Happy Fourth from California Craftini

It may be the Fourth, but I am anxiously awaiting the Eighth when I and I hope thousands of other knitters – local and otherwise – head out for the Oakland Fiber and Textile Festival. I have not been able to attend this great local event sponsored by Piedmont Yarn & Apparel, but I am really looking forward to it. A list of vendors can be found at the above link.

Now, on to the buzz. Who’s knitting what? Why? What are they drinking? And most importantly, why am I not drinking it too?

News from the Internet

Berkeley-based Feral Knitter just got back from a yarn trawl of Sweden, Denmark and Norway. We hate her. But her travelogue is second-best to being there. Sort of.

If you didn’t get to go to this summer’s TNNA – and I didn’t – you can read a thoughtful blog entry about what and who was there written by Clara Parkes of Knitter’s Review. Here’s a newsflash: “”I’m sure you know,” more than one yarn rep told me, “that novelty is back.” And indeed, it is.” You’ve been warned . . . . .

On Ravelry, Casey announced that there are no plans to create an official Ravelry app  (LET ME HEAR YOU GROAN IN UNISON NOW!) but then very kindly offers a list of Ravelry apps created by Ravelry users. Cool!

What the hell is this?

News from Local Shops

Big newsflash from Adela’s Yarn of Castro Valley – they are moving and their last day at their current bricks-and-mortar location will be July 21. No future address is provided at this time, but they promise to post one soon. This doesn’t sound good, but at least Adele wrote “moving,” not “closing.”

A Verb for Keeping Warm (Oakland) is hosting Stephanie Pearl McPhee, aka Yarn Harlot, for a talk called “This is Your Brain on Knitting” on July 15. Good news! Kristine was able to rent a church hall to hold even more Yarn Harlot fans. Yeah!

Atelier Marin and Atelier San Francisco will be closed on July 4th.

San Francisco’s Imagiknit has started carrying “Twirl” by Mary Pettis-Sarley, a dyer and sheep farmer in the Carneros region of Napa Valley. The shop will be closed on July Fourth. The better to freeze to death in summer in that city.

Petaluma’s Knitterly also announced it is carrying “Twirl,” and owner Shelli writes about her trip to TNNA and what she bought there.

San Mateo’s Nine Rubies will be closed for the Fourth. I notice on their website that they offer translations of knitting and crochet directions into both Spanish and Hindi!

Sunnyvale’s Purlescence Yarns will be closed for the Fourth.

Sunshine Yarns - which, with its location in Boulder, CO, isn’t, of course, local for us here in NorCal, but I thought you all would like to know – is raising money for those displaced by the massive fires in Colorado and for the local firefighters and the Red Cross. Here’s how it works: donate funds to the groups on this page and Dani at Sunshine Yarns will enter your name in a drawing for yarns and prizes, one entry per $10 donation. Make your donation by July 10 and Dani will draw winners on July 15.

Grandma got eaten by a flag afghan

News from Local Pattern Designers

Michelle Miller of Fickle Knitter Designs, based in WHERE, had just too damn much fun at TNNA, as you can see by her pictures. And where else but Columbus, Ohio could you find a dish called “tot’chos,” nachos made with – hold on, here – TATER TOTS. Now, what do you drink with tot-chos? EEEEEEEW.

There it is, right on the cover of your Knit Picks catalogue – Knitting Kninja‘s “Dorothy Shawl.” As we are all about local here, we won’t provide a link to Knit Picks, but you know how to find it.

Wish I had one

News from Local Dyers and Spinners

Anzula Yarns of Fresno went to TNNA and then hit the road across the Mid-West on a sort of shop-hop tour. Hope they didn’t sell all their yarns to Midwesterners and have some left for us!

Knitted Wit of Portland announced she will be dying yarn for Woolgirl‘s new “Embrace the Lace: Fantasy” kit. Lorajean also announced that she is thinking about starting a “community supported yarn” project again, providing 5 skeins for $100 over one year.

Phydeaux Designs has a new yarn club in the works.

Sincere Sheep of Napa got a major shout-out from Knitter’s Review’s overview of the June TNNA show. Way to go, Brooke! You can catch her hand-dyed yarn this weekend at Oakland Fiber Festival. Desert Hot Springs’ Elemental Effects was singled out by Clara Parkes, too!

Fired up for the Fourth

New on the Bookshelf

Nancy Bush, she of Estonian lace fame, announced the publication of  a new edition of her 1994 classic Folk Socks. Buy it from Nancy’s website and she’ll sign it for you if you ask. There are three more chances to take classes with Nancy her in California in 2012.

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About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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