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Trouble. [userpic]

Do you love really pretty yarn? Do you make things out of nifty fabric? Do you live near Seattle? Come to our Yarn Sale!

Saturday, July 25th
starting at 10:00 a.m.
9504 40th Avenue NE, Seattle, 98115

A few weeks back found some friends discussing our yarn stashes. They are, not unexpectedly, breathtaking in scope and ability to fill storage room in our houses. So we hatched a plan to have a yard sale for our yarn. We'll also be selling some fabric yardage and collections of viable remnants.

We'll have lots and lots of yarn for sale. We've been discussing amounts in terms of multiples of lawn bag sizes. And this is good yarn too, yarn that simply couldn't be left behind but we've come to painfully realize won't be made into anything while it's in our care. We have plenty of matched dye lot yarn in amounts large enough to make a sweater. There is lots of nice non-wool yarn, and two of the sellers used to work for a yarn store so you know there has to be some special stuff in there.

If you see any of us buying yarn from somebody else's table please, stop us. We need to be stopped.

gsalr listing + map

(I am prepares so teh sark.)

Wired [userpic]

Saturday, I took the kids to skating, and on our way back, we stopped at the local donut/Baskin Robbins emporium to procure donuts. There was a little local ad flyer with a yarn store I had never heard of -- All Points Yarn. I grabbed the flyer and resolved to visit after nap.

My stated goal was to see if they had double-pointed finger needles in size 6. This would be a heck of a trick, as finger-needles are hard to find in the first place, and 6 is not a typical size for them.

I went to Des Moines, which, in good traffic, is about 10 minutes from my house in Kent. I drove up and down the strip a few times, annoying locals and trying to figure out the whack-ass numbering system. Finally I found the shop, tucked away in a strip mall with a restaurant and a used book store.

The shop owner's name is Morgan, and evidently, he is a big ol' textiles nerd. He designed this awesome crochet stitch blanket, and I say this as someone who has not met a lot of crochet she likes. He burbled happily about his knitting machines.

He explained his stocking philosophy -- almost no patterns or books, since everyone uses the internet. Yarns that I would describe as the high-end of the cheaps -- for instance, Lion Brand, but only the Fisherman's Wool. And there was the low-end of boutique yarns -- Tofutsies and Noro and Louet. I didn't see any Debbie Bliss or Blue Sky, but there was a metric ton of Cascade. And he has some kind of interesting setup where he has a whole wall of coned wool in different colors, and will essentially ply it on the fly so you can build your own wool yarn by marling. He showed me a fair isle sweater he'd done in worsted with one yarn that was three strands of blues, and one that was three strands of neutral. It looked pretty damn good. He has a few cat-puke yarns and sells them by the ounce, so you only have as much as you need. He also has a variety of dyes.

He offers classes, sit-and-knit times, and advice. I was going to sign up for the sweater class, which is a pretty cool idea. You pay up front for four hours of class ($40, a steal). You spend two hours picking a pattern and yarn. Then, when you eventually finish, you get two hours of help assembling and finishing the damn thing. Awesome. I said I had the yarn and pattern picked, but wanted help with the short-row math. He said that I shouldn't take the class, he'd be happy to help me with just that part.

But most importantly, he did have finger needles, in a variety of sizes, including 6. Win! Bryspun, even.

On the other hand, it's a sucky year to start a business. I bought the finger needles, and a bottle of Euclan, and a skein of Tofutsies to make Kay some socks with. If you're local, you should go visit.

All Points Yarn
He needs a better website, though.

the croshay lady [userpic]

I'm in search of a local crocheter for piece work, hats mostly.

this is a long term opportunity for an experienced crafter to earn income from home, the main requirements are that you are reliable, trustworthy and as much of a perfectionist as I am ;)

contact croshay@gmail.com if you are interested, or come see me down at the Pike Place Market on Sunday.. please send a link or bring some samples of your crochet work.

Laura Killoran
Croshay Design

aswego [userpic]

If you're having a hard time getting in, it's not just you. Registration appears to have opened ~8:08am. Less than ten minutes later, the server was slammed, to the point of dropping registrations partway through the process (which meant that some classes were filled in the next attempt).

The website's class lists will be updated later on with which are full, but in the meantime (since people liked getting the early notice on LJ last year):

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Note: all information was gained while trying to register; I didn't check just for the fun of it and risk slowing down anyone else's registration. :) Commented updates (and cheers, and arghs) welcome.

ETA: registration temporarily suspended for technical difficulties.

ETA #2: info from the Madrona mailing list! Good news!

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ETA #3: Registration back open!
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ETA: Classes that look full after the re-opening:
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Emma [userpic]

Earlier this week, kathrynt and I ventured down to West Seattle to check out Little Knits (specifically we went to check out Jojoland yarn, which they carry). They're largely a mail order place, but they let customers come in and poke around some days of the week. Lots of really beautiful yarn there, including some neat locally dyed stuff, some exclusives and more sock yarn than you can shake a stick at.

Anyhow, we chatted some with Sue, the owner. She's currently down a couple of employees and looking to hire some reliable folks, full or part time. The job mostly involves filling online, phone and mail orders or organizing new yarns as they come in, so it's pretty busy and on-your feet. But the pay is good (above minimum wage) and there are some sweet employee discounts. She's also looking for a manager, which would be a salaried position with benefits (and you don't find that often working with yarn). The business is located in a converted house, so it's comfortable and there's good light and all, but you're also working in pretty close proximity with your co-workers.

Pass the word among your yarn-loving pals! Contact info is on the website.

Catbutt [userpic]

Hello fellow Seattle knitters! If you don't mind, I'd like to take a few minutes to pimp the knitting group I assistant organize! We're called the NorthEnd Knitters & we meet 3 times a month: every 1st Tuesday, 3rd Wednesday & last Saturday at different places around Seattle. If that sounds a little complicated (it kinda is) we have 2 websites that'll help you keep track: our Meetup Site & our Yahoo Group! We also do field trips, yarn swaps & other fun things! We're meeting next Wed at The Pub in Third Place Ravenna. We'd love to see you there or at any of our future meetups!

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Current Music: Lyrics Born: I Changed My Mind

 
 
Stephanie Pearl-McPhee will be at Third Place Books in Lake Forest Park to talk and 
to sign her new book "Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Casts Off".  She starts talking at 6:30 pm, 
but if it is ANYTHING like last time you need to get there EARLY to get a seat within sight 
of the stage.
She is VERY funny and it was great to see all the knitters and discuss yarn and patterns 
and needles and everything.
Bring your knitting!!
     - Jean 

DATE:  Friday Sept 14th

Little Star [userpic]

Due to the great response I got to my previous post, I went and met adrinna at Weaving Works and we decided to start our own knitting night and all you lovely knitters are invited!

The first one will be next Thursday, Sept. 13 at 6:30pm at the Trabant Chai Lounge in the U-District.

1309 NE 45th St.
Seattle, WA

We will be meeting every other Thursday and are open to suggestions (a bar maybe?) for a more permanent place.

Hope to see you there!

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aswego [userpic]

Which conveniently includes knitting books. ;)

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Little Star [userpic]

Hi Seattle, etc. knitters! I'm sad that this community hardly ever gets posts! Is anyone actually around? If so, say hi and tell me how old you are and whatever else you want to share.

Also, does anyone here know of any S&Bs? My friends used to get together once a month to knit, but that has since dissolved and I wouldn't be entirely opposed to finding another group...especially of people around my age.

I am a 25-year-old female, and I work in psychology research at Harborview. I knit a lot, and recently learned how to use DPNs so I'm super excited about that. Aside from knitting, I enjoy reading, concerts, and going out and fully enjoying my youth and freedom.

So come on people...tell me something about yourselves...

ETA: I am located in North Seattle.

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