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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These are a few of my favorite things……

Some time back, I purchased Shannon Cooks Bradway pattern, and proceeded to purchase the yarn for the project at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas.  Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook traveled from Victoria, BC Canada down to Bainbridge Island, in Washington state, USA!  They were signing books and patterns and hanging out at the store.  I went to the event mainly to get a booked signed for Carmel, as she just loves Jane Richmond.  Well, both gals were delightful.  I went with a couple of friends, and we were having a great time — we were at the yarn shop, looking at yarn, talking, laughing, checking everything out.  Up comes Shannon Cook and she introduces herself to us.  She was so friendly, it was as if we already knew her.  Well, I bought her pattern (Bradway) too.

I really am not a shawl person.  But, I bought a book, the pattern, and some other stuff, and we had a great time.  Shortly thereafter, the Bradway just exploded.  Everyone was making it, and there was a knit-along at the Churchmouse.  Well, I thought about it and looked at all the colors in Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, and came up with three colors that I liked.

It was a really fun knit.  I love the way Shannon Cook writes patterns.  She tells you exactly what she wants you to do, right down to the way she wants you to bind it off.  She is not a lazy designer.  It wasn’t difficult or hard, it wasn’t tiny yarn that took forever, it was worsted (but not heavy).  It clipped right along, growing all the time.  It was ever changing and not boring.  She even told you how to block it out.

So many things are left to the knitter with some patterns.  Some of the projects look great, some don’t.  If you follow Shannon’s directions, there is no reason why your shawl shouldn’t look great too!

So, my favorite things:

  • Worsted – so it clips along, but Shelter….so it’s not heavy or bulky
  • Three colors and varied stitches, so it’s not boring
  • How to cast on, how to knit all the stitches, how to bind off, and how to block
  • Photos so you can see just how to wear it, many different ways
  • A friendly responsive designer that feels like your new best friend
  • A great new shawl to add to the wardrobe (or a damn impressive gift)

I follow Churchmouse Yarns & Teas and Shannon Cook on Instagram!