The Next Generation of Gallers
Welcome to the first stop on the Joseph Galler Inca-Eco Blog Tour beginning today, March 19th through April 2nd (please check below for the full tour schedule).
What’s better than owning a yarn shop? For Star Galler, the third generation, it is about continuing the dream her grandfather Joseph started in 1951 with Joseph Galler Yarns. Joseph died in 1993, at the age of 92, passed the business to his son Henry and now Henry’s daughter Star has come to the forefront to continue the tradition.
We thought it would be nice to get to know Star and the Galler family a little better.
Star thank you for sharing this with us. We think your grandfather is smiling from above and beaming with pride. We would also like to thank you and Marie for inviting us to be a part of the next chapter of Joseph Galler Yarns.
With each generation comes change and infusing a younger perspective into a very long lived established company is all it takes. This year for Joseph Galler Yarns, means a new website, an introduction into social media with a Facebook page , a blog and a Ravelry page. As Star mentions, they are also introducing two new yarns to their existing portfolio: Inca-Eco a 100% Organic Cotton (140 yds) in 15 “requested colors” made with low impact, eco friendly dyes and Asana Bulky, 50% superfine alpaca/50% Peruvian Highland Wool (140 yds) in 5 tri-tone shades. Before we can venture into the new, let’s take a quick step back a few years.
In The Loop was first introduced to the Joseph Galler line four years ago by their rep, Susan Shabo. This was not a hard sell by any means. One touch of the Galler Peruvian Tweed and their Heather Prime Alpaca (both 100% superfine Alpaca) was all it took, along with introducing us to a very talented designer, Champagne Maker, aka Stitch Poet and one very infamous pattern called the Wrapigan.
The Wrapigan, knit with Galler Peruvian Tweed, was a huge favorite here at the shop and was auctioned off to benefit the American Cancer Society
Then came the Simon Cowl (also from Stitch Poet), in Galler’s Heather Prime Alpaca. This sample has seen quite a few functions outside the shop. We never know who’s going to “borrow it”.
Followed by our most popular sweater to date: The Boyfriend Sweater. The Boyfriend Sweater is our version of a thirty year old Reyonld’s pattern. A super quick knit with one strand of Galler Peruvian Tweed and (1) strand of Frog Tree Chunky. The perfect “go to” sweater for our New England weather.
We also carry Cupcake, now renamed Adorable, (hmm.. wonder why the name changed) which makes the most luxurious baby items. The recommendation for this Alpaca Silk blend is to knit it as a worsted weight yarn on size 7 needles, but we find the stitch definition is more suited to a 5 or 6 needle.
…and we saved the most luxurious for last, Galler’s Belangor. Our skeins are “served” in a beautiful glass bowl. This 100% French Angora Rabbit Hair is pure heaven against your skin.
New Englanders are fickle and with our unusually abnormal, non-existent winter, our customers are in search of spring/summer cottons and linens much earlier than expected. This was a perfect time for Joseph Galler to release their new line of Eco Cotton, a textured thick and thin cross between Classic Elite’s Sprout line and Blue Sky Alpaca’s Organic Worsted Cotton. Every Friday during the tour Galler Yarns will be releasing free patterns for the Eco Cotton on their blog site.
For those of you anxious to try some of the new Inca Eco, Galler Yarns has been kind enough to send us a sample skein for some test knitting and we were happy to take it for a test drive.
Some last words from Star:
There were only a handful of yarn companies in the country when my grandfather started Galler Yarns. He had a really big personality, and a lot of the owners of the older shops knew my grandfather. We’re a real family business. You will always get me or my parents on the phone if you call. We have a 97 year old woman who helps out part-time shipping orders – she has worked with my parents for over 35 years! We provide very personalized service and have an open door for suggestions from our retailers. We’re not a big corporation, but just a boutique yarn company. Galler Yarns is really a special place with a lot of love.
We wish Star and her family continuing success!
Blog Tour Schedule provided by Joseph Galler Yarns
Tuesday, March 20 – Day 2 - Knit Purl Gurl
Wednesday, March 21 – Day 3 - FreshStitches
Thursday, March 22 – Day 4 - Crafty Is Cool
Friday, March 23 – Day 5 - Cute Crochet Chat
Saturday, March 24 – Day 6 - Redshirt Knitting
Sunday, March 25 – Day 7 - CraftSanity
Monday, March 26 – Day 8 - Craft Gossip with JD Wolfe
Tuesday, March 27 – Day 9 - Crafting a Green World with Julie Finn
Thursday, March 29 – Day 11 - Crochet Concupiscence
Friday, March 30 – Day 12 - KRW Knitwear Studio