I Get By With A Little Help From My Friends

Diana Cripe, as many know, is the moderator of our Ravelry group!  She’s retired now, and has lots of time to knit, and she does!! Here is her Cadenza Hoodie by Vera Sanon using Cascade Yarns Heritage 150, in colorway Jade!  I love this — I always wanted to knit the Central Park Hoodie and never did.  Never say NEVER!!!

Next up, again Diana with her Shoreline Cowl by Fran Jepperson, using Fidalgo Artisan Yarn & Clothing Marine Silk Fingering in colorway Tidal!

Next, my friend Ann Poor, knit up the Goldfish Memory shawl by Casapinka!  Ann used Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock and Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock!

Finally, my Summer Flies by Donna Griffin!  I used Hedgehog Fibres Merino DK in colorway Villain.  I really liked this knit, it had a nice flow and was easy enough to knit and keep track of.  I suppose if you are new to chart reading and/or lace work, this might be a great place to start.

 

Makers’ Mercantile

When I hear the word ‘mercantile’, it conjures up visions of an older building full of provisions, from olden days.  Makers’ Mercantile, located in Kent, Washington, is far from the olden days, haha, but they are a mercantile.  They have provisions for all types of making!

The store is good size with great light and it’s full of color!  I was greeted right as I walked through the door, everyone was very friendly, and the store was busy!  On the left hand side of the store there is a nice long table, full of chairs.  I wished I had taken a picture of it now, so you could see it.  I didn’t because there were so many people sitting, knitting and talking that I didn’t want to make them feel uncomfortable with the camera.  Next time I’ll be brave and ask if they care.

They really do have it all for makers of all kinds, yarn — lots of yarn, for knitting and crochet, needles and hooks and notions to go along with that.  I saw a room and section dedicated to fabric and that is where you would find all the buttons.  What struck my eye was the cute bags I saw, and the kits you could purchase to make the bags.  They even had cork fabric!  If you are more of a knitting basket kind of person, they had baskets too.   They have some weaving equipment and of course ball winders and swifts.  If this isn’t enough…they have a café of sorts in the back.  They had the most scrumptious selection of macrons for purchase and they can make you a coffee or tea.  I use the word scrumptious because I bought some macrons, and let me tell you they were scrumptious!

CLICK ON ME — See that cork bag on the left….that’s a kit that you can make yourself!

The day I was there they were expecting Olive Knits, Marie Greene in a matter of days for a book signing and talk.  They had her newest book right up front, Seamless Knit Sweaters In 2 Weeks!  I did purchase one, and want to knit all of them — sweater knitting is so hot right now.

What a fun and interesting store!