I don't have much time to chat, we're headed out the door to Texas, but on my to do list is to post the last endless summer shawl in the series. I hope that you enjoy the pattern and that it brings a little bit of warmth to your crisp days to come. Just two skeins of Little Brother and you've got yourself a lovely new shawl for you or a friend.
Pictures by my dear friend Kathy Cadigan who is one of the most talented photographers/artists/creators I know.
Oh, the happy, lazy, sunny days of summer! I've spent the last several weeks at home enjoying time with my family, working on some new projects and restocking our yarns. Not to mention, summer is my favorite time of year. The BBQ's, family gatherings, evening runs to avoid the heat, long days, the dogs don't come in muddy, camping trips, bonfires, days at the lake, cold beers on a Friday night... the joys of summertime.
In celebration of the summer and sunshine, I've put together a new Endless Summer shawl series. I'll be releasing two new shawl patterns over the next few weeks for you to enjoy. I love to knit shawls all the time, but especially during the warm months. They make for great travel companions and I tend to have one or five in varying stages and difficulties always on the needles ready to go at a moment's notice. This lovely series of shawls are a gift from us and are available for free! They're simple and could pair well with a sweet chat with an old friend on the porch or a lovely glass of wine without too much thought or concentration involved. Enjoy!
This delightful sun kissed shawl uses one skein of our lovely Little Brother and one skein of Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light or other variegated fingering weight skein to compliment. I don't know about you, but I'm constantly drawn to variegated, striping or fun neon colored yarns, but then I have no idea what I want to do with them. I don't knit socks often, which is a perfect use for such skeins, so I'm always on the look out for great shawl patterns. In my opinion, stripes are the best way of breaking up the spotted, streaked and striped! Our subtle tones of YOTH pair so well with the boldness of the colorful yarns that I love, but don't want an entire sweater out of. I hope that you enjoy this freebie and that it helps you bust through some your stash during your Endless Summer days and nights!
Be on the look out for the next shawl in the series shortly and be sure to tag us in your Endless Summer knitting at #endlesssummershawls. Hugs & stitches!
We are slowly but surely trying to make our way into a shop near you. As a knitter, I know how important it is to see, feel and touch the yarns that we love to knit with. Being an online retailer and only available in shops near the Pacific Northwest makes it difficult for our yarns to get introduced to the many knitting hands out there that would appreciate it. Plus, supporting our local yarn shops is so very important to our community and they are the heartbeats that keep our craft alive, in my opinion. We are so happy to announce two new shops that will be carrying our yarns in the very near future: Knitterly in Petaluma, California, and The Knot House in Frederick, Maryland. Both of these shops are wonderful and we are very honored to be asked to be a part of their line up.
I wanted to share some pics of my recent visit to The Knot House. I'm sad I didn't have a chance to snap pics while in Petaluma, which just means I'll have to take a trip back to Cali sometime soon! And, if you haven't had a chance to visit either of these shops yet, you should. Maybe you could stop in while I'm back in Frederick, June 16th, during our launch of our yarns there!
Welcome to The Knot House!
Where the charming streets of Frederick welcome you first.
Not to mention the stunning historic buildings.
You'll be greeted by the natural lighting and open halls as you walk into the shop.
The sweet knitted samples and walls of gorgeous yarns, that are mostly hand dyed or small indie companies, are the best features.
Cute decor that makes every knitter smile hangs in a corner.
With beautiful companies like Magpie Fibers lining the walls, who wouldn't want to visit?!
Our yarns feel right at home in this lovely shop.
So much so, that even our industrial style furniture could have stayed in the crisp white walled classroom we occupied during our recent trunk show there.
Our soft, sophisticated shades played well with the gorgeous hand dyed yarns that The Knot House carries.
Did I mention that this shop is run by a mother & daughter team?!
Let's just say that The Knot House stole a little piece of my heart while I was there, and I can't wait to be back. Visit with me the evening of June 16th at The Knot House. I will be teaching a cool new class, Veronika's Knitting Secrets, and you will have first dibs at the goodies I'm bringing along. Call the shop to put your name on the list and find out the details. Cost is $25.
And, if you can't make it there, we'll also be at the Squam Market on June 6th, and Gauge + Tension in Brooklyn, NY, during the weekend of June 20th. Lots of exciting events coming up! Keep up to date on our events page. We're adding new spots all the time!
My father and I have been on the road now for 3 weeks and I can honestly say that I'm still excited for our next stops. Don't get me wrong, I'm missing my family, the ones who aren't with us, my dogs and I think most importantly, my shower. There's something about showering in your own space, but I'm still giddy to get to our next yarn shop for a trunk show. We've made one big loop around the US and it's been an adventure. I've met some amazing people and seen some wonderful shops. We have lots of news when I get back to announce and a lot of fun projects underway already. That just seems to happen when you're around like minded knitters!
For now, come see our yarns and Dad and me in real life at Yarnology in Winona, MN, this Wednesday evening from 5-8pm or at Colorful Yarns in Centennial, CO, on Friday from 2-6pm. We'll have Puppies! Not many, but you maybe able to snag one for yourself if you come early! We will also have samples of the Number Collection and lots of choices in both Big Sister and Little Brother to choose from. Or, just come to say hi! I love meeting my fellow knitting friends in person.