We Like Crochet TOO!!

Joanie, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, crocheted this afghan for her son-in-law.  I love the colors, and I think that’s also what really makes it.  Chevrons are back in, and you are seeing them everywhere from wrapping paper, to fabrics like drapes and upholstery to clothing.  The pattern is called Ripple Afghan by Better Homes and Gardens.

We call ourselves America’s Knitting, but we love crochet too!  Thank you Joanie for sharing your work.

12th Annual Mariners Stitch ‘n Pitch

I’ve attended all but two —

I missed the very first one, I was so bummed.  I don’t think they had their marketing clearly in place, I honestly didn’t even know about it.  I vowed, that I would go the next year.  And go I did!  It was on my birthday that year, and all my friends went, and we had a blast.  My friends even had a birthday wish to me put up on the jumbo Tron!   I’ve been attending every year since, with the exception of one year.

This year, I went with my daughter in law Kim (who’s pregnant with my first grandchild), and my dear friend Ann!  We met up at Starbucks! Tradition is a funny thing — there is no way we could head out, without our iced green tea lemonade!!  Then, off we went for the ferry boat, to sail us over to the big city of Seattle!  Before getting out the car, Ann gives me a gift for the baby due in December.  A lovely Tin Can Knits Bounce baby blanket that she knit for me, to cuddle my first grandchild.  Ann is a grandmother 4 times over, so she picked these colors and knit this for me.  This blanket is a new pattern that I have loved….but I have two other blankets on needles that need to get finished.  What a surprise, I didn’t even ever see her working on this — thank you Ann, I love it!!

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At the terminal, we met up with our other knitting friends, and another Stitch ‘n Pitch was underway.   After getting off the boat, we headed over to Elysian for some pre-game eats and drinks.  Knitters know how to have a good time, and that’s just what we did!  By this time the weather had really cleared up.  Upon leaving my house, I almost brought a coat it looked so threatening.  So we went from this, to this —

Ann had lost her ticket; it was nowhere to be found – we all took turns rummaging through her purse NOTHING!  After leaving Elysian, we went to the ticket box to get her another ticket.  We knew the seat ticket she had purchase…they have a way to check to see if the ticket had come through.  It hadn’t, so they printed us another ticket and in we went.  I had no idea that was even possible – can I say, I was super impressed WAY TO GO SEATTLE MARINERS!

By the time we got up to the 300 deck where are the vendors are, it was HOT…so glad I didn’t pack a coat; the wallet, knitting, camera, phone, business cards and lipstick in my ginormous bag where heavy enough.  I was all ‘a dew’ that’s another term for sweating.  I knew that Apple Yarns, out of Bellingham, would have their new fingering weight line with them, and that is what I was waiting for.  I got my skein — it was really hard to choose, but I love my skein.  It’s called Chuckanut Dr.

Every year the event has a free gift for the knitters of Stitch ‘n Pitch.  We have gotten bags, t-shirts, scissors….this year was no exception, a new bag.  Totally different than the other one I have.  One year we even got a Seattle Mariners Stitch ‘n Pitch needle case that folds up for easy storage.

Another Stitch ‘n Pitch is in the books.  I always say, it’s the perfect evening — summer, friends, baseball, knitting, the stadium, and good eats and drink!  The Mariners lost against the Chicago White Sox, but football season is knockin’ on the door #GoHawks~

 You can click on any of these photos to see the larger version of it!

Brioche Is All The Rage

Intarsia, stripes, fair isle, lace – now brioche is the new cool technique to learn!  Things have sort of calmed down now that summer is here, but we’ll probably be seeing it big time this fall.  Jackie is in the America’s Knitting Ravelry group, and is sharing her Brioche Mittens.

Jackie works for Conversational Threads Fiber Arts Studio in Pennsylvania, and used Malabrigo Yarn Merino Worsted for this project.  The pattern is Briochevron Mittens & Mitts by Stephen West. The pattern is available on Ravelry.

Jackie says that the pattern was very easy if you understand Brioche! Thank you Jackie for sharing your work~

Sight Unseen

Where to begin…..

This is a busy time for me, and it has been for a while now.  My husband & I are building a new home, in our spare time.  It’s been over a year now, and our money is and has been stretched thin.  LUCKILY, my friends have had my back.

My friends took a trip to Skagit Valley this spring to check out the tulips.  I, had to work, and wasn’t able to go.  To bad too, because they visited Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon, Washington.  The interesting thing is…..I’ve covered this store before.  It seems that whenever somebody visits this shop, they take pictures and tell me all about it.  I, myself, have never been there…..but if people love the store, I will cover it a hundred times…..WHY? because, these stores change, just like any other store with the seasons, staff, and product.

So, if you haven’t been to a yarn shop in a while, go check them out again!  Some day, I am going to get to this shop myself!  All the pictures are courtesy of my friend Ann Poor – thank you Ann for thinking of me….and they loved the store very much!