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Although the Governor has mandated all non-essential shops be closed to the public, Liz is working limited hours Tue – Sat 10 – 4 to answer your emails and phone calls and to prepare orders for you. Please call 413-397-3680 to place a phone order to be picked up curbside or mailed to you, or to get free knitting advice over the phone.  Please read more below.  Keep hope alive and keep on knitting.

Sheep & Shawl is excited to announce we have an Etsy shop for you to use for online ordering!  sheepandshawl.etsy.com You’ll notice the whole shop is not on our Etsy shop pages, but Liz is working on adding more items every week. 

Sheep & Shawl Covid19 Shop Plan

Dear customers and friends of Sheep & Shawl,   – updated 5/12/20 –   Since Tuesday 3/24 the shop is temporarily closed to walk-in customers. Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order then requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide “COVID-19 Essential Services” (that is, “non-essential” shops) to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers, and the public. The most recent “closed until” date from the Governor is still May 18.  May 11th Baker announced a multi-step plan to re-open businesses, but did not specify which businesses would reopen in each phase.  All phases of the plan will depend on the prevalence of the virus and especially on the conditions in our hospitals.  The health and safety of us all is our main concern.  Please stay in contact with the shop:  413-397-3680; liz@sheepandshawl.com; or use “Contact Us” on our website at www.sheepandshawl.com

We sincerely appreciate your support and friendship. Here’s how we would like to continue to provide you with your craft supplies & gifts, stay in contact with you, and give you a few suggestions for your further support of the shop:

  1. We now have an Etsy shop for you to use for online ordering!  sheepandshawl.etsy.com  If you don’t see what you’re looking for, see 2 – 7 below.
  2. We are taking phone and email orders for either curbside pickup or for postal mailing, 10 – 4 Tue – Sat.   Yarn, books, patterns, notions & needles, bags, accessories, toys, children’s books, hand-crafted scarves, shawls, blankets, children’s sweaters & baby blankets, hats, mittens, slippers, kitchen towels – ask us for more info!
  3. We are happy to sell you gift certificates and either mail them to you or someone you designate, or hold them at the shop until you can use them in the future. They are good for future classes as well as supplies.
  4. We provide phone consultation for shopping questions and for knitting advice (yes we can help you read a pattern over the phone!).
  5. We are available for FaceTime sessions to show you products in our shop remotely if that is something that you need. Or we can send you photos by email. 10 – 4 Tue – Sat
  6. We will post favorite patterns, kits to purchase, and more news on the website, Instagram, & Facebook, as well as through e-newsletters.
  7. However, this all takes time and Liz is the only one working. Please be patient and I will do my best to get back to you as soon as possible. An email may be more efficient than a phone message.

I am certainly looking forward to classes & gatherings in the future! Maintain your community contacts as best you can, texting, emailing, phoning. For now, stay home, knit, and stay well friends. Be kind to everyone. Yours, Liz

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Welcome to Sheep & Shawl’s website.  When you visit us at Sheep & Shawl know that we are here to help you with your knitting, yarn, or pattern questions. We love to see what you have created with our yarn!  All of our staff are experienced knitters –  some are also weavers, spinners, or crocheters – and we give you personal attention.  We also showcase local yarns and local fiber artists.  Let us know if there’s a class you would like to take here that we aren’t already offering.  Stay in touch!  The contact us “via email” link in the right column will reach us, or you can call us at 413-397-3680.

We host free Wednesday night Crafts Nites from 6 – 8pm.  The “regulars” at Crafts Nite are very welcoming to newcomers.  There’s always room for more and we have fun!  Bring any portable craft you’d like to work on.

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Find updates for events and sales here, and our calendar of classes and events on the Community page, but you’ll get more immediate info on our facebook page (don’t forget to like us!), and usually more detailed info via our e-newsletter (you can sign up in the column to the right).

We opened our Local Yarn Shop in western Massachusetts in August 2013, located in the Tibetan Plaza on Rtes 5/10 at 265 Greenfield Rd, South Deerfield.  We’re just off I-91 exit 24 N and exit 25 S.  See the map for directions. Our hours are Tue. 10 – 6, Wed. 12 – 8,  Thur. – Fri. – Sat. 10 – 6, Sun. 12 – 4.

See our latest Class and Event list  – and Calendar! – on the Community page.  Call 413-397-3680 for more information and to register.

We have regional and Fairtrade yarns, needles, notions, accessories, and local food/gift items.  Nearly 50 fiber artists and fiber farmers supply handwoven scarves, rugs, blankets, knitwear, felted items, pottery yarn bowls & mugs, and local roving and yarn.  Stop in to take a look!  We always have Gift Certificates and make-your-own Gift Baskets.  If you’re touring the area, we are just south of Historic Deerfield and the Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory.

Sheep & Shawl’s 48 book suggestions for someone you know: Sheep and Shawl book suggestions

The mission of Sheep & Shawl is to create a market for natural fiber yarns, promoting local and regional fiber farmers and fiber artists, and to create a local community of knitters and fiber artists.

I am so excited to be in this beautiful space within the vibrant Pioneer Valley, where “buy local” is a way of life. I hope you’ll visit my website again and be looking for updates!

– Liz Sorenson, owner

 

61 responses to “HOME

  1. Can’t wait, Liz. Good luck, Break a leg, or Blessings…. whatever works. Jane Dunning

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  2. excited to see future posts on this blog! 🙂

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  3. Liz,
    I just know your shop will be a smashing success. Best of luck to you as you embark on an exciting new adventure. Be sure to let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.
    Warmest regards,
    Betsy Martin
    A Loom with a View

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    • Thanks very much Betsy! I will be in touch when I return from vacation. Hope your shop is continuing to do very well in Newburyport!
      Cheers,
      Liz

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  4. My very best wishes as you embark on this fabulous endeavor! Looking forward to a visit from eastern MA to western MA!

    Margaret

    Margaret B. Russell
    Antrim Handweaving
    Studio & Study
    Byfield, MA

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  5. I’m thrilled to hear about this shop and will be there to shop as soon as I can get there after opening. What a brilliant idea!

    See you soon!

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  6. Congratulations! Looking forward to visiting the shoppe! Lots of luck and fun, Barbara

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  7. Liz- Congrats for knitting together all the pieces of your new shop. I wish you success and great fun.

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  8. Liz,
    Liz,
    This is a wonderful use of all your amazing talents! I can’t wait to come visit! Thanks for helping to keep the creative stream flowing for you and all the rest of us!
    Hugs, Gail

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  9. You’ll do great, Mama! Can’t wait to visit the shop again, what a great variety of quality made products!

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  10. It’s all so tempting – glad I didn’t stay longer – I’d be knitting into my year 1000! Blessings!

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  11. Congradulations Liz Please keep me on your email list.
    Lucretiachase1@comcast.net

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  12. Congratulations! I am very excited to come see your shop! Just heard about you today, and I am ecstatic (I live in Greefield). I hope to come for your knitting nights soon. Happy Luck and Good Health to you!
    Cynthia

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  13. Great stuff Liz, can’t wait to visit, maybe next year! Weather is turning here too and thoughts of wool fill the air as I gather in the fleece for next year’s products. Maybe by next year you’ll be importing wool from Papay and Sedbergh!!

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  14. Liz… you have found your bliss! So very very happy for you and everyone who lives near you! We need to have a Knitini!!!

    Go go goddess!
    Jill

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  15. Great class with Laverne! Thanks for being such a gracious hostess.
    Elaine

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  16. Thank you Liz for opening such a great shop! And selling my needle felting supplies and classes too! Best of wishes, Deb from Emma’ s Garden Primitives

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    • Thanks Deb! It’s great having your classes and felting supplies at Sheep & Shawl. You have another winner this week with the needle-felted sheep pin/ornament!

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  17. Looks great … wondering if you are going to or have felting tools. classes begin ? 🙂 Jill

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    • Thanks Jill. We do have felting tools, including single needles (no multi), that are provided by Deb, our needle-felting teacher. Class schedule for Jan. – Mar. will be posted soon! Stay tuned, Liz

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  18. I would like to take your Trumbed? (stuffed) mitten class in January and wondered when it is and the cost. I have one and possibly two friends that want to take the day time class with me.

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    • That’s great Karen. Although I haven’t posted the class yet, Thrummed Mittens will be scheduled for 3 Thursdays – Jan. 9, 16, 23 – for a morning class (10 – 12) and a night class (7 – 9). Cost: $60 class fee plus materials. Come by the shop or call to register. Happy Holidays! – Liz

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  19. I would love to be added to you email list Thank you
    Alice

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  20. Can’t find your hours on this web site. Thank you.

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    • Lary, the hours are in the right-hand sidebar with the address (perhaps they don’t show up on a phone screen?). We are open Wed – Fri 12 – 6; Sat 10 – 6; Sun 12 – 4; and Knit Nite Wed 7 – 9, Knit Circle Friday 1 – 3, Spinning Guild 2nd & 4h Wednesdays 6 – 8. Hope to see you soon! Liz

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  21. Hello Liz….I drive by a number of times each week and finally caught on to the fact that there was a “new” shop there. I just noticed the yarn sign this past Saturday and searched on line just about the time your second spinning class was ending. Oh, no!! I am just venturing into the world of spinning and would have loved to take the class. Maybe you will be offering it again? I will definitely check out the Spinning Guild…….Beth

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    • Hello Beth – welcome! We will have more spinning classes, both in drop spindle and with your own wheel. Watch for the April – June class schedule to be coming out soon. I look forward to meeting you, Liz

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  22. You were right, Liz — Churchmouse clearly says that’s the “stockist” list, and they “may” have the new book. I apologize for my insistence, and I love my new yarn! So all is well, and thank you!

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    • Thanks Dorrie, I’ve looked again, and altho’ I can see the preview of of the book I don’t see how much it is. It is likely that I will order it for the shop however. In the meantime, if you’d like to look up some fun “how to knit” lessons that are free on another website, try Tin Can Knits at http://tincanknits.com/thesimplecollection.html. I trust their patterns and carry many of them as well. Enjoy your new yarns! I’m thinking of a making shawl in the “blue morpho butterfly” BFL (640 yds!).

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  23. Thank you, Liz — I’ll check that other site and see if I want to pass it on to my tentative new knitter — you know how they say, “Oh, will you teach me to knit” and then skitter away? That’s happening with this one! BTW, still on cloud nine after my visits yesterday — what a treat, to spend time with you and all that beautiful yarn!

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  24. Sheep & Shawl is a delightful shop that is warm and welcoming. It has a wonderful selection of natural fibers with a nice mix of nationally known brands & independent dyers. The atmosphere is relaxed & after being greeted I was able to browse at my leisure. The proprietor was avaliable to a guest for hands on assistance & took the time to chat with me about her philosophy on fibers, my yarn selection & projects.
    All in all it was a very pleasant & worthwhile trip which I will happily make again.

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    • Thank you so much for the kind words Wende, and for coming to visit! I hope I’ll see you again soon. This was my first Shop Hop and I loved helping all the customers and getting to talk with them. Come again, Liz

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  25. Awesome backstrap weaving classes, thanks so much for hosting these workshops Liz. And always a pleasure to be surrounded by such beautiful yarn in your lovely shop.

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    • Thanks Jacquie! It was a treat to have you here all 4 days. Thanks also for your extra assistance. I can’t wait to see your finished weavings. Cheers, Liz

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  26. Hi, Liz —
    I just sent someone to you — she was sitting behind me at the Deerfield history conference and was fascinated by the thinness of the lovely sock yarn I bought from you all yesterday — she apparently knits with DK or thicker — hope you have fun together!
    Your Boston friend,
    Dorrie Bell

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    • Thanks Dorrie! If she is who I think she is, she bought two lovely Seven Sisters sock yarn and several Swans Island ecowash DK and All American sport yarns! I didn’t remember there was a history conference today – thanks for being a yarn enabler! ;<)

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  27. Carol Balise

    I would like to sign up for the butterfly crown class

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    • Sorry we missed this note Carol – it went to spam for some strange reason (and I was on vacation last week). We’ve got you registered now. Please send your check or call with credit. Thanks!

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  28. Hello. I would like to learn needle felting. Do you teach that or know any classes in western Massachusetts? I live in Deerfield. Thanks, Janice

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  29. Great talking with you today Liz! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge! I HOPE others will sign up for Saturdays class! I decided once home to unknit my way too large hat! The yarn is beautiful and I think my son will enjoy it as a scarf which I can do up pretty quickly! See you Saturday!
    Diane

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  30. Kelly Carlisle

    Hi there! I live in Florence and would love to purchase two skeins of dk weight Yarn: cream colored (a tweed would be awesome ) I’m doing a scrappy project ( Boyland Knitworks ninilchik Swoncho), so I don’t care too much about guage! I have some flexibility with picking up. Let me know cost and when I should pick up. Thanks!

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