Sunday, July 29, 2007

New Pathways for Sock Knitters

It's off to the annual Northwest Needle Market; an event where shop owners, designers and distributors get together to share what's new in the industry.

This year, the public was invited to attend a book signing event where designers, Cat Bordhi and Helen Hamann, were featured. Following the book signing, the amateur design contest was held. These stylish folks got to 'strut their stuff' on the runway as they described their designs. I know that Renaissance Yarns has several knitters who have designed their own creations. I hope to see many of you participate in the design contest next year. How cool would it be if one of our own took home the honors and prize? Finally, we were presented with an incredible runway show! The MC (Brian) was an absolutely hoot! I would say that the MC'ing was well worth the admission! The models (all volunteers) were fabulous!

As if all of this wasn't enough; I had the chance to spend 6 hours (over the course of 2 days) with Cat Bordhi. You might know of Cat because of the moebius cast on. Well, my purpose this weekend was to get a head start on learning the new sock architectures that Cat came up with; especially since her long awaited book, New Pathways for Sock Knitters, is on the market. In Cat's first class, I was introduced to the Upstream Sock Architecture. We had the option of working the "bubble-style" pattern, which is basically YO increases every 3 rows; it makes a pattern like like a 'V', so the increase is made one st over from the previous increase. Well, I like the challenge and decided to do the Coriolis Sock Architecture. OK, so we all know Cat is a math wizard, I mean, come on - the moebius cast on! Coriolis is also a math term and instead of me trying to decipher the meaning and then try to interpret it, I thought I'd send you on to Wikipedia and you can check it out yourself. For the curious at heart, here you go: Coriolis Effect.
This is my 1st Coriolis baby sock. This architecture is a toe up one. Notice the nice ridge of sts across the instep. There is no distinct gusset triangle. The heel is a short row heel. When I make one of these socks to actually wear, I will have the Coriolis go around the entire leg. Cat has nicely described how to do this in her book.

This is the my Sky Sock Architecture sock. This sock is a cuff down sock and is the leg is worked the same as a regular 2 circs sock. You are actually looking at the top of the instep, so again, no side gussets like we are used to seeing in our sock construction.

I cannot wait to share with you how Cat has taken sock making to a whole different level! Watch for our Sept - Nov newsletter for workshops on how to do the 8 different sock architectures from Cat's latest book!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Kent Station Concert Series

I can only imagine...

Tonight Al and I ventured over to Kent Station to check out the first, of many, Thursday night "Date Night" concerts. We had the privilege of listening to Jazzhorn Trio. Our dinner choice tonight was Duke's Chowder House. I brought my knitting along and worked on a pair of socks (Duet Sock Yarn - Lavender Fest colorway to be exact) which I must have done before July 20th, the day we head over to Sequim for the Lavender Festival. No, I don't believe it to be rude to knit while you are waiting for your meal. After all, one is still able to carry a conversation while knitting. And besides, Al is very supportive (like the best) and doesn't mind.

Can I just say - sharing dinner with your sweetie and live music on a Thursday night with weather like we had today? What more could you ask for? I cannot wait until my birthday - Molly's Revenge will be on stage. I just love Celtic music! So for anyone reading this - click on the link above and check out what Kent Station has to offer. In addition to an entire summer of music, check out the many shops, restaurants and boutiques that are now open. If you haven't checked out the Station lately, YOU ARE MISSING OUT on the most popular spot in town!!!

I can only imagine the memories you can create this summer! I'll be there; will you?

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Duet Sock Yarn - Mariners Colorway!

Peanuts and Cracker Jack? Who needs that when you can have the oh so popular Duet Sock Yarn flowing through your fingers? OK, what if I told you it was the highly coveted Mariners colorway that was hand dyed for us specifically for the 2007 Stitch & Pitch outing? Well, we are finally able to release it to everyone - first come, first serve of course! This colorway is sure to fly out of the shop faster than Ichiro can run the bases. This is a limited, special edition yarn, so 'catch it' while you can!