knitalong with scrumptious yarn

I’m a little late on this post. I have been quietly knitting stockinette, and you know what that means. Okay, maybe you don’t…it means brain power has been drained recently, so I’m working the mindless knitting. I just finished up a old, old WIP last seen in this classic post, so I should have some more pics by the end of this week.

knitalong release party

What I wanted to post about sooner was the book launch of knitalong that happened the other weekend at Abundant Yarn and Dyeworks.

knitalong book signing

Larissa and Martin signed their lovely book, and food and drink was provided to all by a caterer with a striking resemblance to Michael Vartan. All set in a large yarn store, surrounded by yarn and happy knitters.

Two things I love that were there (not including hot caterer):

  • The book. Yes, it has lovely and creative patterns in it. Already in my queue with assigned yarn: the Blessingway Blanket (yay, Hannah). Many others to follow. But most importantly, I actually sat down and read the whole thing. This is something that I have not yet done with any other knitting book. The history, stories, and creativity discussed keep you reading right through it.
  • The place that I knit along at: Abundant. The store has been open for about two years now, and I have been going there since near its opening. However, it has really blossomed in the past year under its new owner. Great stock and great people. When I am feeling restless at home, it is a place I can walk to and be comfortable at. (Since I am an introvert at heart, this is saying something.)

As part of the great stock of yarn, Stevanie and Heather at Abundant do some beautiful natural dyeing. In the book signing picture, you can see some yarn dyed for the French Press Cozy from the book.

Update: Coffee dyed yarn

It is superwash merino dyed with coffee grounds from Stumptown coffee.

They are currently working on dyeing up a new batch of sock yarn with natural dyes (using the same base as Shibui). The one below was dyed with coffee grounds and pomegranate (I think that is what Stev told me).

Basic Sock

I’m knitting the second one along with the sock class that I am teaching.

*In the interest of full disclosure, I used to work at Abundant last fall, and I still teach at Abundant and occasionally fill in a shift. However, I loved it before and still do. I get no kickbacks for posting rave reviews. I just want to share the goodness and give some love.

12 Comments

  1. Julia said,

    March 25, 2008 at 10:54 pm

    That yarn with the teeny stripes is to die for! I love the striping effect…I have no idea why but it reminds me of linen. I can’t believe pomegranate created that shade, so neat. I’m getting more and more into natural dyes for the sake of simplicity and the non-creepy factor, I hope people keep finding ways of making them colorfast! Exciting stuff.

  2. Gudrun said,

    March 25, 2008 at 11:10 pm

    Oooo those are my kind of colours!

  3. Terra said,

    March 26, 2008 at 4:03 am

    Thanks for the review! I really love the entomology hat.

    Hmm, I think I want to play around with more dyeing this summer…

  4. Emily said,

    March 26, 2008 at 4:43 am

    Both of those yarns are beautiful! I’m excited to get a chance to read the book myself; all of the projects are so gorgeous.

  5. stacey said,

    March 26, 2008 at 5:34 am

    how appropriate - coffee dyed yarn for a coffee press cozy!!!

  6. Kim U said,

    March 26, 2008 at 7:11 am

    It looks like a great book, I love that entomology hat. Also, thanks for the vision of Michael Vartan as a caterer. Now THAT is a good way to start the morning :)

  7. Janice in Camas said,

    March 26, 2008 at 9:26 am

    So sorry to have missed the launch party — everyone seems to agree that it was wonderful. Oh, well, life happens. Interesting comment about feeling comfortable/being an introvert. That’s mostly how I describe myself. Although, there are days when I think I’m just ridiculously shy!

    That sock yarn is absolutely wonderful. I’m going to have to get down to Abundant soon and see what other lovelies they’ve got laying around.

  8. Jodi said,

    March 26, 2008 at 1:20 pm

    Sounds like a great event! In fact, Portland seems like my kind of town.

    Beautiful yarns; I love the idea of natural dyes.

  9. Heather said,

    March 27, 2008 at 7:30 am

    Hooray for Knitalong!

  10. raina said,

    March 28, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    I absolutely love the color of the socks you have on the needles. It is so earthy, soothing, and has a neet quality to it.

  11. Brenda said,

    March 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Sounds like a wonderful time and a great yarn store. My two LYSs closed last year: one owner was bored with running a shop and the other had a naive business plan and couldn’t make a go of it. It’s good to hear about knitters appreciating a good LYS when they have one.

    That Blessingway Blanket is a beauty.

  12. larissa said,

    April 2, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Hi there, Thank you for all the wonderful pictures, and for coming to the party! I’m wondering if I can use the coffee yarn photo on my blog, to write about Abundant having it for sale.

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