Yarn Bar

Kathie Malcher, a regular contributor for America’s Knitting, roving report if you will…..covered this store on her travels through Montana!  I can never thank Kathie enough for all she does for us.  I’m still working full time, and don’t travel as much as I would like to, and frankly, not everyone is comfortable asking and taking pictures, and the time it takes to email them all over to me, so I am able to spotlight local yarn shops, so THANK YOU KATHIE!!  I think that was the longest run-on sentence in history.

Anyway, here is what Kathie had to say about this store — Yarn Bar, Billings, Montana:

Owned by Linda and Sue – in the picture is Linda on the left and Sue on the right – store opened August 1, 2017 – it is a regular drop off point for Knitted Knockers.  They carry Mountain Meadow Wool (which I purchased), it is a Montana yarn and the gal searched hard and long for a mill to mill her yarn.  They also carry Blue Sky Fibers, Cestari, Erika Knight, Kelbourne Woolens, Madtosh, Polka Dot Sheep (MT yarn).  Their shop is small but jam packed with great yarn, but plenty of room to get around and see everything.  They have lots of samples and the lighting is good – they were very nice – warm and welcoming.  Definitely a place to stop in to see if ever in Billings, MT

Ok, there you have it!  I think the store looks very creative and cute!  Like always, if you want to cover a store for America’s Knitting, please email over your digital photos and a brief write up and I will post it right here.  You can click on any photo to see it’s larger form~

Midnight Craving

Diana, our Ravelry moderator, knit Midnight Craving by Jennifer Weissman.  Diana used Malabrigo Yarn Sock in colorway #857 light of Love purchased at Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington.  Doesn’t this picture just scream SPRING?? Midnight Craving is a paid pattern over on Ravelry.  I love it, and the shawl.  I’m so inspired, I have to go and knit now.  Thanks Diana!!

Tolt

My friend Jana & I kicked off the new year right, with a visit to Tolt!  Yep, I’m just now getting around to covering this store, and getting my spotlight up.  I’m a busy gal…knitting, designing kitchens, keeping up my house, hiking and watching my grandson!!  ANYWAY — Jana and I really wanted to go and see Shannon Cook aka Very Shannon!  She had just released her Valley of the Moon series, and was to be at Tolt for a launching.  So, of course we had to go; it’s just a ferry boat and car ride away…and, it’s just how we roll!

The weather was dreadful out — January in the pacific northwest can be that way.  Dark, wet, cold and windy BUT THAT DIDN’T STOP US! We arrived and was greeted by Shannon herself.  It wasn’t that busy yet, so we got to have a lovely chat with her.  She showed us her new designs and the yarn that she used (WOOLFOLK) for the projects.  It started getting a bit busy, so we decided to shop.  Then, we were invited to sit and knit a bit.  They had a lovely large wood table in the back with some chairs, and there were other ladies (locals) knitting.  There was room and we did have our knitting with us, so we decided we would.  Smiles all around.  The store is so friendly, we felt like locals ourselves.  It was a Saturday morning, and it was so fun to see what the other ladies were knitting.

Behind us, was another knitting spot…some comfy chairs by a wood stove.  There were other gals gathered ’round, chatting and knitting.  It was very cool and relaxed feeling.  Nobody was in a hurry at all (Tolt is in the country), there were young moms with their babies, women with their husbands, locals, and then us that came through from a distance, and then Shannon from Canada.

While we were sitting there, knitting and visiting, we took some pictures, and thought of other things we wanted to buy, that we had forgotten about, with VeryShannon on the brain.  After some time, we used the restroom, and got in line to make our purchases.  We then took off to brave the weather and head back home.

You know, I know people who never venture very far from home, but heading out to Carnation for the day, sort of felt like a mini vaca, even if it was just for a day in January~

*If you ever think to take some snaps of yarn shops on your travels, please share by emailing me and remember you can see these pictures in their larger form, by clicking on them*

 

 

 

Tiny Lumberjack

Debbie, a member of our Ravelry group, and also somewhat local to us here at America’s Knitting, knit this adorable Tiny Lumberjack hat, designed by Fiona Alice!  the yarn that Debbie used is Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport.  It seems like we are always looking for hats for baby, and toddlers.  I also love how you are seeing people wearing more hats in general, not just when it’s freezing outside or when they go to the snow.  Debbie purchased her yarn at Cabled Fiber Studio LLC.  Thank you Debbie for letting us share your wee hat!  Tiny Lumberjack is a paid pattern over on Ravelry~

A Year of Fair Isle

In January, Carmel announced that she was going to knit a different fair isle hat every month for the whole year.  This was her first hat.  She chose the Basic Norwegian Star Hat by Cara Jo Miller.  Carmel named her hat the Hawaii Star because she was on vacation in Hawaii during January.  Honestly, I was impressed that she was knitting the whole time she was there.  Carmel used Cascade Yarns  220 Worsted for the gray section and then used Knit Picks Chroma for the star part.  I thought the pattern part transitioned beautifully.  I love this picture; we get some Hawaii in there too!  Stay tuned to our Facebook page and our Ravelry group for May’s Fair Isle KAL Hat pattern.  Thanks Carmel for sharing your project with us!

Blend on the Water

…makes me think of the song “Smoke On The Water” by Deep Purple!  But this shawl is by Cally Monster (Monsterknits on Ravelry)!  Cally used 4 shades of Baah! Sonoma, a gorgeous dk weight yarn!  I am in love with these ‘fade’ type projects.  I have to admit that haven’t cast on for one yet, but it’s super on my mind.  If I did cast on for one, I would definitely purchase yarns specifically for fade knitting.  I think this is an awesome example of such yarn.  This is a paid pattern on Ravelry.  Cally is a member of the America’s Knitting Ravelry group — check us out!

Easy Goes It shawl

Sherri’s back with another shawl!  Sherri knits all kinds of things for her store.  Yep, she’s a crazy fast knitter and actually does a lot of knitting.  Every time I visit her store, Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington, her store is light, clean and organized.  She’s never knitting, knows where everything is at and always has a smile on her face, ready, willing and able to help.  BUT, Sherri’s a normal everyday knitter just like the rest of us.  On vacation with her family, she knits in the car (just like us), she knits at home in the evenings (just like us), she knits at the doctors office (just like us), and she visits yarn shops and goes to knitting events (just like us)!  All or most of the samples in her store (which change all the time btw) are knit by Sherri!  She’s a true wonder – LOVE HER!  Here is her Easy Goes It by Finicky Creations.  The yarn Sherri used for this shawl, is her own in-house line of yarn called Rainy Day Yarns Twisted Sock (oh yeah, and she dyes yarn).  You should totally think about joining her Color of the Month, she ships!!

Knit This Purl That

I just love how things go sometimes.  The knitting community is so accepting, fearless, and sociable.  As many of you may know, in addition to this great website that has all the yarn shops in the country at your fingertips, we also have a facebook page, and a Ravelry group.  Two ladies that are members of our Ravelry group, met up in California during the month of February.  Anyway, here’s how it went.

Kathie (frogsalot) and I met up in February while she was Nana Bonding (can’t say baby sitting when he’s 16 years old) with her grandson while his parents (her daughter and SIL) where on a cruise. Kathie is from Issaquah, WA and I’m from San Jose, CA and we met in Pleasanton CA for coffee and a chat. 
After a couple of hours of chitchat we made our way to Knit This, Purl That, a local yarn shop. Kathie had been there earlier in the week for daytime social knitting and she might have mentioned they were having a sale!! After we arrived I remembered I’d been there but it was at least 10 years ago. We met up with the owner, Sandy, who has been the owner the past 7 years. The shop has been in existence for 20 years and she is the 3rd owner. I thought it was interesting that she came to the shop originally as a customer wanting to learn to knit. She said she took every class they offered for 5 years!! She said her goal this year is to become more involved in the community. She has already done several events the past few months including an arts and crafts show at beautiful Alden Lane Nursery. She plans to have events in her shop, at Inklings Coffee and Tea and at the Chamber of Commerce in town.
She carries a nice variety of yarns; Shibui, Madeline Tosh, Plymouth Alpaca, Cascade, Mrs Crosby and many more. She has two yarn clubs with exclusive patterns and yarns from two companies. She was busy packing up to take her shop to go to Stitches West in Santa Clara next week but stopped long enough to show us some of the kits she had made up. The picture of the blanket she’s holding in one that will be available at Stitches. 
I would say that if you have the opportunity to meet up with a fellow Raveler and if there is a LYS nearby, spend a few hours together and have fun!!
The ladies mentioned that the store was compact, but so well organized and comfortable.  They loved how there was even a table and chairs outside to knit at.  Thank you so much Yvonne & Kathie!  I really appreciate the time it took to put all of this together for America’s Knitting!  Love you guys, and I’m so glad that you are apart of America’s Knitting.

Winter Olympics

Jackie, knit this years Winter Games 2018 Cowl by Tanis Gray!  I have this on needles too – BUT, mine didn’t get finished.  I swear I will finish it one day!!  Back to Jackie — she used Malabrigo Yarn Worsted in three colors.  Way to show your pride Jackie – GO TEAM USA!!  Jackie purchased the yarn for this project at Conversation Threads Fiber Arts Studio in Emmaus, Pennsylvania.  Thanks Jackie!