I am sitting here writing this newsletter with excitement and some nervousness. I always feel this way before an event. Today marks our fifth anniversary of being part of the Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour (LYST) and the start of this 10-day yarn crawl. This morning, just before we open, I will laugh and say, "ITS SHOW TIME!" as I do each and every time.
The Tour dates are August 13th-22nd and our shop hours are today-Sunday, 10am-5pm. We will be closed Monday, August 16th. We will resume Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm and then return to our regular hours once tour has ended.
We have been very busy preparing these last months. Fran designed our knit pattern again this year. The Rosario Beach Shawl is a beautiful garment and features two of Fran's favorites stitches. The Beach Walk Scarf is our simple and elegant crochet pattern designed by Janet. I am both pleased and proud of the patterns this year; we have worked hard to create something special. I've been very busy at the dye pots and am very happy with the results-over 800 skeins are ready...and the shop is full!
I've enjoyed the summer but admit to being happy about the rain last weekend. I am a northwestern-er, born and raised, after all.
Please find our more about the LYST here and more information about our LYST kits below. I have also scheduled Dye Demonstrations for later this month, also see below. I've had lots of interest and hope you will join me if you are curious to learn more about color and the dye process. Lastly, we are ready to schedule classes; these will be listed in our next newsletter.
From all of us, we hope you are well, enjoying some outdoor time this summer and working on projects that inspire you. We look forward to seeing you during LYST or sometime soon.
2021 LYST Patterns and Kits
Over the past five years, our shop has participated in the Puget Sound Local Yarn Shop Tour. It has been a great experience for us. As part of the Tour, we develop a knit and crochet pattern that are free, in-shop, during the event and the projects yarns are 10% off. This year, we are offering kits online and the pattern is free with purchase. Both project use one skein of our Medley Sport and one skein of our Rosario Sport yarn. Each is 100% fine superwash Merino. 100g = 342g.
The Rosario Beach Shawl is a cozy shawl featuring the Woven stitch and Crest of Waves, a simple lace pattern. The Beach Walk Scarf for crocheters is as simple as a walk along the beach and can easily be sized up or down.
To purchase one of our kits please click here. As always, kits are limited through we plan to offer more kits on Tuesday if we sell out. The cost is $43.20 during LYST.
Lori has offered dye demonstrations a number of times over the years and will do so again later this month. The sessions can last up to 90 minutes and are full of information. If you are interested in attending one of our sessions, please click here for more information and to register.The cost is $20.
We look forward to dyeing together!
On My Needles with Janet Schlaifer
What’s on my needles? I’m often confused by the question. Does that mean right now? Or every project on my needles? Perhaps it means what I am actively working on this week, or month, or season…
I confess that I am a true serial knitter. My knitting habit recently came into focus while packing to spend a week with my brother (a non-knitter). First, I was flying. That meant a simple scarf, designed by Kaffe Fasset, to work on at the airport, lots of color and a very clean garter stitch with slipped edges.
The "lots of color" was the challenge-how much can I carry on the plane without too much fuss?
As brother-dear was having surgery, I then had to decide which project to take for the hospital waiting room, please notice I said which project. Well, that meant the Carol Feller sweater with stranded knitting on the bottom edge. Only four colors, easy to pack and perfect for quiet knitting.
The ultimate choice was the “you never know” project. You never know when you will need something different to work on and our LYST project seemed perfect. The yarn is lovely, the pattern is fun, and we needed one more sample. As brother-dear was quite chatty in the evenings, I could happily knit away interjecting the occasional MmHmm. I only had to take out three rows…
Please don’t even ask what else is on my needles, the gift for my granddaughter's dog, the new scarf for Mark and the I can't remember what is in that bag...I admit that on occasion I envy the one-project-at-a-time knitters!
Are you a Raveler?
If so, come join our Fidalgo Artisan Yarn Lovers group!
The group is growing as the shop continues to grow...we appreciate your support and showing us your wonderful projects!