saturday for those who can’t make it during the day.

So instead of typing up a whole thing about these yarns, I did a fun little video of them for you all to enjoy!!

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We are open!!!

Well, our first week of business is over at The Black Purl, and I am just blown away by all of my customers. Rochester has the friendliest, kindest, and enthusiastic fiber community I have ever seen. I just wanted to thank everyone who came in and said hi, and let you know how much I appreciate your patience while we are still figuring out how everything works.

We've had a lot of interest in a regular Stitch-n-Bitch, so we will be starting one in May! We also have a Ravelry Group set up under the name Pieces of Eight. We will be using that to manage our Stitch-n-Bitch Meetups, so if you are interested go join the group!

We have a lot of work to get done for our Grand Opening, so we will have limited hours this week to prepare. We will be open Tuesday-Thursday from 11am to 6pm, and from 11am to 3pm Friday. Don't worry, we will be in the store setting up after we close, so if you have a fiber related emergency come knock on the door and we will get you all squared away!