Sunday, October 4, 2015

Yarn Church

What an amazingly beautiful Fall day.  The air is crisp and clear, and the trees are beginning to turn their Fall colors.  Panera's in Redmond was very busy, I think there must have been some hiking clubs stopping in for breakfast before enjoying the chance to hike the Cascades before it is too wet and cold.  The group room was empty, though, and we were able to snag it for our Sunday, Yarn Church, Eastside Stitchers meet up.
KelleyR has finished the body of her raglan sweater that she brought to the Knitting Retreat.  She has begun work on the sleeves.
Wajio is starting a new Rib-A-Roni hat by Jane Tanner. This is becoming her go-to hat pattern.
GwenS has started a new cowl.  She had quite a bit of the ribbing finished by the time we left.

BlueBerryMary is working on the flap of her convertible mittens.  She has straightened out the cable twists, and they are looking beautiful.
Mary also brought some alpaca fiber she picked up yesterday at the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival for show and tell.

VanesaPolo brought three of the "Be Seen Hat" by Steven Be that the Eastside Knitters Guild is making for the Fire Quilts for the Knit and Stitch Fire Survivors of Okanogan County‏ effort.  I know that name is a mouthful.  Basically, this is an effort to provide the people effected by the massive fires in Washington State with quilts and warm winter hats.  Steven Be has donated a pattern, and the group is looking for yarn donations.  From what I understand, they are hoping to gather 1000 quilts and hats to give out.  Members of our Guild are stepping up to this challenge to make 1 - 4 hats by the end of October.  BlueBerryMary has also finished 3 hats already!

shaping the planet on a gorgeous Fall morning.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Wednesday Knitting


Did you see the blood moon during the lunar eclipse?  This is what the moon looked like as it rose above the horizon at about 7:30 Pacific Daylight Time.  The moon was already fully eclipsed, and looked very orangey/red.  I kept running outside about every 10 minutes to watch the moon reveal itself. 

There was no eclipse tonight, just a great group of knitters at Crossroads.

Someone ws starting something new, I think it was Wajio.
Wireknitter brought a pair of finished fingerless mitts,
and her beautiful gradient shawl for Show and tell.
Tara1682 brought her lace shawl.
KelleyR has almost finished the body of her tweed sweater.
BlueBerryMary brought one finished hat, and finished the 2nd during our meet up. These are for Stitch N Knit outreach 2015 for Fire Survivors of Washington.

GwenS continues to make good progress on her OWL sweater.
DomesticShorthair has made good progress on her top.
Chockelet brought her shawl from the LYS tour.
ReadKnitDream is beginning something beautiful.
shaping the planet with lots of knitting friends.

Say, Cheese!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

ESSFall2015: Sunday


This is the post about the last day of our Eastside Stitchers Fall 2015 Knitting Retreat. 

Again we got up early to make the most of our weekend of knitting.  We were able to finish many projects.

We started many more and will bring them home as WIP's.
If you want to check out the projects that were started, worked on, or finished during the retreat, look for our tag, ESSFALL2015, on Ravelry.

A special thank you to Redbird1 who was unable to make it from the East Coast Chapter of the Eastside Stitchers.  She sent the most delicious chocolates.  You were with us in spirit!

And a special hurrah to JulieMustKnit who flew all the way from the South East Coast Chapter of the Eastside Stitchers (North Carolina) to be a part of the Retreat.  We are sooo happy that you could make it.

What did we do after we left Lake Cle Elum?  We went shopping for yarn, of course,
 at Tolt Yarn and Wool, which is our Eastside Destination Yarn Shop.

shaping the planet from a knitting retreat.

ESSFall2015: Saturday


Good Morning Knitters!

We started the day quite early, some of us were up by 5:30, others took advantage of the weekend away from family to sleep in a bit, but once we were awake, we were knitting.

We knit.

Knit,                                                      Knit,                                         Knit.

After lunch, JitteryKnitter and I took a walk to find Lake Cle Elem.

The lake has receded so much because of the lack of snowfall last winter, that it was almost hard to find!
When we got back to the cabin, people were still knitting,
and knitting (sometimes spinning),
and knitting,

Did I mention that we spent the day knitting?
shaping the planet on a knitting retreat

ESSFall2015: Friday


This weekend was the first annual Eastside Stitchers Fall Knitting Retreat.  We headed out Friday after work east on the 90 fwy to Lake Cle Elem.

I carpooled with JitteryKnitter (who was our fearless driver), Puzan (the navigator), and truespark.  It was a bit foggy, and we had some traffic just as we were leaving the west side of the Cascade Mountains, but the drive was pretty easy and before we knew it we were getting off the freeway and driving through the picturesque towns of Roslyn and Ronald.
The house we rented was huge and just about perfect for our needs.  It had lots of beds (no bunk beds!), lots of bathrooms with showers, a big kitchen, and most important of all a big living room.

 This was the bedroom that I shared with VanesaPolo:
We planned to pot luck our dinners, and then bring our own breakfasts and lunches with food to share for snacks.

In reality, we had Group Food, pretty much for every meal.  We left all of the snacks that were for sharing on the big center work table in the kitchen.  There was way too much food!  and so yummy.  And this photo is just the stuff from the Friday people.  We had 4 more people arrive Saturday morning, with more food!

We somehow found time between eating snacks and meals to knit.  Those photos in the Saturday post.

shaping the planet from the knitting retreat.