OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s always wonderful to gather together with friends and what better way to celebrate friendship than sharing yarn and knitting together!

We started by raiding our stashes for odds and ends of worsted weight yarn and put those scraps and scintillae to good use!

I designed a quickie fingerless mitt pattern that we could all follow [get the scintillae pattern for free on ravelry].

We had fun experimenting with cast on techniques, making colorful and subtle stripes, using favorite stitches, and planning for some fabulous embellishments to add later [check out the than 5,000 “Applique/Embellishments” in the “Components” category on ravelry].

Some of us started matchy matchy mitts and others mixed it up with lots of colors and stitches. I haven’t used much fun fur or eyelash yarn in the past, but I just couldn’t resist! Of course, then we needed matching hats 😉  We got off to a good start on our projects and had a splendid afternoon together!

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out & about

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADesigning, writing, knitting, and researching (yarn & wine & food!!) is fantastically fun but it can often be a solitary occupation. It’s so nice to get out into the world and meet everyone.

We’ve got a lot of fun events in October including knit & sip (winery events), book signings & trunk shows (yarn shop event) and a fiber festival.

If you’re near Seattle/Woodinville, Monroe, Portland/Dundee, or Chehalis during October: come on out–we’d love to meet you in person!

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Pinot noir is one of our favorite wines for fall. It’s perfect with soups, stews, and holiday meals. Come knit & sip with us at Torii Mor (one of the wineries featured in Northwest knits & eats)! We’ll be in Dundee with special guest Veronika of YOTH Yarns on Sunday, Oct 2, 5-8pm, and in Woodinville on Thursday, Oct 20, 5-8pm. Check out the Torii Mor web site for directions and our events page for more info.

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There’s nothing quite like a fiber festival in the fall. The air is crisp and all that woolly goodness is just waiting to jump right into my knitting bag! We’ll be at Fiber Fusion Northwest at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds in Monroe on Oct 15-16 (Sat 9-6, Sun 9-4). Check out our events page or Fiber Fusion‘s web site for directions and more info.

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On Sat, Oct 22, 1-6pm, come on out and help us celebrate Black Sheep Creamery (cheese and yarn featured in Northwest knits & eats) and Ewe & I yarn shop’s first year in their historic Chehalis building. We’ll have books, yarn, and lots of samples to try on. The shop has plenty of fun planned, check out Ewe & I or our events page for more info.

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coast kal casts on Sept 1

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Keep summer memories alive with a warm shawl for the cool nights of autumn. Join us in a knitalong of the ‘coast’ shawl from Northwest knits & eats in gorgeous YOTH Yarns Little Brother.

The nitty gritty:

  • We cast on September 1 both live and online.
  • Special discounts on e-book and yarn.
  • Lots of great info and comraderie in the YOTH Yarns ravelry group coast kal thread.

…and the deets:

Gather materials now 

gristcreative_logo_gristochre_large YOTH Yarns Alexandria Nicole Cellars

Cast on Sept 1

  • join us in person for the Northwest knits & eats [knit 1. sip 1.] event at Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Woodinville, WA (more info on the grist creative ‘events’ page)
    • books and a selection of yarn will be available at the event
    • wonderful Alexandria Nicole Cellars wines will be available
    • lots of fun folks will be there!
    • there may be a special surprise guest
  • join us online in the coast //kal thread in the YOTH Yarns group on ravelry

See you soon!

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June events & free pattern

It has been a fantastic spring in the Pacific Northwest, much warmer than usual. Flowers are blooming and everything is so green. It’s a wonderful time to knit! Join us in June for book signings or knit along with new pattern releases.

WilliamChurchWinery_stainedglassJune 11: Willliam Church Winery, Knit Night
Join us on Thursday, June 11, 5-8pm, at William Church Winery in the Woodinville Hollywood District tasting room for a celebration of wool and wine! Bring your friends and your knitting (or favorite craft) project for a fun night out! We’ll knit, we’ll talk, and we’ll drink fabulous wine. Black Sheep Creamery knits author Susan Gehringer will be signing books. Get directions to William Church Winery.

June 18: Tolt Yarn and Wool, trunk show and book signing
Tolt_logoJoin us on Thursday, June 18, 6-8pm, at Tolt Yarn and Wool in Carnation for a trunk show and book signing. There will be books, East Friesian yarn, and wonderful company! If you haven’t been to Tolt yet, it’s worth the trip. Get directions to Tolt Yarn and Wool.

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If you’ve been following along on the blog, you’ve seen the adventures in gauge range from big to teeny tiny. The companion pattern, Adventures in Gauge, with instructions for the cowl, hat, and cuff (all in one pattern) is available on Ravelry (free account needed). To get the pattern for free, use coupon code GAUGE during checkout.

Teaser: YOTH Yarns collaboration
YOTHlogoComing in June, look for a new pattern using YOTH Yarns Big Sister Puppies — lovely one-of-a-kind gradients of 4 colors in DK-weight (462 yds / 200 g). Puppies are only available in-person from YOTH Yarns and sell out fast!, Check out YOTH’s events page to find out where you’ll be able to snap them up. That’s all I can tell you for now, but stay tuned for announcements on the blog and instagram.

Happy knitting!

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knitting and wine! May 7 @ Alexandria Nicole Cellars in Woodinville

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Join us for a celebration of Washington wool and wine! Bring your girlfriends and your knitting (or favorite craft) project for a fun girls night out! We’ll knit, we’ll talk, and we’ll drink fabulous wine. As an icebreaker, Black Sheep Creamery knits author Susan Gehringer will talk about designing yarn, designing knit wear, and the path that led her to writing a book. She’ll be signing books and have some East Friesian yarn on hand. We’ll also have a fun knit-along “gauge doesn’t matter” to make a cowl (“gauge doesn’t matter“) or a hat (“gauge still doesn’t matter“).

If you’d like to participate in the completely optional and fun KAL, you should be able to cast on, cast off, knit, and purl. To make a cowl bring chunky weight yarn and a 24″ circular knitting needle in appropriate size or to make a hat bring worsted weight yarn and a 16” circular knitting needle in appropriate size; plus a stitch marker for either one. This isn’t a learn-to-knit session, but even if you don’t knit feel free to come and have some fun!

Need more info? Check out Alexandria Nicole Cellars facebook page for more info or their web site for events and directions to the Woodinville tasting room
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