Saturday, May 26, 2007

New Toe Up Sock Class Scheduled

By popular demand, we've scheduled a toe up sock class (magic loop style) that begins Thursday, May 31. This is a 2 part class - the 2nd class is June 14. The time is from 6 - 8 PM. The only experience required is knowing how to knit and purl. I will teach you a new cast on method. There are 4 spots left in the class, so if interested, please give the shop a call on 253-852-9276.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

World Wide Knit in Public Day - June 9th

Do you knit in public? If so, undoubtedly people stop and observe what you are doing. Perhaps your knitting has started a conversation with another passerby who was curious as to what you were doing. Quite possibly, you've inspired someone to become a 'Newbie'! Help us take 'knitting in public' to the next step as we join the rest of the world in celebrating the 3rd Annual World Wide Knit in Public Day (KIP Day). Enjoy a wonderful afternoon with fellow knitters at Kent Station. Bring your project and come out for a grand time! Friendly faces from Renaissance Yarns will be at Kent Station from noon - 4 PM on Saturday, June 9th.

Pack a lunch or enjoy one of Kent Station's dining options. Outdoor seating is available throughout Kent Station or feel free to bring your own chair. Sunscreen and camera are highly recommended.

Where do you knit? I knit everywhere. This includes in movie theaters during the previews, in the car (including when stopped at train tracks or long lights), Kent Station around the fireplace and most recently, Maggie's Restaurant (yes, I have a very patient and tolerant husband). I have also been known to knit as I walk to Starbucks on 4th & Meeker, the Seattle Boat Show and the Sportman's Show. I have never knit in church, but would not frown upon someone if I saw them doing it (I would actually be quite jealous of that person). My favorite place to knit in public is by the fireplace at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in October with a hot chocolate laced with peppermint schnapps. I don't get to do that very often, so it is quite a treat when I do!

Monday, May 21, 2007

Union Pacific Railroad's "Living Legend"

When we are not at Renaissance Yarns, Al & I like to pretend we are amateur photographers (or videographers). We happened to be walking back from our favorite watering hole (Starbucks - 4th & Meeker) and we noticed all kinds of people standing around the train tracks just off Railroad & Meeker. We inquired and found out that a steam engine was going to be passing through. My dad spent his career around trains and tracks; so needless to say, I was a bit curious. We stood around and then heard a very strange whistle. Renaissance Yarns is just a block off from the tracks, so I am used to hearing the loud, long whistle of passing trains. This whistle was much quieter and had a harmonic sound to it. Of course, neither of us had a camera, but we learned that the train would be making the Seattle - Tacoma run later in the afternoon so we thought we'd give it a try later. I snapped this picture of a freight train, just to test my settings.

We went back to the tracks, this time with our video camera and our Nikon D70. We figured between the two of us, we'd be able to capture something. Well, trains can be a bit like planes and make you 'hurry up and wait'. The train was late and I could no longer wait. We left and I felt a bit let down. I really wanted to get a few shots of this train for my dad. Al went back and was able to get some video, but I still felt let down.

Saturday morning turned out to be crazy. The LYS Tour was happening and 'oh no!' we were going to run out of patterns. Thank you Fedex Kinkos for saving the day! But, also heard the harmonic whistle and knew I missed my photo op again. I had one more chance and persistence finally pays off! This steam engine happens to the the last one built for the Union Pacific Railroad. It is known as the "living legend," and also referred to as 'the No. 844'. So Dad, here you go! This one's for you!!

Friday, May 18, 2007

Duet Sock Yarn - New Colors!!

Chantily Lace, Molly and Sailor Girl are a few new colors that Angela ( has brought to us. Also, your favorites are back in stock (Lemonade Stand, Army Girl & True Romance). This beautiful yarn is our featured yarn for the LYS Tour, going on now through Sunday.

We hope to see you soon!

Saturday, May 12, 2007

From the Heart

When RoxieAnn and I founded Renaissance Yarns, we wanted to build community. What I see happening is so much more than I think we ever imagined. It never ceases to amaze me how you help each other out. I see the projects trade hands as they go home to get blocked or felted. Someone knit the other sock for another who just needed a helping hand. What about the bags that go home and magically come back with beautiful linings?

But then there is the other thing that I see, that is almost so hard to put down in words. I see counselors, therapists and friends. You are there for each other when Mom is going through health issues. You bring a pot of food to your friend who just had surgery. You cry with each other. Some of you are so quiet, we wait with baited breath for you to come out of your shell. You inspire and encourage each other. You ask about people who we haven't seen for a while. Dare I say, we not only have community, but family?

I truly am amazed at the relationships that have been formed throughout the past year. I am honored to be a part of your life and cherish every minute! It is surreal to see how a common interest has brought us so close.