Sunday, December 14, 2008
I am most excited about how many people are saying "it's about time there is a yarn shop in Kent". Even though I feel Renaissance Yarns is a destination shop, I have come to learn that no matter how much advertising I do, it seems that the rule LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION applies. It will be interesting to see how the marketing engine (which includes word of mouth, TV, print. website and e-marketing) kicks into gear...
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Ribby Slipper Socks - made out of Blue Sky Alpaca Bulky & Worsted Hand Dyes. This is a great project for your parents, husband and kids. You’re looking at under $50 for this project.
Flying Trapeze Socks - generous sizes ranging from toddler’s to man’s sizes. The cabling on these socks makes it interesting to take on. The yarn is Louet Gems (fingering, sport or worsted; depending on the size you make). Price range on this project $18 - $28.
Frost Flowers Stole - This project has been ‘ooohed and aaaahed’ over by anyone who takes a peek! It’s a lace piece made of of of Jade Sapphire’s Silk/Cashmere. It takes 3 hanks of pure luxury. I’d be putting this on my wish list!
So, what projects have caught your eye?
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
The grand prize goes to the 'last one standing'. The prize is $500 worth of SWTC yarn. Purchase your yarn at Renaissance Yarns and be the 'last one standing' you will also receive $150 gift card valid at Renaissance Yarns. All of us will be winners as we will get a beautiful hat out of the adventure.
Join us for the Hat Attack II launch party on Tuesday, 9/16 from 6 - 10 PM. Bring your pattern, yarn, needles and your spirit and LET THE GAMES BEGIN! Refreshments will be on hand!
Ready to become a warrior? If so, register today!
Saturday, August 2, 2008
So, now that all blocks had been delivered, there was still the task of stitching all of the blocks together. Once again, the knitters of Renaissance Yarns were called upon to lend a hand. I contacted friend and fellow business owner Sue Froyd, owner of Bittersweet Restaurant in Kent, WA. We collaberated on a light dinner for my team of knitters and arranged for Bittersweet to be the venue in which the project would come together.
On Thursday, July 31st, 15 of us convened at Bittersweet. We began the task of seaming. Now the thing about seaming is as knitters, we know we have to do this, but many knitters don't like to do it. I was amazed at how fast the project came together. Within an hour, 20 individual blocks were not 10 groups of 2 blocks!
We broke for a lovely dinner that Sue and her team had prepared. I felt like it was Thanksgiving and I was surrounded by my family. No, we did not have turkey. The feeling wasn't even about the food, really. I looked around and everyone was conversing as if they were old friends catching up on life. It's that feeling you get at the holidays when you see eveyone that you haven't seen for a while. It's that feeling that no matter how you try to capture it, pictures just don't cut it!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
- find a new LYS until we get our webstore up :)
- make sure he likes the place he found ‘virtually’
- get a job
- did I mention, get a job???
Along his knitting career, William has made several friends and acquaintances. Did you know that William has been part of the Kent Knitting Community for 6 years? To give everyone the opportunity to wish William a warm and fond ‘so long for now’, Renaissance Yarns will have an open house on Saturday, July 26th - Sunday, July 27th. Please join me and my team as we send William off to pursue his educational goals. Light refreshments will be available.
P.S. August 4th is the day William gets on a plane!!
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Monday, June 30, 2008
- An afternoon iced espresso drink, knitting/crocheting and jazz. Tuesday from noon - 1 PM would be your day. Got kids? Promise them a trip to the newly opened fountain park at the corner of 2nd & Smith (just south of Kent Station)
- What about a glass of wine and swing to the music? Come on folks, let’s not be shy! Wednesday evenings 6 - 8 PM would be your night. Got kids? Hire a babysitter and make Wednesday ‘date night’. Enjoy some nice quality time with your sweetie!
- Saturday concerts begin in August! Enjoy an afternoon of music with the family!
Click here for details on the Soulful Sounds of Summer.
The concert series begins Tuesday, July 8th!
Friday, June 13, 2008
Meanwhile, for those of you still with me, I'm excited about a new sock yarn that just arrived today. The yarn is called Heritage. It comes in several colorways, including hand-painted and solids. This yarn is incredibly soft on the hank. It's 437 yards of 75% Merino (superwash) and 25% nylon. I think it's the perfect yarn to try one of Cat Bordhi's new sock architectures with.
On a personal note, my youngest son, Mike, graduates from Kent-Meridian tomorrow! Needless to say, we are VERY proud of him and this accomplishment!!
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Monday, April 28, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Originally uploaded by thenobleknitter
This sweater is adapted from Elizabeth's Zimmerman's Baby Sweater on Two Needles pattern. My granddaughter, Emma Rose, will be the one I think about as I knit this project. Perhaps, by Christmas, she will be able to wear it. The color is burgundy, although my picture doesn't really capture the essence of the color. I decided to knit this sweater side to side so I would not have to seam in a lace pattern. Here are my tips on dividing for body and sleeves:
Work 25 sts (this is the left front)
Place next 28 sts on waste yarn (sleeve sts)
CO 14 sts using e-loop method
Work 42 sts (this is the back)
Place next 28 sts on waste yarn (2nd sleeve)
CO 14 sts using e-loop method
Work remaining 25 sts (this is the right front)
Work body per pattern
Work sleeves in the round, pick up 14sts at underarm
Saturday, April 19, 2008
Meanwhile, my first helmet liner (aka: wooly pulley) is complete! I hope to make several more of these for our brave men and women serving our country. This was a quick knit and only took one hank of Cascade 220.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Sunday, April 6, 2008
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Anyway, plug in the new modem, run the CD, reboot the computer (yeah, I’m holding my breath) and &#!, no internet connection. OK, call the not so local folks at Qwest, actually hoping to get someone in India and not the person I got Tuesday. I explain I’m looking at the modem configuration screen and the technician (yes, from India) has me configure the modem with a few secret codes he has to give me. Why the installation instructions don’t tell me I’ll have to call regardless is beyond me. But guess what?? I’M BACK!!!
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
I aspire to bring classic, beautiful designs to the hand knitter. Stay tuned!
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
This knit-along is designed to bring together knitters worldwide who want to share their learnings, progress, inspiration and tips on the Limbo Sampler Shawl, designed by Brian Kohler for the Skacel Collection. Here we share our creations, answer questions, and continue to grow as an individual and a community. Choose to participate in the KAL virtually or in person (1st & 3rd Saturday of every month from 8:45 - 9:45 AM at Renaissance Yarns, Kent, WA).
If you're interested in joining the Knit-Along, please e-mail Nancy at firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll receive an invitation to join the blog. Once you receive your invitation, you will be able to post (including pictures) to the KAL.
The shawl is conveniently kitted up in to 6 different colorway options. If you need to order a kit, please follow this link to check out the available color options.