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~

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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!

BA Cool

Hey Y’all — Carmel has knit so many of these hats, we can’t even count anymore!  This hat by Joji Locatelli is very current and on trend.  Joji is always coming up with new patterns ALL.THE.TIME!  Carmel used Cascade Yarns 128 Superwash.  LOVE LOVE LOVE, and that pom pom shut.up!!  You can download BA Cool over on Ravelry!

3 Color Cashmere Cowl

So, my friend Lynn, that lives in Missouri knit me this amazing cowl for Christmas!!  I love it!!  This is the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl by Joji Locatelli!  This is one of the hottest knitting projects around right now and has been for awhile.  It’s the kind of project, that when you wear it, people ask “is that the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl?”

Lynn knit herself one, and then she knit me one, and while we were in Seattle during Christmas, she bought yarn from So Much Yarn, to knit another one.  The yarn that Lynn used on mine is Mirasol Nuna.  I love it so much, and I love wearing it – thank you Lynn!!

To give you an idea of popularity, there are 5,532 projects over on Ravelry with the 3 Color Cashmere Cowl.  Not all of them are even listed, so there are even more than that.  Mine isn’t on there, because Lynn doesn’t use her Ravelry account that way.  Go to Ravelry, purchase your pattern for $4, and then head to the yarn shop to pick our your colors and knit yourself a cowl.

Apple Yarns

Last October, Diana, the gal that heads up our Ravelry group, visited Apple Yarns in Bellingham, Washington!  Bellingham has three yarn shops.  Sounds like a town/city that gets a lot of knitting done.

Bellingham is also a college town, and the home to Western Washington University!  Apple Yarns, however is located in what Diana would call auto row amongst several auto dealerships and similar industry businesses.

When Diana was there for her visit, there were two different ladies working, Claudia Barbo, and Francine Heaton.  Francine is the lady on the left and Claudia is the lady on the right in the photo.  Claudia designed both scarves that the ladies are wearing.   While Diana was there, and visiting with Claudia & Francine, they mentioned that knitters drop of their cars to be serviced, and then pop in and knit a while, and wait there versus waiting and knitting at the dealership.  I just wonder how many people have learned to knit at Apple Yarns whilst waiting for their car.  I wonder if Apple Yarns does any targeted advertisement over there HAHA!

Diana loved the classes room area very much!  Thank you so much Claudia and Francine for spending time with Diana and allowing her to take some pictures.  So, whether you are a college student, waiting to get your car fixed, or are mainly a resident of Bellingham, or a visitor, stop into Apple Yarns, and take a class or just hang out and work on your knitting, so you can get on to the business of shopping for that next project!

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Diana Cripe~