Worldwide Knit In Public Day

FullSizeRender (1)Last Saturday, June 13th, was Worldwide Knit In Public Day.  I believe this day was originally put together to encourage knitters to take their craft to the public, and show the non knitters what it is we do, and what they’re missing!  These events happen all over the world, in parks, farmers markets, malls, yarn shops, pubs, cafe’s al fresco, and places I probably don’t even know about.FullSizeRender (2)

The truth of the matter is, knitters knit in public all the time; at ball games, doctors offices, lectures, coffee shops, in airports, on the bus, on the train…and so on, and so on, and so on!!  But, all that aside, yarn shops, and guilds have put together specific gatherings for this special day.

FullSizeRender (4)My friend Jana and I wanted to go to an event on Bainbridge Island, sponsored by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas!  I am so glad that we went, it was the perfect day.  The weather was perfect…it was on a Saturday, and it wasn’t too hot, and it wasn’t too cold…it was perfect!  There was a lot going on in town where the yarn shop is located.  The local famers market was in full effect, so after we got all set up at the Churchmouse event, we took in the farmers market as well.  There were lots of knitters in the piazza at front of the store.  We shopped at the farmers market, then we shopped inside Churchmouse.FullSizeRender (7)

This store is a destination store, no doubt, and inspiration abounds!  I saw lots of things that I wanted to purchase, but kept my purchase down to one skein of yarn to go with a project I already had on needles.  Jana picked up some yarn that the store was holding for her.  We will be back this summer and I plan to treat myself to some of the other things I saw.  We picked up a sandwich from the nearby Fork & Spoon and settled in for some knitting.  The Churchmouse was serving iced tea to all of us knitters and also bites of shortbread….can you image — it was perfect.FullSizeRender (10)

Tina Newton, founder of Blue Moon Fiber Arts, was there knitting away with all of us.  She had brought up a shipment of her special dyed yarns from Scappoose, Oregon, as the Churchmouse carries her lightweight famous Socks That Rocks yarn.  I purchased a skein — I LOVE THIS YARN, and I love Tina; I follow Churchmouse and Blue Moon Fiber Arts on Instagram.FullSizeRender (6)

Sounds sort of weird, but I felt like I was on vacation.  I was soaking up the sun, knitting the day away, eating out, shopping and taking pictures.  Doesn’t that sound like vacation?  It was kind of funny to watch people stroll by and look at all of us knitting, seeing the looks on their faces and overhear the funny things they would say.  So many people, would say, “are you all here every Saturday?”  You have to walk through the piazza to get from the Famers Market down to town, so there was a constant flow of passersby’s.FullSizeRender (8)

FullSizeRender (11)I love knitting, and I love knitters!  We all think about the same things, and talk about the same things.  If you are knitting, and are with knitters, it doesn’t matter where you are sitting, or if you know the person next to you — you’ll have a grand time*

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KAL Shaken or Stirred Update


Liz using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes


Lisa from Kansas used Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport

Well, we’ve had a couple of finished sweaters come in!  It’s so exciting.  I’m still knitting away on mine and so is Carmel.  The funnest thing about a knit-along is that we all use different yarns in different colors, so they are so different.  I think that both of these two sweaters look amazing and fit so well.  I’m excited to get mine to the finish line.

Carmel is a finisher, so I have no doubt that she will finish hers.  I always say I have ADD or ADHD of knitting….SQUIRREL!  I love all yarns, all colors, all projects, and just can’t say NO.  It drives everyone around me a bit bonkers, or they get bored of my projects.  I used to care, but now, I just enjoy the act of knitting and purling the stitches.


Mary Jackson used Knit Picks

I do love the concept of a knit-along though, as it propels you forward through the process as you see the progress of others.  I always say that Carmel is my pace car in general.  She’s such a finisher — I love it!  Well, I’m stoked about this cardi, and think it looks so flattering; I’m excited to get further along on mine.  I plan to be working on it, at the World Wide Knitting Day event this Saturday on Bainbridge Island at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  That is where I got the yarn for my sweater.  I purchased it on sale years ago, and it’s been patiently waiting in my yarn pantry.  We’d love to see your pictures of your sweater, and consider joining us over on Ravelry, if you haven’t already joined our group.  Please introduce yourself when you join!

Incase you are just joining us, this is the Shaken or Stirred cardi by Thea Coleman, Baby Cocktails!


Pinchknitter Yarns out of Standwood Washington joined us in this KAL too! http://www.pinchknitter.comSirkku1


Diana used Sweet Georgia Yarns Superwash DK


Here Comes The Bride!

Meg + Ben-404This is a story about friendship, neighbors, knitting, and marrying off your kids!

I met my friend Erin back in 1996 (that’s a guesstimate) through the Pee Wee football program on Bainbridge Island, in Washington state.  Her son Pete and my son Kevan both attended school together and were the same age, only I lived at the north end of the island and Erin and her family lived at the south end of the island.  The boys attended different grade schools, but came together during middle school years, and graduated together in 2003 from the same high school.  At a pre-season football picnic for high school ball, we learned that both of us knit.IMG_1297 (1)

By the time the boys were seniors in high school, my family moved out to the south end of the island.  All of us were well acquainted by this time.  Erin lived in a neighborhood that was very social.  They had margarita parties in the summer when it was too hot to cook, and they had parties during the holidays when they were feeling festive.  Erin was so gracious to always include us in her partying, even though we didn’t exactly live in her neighborhood.  We lived close by, but outside the neighborhood.  The Mandells always knew how to have fun, and how to be gracious!  The Mandells had 3 children all together (boy girl boy) and we had the two boys.IMG_1443 (1)

By this time, their oldest (Chris) was off to college and our oldest (Chris) was off to college, and their daughter Meghan was knitting too.  The Mandell ladies had style, and Meghan was a fierce designer, trying stitch combinations and making up patterns, one even got published.  The boys graduated from high school and the Mandells moved to California, and we moved back to the north end of Bainbridge Island.  Soon their Chris got married and then our Kevan got married.

In 2013, I took a trip down to California for TNNA and I stayed with Erin & Meghan.  We had so much fun…..I got to meet Erins extended family, we had awesome weather, I got to attend her church….of course we all went to TNNA together to experience that, we knit and watched the Super Bowl.  It was on that trip that I learned that Erin & Meghan had learned to weave and they had weaving looms.  We saw lots of weaving actually at TNNA too.

Meghan got engaged, it was her turned to get married.  Erin & Meghan designed Meghan’s dress and wove the fabric to create her dress with.  I couldn’t just tell you about the dress without a backstory.  First of all, I believe that we all have a backstory, and it’s my philosophy that, that is life, in and of itself.

Meghan is now a  VanderBeek, and her brother Pete is now engaged to be married this summer.  The only one left, is my oldest Chris and all the kiddos will be married off. Meg + Ben-261_2

Meghan wove 8 yards of fabric. She bought the yarn at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company:  Twiggy by Trendsetter, plus 2 others that I don’t know– they were silk and linen.  First photo is the yard on the loom– built by a dear friend.  Second: first cut– yikes, they was so nervous! Then used a fusible interfacing to stabilize the fabric before they cut it.  Next two photos are the result, and the beautiful bride!16816_10101462431018508_6329875688880230674_n