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In events on April 14, 2014 at 1:29 pm


Nothing could deter me from the Shibui yarn tasting at La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe on April 13, 2014. Unfortunately, space was limited for this event; I was ecstatic that I made the cut! And it was the perfect weather for the occasion and I had to celebrate! I donned my finished Hettie, for which I received several compliments on not only the fit, but also the finishing.

When I first entered the shop, the orange immediately grabbed my attention. I love orange, particularly with such rich,vibrant tones as displayed on the tasting tables. Serious eye candy!


Admittedly, I don’t know much about this company but what I do know, is that it is a quality product. The hand and drape are exquisite. I was introduced to this yarn first with an adult “arts and crafts” project. It got me really familiar with the textures and beginnings of Shibui.

Shibui is derived from a Japanese phrase meaning “elegance with a touch of bitterness.” It’s founder is based out of Portland, Oregon. I was most impressed with was that almost all the weights/fibers come in the same colorways that can be combined beautifully with each other.


Going through the portfolio of patterns available, I was most impressed. I couldn’t decide on which to make. This booklet outlined combinations of yarns and weight equivalents and Shibui collection of patterns. Almost all the patterns require the yarn to be doubled which the jury is not out for me on how I feel about that.


However, I eventually decided on Mix No. 15 tank top. Then the color, I chose Poppy, an orange red. Of course I am alluding to the fact that I bought yarn and the pattern! Diet failed! My justification is that it’s for my birthday, which is technically true. My birthday is in June….I couldn’t help myself! Lol I bought 5 skeins of Linen. I’m not going to lie, the only thing I’m not feeling about the linen yarn is that you have to put a knot on the ends because when tinking, it could become undone. My goal is to have the tank completed for/in the summer.

I returned home with knowledge about Shibui, an appreciation for fine yarn and a few mini skeins, as well as print outs of a few free patterns. I’m not really sure what to make with the mini samples, but I was thinking amigurumi. I have about a yard (36″) per skein. Any ideas?


Getting Purly with Nancy Ricci

In events, knitting on October 9, 2013 at 12:00 am


On Monday 9/30, I had the honor and pleasure of supporting my friend and designer Nancy Ricci at La Casita. She has inspired me with her designs with simple shapes and techniques, yet creating stunning, functional, stylish yet practical pieces. She designs for Jade Sapphire and after the show I was able to touch products with that fine cashmere….I was in heaven! I digress, she’s featured in almost all the knitting magazines out in the ads for Jade Sapphire.


The crowd was amazing! The owners of Knitting Nation and Knitty City’s Ms. Pearl and staff as well as patrons of both shops came out to support her. One person from Knitty City crochet’s beautiful jewelry and even has a class! It was a really creative crowd and I felt inspired by being in that environment. There were goodie bags which included chocolates, a handwritten note and 5 patterns: Vintage headband, Obsession (4 variations of a scarf/cowl), Eleanora Top, Tristan’s Scarf and Papa Jon’s Cowl.

Nancy is a wonderfully warm person and I’d love for you to check her out on Ravelry: gettingpurly.

I’m not sure which pattern to do first! When I choose I will tell you!