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Leaving On a Jet Plane…(and a contest)

…in a few days to New York for the New York State Sheep and Wool festival AKA RHINEBECK!  Woot!

Did you guys see the sneak preview of a couple of the patterns from the book over at Cooperative Press?  Shannon’s putting together a preview for Rhinebeck to have at the Cooperative Press booth (building C). I’ll be bringing some samples to show off at the booth.

Also…I’m going to be a square in Rhinebeck bingo (more info here)!  Come find me.  🙂  I’ll be around the Cooperative Press booth or otherwise just getting overwhelmed by the sheepy fabulousness of Rhinebeck.  I’m hoping for sunny but crisp weather, one of those gorgeous autumn weekends I remember from being a cadet at West Point, so I can wear my new sweaters — one of them being the red cardi.

So what is going on with the book?

There are still a few projects to be finished & photographed.   All but one pattern has been turned in.  I still have to do some writing (mostly about the California Revival style & why I chose it as my inpiration).  Lots of things, to pull it all together.

Then I’m planning a bunch of supporting things:  blog tour (if you’re interested in being a stop, please email me or leave a comment), KALs, giveaways, yarn company/ indie dyer interviews, LYS visits, etc.

Hmm…how’s this for a quick contest…..let me know your favorite LYS (include a website if there’s one) that you think I should visit & why, by commenting on this post, by Tuesday the 18th, midnight PST.  I’ll use Random.org to pick 3 winners, your choice of any of my single patterns in my Rav shop — I’ll send you a coupon code.  So be sure to leave me a way to contact you!

26 comments… add one
  • Debbie H October 10, 2011, 3:00 pm

    My fav LYS is http://www.sheepyyarnmn.com/ It is in White Bear Lake, MN. It’s a very nice shop with lots of variety, especially my fav, sock yarn! It’s in a cute little touristy type town. Very nice. Debbie H

  • Angie S. October 10, 2011, 3:39 pm

    My faves are “A Knitted Peace” http://www.aknittedpeace.com & “Colorful Yarns” ww.colorfulyarns.com Both in Littleton, CO, and they have a large selection.

  • Rachelle October 10, 2011, 11:56 pm

    My favourite local yarn store is on-line only http://www.vintagepurls.co.nz; she’s an indie dyer who does the most marvelous sock and DK yarns, plus fibre for spinning.
    Unfortunately my normal LYS is a bit difficult to get to at the moment after the Christchurch earthquakes, Knitworld has a good range of yarns, but my direct route is currently unavailable due to dangerous buildings closing off the roads. However, if you do ever get to Christchurch, NZ it’s worth a visit as they do have some very nice NZ yarns there.

  • Megan October 11, 2011, 6:22 am

    Unfortunately, Rochester MN doesn’t have a local yarn shop any more. I went on a yarn shop hop this Spring and loved the atmosphere and yarn selection of ‘Darn. Knit.Anyway’ in Stillwater MN. http://darnknitanyway.com/

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Jennifer Wollesen October 11, 2011, 7:46 am

    My fav LYS is Unraveled Sheep in Sandy Utah. Verla is great about helping and letting us come and knit whenever. She also has one of the best sock yarn selections I’ve seen.

  • BeckyinVT October 11, 2011, 7:57 am

    I was kinda disappointed that you’re not one of the squares on my bingo card, but then I realized I’m planning to find you anyway! So I guess it doesn’t matter.

    Kaledieoscope Yarns hosts book signings from time to time, although I’m not sure where since they don’t have a giant open space (too full of yarn) They’re http://www.kyarns.com with a pretty big online presence too.

  • lindaran (on Rav) October 11, 2011, 9:17 am

    My LYS is Knitch (http://www.knitch.net/). Very friendly and helpful staff, a nice variety of yarns, and they offer classes in advanced/unusual techniques. It’s nice to have the opportunity to learn something new.

  • InJuneau October 11, 2011, 9:59 am

    My favorite LYS is Seaside Yarns in Juneau, Alaska. She doesn’t have a website yet but is working on one (she just opened in May at the beginning of tourist season so has been a bit(!) busy!). The owner is a friend of mine, and she’s made a wonderful, warm, open, ligh-filled shop where lots of us meet once a week to knit together. She’s running charity knitting projects each month, which have been loads of fun.

  • patsy October 11, 2011, 2:00 pm

    My favorite LYS is Unraveled in Florence, AL. Anna has just opened it and it is the only one in Florence, Yea, we have a LYS.

  • Amy October 11, 2011, 2:32 pm

    My favorite LYS is “A Good Yarn Sarasota”(http://www.agoodyarnsarasota.com/) – they aren’t truly local since I have to drive two hours to get to them, but they are so worth it. The crafting table is always full of laughter and projects, the women are always helpful and the environment is completely welcoming. I may not be able to go as often as I like but when I do, it’s heaven on earth. I actually wrote about them a few months back, you can read it here ~ http://peppermintmochamama.blogspot.com/2011/06/g-is-for.html

  • Laura Bartlett October 11, 2011, 5:13 pm

    My favorite lys is A Knitted Peace http://www.aknittedpeace.com based in Littleton, Colorado. I know Angie put this store up there as well, but what can I say, the woman’s got great taste! It’s not the biggest shop out there, but it does have the most heart and the most sincere feeling of serenity! I’ve met so many wonderful people there, many dear friends, and explored so many different avenues of knitting techniques through their classes and help in general. The people who work there are artists in and of themselves in so many different aspects and all of them make you feel right at home the moment you step inside the store. This was the first group I ever attended after teaching myself to knit, and after the first get together, I knew I’d found my home away from home. There’s always a plethora of people to listen and chat with every Friday night, and it gives me something to look forward to every week, which is sooo important when you’re working 70+ hours a week! Everyone deserves that kind of reward! You would be doing yourself a disservice not to visit A Knitted Peace. My only complaint is that I don’t have enough time to spare to visit more often!

  • Anne October 11, 2011, 6:35 pm

    My favourite lys is Knit and Caboodle in Canmore, AB (http://www.knitandcaboodle.ca/). Kathy and her staff are gifted knitters, designers and dyers (see http://bohoknits.blogspot.com/ as an example) and are always helpful. Also, the next nearest lys is an hour away!

  • Sara October 11, 2011, 7:37 pm

    Oh, my favorite LYS is: HodgePodge Fibers and Yarn…in Newport, New Hampshire…it is a wonderful store…


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  • Alexis October 12, 2011, 9:27 am

    My favorite LYS is Yarnings in Skippack, PA. The have beautiful yarn!


  • Carmen October 12, 2011, 11:54 am

    My favorite is yarnology (http://www.yarnologymn.com/). Nice and roomy store with the yarn displayed for easy viewing and comfy couches to plop down and knit with friends.

  • Judi A. October 12, 2011, 5:18 pm

    There are two lys I frequent, but one is definitely my favorite over the other. Memory Hagler Yarn Shop http://www.knithappenz.com in Vestavia Hills, AL. The owner, Holli, is one of the most relaxed lys owners I know, and the most knowledgeable! I really don’t think there is anything in knitting that she can’t do and help you with – and nothing is too much trouble for her. The shop recently changed locations and the new one is so open, cheery, and so well organized. There are also two areas for sitting and knitting, which are always occupied with several knitters, one with comfy couches and chairs, and the other with a large table and chairs around it. There is always a cheerful greeting by Holli, herself, and several of the “regulars” that gather there nearly every day.

  • tami October 12, 2011, 6:50 pm

    My favorite place is yorkshire yarns in tacoma, wa.
    The owner, Sonya, loves to have great local teachers visit, and she’s absolutely a kick in the pants. It’s a great place to take a class, improve your skills, or just hang out.

  • Suparna October 12, 2011, 8:45 pm

    My town has two LYS both of which I love to visit often. But there is a yarn shop in the town over that I always love visiting and I’m sure you will too. It is called Iris Fine Yarns in Appleton, WI. The store has a wonderful collection of yarns and knitting books and has a very artistic and elegant feel to it. The lady is always smiling and helpful. The website is http://www.irisfineyarns.com.

    Sadly I have never been able to take classes at any of the yarn shops that I haunt.

  • Emily October 13, 2011, 1:17 pm

    There are a few great LYS in the Philadelphia area, but I’m going to pick the newest of the bunch, because I think it must be very hard to get a new shop off the ground. It’s called Stash, and it’s Ardmore, PA. http://stashknits.com/

  • Sandra Larose October 13, 2011, 1:58 pm

    The Threshing Barn at Leek, Staffordshire in the UK. Crafts, dyeing, spinning supplies and workshops aplenty, all on the farm with local farm produce too. A beautiful part of the country.

  • Zabbers October 13, 2011, 1:59 pm

    My favorite LYS is Yarn Garden in Portland, OR.

  • Kathleen L Trejo October 13, 2011, 3:17 pm

    My favorite LYS is Andersen Fiber Works in Gresham. OR. It is a huge place, 4000 sf of space all used to sell and produce fiber and yarn. There are several knitting groups that meet in the cozy upstairs meeting room or you can come and spin or knit in a quaint corner of the downstairs retail area. AFW is committed to the fiber enthusiast who wants to grow and learn more about their craft to the crafted who just wants to meet with other likewise fiber creafers. When I am at Andersen Fiber Works, I always feel like Coming home, thanks to Jen, Tyler, Teri, Riley, and Chapin. Cheers, Kathy

  • Amy October 16, 2011, 9:21 am

    My favorite LYS is The Knitting Corner in Middletown, RI. It is where I learned to knit, and it’s where I made some of the best knitting friends a girl could ever ask for. Betsy, the owner, has a great variety of yarn and beads and is always able to answer any knitting questions you might have, and if she doesn’t have a specific yarn in stock she will order it for you. Stephanie, who helps Betsy, is a wonderful and patient teacher. For such a small state, Rhode Island has a variety of wonderful yarn stores but I usually visit Betsy for most of my yarn needs.

  • Wella M. October 17, 2011, 11:24 am

    My favorite LYS is Unraveled in Florence, AL. Anna has just opened it and it is the only one in Florence.

  • nuts4fiber October 18, 2011, 5:25 pm

    I have three favorite LYS, and could never pick just one! In no particular order: Wildfiber in Santa Monica CA, where I’ve been shopping since the 70’s, although the shop and owners have changed through the years. The current owner used to work at another of my favorite yarn shops (okay, I’ll have to throw a 4th one in… Slipt Stitch in El Segundo, the closest to me and a great shop to have nearby!)

    Alamitos Bay Yarn Co., where I went on my first splurge as a knitter. Very friendly staff and owners! And they host fun knit and cruise boat rides for knitters and crocheters!

    And Twist: Yarns of Intrigue. The cutest small shop, with the most wonderful selection of international yarns, and Cathy’s own line of hand dyed yarns.

  • Deborah October 29, 2011, 7:43 pm

    My Favorite LYS is Knit-Purl in Portland, Oregon. It really is not close to my house but do visit when I get the chance, but order a lot over the internet or by phone. http://www.knit-purl.com
    They are very helpful and nice.

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