<![CDATA[WESTPORT YARNS - Blog]]>Sat, 20 Apr 2019 11:17:40 -0400Weebly<![CDATA[Brooklyn Tweed Marls, NEW Scottish Lambswool + More...]]>Thu, 11 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/brooklyn-tweed-marls-new-scottish-lambswool-more

Brooklyn Tweed Marls Have Arrived!

The new Brooklyn Tweed Marls are in stock now at Westport Yarns. All five marled colorways - Amaranth, Narwhal, Caraway, Caribou and Newsprint are available in both Shelter and Loft
The launch of these new colorways is accompanied by a new Jared Flood hat pattern, called Skipp. The Skipp pattern is available for free through the end of the month, with any purchase of two skeins of Loft (the yarn used in the hat)
Westport Yarns will be participating in Brooklyn Tweed's Knit-a-Long that begins on April 17th. Join us by sharing your WIPs on social media using the hashtags #SkippKAL #westportyarns

Pattern : Skipp Hat by Jared Flood
Other Pattern Ideas - Mason Cowl by Julie Hoover  |  Peaks Pullover by Jared Flood  |  Meyer Pullover by Veronik Avery

Di Gilpin Lalland

Lalland is a sport weight, 100% Scottish lambswool yarn from Di Gilpin. This yarn, which is new to the store, is soft and airy, and comes in a gorgeous palette of fun colors. Spun with a unique double twist, Lalland has great stitch definition, making it ideal for cables, lace or colorwork designs.
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(Photo: Moray Star Sweater via Di Gilpin Ltd.)
Pattern Ideas - Geo Snood by Di Gilpin  |  Ammon Shawl by Julie Knits in Paris  |  Seol Tunic by Di Gilpin

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(Photo via Fringe Supply Co)

News + Links

Top 5 Reasons To Knit a Swatch by Fringe Supply Co. 

- Andrea Mowry of Drea Renee Knits and Caitlin Hunter of Boyland Knitworks have started a fun hashtag on Instagram for showing off how you wear your hand knits. The hashtag #todaysknitoutfit (or #todaysknitoutfitPATTERNNAME) is giving us
great ideas for patterns and color combos! 


Making Magazine Issue 7 : Desert will be released on April 17th! Don't wait...they'll be gone fast! You can check out the patterns available in this issue here.

- We also want to remind you that we are still accepting preemie hats through the end of the month for our current charity knit! You can use any yarn and any pattern, so check your stash and use those leftovers to make something beautiful for The Tiny Miracles Foundation.
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<![CDATA[New Linen Yarns, Making Issue 7 : Desert Pre-Orders + More...]]>Thu, 04 Apr 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-linen-yarns-making-issue-7-desert-pre-orders-more

Lana Grossa Solo Lino

Solo Lino is a lovely linen yarn that uses both recycled linen (viscose) and new linen.  It’s light weight with the beautiful drape like silk or bamboo. It knits up as a sport weight which makes it perfect for summer wraps and shawls when you need that slight warmth for cool summer evenings. Despite it’s delicate drape it has wonderful stitch definition and the color selection is delicious. Two projects we love for this are The Diagonal Lace Scarf and Wrap from Churchmouse and Andrea Mowry’s Goldfinch (see below).


Juniper Moon Farms Zooey

Ahhh, Spring! Soft Breezes, the smell of newly mown grass and the joy of knitting lightweight projects like tank tops, light sweaters and wraps for those twilight walks on the beach. One perfect yarn for these types of projects is Zooey by Juniper Moon Farms. Zooey is a DK weight that combines cotton and linen (60%/40%) to create the perfect blend of softness and strength. And with each washing (machine washable - hurrah!) it softens up until it feels soft as air. Available in loads of colors, come in and pick your favorite today!
Some Great Summer Sweater Ideas - Cullum by Isabell Kraemer Bolan by Leila Raabe | Tegna by Caitlin Hunter

Making Issue 7 : Desert Pre-Orders Now Open!

Making Magazine Issue No. 7 : DESERT is now available for pre-orders. The biannual magazine for knitters and fiber makers is released only twice a year. The wait is long, but so worth it! 
This issue is packed full of gorgeous summer patterns - many that would work perfectly with our new linen and cotton yarns! The issue will be released on April 19th, but you can reserve your copy now by stopping in or calling the store. 

Some of the patterns available in the upcoming issue are shown and listed below...
Cereus Socks by Fiona Alice  |  Desert Tunic by Carrie Bostick Hoge  |  Huala Tee by Paula Pereira  |  Knitted 4-Corner Bag by Julie Weisenberger  |  Mariposa Jacket by Helga Isager  |  Rag Jackrabbit by Susan B. Anderson  |  Shifting Sands Pullover by Norah Gaughan  |  Xerophyte Shawl by Amy van de Laar  |  Yardang Shawl by Bristol Ivy
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<![CDATA[New Store Hours, Yarncatcher Trunk Show 4/6, Anzula Squishy and More...]]>Sat, 30 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-store-hours-yarncatcher-trunk-show-46-anzula-squishy-and-more

New Store Hours

Our Store Hours are changing effective April 1st. Please take note! 
Monday  Closed
Tuesday 10am-4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 8pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 12pm - 4pm

(please see the About page of our website for the NEW Drop-In Help hours)

Anzula Squishy!

Squishy is a heavenly blend of merino and cashmere that lives up to its name. This hand-dyed yarn is such a dream to knit with, and comes in such a broad array of tonal colorways, that we decided to carry full and half-skeins at the store! The half-skeins are bundled in sets of five - a total of 835yds of yarn! Plenty to knit up an entire shawl or a child-sized sweater. These sets would make amazing sweater yokes too!

Pamela - Mariana, Nimbus, Clay, Rosebud and Plum
Katherine - Claret, Mauve, Madam, Shiitake and Frankle
Jennifer - Riot, Hibiscus, Elephant, Seafoam and Emerald
Elizabeth - Victoria, Dany, Bark, Keola and Herb
Juliana - Raspberry, Heidi, Irene, Au Natural and Navy

Pattern Ideas | Colourblind Shawl by Jana HuckLamina Wrap by Ambah O'BrienTaurid Shawl by Taiga Hilliard Designs
Full Skeins Above (clockwise from top left) - Lapis, Lenore, Ballerina, Candy Apple, Pewter, Sexy, Seaside, Pesto

Yarncatcher Trunk Show Saturday April 6th!

Yarncatcher is one of our favorite indie dyers. Jacqueline's aesthetic is to die for (or is that to dye for?). Beautiful fingering weight that is perfect for so many projects. The yarn used for our Baubles samples is an example of Yarncatcher yarns and color combos. Come in and see all the beautiful choices!
If you're planning on taking our Baubles Shawl class with Pam Grushkin this would be the perfect time to pick out the yarn for your project!

Shown here - Bauble Shawl pattern by Andrea Mowry

News + Links

Brooklyn Tweed is launching a new collection of marled colorways on April 10th! The new marls will be available in both Shelter and Loft.  A free copy of the new Skipp Hat pattern will also be available with any purchase of two skeins of Loft!

- Making Magazine Issue 7: Desert will be available for pre-orders on April 1st. This issue is not to be missed, so reserve your copy soon!

- Do you ever wonder if your obsessed with knitting? Read 16 Signs You're Obsessed with Knitting to find out for sure. 

- a North Carolina Water Fowl Group needs hand-knit, or crocheted nests for their baby birds. How sweet is this? Check out their website for information - including patterns and where to mail your finished nests.

- While on the subject of charity knitting, we have extended our deadline for Preemie Hats for The Tiny Miracles Foundation to April 31st.
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<![CDATA[NEW Spring Classes, NEW Spring Yarns, a Spring SALE and More...]]>Tue, 19 Mar 2019 04:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-spring-classes-new-spring-yarns-a-spring-sale-and-more

Spring Sale!!

We need to make room for all of the amazing new spring yarns we have coming in daily! To do so, we are having a 20% - 50% off SPRING SALE. The sale will be running from this Friday 3/22 to Sunday 3/24. We'll have a large selection of everything from cashmere to cotton, jumbo weight to sock weight. Come in early for the best selection!

Araucania Yumbrel DK

If you’re a fan of knitting or crocheting using cotton yarns, you’ll know that finding them in hand-dyed variegated, or speckled, colors is not an easy task! Katie, our resident crochet expert, loved the idea of stitching up a reusable market bag using our newest cotton yarn - Yumbrel DK from Araucania Yarns. It’s just one example of the many ways to use this super soft, brushed cotton yarn. Cotton is a fantastic choice for baby knits - as it’s easy to care for, machine washable,and breathable. Yumbrel DK would be a great choice for baby blankets, cardigans or pretty summer dresses. 
Pattern : Market Bag by Haley Waxberg 

New 7th Floor Yarns!

We recently received a delivery of Merino DK in brand new spring colorways from 7th Floor Yarns. They're available in both full skeins and 20g mini skeins! We also have their new Bejeweled Collection - a Merino Yak DK yarn dyed in an array of rich jewel tones. Its absolutely gorgeous! 7th Floor Yarns is a local independent yarn dyer in Mt. Kisco, NY. This mother/daughter duo really has a way with colors and we know you'll love using them for your spring projects!

New Spring Classes

We've added lots of new courses to our Class Schedule! Hop over to our website to peruse the latest offerings. Flat Foot Floogie, Skew Socks, Baubles Shawl, Intro to Brioche and Magic Loop Socks are some of Pam Grushkin's upcoming classes. We also have a Knitting III group with knitting extraordinaire, Jane Elliott. 

Links n' Stuff

Save the Date!! :: Yarncatcher Yarns will be at Westport Yarns for a Trunk Show on Saturday, April 6th! She'll be bringing her beautiful hand-dyed fingering weight yarns, which are perfect for anyone taking our Baubles Shawl class!

New Store Hours :: Westport Yarns will be changing their store hours, effective April 1st. We will also be changing our free Knitting Drop-In help hours and policies, so stay tuned for more info soon...

MDK March Madness :: Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne of Mason Dixon Knitting have been fixtures in the knit blogging world for years.  Not to be missed, their annual March Mayhem contest features a wonderful collection of some of the year’s best patterns by independent designers..  Check them out.  Vote for your favorites.  Discover your next (perhaps next 3!) project!  Then stop by Westport Yarns and let us work with you to find the perfect yarn.  

Lever Knitting :: Ever wish you could knit faster? Felicia of SweetGeorgia Yarns has shared this fantastic video about Lever Knitting on her latest vlog. Also called Irish Cottage knitting, once mastered, this technique can really speed up your WIPs!

The Year of Hats! :: Kelbourne Woolens is releasing a free hat pattern a month in their Year of Hats series. We love the two patterns they've released so far, and wanted to share them with you! You gotta love free hat patterns!

(image via Mason Dixon Knitting)
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<![CDATA[New Spring Wool Addicts, Blue Sky Fibers Kits and More...]]>Tue, 26 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/new-spring-wool-addicts-blue-sky-fibers-kits-and-more

Sunshine + Happiness

NEW!!  We have just received two spring / summer yarns from the Wool Addicts Spring 2019 collection. They are both cotton based yarns that would be perfect for lightweight summer sweaters, shawls and beach cover-ups. They are also washable, which makes them great for baby knits (or crochet) projects. 
While both of these new yarns are categorized as aran weight, and come in the same palette of colors, they have their own unique characteristics.
SUNSHINE is 100% mercerized organic cotton - which means it’s strong, yet soft, and has a more shiny appearance...similar to the luster of silk. Katie knit the above swatch to test drive this yarn and raved about what a joy it was to knit with. Best of all, after a run though the washing machine it came out looking perfect, without any steam blocking! The stitch pattern she used for her swatch is from the ever popular Stone Point Poncho by Courtney Kelly - which would be an amazing project for Sunshine!
HAPPINESS is an 85% cotton, 25% nylon blend.  Specifically, a high-quality super soft pima cotton, which feels like a cloud. You’ve probably never felt a cotton yarn quite like it! 
We’ve showcased some fun patterns above and below for both of these new yarns. There are loads more to browse through in their latest pattern collection booklet — Wool Addicts #2. We have a few copies in stock for you to flip through, and all of the patterns are available as individual downloads on Ravelry

Lang Bloom - More Colors!

Our Berroco / Lang Trunk Show last weekend was a huge success! We had lots of customers trying on the latest spring pattern releases and getting first dibs on our newest yarns. A few of our colorways were wiped out, so we ordered more...and in more colors!
Featured here is the bright and cheerful color pallette available in Lang Bloom - a DK weight cotton / linen ombré gradient yarn, with little spots of glittery shine speckled throughout. We also reordered garment quantities of Lang Lily, so come see these great new yarns before they’re gone!

Blue Sky Fibers Kits

We couldn't resist these new kits from Blue Sky Fibers. Perfect for a quick weekend project, just for you! The Virginia Mitts kit contain 5 skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Baby Alpaca and pattern instructions for this cute pair of ribbed mittens, or fingerless gloves. 
The DIY Tassel Kit contains mini skeins of Blue Sky Fibers WoolstokSuri Merino and Brushed Suri - with instructions on how to make these fun tassel accessories. We'll be making some to clip on our knitting bags! It's also a great way to experience these gorgeous yarns, on a small scale. The kits come in three colors - Spun Gold (Shine), Cast Iron (Wander) and Red Rock (Imagine).
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<![CDATA[Berroco + Lang Trunk Show / Yarn Tasting This Saturday!]]>Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/berroco-lang-trunk-show-yarn-tasting-this-saturday

Berroco Try-On Trunk Show This Saturday!

This Saturday, February 16th, Westport Yarns will be hosting Andra Asars from Berroco yarns for an all day trunk show and yarn tasting event. The trunk show will feature many garments from the new Berroco Spring 2019 collection as well as a few favorites from previous seasons. It's rare to see so many garments in one afternoon; don't miss out!

There will be the opportunity to try on the samples before you buy. Please wear clothes suitable for sweater try on. Andra will help advise on size, fit, and yarn substitutions. Come for the garments; stay for the party atmosphere.

We will be sampling select Berroco and Lang yarns; test drive if you will. Experience the feel of a soft, mercerized linen; understand how colors will pattern out or not; learn how to care for superwash wools; and much more. Westport Yarns will supply the needles. 
 Andra, the New England Berroco sales representative for over 25 yrs, will be on hand to answer questions and share her experiences with the yarns and garments. Every yarn has a story and Andra loves an audience.
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<![CDATA[Marled Yarn Mania + Our Spring Knitting Retreat Sign-Ups!]]>Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/marled-yarn-mania-our-spring-knitting-retreat-sign-ups

String Chantilly Yarn

The Joan Cowl by String Design Team is made with three colors of String Chantilly yarn. Chantilly is a marled, worsted weight yarn containing 70% merino wool / 30% cashmere. It's super soft, and the fun colors are a joy to knit!
Many knitters like to have more than one project going at a time  - especially when they're working on a challenging pattern. Its nice to have a mindless "TV knit" on standby. Beth knit this sample up lightening fast, while recovering from knee surgery - even though she likes to remind people that she's a slow knitter!

This yarn can be purchased separately, but when purchased as a three color kit, you'll receive 20% off! The pattern is available for free with purchase of the yarn.

Zauberball Starke 6 Yarn

New in the store! Another fantastic marled yarn - Zauberball Starke 6 yarn from Schoppel-Wolle. This slow color-changing yarn is a perfect fit for The Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry. This popular pattern is super fun to knit, as the color play surprises you as you go. Katie is currently knitting a store sample using three colors of Zauberball Starke 6 in varying shades of reds, blues and purples. It's hard to put down!

Andrea's Nightshift Shawl, and her brand new cropped pullover, called Shifty would also be wonderful options for Starke 6 yarn!

Block Island Knitting Retreat

Westport Yarns is once again happy to host our annual knitting retreat! This year we return to Block Island and the beautiful 1661 Inn. We have also added the Inn at Spring House, which is right across the street from the 1661 and just as lovely. Best of all, more room for more knitters! There will be classes but also plenty of time to work on your own projects, knit quietly or with friends, shop the amazing North Light Fibers yarn, get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and more at the North Light Fibers menagerie or just commune with nature on this glorious island. Call the store or email katie@westportyarns.com for more info.

Link Love

Make your Valentine feel extra special with some handmade love. These fun patterns are quick to make...
Palpitation Hearts by Hunter Hammersen
Crochet Valentine Hearts by Maybe Matilda
Lace Hearts by Studio Knits 
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<![CDATA[Laine Issue 7, Wool Addicts Trunk Show, Winter Classes and More...]]>Thu, 17 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/laine-issue-7-wool-addicts-trunk-show-winter-classes-and-more

Laine Issue 7 : Kouta Pre-Orders Available Now!

Each issue of Laine magazine just gets better and better, and the upcoming issue is no exception. It contains 140 pages filled with patterns from an incredibly talented group of designers, an interview with Veera Välimäki, a long-format story about The Fibre Co., a story by Emma Robinson of The Woolly Mammoth’s, a Q&A with Annie Rowden, recipes, and a travel guide of London!

Issue 7, Kouta will be released on February 15th, but we are accepting pre-orders now. Call the store to reserve your copy (203) 454.4300, or simply reply to this email!

Wool Addicts Trunk Show

In addition to our two fabulous Wool Addicts store samples, we now have three additional sample knits for you to come touch and try on. These sweaters will be at Westport Yarns for a limited time, so stop in soon!
The Wool Addicts Trunk Show features (from top to bottom) Comfy Kimono Jacket using Wool Addicts Air yarn, Barely There Pullover using Wool Addicts Earth yarn, and Wallflower Pullover using Wool Addicts Love yarn.
*All three patterns are designed by Wool Addicts
We also have Julie’s Grounded Gear Pullover and Pam’s Balmy Breeze Poncho samples at the store!

Charity Knits for Preemies

Westport Yarns’ next charity knit will benefit The Tiny Miracles Foundation — an organization that provides support for families with premature babies in Fairfield County and around Connecticut.

For this project we will be accepting donations of knit *preemie* sized hats. The parameters of the project are as follows…

- Any color and any washable yarn is fine, but gender neutral colors (green, yellow, white, mixed pastels) are especially appreciated
- Hats should be preemie sized, but any pattern is fine
- To support our participants, Westport Yarns will offer a $5 coupon for any purchase over $20 for every preemie hat submitted. (Limit 3 per participant)
- In addition, for every hat submitted ‪before March 31‬, the participant will receive a chance to win special discounts and prizes at the completion celebration (to be held at the beginning of April)

We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful contributions for Connecticut’s tiniest residents!

New Classes!

We have an fantastic array of class offerings for Winter 2019! Most exciting of all is a new Learn to Knit series taught over three consecutive Saturdays. You can sign up for just one, or for all three (at a discounted fee!). If your schedule doesn't permit you to take all three classes consecutively, we plan to offer this series monthly, so you can pick up where you left off whenever your time permits.
For our more experienced knitters, Julie Van Norden is teaching some of the hottest patterns on Ravelry - including the Big Love Cardigan by ANKESTRiCK and the Wanderers: Modern Mukluks by Andrea Mowry. This is just a sampling...so hop over to the “Classes” tab on our website for more info (link).
We can’t wait to see what you create with your new skills!
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<![CDATA[Happy New Year Sale - 20% Off All Cashmere Yarns]]>Thu, 03 Jan 2019 05:00:00 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/happy-new-year-sale-20-off-all-cashmere-yarns

20% Off All Cashmere Yarns Sale!

Many of you have just completed a busy holiday season, furiously knitting for others. Your beautiful handmade gifts were well-received, and now it's time for YOU!

It is for precisely this reason that January is sweater month in the knitting world. You've had the instant gratification of creating all those quick cable knit hats and fingerless mitts, but now it's time to dive into a more complex project and reward yourself with a handsomely created sweater just for you at the end of it.

This week, we hope to help inspire your next work-in-progress with a CASHMERE SALE !!

All cashmere (or cashmere blend) yarns are 20% OFF from Friday Jan. 4th through Friday Jan. 11th

Some of the cashmere yarns we carry include...
String Yarns Classica, Dolcetto, Cashetta, Zurich and Oslo
Blue Sky Fibers Eco-Cashmere
Jade Sapphire 2-ply and 4-ply Mongolian Cashmere, Zageo 6-ply Cashmere
North Light Fibers Water Street
SweetGeorgia Cashluxe Fine
We are also proud to be featuring a String Yarns Sample Trunk Show.
See them in person, try them on...or just simply touch these garments while they're here! It is a completely different experience than seeing the patterns in photographs
(there isn't a photo that can do them justice!)

We have the collection - which featured four sweater and two cable knit hat designs, here through Jan. 18th, so don't miss out! String Yarns' exclusive patterns are free, but available only with purchase of their yarns.

The patterns shown above (clockwise; from top left)
Kim Positive / Negative Pullover by Joan Forgione // Berkshires Turtleneck Vest by Annabelle Speer // Savannah Cardigan by Lidia Karabinech // Fifth Avenue Pullover by Irina Poludnenko 

Sparkles!!

We've fallen in love with the medley of textures and colors, and the subtle sparkle of Sesia Lola yarn by Tahki Stacy Charles

Lola is a bulky weight wool blend yarn with a bit of alpaca and mohair, which give the yarn a luxurious halo. A random sprinkling of sequins add a touch of glitz!

We have knit up this fun hat and cowl set for you to sample at the store. The length of the hat can be adjusted from a beanie to a slouch fit, and each project requires roughly one and a half balls of Lola - which means three balls of yarn is enough for both!

The patterns shown above
Minimalist Hat and the Common Time Cowl - both by Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
Colorways (left to right) - Sea Foam, Natural, Deep Blue, Midnight Blue

More Malabrigo Rasta!

We have received another reorder of Malabrigo Rasta in a great assortment of colors. We haven't been able to keep this yarn on the shelves this winter due to the popularity of big chunky hats with big pom poms!
You may remember the Park Hat by Sarah Luse, or the Gaptastic Cowlby Jen Geigley? We featured them in our newsletter a few months back and both would look fantastic in the new colors.

Some other great pattern ideas for Rasta...
Mega Rib Hat by Kali Berg //  Bandana Cowl by Purl Soho // Beginners Brioche Scarf by Lavanya Patricella // Rainbow Twist Cowl by Thao Nguyen
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<![CDATA[Knitting is alive and well]]>Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:59:55 GMThttp://westportyarns.com/blog/knitting-is-alive-and-wellSometimes you hear or read that knitting is a dying art, like churning butter. But I am here to tell you that knitting is alive and well and living in Chappaqua (among many other places).
 
Recently, Beth and I were invited to attend the monthly meeting of the Chappaqua knitting guild. We were going to bring some yarn for sale and I was going to give a slide presentation on Fair Isle but other than that, we didn’t know what to expect. What we found was a large, enthusiastic group of friendly women (alas! No men, but with gender stereotypes falling as fast as they are I hope this changes soon) eager to learn and to share their skills and knowledge with us as well as each other. I loved the fact that before things got started they had a “Show and Tell” so that all the members could show off there latest creations and share their latest pattern finds.
 
There was the knitter who wore a beautiful fair isle sweater but that was the least of it. She not only designed it herself but she spun and dyed the wool as well. And she had steeked it! I practically handed over the presentation then and there.
 
There was another knitter who had designed the cabled sweater she was wearing. I have always wanted to do this myself so she gave me added inspiration to try to design my own. She also showed her copy of the hat all the American Olympians wore in the opening ceremonies. The opening ceremonies had only been a few days before so not only had she deciphered the pattern but she had knit it in record time.
 
Then there was the knitter who told me about the knitting tour of the Shetland Islands that she is going to this Fall. Beth’s and my ears perked up immediately as this is something we both have wanted to do (I am the equivalent of the little devil who sits on Beth’s shoulder whispering “Knitting in Ireland! Knitting tour of Scotland! Only $$$!).

So don’t let anyone tell you that knitting is dying. We could assemble an army of women, armed with pointy sticks to argue otherwise.
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