Dee’s Vector Wrap

Dee is another member of our Ravelry group, and is also from Louisiana!  Here is her Vector by Tanis Lavallee.  Dee used Brooklyn Tweed’s Loft in colorways Blanket Fort, Thistle, Old World, Postcard, & Plume!  It turned out lovely.  I have the scarf size Vector on needles…and after all the babies, I’ll get back on this.  Thank you Dee for sharing, I love your Vector.  Dee purchased her materials through Churchmouse Yarns & Teas!

Sin City Knit Shop

One of the shops listed on America’s Knitting yarn shop directory, is Sin City Knit Shop in Las Vegas, Nevada!  The America’s Knitting website is also supported by our Facebook page and our Ravelry group.  Through these various social media outlets (we’re on Twitter too), we meet different people.  Along the way, last April, I met Frances.  She was on a business trip to Las Vegas, Nevada!

Here she is, in front of the store.  I remember that she was tired and a little stressed from her work trip and was anxious to check out the local yarn shops.  I also remember her explaining, needing a little help on her project that she packed for the trip.  Frances was able to get to the yarn shop in her down/off time, they were very kind and helpful, and she was happy.  As it turned out….she needed to rip out the project and start again.  Still feeling a little frazzled from the work schedule, she decided to purchase a new project to work on, and save a recast-on of her project, for after she got home.  She was so happy with her visit to Sin City Knit Shop, she returned for a second visit, before her journey home.

I love so many things about this story — I love that Frances needs her needlework to help her decompress and relieve her stress.  I love that it keeps her company when she has to travel for work.  I loved that there was a nearby yarn shop on her travels and that America’s Knitting was able to help her out.  I love that she was able to venture out and visit a knit shop community.  That’s what yarn shops are – they are company, they are community, they are your support system when you need help.  They are a sanctuary!  Sin City Knit Shop was a treat for Frances during a stressful work week away on business.

Of course, Frances sent me these photos you see, but she also sent me her story; granted, it got deleted in my text messages on my phone, I’M SORRY FRANCES.  If you are out there Frances – thank you for sharing your story and your pictures.  Please comment on this story if I left anything out.

It’s summer and people are traveling…for work, for family obligation, for reunions, for fun and leisure with family, for vacation.  If you are out and about and visiting a yarn shop, please send me some snaps and a few lines.  We are interested in what goes on…..

As always,




Knitting For Baby

There was a time when it seemed nobody was getting married and nobody was having babies!  Now there appears to be a baby boom of sorts going on.  Last fall, a gal that I knit with was pregnant and was having a baby in the New Year, then another gal, and another and another.  So far to date, 9 babies are to be born, just in my circle, in 2016.  The first two babies have already been born, both boys, (both got a pair of baby socks) with the next two, both to be born in August, and both girls.  It may not seem like much, but 9 babies just in my little corner of the world seems like a lot.  I’ve dubbed this year, not Year of the Monkey, but ‘Year of the Baby’!

Baby blankets take so much time for me to knit, that I’ve actually been learning how to crochet.  I haven’t chained anything on yet, because there are 3 blankets for 3 of the babies that have already been started and will need to be worked on.  If that isn’t enough, I’ve seen 3 others that I’d love to knit.  It just takes me forever.  I am loving gray & yellow together, I’m loving red & turquoise together, and I am loving the idea of a rainbow reaching from purple to pink, with every color in between!

My first grandbaby is to be baby #9, and due in December.  My daughter in law wants two pairs of baby socks, a girl version and a boy version to announce her reveal of the sex with.  So that is added in for more knitting on top of what I already have in place.  Once I find out the sex of my grandbaby, I’m sure there will be another item I will just HAVE to cast on…..that may be my crocheted item.

Honestly, there are so many cute things to knit for babies from cardigans and hoodies to booties and socks, to blankets & hats.  Then, you get sidetracked by other things like shawls and sweaters for me, or summertime knitting of socks and tanks.  I just feel like I can’t take on one more thing.  It’s baby knitting for me right up to the end of this year.  When you are doing this much knitting on deadline, you really have to like what you are knitting with.  It’s got to be your favorite yarns, or something new you’ve never worked with before or your favorite colors.  There is no room for being unhappy or bored.

Follow my crazy life on Instagram (@hawkknitter), where you can see my house, my dog, my knitting, the kids and soon the grandbaby!



Here you see all the items for babies in the works this year.  Can I finish all of these items?

Here you see all the items for babies in the works this year. Can I finish all of these items?

Year of the Baby!

I know 9 babies to be born this year.  Two have already been born, both boys, and the next baby is due in August!  That is just in my corner of the world.  Sherri, owner of Rainy Day Yarns in Gig Harbor, Washington, knit the garter yoke baby cardi by Jennifer Hoel, using Frog Tree Ewetopia.  I really love how this turned out, and I have this yarn in my stash.  This pattern is a free Ravelry download.  Thanks Sherri for allowing me to share your project.

Coastal Yarns

Coastal Yarns, Cannon Beach, Oregon!  Cannon Beach is an amazing place right on the Pacific Coast, with history dating back to the Lewis & Clark Expedition.  The quaint town is a destination for coastal getaways.  AND, they have a yarn shop YAY!!

Libbie Hartley was there on an anniversary getaway weekend with her husband, and checked out Coastal Yarns.  Libbie took some pictures for us.  She was surprised and excited to find that the store was having an Alana Dakos, Never Not Knitting trunk show in progress.

Libbie had reported that the weather was wet to almost stormy.  She also reported having an awesome time.  I think that when you are away (even if the weather isn’t always cooperating), and you are in a fun place, you can always find fun.  Having a local yarn shop in the vicinity is just a bonus.

Libbie treated herself to some new Blue Moon Fiber Arts yarn while on her visit.  I love it when readers share their vacation with America’s Knitting.  If you are somewhere here in the states on vacation, and find a yarn shop, take a few snaps and write a few lines and email them over to me.  I’d love to spotlight a local yarn shop on your travels.  Thank you Libbie for taking the time to check out this fun yarn shop.  You may click on any of these photos to see a larger version~