California Craftini – Interweave Knitting Lab Edition

WHAT???? I have not posted anything in an entire MONTH??? People, can you forgive me? Well, you have no choice. I have been traveling – some work, some pleasure. Work took me to the southwest, then to Washington DC and NYC and pleasure took me to Kauai. Just got back last Thursday. I intended to post from there, but then there were these giant Mai Tais . . .

SO. Back to business! Back to autumn! Back to knitting!

But first things first – GO GIANTS!!!!!!!!!! YEAH YEAH YEAH!!! In honor of our San Francisco Giants, all pictures this edition will be of baseball related knitting.

From Imagiknit!! And check it out – this is my buddy Bonnie!! I didn’t know what when I posted this. She has placed a link to the pattern on her blog, AmpuTeeHee in the comments section

The big knitting news up here in NorCal is this weekend’s Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo. So we’ll take a look at who’s gonna be there, with what and why you should go. I’ll be there on  Friday – and I might even come back on Saturday. Yeah, it’s that fun. If you don’t believe me, go read what I wrote about it last year.

First up – take a gander at the Lab’s vendor list. There are some of my favoritest peoplest here, for sure. I’ll be stopping (and spending) at Teresa Ruch (tencel! tencel!), Sincere Sheep, Tactile Fiber Arts, Knitted Wit and Fickle Knitter. And I’m really excited to see that a couple of shops will have booths – there’s been a trend away from shops going to shows – and I’ll stop at Nine Rubies, Continental StitchUncommon ThreadsYarn Boutique. New to me here are Balls & Skeins & More, coming to the show from Cambria, and Monarch Knitting and Quilts, coming from Pacific Grove. I’ll be sure and visit them.

Available on Etsy

Okay, so let’s see what else is a-goin’ on . . .


A Verb for Keeping Warm in Oakland will celebrate its second anniversary on Nov. 10 with a little party at the store that includes a “dip”, a sale and a raffle. Yeah!

Artfibers of San Francisco is having a big clearance and gift certificate sale.

Atelier Marin will be open on Sundays through March. They have also opened new knitalong sessions with Alva on Thursday nights from 7 to 9 at the Marin store and with Linda S. on Thursday mornings (no times given) and with Emily on Thursday evenings (no times given) at the San Francisco location.

K2Tog in Albany has launched a new, improved website.

Nine Rubies of San Mateo is taking full advantage of its just-down-the-street status from Interweave Knitting Lab to host a local designer night on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. On hand will be Rosemary Hill, Hillary Smith Callis and Carrie Sullivan.

I missed it! Piedmont Yarn and Apparel just had its fifth anniversary. Congratulations.

Uncommon Threads of Los Altos is now open on Sundays from noon to 4 and has extended hours on Thursdays til 7.

Yarn Boutique of Lafayette will host its next Knit Night on Nov. 13 at a local Italian restaurant! Yum Yum! “Ferri per fare la maglia” – knitting needles in Italiano!

Los Gatos’ Yarn Dogs owner Deborah announced last month that she is selling the business and moving to Cape Cod to care for her aging mother (Wow. What timing. Thanks Sandy!). In other news, the store has just revived its monthly charity knitting get-togethers. Check with the store for more info.

Available on Etsy!


Among Friends kicks off a new club this month – The All-American, which will feature hand-dyed yarn from U.S. breeds and mills. Among Friends is a collaboration between designers and dyers, and All American will feature the work of Julia Farwell-Clay, Kira K Designs, Christina Wilkens, and Sivia Harding. Sign ups end Nov. 15.

Lorajean Kelly of Knitted Wit has announced another installment of “community supported yarn.” The new round features 6 shipments of fingering weight yarn – sign up before Nov. 15 and get a seventh free! Go to Lorajean’s blog to read about what CSY supports.

Amy Lee of The Amy Lee Show announces a new yarn club based on the works of William Shakespeare. The yarn will be hand dyed and self-striping. Sign ups continue through Nov. 4.

Brenda Lavell of Phydeaux Designs has been dyeing up a storm in her new location. She’s also got a new free scarf pattern for slubby, chunky yarn.

We got spirit, yes we do!


Michelle Miller of Fickle Knitter Designs has announced some new KAL kits and patterns for November. The yarn is Flock Sock, you have your choice of three Fickle Knitter patterns and you get some cool goodies – stitch markers by Knitifacts, for one, and a Fickle Knitter tote bag (I got me one a them, too!). In my last Fickle Knitter KAL I got a swell Fickle Knitter t-shirt! You can enroll in the KAL through Nov. 10 and yarn will ship Nov. 24 – just after Turkey Day!

Kira Dulaney of Kira K Designs has a new pattern, the Belle Epoque Shawl. Check it out at Interweave Knitting Lab, where she’ll have a booth.

The East Bay’s Knitting Kninja is the most recent stop on Teresa of Canary Knits’ blogtour. Check out the stuff from teresa’s new ebook of patterns, Ghosts.



The Machine Knitters Guild of San Francisco – which meets in El Sobrante – will hold its next meetings on Nov. 9 and 10. Somebody go to this and then tell me why it has “San Francisco” in its name. How about “Bay Area”???


Two days left to take advantage of Jordana Page’s offer of 10% off to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

About kjwinston

I am a freelance religion reporter living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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2 Responses to California Craftini – Interweave Knitting Lab Edition

  1. Ummm, that first shot? Fear The Beard? That’s ME (circa 2010). You are too funny. LOL
    if anyone wants to make one, I put the pattern up on ravelry

  2. chris r says:

    [Light turns on over my head]. I may be the last person to have figured this out, but your blog is, in essence, the Bay Area Knitting and Yarn Beat. 15 years ago this would have been a column in some local newspaper. This way we don’t have to wade past the personal ads and legal notices to read your work. Bravo!

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