Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

RT @TNNAorg: 1370 Needlepoint Ornaments at the White House!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Fiber Wednesday @RenaissanceYarn from 5 - 9 PM tonight! See you then! kentstation kentdowntown ILoveKentWA

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Cannot wait to meet Mary Scott Huff today! Reception
Cannot wait to meet Mary Scott Huff today! Reception

Saturday, November 21, 2009

invites you to join Brian for Spinning Sunday at Renaissance Yarns tomorrow (Sunday, 11/22) from 11 AM - 2 PM!

Monday, November 16, 2009

I just finished knitting a lap throw out of an alpaca bump from MAK KY Corral, kentwa. I cannot wait to show it to the girls tonight!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Took Jared Flood's Girasole class today. Just started Chart C; too many sts on the needle now. Love the project!! knitting kentwa

Friday, November 13, 2009

FF @arizonaknitter @fearlessknitter @mamapr - thanks for the Friday Love and can I just say TGIF!!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

test #2: just reconfigured Renaissance Yarns' social media engine. Testing to see if all the pieces are talking to each other ;)
just reconfigured Renaissance Yarns' social media engine. Testing to see if all the pieces are talking to each other ;)

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lunch at the Skorupa Bistro!

Enjoying a day off from Renaissance Yarns! Al & I started our day with breakfast at the Golden Steer with friends. From there, we went to see the movie Public Enemies at Kent Station. I REALLY want to go to Trophy Cakes, but it looks like that is not going to happen today. Just finished a bit of lunch. Now it is time to get back to work on Miss Lambert's Lace Sampler, a Franklin Habit design. Pictures later...

Friday, May 1, 2009

May Day, 2009

What a beautiful day in the great northwest! It is days like today that remind us of why we put up with the gray skies for more than 1/2 the year. As I look out to the blue skies and watch the flags sway to the gentle breeze, I find myself drifting to this shawl I want to make. I wanted to make it as soon as I saw it, but then, it walked in last week. Yes, a fabulous knitter known to all as Allicatrix made the Aeolian Shawl. All I can do is think of this project, especially now since I've seen it knit up with my own eyes. Allicatrix embellished her shawl with beads, so yes, I must do the same. Now, what yarn to use? Maybe Fino by Alpaca with a Twist or Winter's Lace by Mountain Colors.

Hmmm, but Allicatrix used a sport weight. It will definitely go faster. Hmmm, Zauberball? I have two balls of Raspberry Mocha in my stash. Or, maybe Jojoland's Melody. Too many decisions!!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes returns to Renaissance Yarns for a four hour workshop covering the five methods of working seamlessly. These techniques are used is Kristeen's bestselling book, French Girl Knits. Even if you have never constructed a seamless garment, Kristeen will inspire you to pick up your circular needles and start knitting without seams. This is a completely hands-on workshop covering all techniques needed to create a seamless sweater.

The workshop is broken down into two parts. The first half focuses on special cast-on techniques, increases/decreases, methods of picking up stitches and joining, as well as creative use of circular needles. Practical tips for sizing seamless patterns for the perfect will be included. In the second half you will make a mini sweater using one of the 5 seamless methods covered.

Date: Saturday, April 25th
Time: 2 - 6 PM
Skill level: Intermediate
Cost: $50*
Space is limited, so don't delay in reserving your seat.

*no discounts on workshop fees. All participants will receive a 10% discount of workshop supplies.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Saw My First Hat Trick!

I experienced my first hat trick in the last game of the Seattle Thunderbirds regular season. It took me a moment to realize what just happened. Jeremy Boyer, just scored. At first, I thought fans were just throwing something on the ice. I had no idea what. Finally, I made out one of the objects as being a ball cap. I frantically search my brain's storage, looking for the file that tells me what's going on. Found it! Hat trick: when a player scores three goals in one game. I keep searching my brain's databanks for more information - what's with the hats? Found it! As a sign of respect and appreciation, the fans throw their hats or caps on to the ice.

It was an exciting, high scoring shut out! We won 10 - zip! The team played a goalie that I never heard of before, one Kyle Jahraus. Looks like tonight was his only game all season. I must say he did an amazing job keeping the Everett Silvertips off balance.

I started the season not knowing a thing about hockey. Now that the regular season is over, I am happy to say I've learned quite a bit about the game. I've also learned that this sport is not as violent as I had envisioned. Sure, a few skirmishes occur, but nothing like what I had thought of. I hope I can figure out how to get to a playoff game!

Seattle Thunderbirds' game summary as reported by the Seattle Times.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Spring into Art 2009!

March is National Youth Art Month! The City of Kent, Kent School District (KSD), Kent Downtown Partnership and downtown businesses join forces to bring you Spring into Art 2009! Spring into Art provides children of KSD an opportunity to have their artwork displayed around town. The children are very proud! Also, the event provides awareness to children about the arts.

Renaissance Yarns is excited to host the artwork of 3rd & 6th graders of Springbrook Elementary. The artwork will be on display through Sunday, March 15th. On Friday, March 13th, from 5 - 8 PM, children will have the opportunity to learn how to finger knit. Plan on this mini class to start on the hour and half hour and go for about 15 - 20 minutes. The cost is FREE to children ages 7 - 12. Light refreshments will be available. Additionally, there are many activities that will be available for children to participate in, including candle making, face painting, cookie decorating and so much more! Click here for more details as well as a link to download the Kent Student Art Walk Map.

Spring into Art is a great family and community event. Now more than ever it is important to get involved in and support your local community. This event can also be used as a tool to model your community support to your family. No school age children? That’s OK. Your community needs your support! I hope to see all of you throughout the weekend!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Alright Already!

Today is March 9, 2009. The place: Kent, WA. Once again I wake up to what appears like confetti falling from the sky. I rub my eyes and cannot believe that it is snowing again! I love snow and am happy to see what certainly must be the last snow of the season. I have never seen flakes as large as the ones falling. They must easily be at least 1 square inch, maybe slightly larger. This stuff is wet and heavy, but beautiful.

Most people around here are ready for this stuff to go away for many months. I'm just happy to be able to get a few more hours of the snow covered lavender and this mini winter wonderland that I've enjoyed this year.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Kristeen Griffin-Grimes! aka: French Girl

Bonjour! Renaissance Yarns is honored to host Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. Kristeen is a world renown knitwear designer who loves to design without seams. I don't know about you, but I can certainly speak for myself - love those seamless designs! When I'm done knitting a piece, I want to be done!

You can check out Kristeen's amazing designs in her new book French Girl Knits. The piece pictured here is Delphine, knit by Michelle. This gorgeous piece is in Blue Sky Alpaca's Alpaca Silk (a 50/50 blend of alpaca & silk). Below is a close up of the lace work.
Kristeen also puts together several knitting & cooking tours to France. You can learn more about these tours by going to her website. I personally find myself daydreaming about a week in France with Kristeen and a few friends!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Pucks & Purls 2009 at ShoWare Center

On Sunday, February 22, 2009, folks from Renaissance Yarns, The Yarn Stash and Skacel enjoyed a WHL hockey game at ShoWare Center in Kent, WA. The game, known as Pucks & Purls, was between the Seattle Thunderbirds and the Vancouver Giants. The T-birds pulled out a win in a closely battled game. One of the highlights of the game was the penalty shot that Boyer took against the Vancouver goaltender. Boyer skillfully manevuered the puck down the ice and took a shot - 'HE SCORES'! But, how could he miss?

Cool Bird demonstrates his knitting skills. Of course, he received a considerable amount of help from his fans! For the mavens who are reading this blog, we are talking US 50 needles here!

A trio of spectators enjoy knitting at the game. How they managed to knit and keep an eye on the puck and knit is beyond me!

We tried our hand at 'Chuck a Puck'. We sent in our big guns (the kids in our group - of course). We had a great time watching these pucks come from every direction! A still picture certainly does not do this unusual event justice!

Yes, the did pay attention to the game! Looking forward to next year's event!

Friday, January 9, 2009


You have to be a patient and understanding person to be married to a LYSO (local yarn shop owner). I mean, day after day, Al (husband)watches me knit on something. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t have a lot of handknit items that have come off my needles, but he doesn’t. For those of you who know Al, he loves his Jeep. I chose this yarn because of its softness and color (errr, his Jeep is green). I chose the pattern because it has that ‘gee whiz’ factor that is great for conversations. Al is always talking up Renaissance Yarns so this is perfect for him to continue finding new customers! Besides, it is about time he gets something that I’ve knit!
For my ‘peanut gallery’, whomever you may be, yes, this means I finished a project!

About the pattern: Vintage Velvet by Lisa Daniels found in the book "Scarf Style"
About the yarn: 3 hanks of Cascade Baby Alpaca Chunky (100% baby alpaca) 3.5 sts/inch on US 10