The Year of Celebration

We had a fabulous turnout for our 25th Anniversary Bash this past Saturday. A huge thank you to all who attended!
Reaching the quarter-century milestone is far too exciting to pack all of the celebrating into one day. This year is also filled with several personal milestones. I have a BIG birthday coming this summer (hint, I’ve had this business for half of my life). Mr. SWAK and I met on April Fools’ Day 20 years ago and have been inseparable since. Therefore I’ve declared 2018 the year of celebrating!
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If you missed out on the party, don’t worry. More fun events are already in the works. In the interim, we’re taking the party online.
Stay tuned for…

  • A walk down memory lane, with great pictures and stories from the past 25 years
  • Spotlight on exciting new yarns and products
  • Fun give-aways
  • Patterns, recipes, and other cool things I have up my sleeve

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It will be like the 24 Days of SWAK sprinkled throughout the year! Check in often and keep in touch with us on social media for reminders. We’ll be sure to give a shout out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Ravelry when new posts are up.
My middle school students are still trying to teach me to use Snapchat, but so far it is just super awful selfies with dog ears. I won’t subject any of you to that eyesore.


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To kick off the online festivities, today I am giving away swag bags from our party this past weekend. Simply leave a comment on this post stating how long you’ve been a SWAK customer and what color you’d like to win. I’ll choose three lucky winners. You have until Saturday, March 24th at midnight to get your name in the hat.
(psst..we are out of the teal green bags)

26 Comments

  • Mary

    15.03.2018 at 10:45 Reply

    I’ve been Swakking for 11 wonderful years. The blue bag needs me.

    • knorthup

      26.03.2018 at 08:20 Reply

      Congratulations Mary! You’ve won a SWAK swag bag. Please pick up your prize by 6.30.18 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Jennifer Dodd

    15.03.2018 at 11:51 Reply

    I have been blessed by SWAK for 13 month! I have loved every minute of it. Both the blue and the red are my faves. Congratulations on 25 years, you have much to be proud of!

  • Karyn

    15.03.2018 at 12:36 Reply

    I have be a “SWAKer” for about 4 years. About 3 ,moths after I moved to Oklahoma, I ventured out to Guthrie and found SWAK. Coming to Guthrie was one of the best decisions I ever made.

    • Karyn

      15.03.2018 at 12:37 Reply

      I forgot the color choice. I love the orange.

  • Betty S.

    15.03.2018 at 12:44 Reply

    I know I’ve been a customer for “years”! I shopped @ the little white house, and bought the pattern for “Keith’s socks” plus yarn of course. I also enjoyed when you had the additional store “SWAK in the City”! You were probably the first yarn store I’d ever been to. I think the only wool yarn I’d ever bought previously was “rug yarn,” much too scratchy! I always thought that I was allergic, because my wool coat I had as a child was so itchy @ the cuffs & neck. What a wonderous world of yarn you and your mom introduced so many of us to. Thank you and congratulations on this milestone of 25 years.
    My favorite color of the swag bag is blue, but I also like the burgundy. Either would make me happy!

  • Donna miller

    15.03.2018 at 13:07 Reply

    Icant remember how long…I’d say 20+ fun years and I choose red

    • knorthup

      26.03.2018 at 08:19 Reply

      Congratulations Donna! You’ve won a SWAK swag bag. Please pick up your prize by 6.30.18 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Tammy Adamson

    15.03.2018 at 13:41 Reply

    Goodness. I think I’ve been a customer since December 2016! Started knitting in September of 2016 and have been getting some fantastic tips, pointers, and especially products from SWAK. I appreciate you all.

    • Tammy Adamson

      15.03.2018 at 17:26 Reply

      Ohhh and green please. Lol

      • Tammy Adamson

        24.03.2018 at 10:54 Reply

        Welllll just saw you said you were out of teal! So blue please.

  • Anne Holbrook

    15.03.2018 at 13:52 Reply

    I’m sure I have been coming to SWAK for
    at least 22 years! Lots of sweaters, hats, socks, blankets, felted purses and scarves for mother, mother-in -law, husband, children, grandchildren and friends.
    Just wish I lived closer!
    My favorite color is the red/burgundy for the bag.

  • Paula Jones

    15.03.2018 at 15:06 Reply

    I took my first knitting class in the little green house on Classen in OKC about 7 years ago and have been in love with yarn and knitting ever since then. I don’t get to Guthrie as much as I would like, but it is a treat to see new yarns and projects whenever I do get to go. I love the bright orange bag.

  • Bernadette Ray

    16.03.2018 at 06:16 Reply

    I’ve been a SWAK customer when the store was in your home. I bought my first ever sock pattern and yarn there!! I like the burgundy bag.

  • JennyE

    16.03.2018 at 10:31 Reply

    I like the green. Also, I have been a customer since 2003 when I learned to knit.

  • Susan Russell

    17.03.2018 at 01:09 Reply

    I have been a customer when I begged my husband to stop at your wonderful and amazing shop, about 3 1/2 years ago. The red/burgandy catches my eye, but I would be very happy to have any one of the beautiful colors!

  • Linda W.

    17.03.2018 at 13:36 Reply

    I had my own “fun” last weekend, recovering from a dental bone graft, so couldn’t make the party. (Would you believe I still had a baby tooth??? I had started down the path to a dental implant, but my body was not in agreement. The bone graft was the equivalent of filling in the hole and pretending this whole thing never happened, LOL.) I’m sure it was fabulous, as always!
    For my birthday in 2008, a friend said, “I’m going to take you to a REAL yarn store.” (I had just taken up knitting again after many decades). She ferried me to SWAK, and I knew it was my yarny home-away-from-home. I attended my first knit-out in 2010. I’ve learned so much about the “engineering” of knitting from you and the SWAK staff, Keely — about fibers, techniques, and more. Looking forward to celebrating with you this year!

    • Linda W.

      17.03.2018 at 13:37 Reply

      Oops, forgot to select a color. Red, please!

    • knorthup

      26.03.2018 at 08:19 Reply

      Congratulations Linda! You’ve won a SWAK swag bag. Please pick up your prize by 6.30.18 or it will be put back in the prize hopper.

  • Debbie Walker

    24.03.2018 at 10:49 Reply

    I have been a SWAK customer for two years. I absolutely love the store. All of the bags are really pretty but I think the blue one needs to be mine. Lol

  • Courtney Wilson

    24.03.2018 at 11:15 Reply

    I remember the day I walked into your fabulous shop Keely! I had no idea you were one of the “B’s” I had been hearing about. What made it even better was that we were “Heels”. We had so much fun! Having Sherry “teach me to knit” is something I hope I never forget. I love that we have been friends for so long. Is that a pink bag or the red or…….

  • Debbie Henderson

    24.03.2018 at 11:27 Reply

    I’ve had the privilege of being a SWAK customer for about 7 years! My favorite yarn shop anywhere. (i love the red bags)

  • Brenda Davenport

    24.03.2018 at 15:28 Reply

    I have loved everything I have purchased from SWAK. I order by phone and always get great service and yarn super quick. All yarn is loved by me and I love purples or any color to knit with. Thanks K.❤️

  • Ashley Scott

    24.03.2018 at 18:27 Reply

    We somehow missed each other when I relocated to Langston from New Orleans and for a semester during hurricane Katrina (maybe the lack of car) but 6 months ago I used the ravelry travel app and found your adorable shop. Red is the color of divas!

  • Lisa Thompson

    24.03.2018 at 20:23 Reply

    10+ years shopping this great store.
    Lovely Blue or red or anything.

  • Ellen

    24.03.2018 at 23:41 Reply

    Geez…I found you when you were in the little house on Noble…how long ago was that?? SWAK is my favorite yarn store. (When I find myself in need of yarn and unable to get to Guthrie then go to another yarn place, I feel like I’m “cheating” on SWAK 🙂
    Love the blue or deep pink. Congrats on 25 year…and 20years with Mr. SWAK!!

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