8.12.2015

endless summer // sun kissed

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!


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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!

-Ve

5.21.2015

find us on the west & east coast

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!


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Welcome to The Knot House!

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Where the charming streets of Frederick welcome you first.

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Not to mention the stunning historic buildings.

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You'll be greeted by the natural lighting and open halls as you walk into the shop.


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The sweet knitted samples and walls of gorgeous yarns, that are mostly hand dyed or small indie companies, are the best features.

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Cute decor that makes every knitter smile hangs in a corner.

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With beautiful companies like Magpie Fibers lining the walls, who wouldn't want to visit?!

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Our yarns feel right at home in this lovely shop.

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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.

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Our soft, sophisticated shades played well with the gorgeous hand dyed yarns that The Knot House carries.

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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!

Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

5.05.2015

road trippin'

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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.

Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

4.18.2015

vogue knitting live

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We arrived safe and sound in Pasadena a few days ago. Our trip down from Washington has been a smooth one thus far and we're loving the weather in So Cal right now. It was our first day at the VKL Pasadena show this evening, for a little market preview. It was a wonderful time and lovely meeting new folks and seeing beloved familiar faces.

The beautiful and talented Kathy Cadigan has come along for part of the adventure and is here shooting some footage for a neat little project we have brewing and she's been fantastic at forcing us to slow down and take some pictures (and posting them for us!), so our knitting friends everywhere can see them. Hence the great pic above.

Also, Little Brother and the YOTH tech team have done it again! If you aren't going to be able to make it to VKL this time or one of our events in the near future, you can live vicariously through other shoppers by watching our current lifestream.

Hugs & stitches!

-Ve

4.02.2015

come visit with us

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We might be coming to a LYS or event near you. We've been busy little bees getting ready for our next big trip. We are headed to Stash in Corvalis, then down to Knitterly in Petaluma, followed by Unwind in Burbank, in less than two weeks on our way to the new Vogue Knitting Live in Pasadena. We'll have lots of yarn in our palette colors, exclusive Puppies that we only sell at shows and events, printed Number Collection patterns and unique new goodies that we've been finding and sourcing for you. The west coast won't be the end of our far-reaching trip; we'll be headed to Nashville for Stitches South right after VKL and then over to The Knot House for a unique indie pop up shop during the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival. Check out our events page for details, dates and locations. There are new stops added frequently. We can't wait to meet and visit with everyone in person. That's the best part for us.


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The Big Sister KAL is in full swing and going strong all month. There's plenty of time to join in on the fun and lots of prizes to go around. Our relaxed KAL is simple and there's no rush to finish. Join us.


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Lots of Little Brother in the Raw Palette has arrived! If you've been patiently waiting for the fingering weight in our refined neutrals, they're here.


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Our Marketplace is growing and evolving. We've been sourcing and adding new products to our cool and uniquely curated space for you to enjoy.


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Gudrun Johnston just released a stunning new pattern, VĂ©ronique, with innovative construction and striking details. It uses our Big Sister yarn and is a beauty. Gudrun just posted a KAL thread in her fabulous Ravelry group. Check it out if you are interested in joining. I'm definitely planning to knit myself one. It has "V's" running down the center panel!

Happy knitting!

-Ve