Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Stitches West 2011: Booth #1134

Folks, it is that time of year. Time for Stitches West. A place where we gather to unabashedly touch a stranger's (knit) sleeve, trip over a fellow knitter's shopping cart of yarn, walk on concrete for far too many hours in search for the perfect yarn(s in many cases), and drink. I am so excited to get this show on the road!

I have spent the last 3 months testing out new yarns and dyeing like a crazy woman in order to bring you the most luscious, soft, delightful skeins of yarn. From this process, I am presenting you with 5 new yarns and a re-release of a Verb classic (alpaca silk).

Introducing my new yarns by weight:

Reliquary II: 80% Superfine Merino / 20% Silk, 1200 yds, 4oz

High Twist: 70% Merino / 30% Silk, 700 yds, 4oz (oops forgot to take a photo)

Luster: 75% BFL / 25% Silk, 400 yds, 4oz

Floating: Alpaca / Silk / Cashmere, approx 400 yds, 4oz

Toasted: 100% Superwash Merino, 210 yds, 4oz

And the re-release:

Alpaca/Silk: 70% Alpaca / 30% Silk - as seen knit in Cocoknits, Yvonne

Fun Tidbits:

See this skein, yep, pretty and fluffy, and now turn the skein, and you'll see that on a few skeins of yarn, Ysolda has written you a little note.

Speaking of Ysolda, have you seen the contest that she has going on over at her blog? Enter to win free patterns and a goody box of Verb yarn!

Oh! And speaking of goody boxes, if you purchase a skein of our newest yarn, you will receive a special box of sweet treats. When I say sweet, I might literally mean chocolate - which we will also have in our booth.

I hope to see you this weekend!!


p.s. I am opening a few spots in our Essential Luxury fiber club, tomorrow, at 7pm PST. 

Friday, February 11, 2011

Artist Reception: Sonya Philip's New Show, Ordinary Objects

I would like to invite you to an artist reception that we are holding tonight.

The artist is Sonya Philip. We are exhibiting some of her newest work which is a collection she calls Ordinary Objects.

The reception is from 6-8pm. Sonya will be there knitting on her newest Ordinary Object. I guess you will have to come by to see what that Ordinary Object is...

Th reception takes place in our gallery, located inside our shop, A Verb for Keeping Warm, 6328 San Pablo Ave, Oakland. If you have any questions, please call 510.595.8372

So bring your knitting along, and join Sonya.

Hope to see you tonight.

p.s. Actual Cafe, next door, is also holding an artist reception and is hosting live music. Both their event and my event are free.

p.p.s Every month, we will install a new show in the gallery, and will hold an artist reception on the 2nd Friday of the month. March's show will be photography by Christopher Woodcock.

Thursday, February 10, 2011


In my ear, I hear whispered "tell them", though my mouth doesn't want to move, because saying it out loud means its real, and I don't want it to be real. So, here's hoping to my fingers will do the typing.  Because as usual the world is swirling around me, and I have so many things I would really like to tell you about.

The first thing, and the hardest thing for me to talk about, is to tell you that my good friend, Debbie, has developed breast cancer. She is a very good friend, and a good friend to the fiber community, being a Mother of a herd of alpaca. You may have seen her yarn around the shop, Brook Farm Alpacas.  Or maybe even you have met her at the shop.

Here's the great thing though - she in insanely courageous and awesome - and is blogging about her experience. I am astounded that she is able to move through this through the power of words. Today is her first day of chemo. I think it is so important to show support in times like this.  So, please, go to her blog, and let her know that you are here. I know I am cheering for her - a thousand, trillion times over!

I think I'll go for now - and will be back tomorrow with more things to say.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

And the Ysolda adventure continues...

As we know from the last post, all sorts of fun was had at the party.  Late that night, we locked the doors to the shop, and Cookie, Ysolda, Michael and Adrienne went to dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Fonda. After drinking, chatting, and eating, in that order, we headed home. This is the point we were said goodbye to Cookie for a few days so she could relax and do some work. She was preparing to go to Europe with Anne Hansen for a few weeks.

One of the great things about Ysolda writing a book is that she had work to do while visiting - so that gave Adrienne and I time to do some of our own work. As any one in this area knows, we have our biggest show we do all year February 17th, Stitches West. So, we have had a lot of dyeing to do.  And now the great thing for Cleo, is that Ysolda was willing and wanting to hold Cleo pretty much every minute of the day - even going so far to type with only one hand. Cleo!!

 After a few hours would go by, it was time for hooky! We could not have Ysolda to come all this way and not show her a few sights!

One evening, Adrienne brought Ysolda to the Marin County Civic Center, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Golden Gate Bridge at that magnificent hour when the sun is about to go down and the fog is swallowing the bridge, the sea, and the city.

We also spent a day exploring the coast. We went to Point Reyes to visit Cowgirl Creamery where we picked up some local cheese, then to the Tomales Bay Oyster Farm, where we slurped oysters and Ysolda climbed a huge pile of oyster shells, Drakes Beach, where we saw a very large Elephant Seal, and to the tide pools at Bolinas's Agate Beach.

Alas, Ysolda had to leave. We wished she could have stayed longer - hopefully she will come back for more adventures!