Heidi & Lana *GIVEAWAY*!

Many moons ago two little lambs found their way to two little girls. These two little girls named their two little lambs, Heidi & Lana. It’s been years since these little girls adopted their lambs, since their grandmother first guided their hands in the art of making fabric with sticks & string, but one of these little girls has crafted a special place for herself from these roots. Today I want to tell you a little more about her.

Like many knitters who learn at a young age, Margaret Craig came back to the craft in her teens. Inspired by a scarf featured in a Martha Stewart publication, she picked her needles back up and has never looked back. Some time later Margaret, by then an avid knitter & jewelry maker, decided to meld her talents & experience to make some stitch markers for herself and friends. Understanding the importance of an unobstrusive, snag-free stitch marker, she created an ingenius design for simple, elegant stitch markers.

blue stitch markersAn instant hit, Margaret decided to open an Etsy shop and — as she suspected it might — it took off right away. Heidi & Lana offered handmade stitch markers in three different sizes to best serve their purpose and they were quickly on their way to stardom. Further inspired by her appreciation for a good mindless knit, shortly after she added markers hand stamped with knitting abbreviations. These flawlessly translated into jewelry, so Margaret added some jewelry to her line.

purple earringsWith her Etsy shop booming, she decided to try vending at a fiber show. Then she put together some trunk shows at local yarn shops. The continued success of her fledging business prompted her to take her wares to bigger venues including Vogue Knitting Live in both Chicago and New York. Giving her significant exposure, she returned from New York convinced it was time to take the next step: a brick & mortar shop.

It seems the sun shines brightly on Margaret because things just fell into place. A great retail spot opened up in her hometown of Sebring, Ohio and in March 2013 Heidi & Lana opened its doors for business in its new home in downtown Sebring. h&lshop

There she is in her beautiful shop! Margaret stocks yarns that are made or hand dyed in the USA — buying locally is important to her & she’s made it a cornerstone of her business.

h&lshop2Yarns she carry include: Yarn Hollow, Mountain Meadow, Stonehedge Fiber Mill, Imperial Yarn, Kraemer Yarns, and Done Roving. Oh, yes. I haven’t mentioned that Margaret is also a talented spinner, so she stocks fiber for spinners and felters, too.

h&lshop1This is perhaps my favorite part of her store — the card your own batt station. Spinners can create their own color & fiber combinations here — what a fun way for spinners to get creative!

h&lshop4In addition to the yarn & fiber goodies, Heidi & Lana carries JUL closures as well as a host of needles & notions & accessories, including Margarets’s own Yarnstache tote & some super cute Heidi & Lana logo project bags.

Having stumbled upon Heidi & Lana on Etsy almost exactly one year ago, it has been a delight to watch this dream become a reality for Margaret. From my very first transaction on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving of 2012, I knew this woman was… well, I knew good things would happen for her. When you treat customers as well as she does, when you are as conscientious as she is, it is good for business. It only makes sense that her business is thriving — it simply could not happen to a nicer person. I suppose the cherry on the sundae of all this hard work has been that both her stitch markers & jewelry are featured in the latest issue of Love of Knitting magazine which has led to even more exposure & traffic at the Etsy store prompting Margaret to train Sarah, a stay at home mom (who coincidentally shares both my name & occupation!) to make the bead stitch markers.

Knowing about my blog & how much I love her markers, when I placed my last order Margaret generously offered to pop in an extra set for me to giveaway here on knittingsarah.com. Of course I jumped at the opportunity to be able to share her beautiful markers with you. They come in this lovely little box — a gift just for you!

handlboxAnd when the lucky winner opens it….

heidi and lana markersThese gorgeous little sea-green markers will be there, just waiting to be put to use in his or her next project.

To enter the giveaway simply leave a comment on this post — one entry per person, please. Entries will be accepted until 11:59pm CST Thursday, November 21st.

For those who can’t wait for their very own Heidi & Lana stitch markers, you are certainly welcome (and encouraged!) to place orders in the Heidi & Lana Etsy shop. Special order requests can be placed if you have something in particular in mind — just send Maragaret a message through the Etsy shop and she’ll do her best to hook you up.

For the latest news from Heidi & Lana, follow the shop on Facebook! Even if you aren’t local, you can call in phone orders (330.257.9292) if something catches your eye — there is no shortage of inspiration on the shop’s Facebook feed (that is a fact!)!

And for the lucky bunch of you who are local, stop in. I would!

Heidi & Lana
222 N 15th St
Sebring, OH 44672
Don’t forget to leave a comment to enter the GIVEAWAY & take a peek at all the goodes Heidi & Lana has to offer! Christmas is right around the corner and you & your friends most certainly deserve a treat this holiday season. And Heidi & Lana is definitely a great place to start your holiday shopping!

38 responses to “Heidi & Lana *GIVEAWAY*!

  1. What a lovely write up about Heidi and Lana!! The shop is over several thousand miles from me, but I’ll check out the online shop – and I love the stitch markers (the ideal holiday gift for several of my knitter friends!)

  2. Congratulations to Margaret and the Heidi & Lana shop. I looked at the sett site last year when you posted about your original purchase. Great stuff! Thanks for continuing to share about others because I love to stop in person at great LYS when traveling. Will add this to the list. Best souvenirs ever.

  3. Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous shop and stitch markers! I’d never heard of her before. The pictures of the shop are SO neat and tidy and colorful, how could you not want to go there?

  4. thanks for sharing the etsy shop. I just wish this was a local shop for me…I mean I love living in WIsconsin but wouldn’t it be lovely to have Heidi and Lana as my very own LYS ; )
    really beautiful stitch makers and I love the earrings also

  5. I love this! I was just looking for some stitch markers, like the ones I had seen here on your blog and couldn’t find any. So this is where they come from. So happy for Margaret! What a great story and what a great giveaway! Love the logo and packaging too.

  6. Ooo, that green is stunning. And I love having lots of pretty stitch markers. Off to go check out the shop…

  7. If I lived closer, I’d have to try the card-your-own-batt station! What an inspired idea; best wishes for every success with Margaret’s newest endeavor!

  8. What a darling store. I will be in Medina, OH in December and maybe I can convince my son to make the 1.25 hour trip to visit.

  9. This really inspires me to mix my talents as well to make my own stuff…. Maybe I should open my own etsy shop and try to sell my handcrafted stuff, as well as my hand made glass lampworked beads. Thanks for the post and definitely enter me in that giveaway, check out my blog too if you can 🙂 thanks

  10. I’ve been to Heidi and Lana and love the selection of beautiful yarns so creatively displayed. I look forward to my next visit to Heidi and Lana!

  11. I love Heidi and Lana and Margaret and her shop. She is a lovely person and her shop reflects that. Even though it’s an hour from me, I love going there. There is a typo in her phone number though. The area code is 330 not 303.

  12. Wow! What a lovely looking shop! And beautiful stitch markers, too! Thanks for a chance at this great giveaway!

  13. Those are beautiful and would look great on my needles. Reading this blog post makes me want to take a road trip to Ohio!

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