Angels We Have Heard On High

Did you know that America’s Knitting has a Ravelry group?  Well, we do!  We have 278 members, and the group is moderated by carmelknits (Carmel).  BUT, these adorable angels were knit by KZPow (Kimberlee).  The name of the pattern is Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi Angels by Anna Hrachovic.  I just love these and they are very festive for our Holiday Countdown KAL we have going on now.  Thanks Kimberlee for allowing me to post and share!

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Baa-ble Hat

Here is my Baa-Ble Hat by Donna Smith!  I so rarely feel the fever itch to start something, and then have the tenacity to see it through to it’s finish in a timely matter.  Not only did I start and finish this hat, but had five other color combos in the line up to make more.  It’s a fun knit, a fast knit and we all have some worsted weight yarn in our stash, to as Carmel would say “crack one out”.  I really enjoyed knitting this – thank you Donna Smith!

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A Lighthouse on Hammersley

If you are a knitter or a quilter, I’m sure that you’ve attended a retreat before!  I’ve attended a couple of different retreats.  I used to attended an annual retreat for many years running, that was three days over the span of a weekend.  This retreat, was a day retreat spanning seven hours, including lunch.

Carmel & I attended this day long retreat this last Saturday, and it was hosted by Lois of Allyn Knit Shop, out of Allyn, Washington!  The retreat was held at a bed & breakfast out in Shelton called A Lighthouse on Hammersley.  It took about an hour to get there, which does make you feel like you are somewhere else.  Now, I’ve been to Shelton lots of times, but never out in this area, very remote, and on the water.

The place had a nautical feel for sure, with super tall ceilings, lots of light, a huge kitchen, and a cozy fireplace.  Lots of ladies where in attendance.  We were just a tad late, as Carmel & I had stopped for breakfast.  We don’t see each other all that often, and we got caught up over breakfast.  It was a such a wet and rainy day, perfect to hunker down, and get some knitting accomplished.

When we arrived, Lois was welcoming everyone, giving a little speech about what they could expect during the day, and she started a sharing and show session.  Carmel & I took up a table over by the fireplace.  You saw everything really from afghans, to intarsia work, fair isle work, sweaters and children’s items. IMG_4097 I had brought my Baa-ble Hat to share, and was working on a Christmas Stocking.  Carmel finished her sweater — all ready for buttons.yarma_medium2

Lunch was served and we had Asian Chicken Salad with a breadstick and iced tea – lovely, and yummy.  They even provided desert, a Reece’s Peanut Butter Parfait.  I didn’t finish my Christmas Stocking, but I did get familiarized with my old project again, and Carmel helped me iron out a problem I was having with the yarn.  She also gave me a lesson in pom pom making.

It was really fun to slow down, enjoy the company of other knitters, get some knitting in, meet new friends, and see this gem of a bed and breakfast.  Thank you Lois for having us, and thank you A Lighthouse on Hammersley for allowing us into your establishment, we had fun!

The Artful Ewe

I always say “you can never have too many yarn shops”!  They are all as different and unique as their owners.  They are all in different locales, they carry different brands, they offer different things, and have different personalities!

The Artful Ewe is owned and operated by Heidi Dascher, and the store is in historic Port Gamble, Washington!  This quaint town has a sawmill history, and is now operating on historic tourism.  They focus on celebrations and weddings, with shops, restaurants, and activities.

Heidi is busy all week long ordering supplies and dying yarn, and the store is open for your shopping pleasure on the weekends.  Her store is cozy, warm, and inviting.  You would think all the custom dyed yarn would be enough, but the charm of the old building, her always fresh flowers, the fire and her adorable dogs, just put it over the top memorable.

The Artful Ewe has every weight of yarn you need, and is now offering yarns by Habu Textiles; which is new for the store.  I did purchase some superwash worsted wool, but what drew me to the store this visit was it’s newest member Semillon her Whippet puppy.  Now you can visit Grace and Semillon.

The town had that fall feeling with it’s overcast skies, bustling leaves on the ground, and a chill in the air.  They are gearing up for their Christmas in the Country celebration, so check out the town website here.  Visit Heidi, Grace & Semillon at The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble, Washington Friday, Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm!