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We will be saying good bye to our cute,
not so little, chickie babes this week. Butter and Egg Days bring our awesome town more chicks than Easter.
Seriously will be hard to follow up that window display – not much as cute as those little fuzz balls!
We do still have some fun puppets if you missed out Saturday…
This week I’m sewing my kiddos a puppet “theatre” for the many Folkmanis puppets the Omi (AKA Gramma) has supplied. We have a few sewing books and I can’t wait to try out this pattern.
I also have some fun Pom Pom trim ideas to share… It’s gonna be a good week!
Plus my Mom and I are working on Imperial Stock Ranch sweaters and I can’t wait to do a little show and tell.
We also (I’m getting help from the shop girls with this one) have some book reviews! Love those right?! I am a book freak and buy them faster than I could ever read – or knit. Which leaves me with stacks of books all over our house. Book reviews are priceless… Could save a trip to the used book sales for an unread book😉
Hope you all had a fabulous weekend. Ours was filled with adventure, snow,
sunshine, friends and family. We even hung out with Laura and Huck from Jimmy Beans Wool … Good fun comes when yarn shops collide😉
In 2003 Knitwhits came to be. Creating and selling knit kits. Fast forward… To now 😉 and there is a new creative happening from the Knitwhits folks. It’s a company called Freia. The yarn comes in lace, sport, fingering, and worsted weights. It’s 100% wool and silk merino blend and is available in three different yarns, ombré, Flux, and Semi Colors. So pretty and so soft this yarn is being gobbled up. Check out the Freia patterns for some inspo…
And look at how awesome it really is!!
Hope you can check out our selection of Ombré before its gone😃
And for all you animal lovers… The yarn is named after this beauty
So I am still slowly working on my shawl. So much excitement has been going on that I haven’t had time to pick it up…
Friday we got Mad Tosh!! Sock, DK, lace! Mmmmm!!
Saturday Cheryl and I played with chickie babes and held down Fort Knitterly, then my house was taken over by munchkins…
Saturday was also the non opening 😉 of Good Gray. They share the space with Maude, on Western in downtown Petaluma. Check them out! Lilly – who is Knitterly’s youngest shop girl – and her Mamma, Laurel, are the owners of the fabulous Good Gray. Which is cleverly named after Mr Walt Whitman, the Good Gray Poet. They have canning, pickling, book binding, honey bee kits and even jam and pickles! Mmm. I can’t wait to get my kids one of their swing kits.
Sunday we celebrated Jen (a sweet Knitterly Mamma) and her baby belly.
It was such a lovely evening. Lots of yummy food, laughter and happy memories.
Hope you all had as wonderful a weekend as we had.
Time to make room for knitting this week😉
Happy Monday! Happy Knitting!
I love this blanket!! It’s so darn cute. I was ooogling on MadelineTosh.com… Becauuuuse – Sound the trumpets! Mad Tosh is coming today… The yarn I mean 😉 We usually get our goods in the afternoon and we have people waiting for this one… Hope he comes early. Ron (our UPS guy) may be tackled before he can even unload the boxes.
So there you have it! Sometime today we will get Madeline Tosh 😍
What a great way to start the weekend!
Happy (yarn) lusting!
And happy FRIDAY!
My most favorite thing that the yarn shop provides is community. Some of my most regular customers are my very own junior high school teachers. One in particular I see weekly 😉 is my Kenilworth art teach
Ms. Nabong Erinn Van der Meer.
Erinn is such an awesome person – with one of the fullest plates I’ve ever seen. When she isn’t teaching the local youth about Degas and the color wheel or helping her Hubby, Eric, run their gym, Redwood Empire Gymnastics or raising her own two boys (seriously this is one woman!) … She knits. And teaches her students to as well. She’s a true asset to our community – keeping on eye on our teenagers… And they like her!
Last year the kids “Yarn Bombed” Copperfields books for the Extra Yarn book signing. So awesome!!
This year they need more yarn!
And since spring fever has sprung and we are all clearing out and organizing… Who wants to help? I love helping and encouraging people to knit, especially kids. The only requirement for this next exhibition is the knit pieces have to stretch to 31 1/2 inches around and they need the yarn by May 4th. Needles are appreciated too. (I have a bag of both to give)
I will be at the shop this Saturday and would happily collect anything you have to offer. The kids will be excited to see the goods, your stash will be more organized, and you are helping a cool art exhibit go up in Petaluma.
Big thank you to Erinn for being a positive force for young people in our community!
Happy yarn sharing!
Blustery days lend to lots of thinking, yesterday at least. I was tearing pages of my magazines (old habits die hard – Pre Pinterest days) and I found so many inspiring ideas. Fashion can change the way a person looks and feels. Feel taller, thinner, more confident, elegant, graceful, fun – a fun pair of shoes can make a girl happy. I love it!
We are the fortunate ones. The ones who have a talent and craft that can be both practical and adventurous. Knitting is a talent that I honestly think can change lives and better attitudes. Customers have told me its helped them through (their kids) teenage years, divorce, loss, boredom, and it inspires. Knitting for a new baby, a friends wedding… And my favorite?? the CLOSET!! Such a happy place. Where I can find and create inspiration. Clothes make me look and feel unique. When we make our own clothes it’s a double bonus. It’s time and money well invested.
I see a dress and think of a pretty light weight cardi to go over or some kind of fringy neck cover. Or jeans and a slouchy white tee with a faux fur vest over. Fashion is fun and being a part of creating it… That’s my favorite part.
I’m super into fringe right now and have been searching for one of those triangle bathing suits to knit (with lots of fringe hanging down) I have found some pretty inspiring designers recently. Check out Spell & The Gypsy Collective and Buffalo Girl… They are winter when we are summer… But the best inspiration!!
I can’t wait to turn some of these ideas I’m having into knits! Maybe even translate into patterns🙏
Knitterly is getting in some new shipments this week and next week. Can’t wait to share! Spring is so fun!
Woah Mamma! yesterday was so windy. I avoided at all costs. Thankfully it was chilly enough to turn the oven on and bake up some yummy (sheep) cookies. The kids watched a movie and I got to thinking about my ‘Dunlin” shawl, from the Bird Collection by Helga Isager. I had taken it out… forever ago and I haven’t put it back on the needles. Until last night. With the Twirl ‘Dye Day’ on my mind I dug in my stash and found the exact colors – in Twirling Petals- I was using in the Isager yarn, eh hmm, my name is Ashleigh and I
like love Pink. The Twirling Petals is a softer wool. It’s sweater worthy. The colors are so fabulous. I have a dark grey “Twilight” and a soft Pink “Cochineal “. It’s a light yarn with a luscious blend of alpaca, suri alpaca, kid mohair and soft lambswool. Her yarns are minimally processed (from her very own animals) and the color ways are fun. If you have not yet, I highly recommend trying both Twirl and Twirling Petals.
I was originally knitting ‘Dunlin’ with the Alpaca 1 on a size 2 (the pattern calls for a size 4) but the Twirl is bigger so I upped the needle to a size 5. I busted out the Dreamz Interchangables with a 24″ cord. These are my favorite ever! (We are currently sold out)
The ‘Dunlin’ pattern is so cool, it’s knitted from the neck down. I have made the self fringe shawl before and basic corner to corner shawls but this is made similar to a top down sweater. It’s already going really fast (i said that last time too ;D) and I am hoping to share it with you by the end of the week. You know when you aren’t ‘feeling’ a project and something needs to be adjusted? Well that was me and ‘Dunlin’ ;D so now its readjusted and hopefully the next time I bring it up it will be a finished product on my shoulders. Come in check out the yarn and get your spot for the Dye Day at Twirl Farm!
Coffee, morning treats, steaming dye pots, lots of awesome animals, gorgeous view? Who’s in, right??
June 1 from 10 …. ( to whenever – because there is a time warp at Twirl we all will be sucked into!!) Mary will be hosting a dye day!! We are super excited about this. The space is limited for this event so sign up asap (we are closed today so call tomorrow 707 762 YARN)
Time: 10am – whenever
Where: Twirl (adventure) Ranch, Napa CA
What: Coffee and breakfast treats will be served in the AM
We will be dying two skeins of her magical yarns
pack a brown bag lunch and water..
This will be so fun! Ahhh can not wait!
I will be there for sure
Who doesn’t like the smell of baked goods?! Warming up the house on a rainy day (or a sunny morning – like today) with some homemade scones or cookies?? There is something romantic about knitting while a delicious treat bakes in the oven.
Here is something yummy (and Wheat Free) to bake up for breakfast, brunch, or a carb fest… A friend adapted this for me a while back and I really can not get enough!
Mia’s Wheat-Free scones:
2 cups Bob’s Red Mill Oat Flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
1/2 cup sour cream
1 large egg
*set the oven to 400
Mix the dry ingredients in a med bowl…. Cut butter into cubes and mix (with hands) into the flour.
Whisk egg and sour cream until smooth
Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together
Form a circle, sprinkle with sugar, and with a sharp knife cut into triangles
Bake 15 min until golden (pony boy!)
Cool… Not that I ever do – so yummy to pop a fresh (hot as a BBQ) scone into your mouth. Enjoy! And you can adapt the flour to regular flour or GF…
It’s been raining on and off – beautiful but wet.. so we have been inside baking, making forts and I’ve been trying to catch up on my knitting 😉
I am so excited about this!!! My nNecessary Cowl! This yarn is one i have been fantasizing about for a while now. I used one skein of the Shi Bui ‘Linen’ and two balls of the Grignasio ‘Takil’. The purple contrast yarn is what I had left over from Erika Knight’s Fat Fur Wool,from a pattern I made this week ….. (Soon to be shared) Its so pretty I want to keep it- but it’s a gift and will be well loved.
Happy Knitting! (and Baking!)
*let me know how your scones turn out… And send me a photo of you in your cowl 😘Ashleigh.firstname.lastname@example.org*<