Where are my sunglasses???

It Is Beautiful Outside!

But I bet you already noticed huh :-)  The view from here is breathtaking, blue water, white surf, clean crisp air. Life just doesn’t get any better than this.

Take a walk, breath deeply, then get ready to start knitting again! We have several festivals which we are reserving space at and if you want to be in on the action, talk to Colleen. The sooner the better.

The Yarn Dude has ordered lots of new books, patterns and yarn to inspire and excite all of us.

How about this great inexpensive project?  This is Fiber Trends Seascape Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark. It is a lovely design of cone shells, sand dollars, scallops and starfish in the shallows by the waves of the sea.

I suggest doing this in our soft shell pink Merino Lace laceweight yarn. The pattern sells for $6.50, the yarn for $13.99. So your total investment in this project is $20.49 plus tax! The shawl is worked on a size 6 circular needle so it is a fairly decent size too!

Come on in, let’s get started!

Copper, Fingerknitting & the Yarn Dude

Colleen,

I just wanted to say thank you. I was in on Saturday with my boyfriend, daughter, and one of her friends. Copper was kind enough to keep the kids occupied while I found what I couldn’t live without. The advice and tips from your husband (the Yarn Dude) are indispensable and couldn’t have been timed better.

This morning I came in again with the girls to get the “baby alpaca” I’d somehow not purchased the day before. You made the girls’ day with the finger knitting directions! I gave them each a skein of yarn and off they went. They knitted the whole way home.

Thank you so much.

Heidi H.

Our heads are still spinning and weaving!

As always, we had a great time this past week-end with the Clatsop Spinners and Weavers here at the store! What a friendly and informative group of ladies. They brought looms and spinning wheels, roving and hand spun yarn, and produced intricate weaving projects right before our eyes!  There was a good turn out of people who came to see what spinning and weaving is all about. From the very young to the not so young, people of all ages came. Thank you ladies of the Clatsop Spinners and Weavers.

Valentine’s Day Menu

VALENTINE’S DAY SPECIALS

Sunday, February 14th

Breakfast

Lox of Love Eggs Benedict

Two gently poached eggs topped with smoked lox and perched atop an english muffin then draped with homemade hollandaise sauce. Served with a fruit bowl.

$9.95

 

 

Lunch

Cupid’s Crab Cakes

Collen’s amazing Crab Cake recipe served with crisp green salad and your choice of dressing along with our famous cheese bread stick.

$10.95

 

 

And for the finale (drum roll please….)

COLLEEN’S HOMEMADE 4 LAYER CHOCOLATE CAKE!

$4.25 per slice

Knitting & Crochet Addicts Needle Exchange

We all have them…we say it’s because “you never know when I’ll need an extra”…and nobody could possible expect us to remember which ones we have and which ones we need…the excuses are as many and varied as colors of DMC floss.

Yes, I’m talking about needles and hooks. Personally, I no longer discuss how many size 8 needles I own. It’s really nobody’s business.

If you can relate to this subject then I am your new hero! I have found a gem of a site that provides, free of charge, an inventory sheet so we can all get a handle on our needles!

Gary has been telling me for years to write them down on a slip of paper and stick it in my purse…you think I’ve done it? Heck no. So why do I think I will do this? Because it’s not only a needle inventory! This kind soul has also provided beautiful and thoughtfully designed journal pages, project planner, yarn stash inventory, notes page, even graph paper to get those ideas down on paper! I can’t resist.

Opps…I hit a button, now everything is bold…hmmm

Anyway, check it out at http://kathrynivy.com/patterns/extras/knitting-journal/ Then, after you get your needle inventory done, bring in those extras to Knitting Group and we’ll have a needle exchange. See you there!

Roll The Dice!

Good Morning out there…I’m here, with cold, cold hands, trying to form a coherent thought. Let’s see, what I wanted to tell you about is Colleen’s lastest “thought”.  She’s always saying to me “Maria, I was thinking….” and then we’re off on another great idea of Colleen’s!

So here is one of her latest. Dice. Yep. We have this friend/customer, that we call Fomoco. We call him this because that is what is on his license plate on his darling little turquoise Thunderbird convertable. Its a collectors car but I couldn’t tell you the year. It’s just really really cute. This gentleman sells dice for cars and other vehicles. You know the fuzzy dice that hang from your rear view mirror? Not that kind, the kind of dice that you can put on your door locks, valve stems, etc. to compliment the fuzzy dice hanging from your mirror.

And Colleen thought “hmmmmm, dice that hang from your mirror…..I COULD DO THAT!” And of course one thing led to another and now we are going to not only make these dice (or something like them)  but we are going to offer them or how to make them at various festivals around the area this summer. It goes without saying that these creations will be knitted and/or felted and/or crochet…so stay tuned for further details.

And check out Fomoco’s website. He’s in our links to your right!

Thank you Ladies!

Thank you to all of you who have brought in your blocks for the Warm UP America project! We have a good start but we need lots more block. Keep ‘um coming!

If you haven’t joined our project, it’s not too late. Last month we announced our involvement in Warm Up America.

Warm Up America was started in 1991 by a Wisconsin yarn retailer named Evie Rosen. Evie decided to help the homeless by asking her customers, friends, and community to knit or crochet 7″x9″ blocks that would be joined into afghans. And that is exactly what we are doing. We urge everyone to take a few minutes to knit a 7″x9″ block for this worthy cause. Please take time to create a block for Warm Up America!, and ask your friends to get involved, as well.

Bring your blocks in to Tapestry Rose Yarn Shop between now and June. We will keep you posted on the date of our “Block Party” when we will gather together to put all the blocks together to make afghans. These afghans will be donated locally to needy people.

Remember, just a little bit of yarn can make a big difference to someone in need!

Basic patchwork afghans are made of forty-nine 7″x9″ rectangular Blocks that are sewn together. Any pattern stitch can be used for the rectangle. Use acrylic medium/worsted weight yarn and size 8 strainght knitting needles or size needed to obtain the gauge of 9 stitches to 2″.



NO WATER

I got up this morning with my mom, to have my morning dash outside and quick drink of water before I snuggle back into the toasted warm bed that she just left, but lo and behold NO WATER!  I peeked out of the covers when mom said a few words!! I will not mention them here, but I take it that the water ran out while she was in the shower.  Mom and Gary were running around trying to make sure everything was OK,  turning off the hot water heater so as not to burn it up.  I don’t really understand it all, but it made me nervous, so I just stayed under the covers. Mom went to the shop and turned everything off down there and called all the help to tell them not to show up for work until everything was a go for water pressure and then they have to clean out all the lines so everything is sanitairy and the water is clear.  I think I’ll just stay in bed for awhile longer!


cute knitted heart

One of my knitting ladies, Sharon #2, had a knitting magazine from Europe that had a real cute knitted heart that would fit just perfect on our purls of wisdom cards, Maria and I make.  Of course I knitted it up with some glitzy yarn I had and had to find ONE mistake.  It still looked pretty cute tho, and I’ll have to try another and rewrite the pattern.  Maria also crochet a few hearts on her own and brought them in today, there are so many heart patterns out there when you start looking.  Quick and easy for holiday decorations.  Maria worked really hard on a Valentine display of heart ideas in the yarn room, which I think of course you should all check out.  Now if I could only get up my Valentine decorations for the restaurant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

February Free Pattern

 

Heart Face Cloth

 

 


The red cloth above is of Heart center. It does not depict the eyelet edge around  cloth.

To Purchase yarn for this project, go to our internet store, Saltwater Yarn or come on into the shop! We carry ALL 113 Sugar n Cream colors and 10 colors of Berroco Bonsai Bamboo.

Finished Size:

Approx. 9”Square.

Materials ~

Needles:

  • Straight knitting needles, size 8 (5.00 mm) or size needed for gauge.
  • Yarn needle

Yarn:

  • 100% Cotton worsted weight (such as Sugar n Cream) or…
  • Bamboo/Nylon blend  worsted weight (such as Berroco Bonsai)

You will need 70 yards for each face cloth.

Gauge: In Garter Stitch, 4 sts = 1”

Cast on 37 sts.

Rows 1 and 2: Knit across.

Row 3: K1, ssk, yo, k1, *yo, k2tog, repeat from* across to last st, k1.

Row 4 AND ALL EVEN NUMBERED ROWS: Knit across.

Row 5: K1, ssk, yo, knit across to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 7-10: Repeat rows 5 and 6 twice.

Row 11: K1, ssk, yo, k14, k2tog, yo, k15, yo k2tog, k1.

Row 13: K1, ssk, yo, k13, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k13, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 15: K1, ssk, yo, k12, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k12, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 17: K1, ssk, yo, k11, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k11, yo k2tog, k1.

Row 19: K1, ssk, yo, k10, k2tog, yo, k7, yo, ssk, k10, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 21: K1, ssk, yo, k9, k2tog, yo, k9, yo, ssk, k9, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 23: K1, ssk, yo, k8, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k8, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 25: K1, ssk, yo, k7, k2tog, yo, 13, yo, ssk, k7, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 27: K1, ssk, yo, k6, k2tog, yo, k15, yo, ssk, k6, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 29: K1, ssk, yo, k5, k2tog, yo, k17, yo, ssk, k5, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 31: K1, ssk, yo, k4, k2tog, yo, k19, yo, ssk, k4, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 33: K1, ssk, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, k21, yo, ssk, k3, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 35: K1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k23, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 37 – 42: Repeat Rows 35 and 36, 3 times.

Row 43: K1, ssk, yo, k2, k2tog, yo, k10, k2tog, yo, k11, yo, ssk, k2, yo, k2tog k1

Row 45: K1, ssk, yo, k4, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k4, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 47: K1, ssk, yo, k5, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k5, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 49: K1, ssk, yo, k6, yo, [slip1, k2tog, psso], yo k1, yo, slip1, k2tog, psso, yo, k5, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k1, yo, slip 1, k2tog, psso, yo, k6, yo, k2tog, k1.

Row 51: K1, ssk, yo, knit across to last 3 sts, yo, k2tog, k1.

Rows 53—58: Repeat Rows 51 and 52, 3 times.

Row: 59: K1, ssk, yo, k1, (yo, k2tog) across to last st, k1.

Rows 60 and 61: Knit across.

Bind off all sts in knit.