For Yarns Sake

DianaCripeDiana Cripe lives in my county, Kitsap County, Washington!  We first met at the Port Townsend Knitters Retreat.  She lives on the southern most end and I live centrally.  She does her fair share of traveling around, and she definitely makes it her business to know all the yarn shops in the area; opening or closing……..sound familiar!  Yep, Diana is a new roving reporter to the crew here at America’s Knitting!DianaCripe1

This time, Oregon — Beaverton to be exact — For Yarns Sake!  The store has been open for five years, and here is what Diana had to say:  Hi Mary, the shop was great.  Upon entering I noticed how well lit and big it is.  I was approached right away and the gal complimented me on my Partly Sunny shawl.  I think my friend and I spent about 2 hours there just looking
around.  A couple of the gals helped me pick out the color of yarn I wanted when I had it down to 3.  I think they noticed that we were just looking around and trying to take it all in and pretty much left us alone, but were there if we had any questions.  It was a great experience and if I am back down there I will certainly go back.DianaCripealternate

021The yarn I bought is Single Silk B from Alpha B Yarn in color Off We Go.

Thanks Diana for sharing your trip to this yarn shop!  If you want to see your local yarn shop spotlighted, email over some pictures and a few lines and we’ll get it done~For Yarns Sake


Anchors Aweigh

Yarma1Carmel & I took the I Can’t Believe I’m Fair Isle Knitting class at Debbie Macomber’s A Good Yarn Shop with Sheila Joynes in Port Orchard, Washington.  I know, I know, we did that last year.  But I’m telling the story again because Carmels hat needs to go on the new websites projects page.  Also, because it’s boating season again now.yarma_medium2

Now, Sheila is also the designer of the pattern, and it’s called Anchors A Weigh.  Carmel used these fun colors of Cascade Yarns 220 Fingering.  The class was a cowl using worsted weight, but then you pick out yarn for a fingering weight hat of your choice pattern.  This was Carmels choice for the hat and I love it.

yarma3In case you are wondering about my project…..I finished the cowl…..but it ended up being a hat.  I love it actually and wear it a lot in the winter time when we hike.  My hat project isn’t finished yet….must work on it this spring and finish it up.

Also, for those who are new — Carmel is our group moderator over on the America’s Knitting Ravelry Group page.  Carmel has her own blog and she goes by carmelknits!


Makers’ Mercantile

MakersMercantile10I’ve told you all before, that I (Mary) am not in this thing alone…..right?  Well, Kim was visiting her dentist in Kent, Washington a couple of months ago, and of course the first thing you do after visiting the dentist is get on your phone to find the nears French Macaron baker.  Kim is my daughter in law, and she’s not a knitter.  BUT, every year, she helps me in getting my annual mailer out.  It’s a huge undertaking from ordering and picking up all the supplies, to stuffing and stamping envelopes, to the big drop off at the post office.  Back to the story…..Kim learned that her nearest Macaron destination was a place called Makers’ Mercantile…..SO?  She parks the car, walks in the front door, scans the establishment and is shocked to find herself in a yarn shop — then reaches for her cell phone to call me!MakersMercantile1

I first learned of the business at Vogue Knitting Live Seattle, held in Bellevue, Washington a couple of years back.MakersMercantile5  The gals in their booth were SO cute and fun.  I have actually never been to the store, but now Kim has.  Kim was kind enough to walk about and take some pictures for us.  Whilst getting comfortable there, she spoke with a gal, that explained that Makers’ Mercantile was a Skacel company store.  That was also news to me – good job Kim!!MakersMercantile12

So, inside the store, is a bakery.  It’s a specialty bakery called Rylie Cakes, and they specialize in gluten free products.  Rylie Haack is the founder and owner of the bakery and I believe daughter to the yarn shop owner.  Kim got her French Macarons along with lots of pictures, and bought me the fun “I’ll show you my stash” bag.  She was sweet enough to share her find with me.  My favorite flavor of the French Macaron was — the salted caramel — YUMM!!MakersMercantile17

Thank you Kim for stumbling upon Makers’ Mercantile and taking all these cool pictures.  Also, stop in during the LYS Tour to visit this treasure and treat yourself to a cookie and some yarn~