Fun name for a yarn shop located in Kelso, Washington!  Their slogan is ‘A house of fine yarns, espresso, home décor and warm conversations’!

Diana Cripe, our moderator over in our Ravelry group, took a short trip south.  Her husbands hobby is trains, so they take a couple of trips a year for his hobby.  They met up with friends, and Diana and her friend visited LaFavorites… all about it:

The weekend of March 22-24 we were in Kelso, WA, for a model RR show. My husband, and 2 other guys were there with their layout.  I am friends with one of the wives, and we have a great time together.  We were lucky to find a quilt shop and yarn shop within 2 blocks of each other.  The yarn shop is LaFavorites.  The owner, Amy LaFave told me her son’s teacher came up with the name. 

Amy is very nice and personable and has a lovely shop.  The first thing I noticed, was the lovely display of blue/green yarns on the shelves to the left when we walked in the door.  Those are some of my favorite colors!  Next I noticed how open the shop is.  I love that there is a lot of room and light.  There are some comfy chairs on the right when you walk in; there is also a bicycle that has been yarn bombed for a fun vibe, and a lovely chair in the back, perfect to sit and knit, or maybe for a husband to wait.  She also has a big loom, and some small ones on a table.  The shelves are marked with what weight is on each side which is very helpful.   The shop carries a lot of different brands including Cascade, Mirasol, Blue Sky Fibers, Universal, Queensland and Plymouth.  I bought a skein of Diversity for making socks.  I almost bought a skein of Cascade Heritage Prints in color #57, but glad I didn’t, because I found I had that one when we got home.

Thank you Diana, for taking the pictures, so we could spotlight this store.  I love that they offer specialty coffee too, and that huge table for gatherings and classes.  I also think it’s cool that they are also into weaving.

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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