Friday, September 26, 2008

Got Sweater?

One more example of what happens when you lock our Jane alone in a room with a basket of Cascade 220 Superwash and just one pattern.

Happily, that pattern was Mission Falls' Zelda Pull Sweater.  Ten sweaters, ten colors, but we notice she only made them in one size -- hers!

By the way, Celia Bedelia and Bunny Gail are off! No, not as in you-have-to-be-a-little-off-to-work-here, we mean they're on another field trip. This morning they packed up half the shop, loaded it into the Purlmobile, and drove away to Canby for the Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF). If you're one of the fiber fiends who will be there this weekend, be sure to stop by our booth and do a little shopping. 

Friday, September 19, 2008

Autumn is Here! Autumn is Here!

Okay, the scientific, meteorological types may say it won't come until September 22, but the rest of us know it in our bones -- autumn has arrived!

How do we know? True, the leaves haven't turned yet, but the air is crisper, and there's fresh cider down at the farm stand. The most important clue of all? The autumn colors have arrived at The Purl District.

You don't have to wait until the autumnal equinox to see the browns, golds and oranges of fall. They can be in your knitting bag now -- or at least as soon as you come down here and get 'em.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Road Trip!

Next week Bunny Gail and Celia Bedelia are loading up the truck to move to Beverly (well, maybe just to Portland). Why? It's time for the Knit & Crochet Show, sponsored by The Knitting Guild Association and The Crochet Guild of America, and The Purl District is gonna be there.

We've got a booth, yarn, and attitude. Starting Thursday night, September 11, from 7-9 PM and then all day Friday through Sunday, Gail, Celia, and our special guest star, Nita Porter, will be selling their little hearts out at the Portland Convention Center. And we want you to be there, too.

All of Gail's special angora yarn will be there -- hand-dyed and spun from Gail's own rabbits.

There will be lots of sock yarn, too, good for socks (yeah, duh), but also good for KnotSoPlainJane's hoodie sweater for kids. As the photo shows, self-striping is not just for feet.

The Purl District's very own brand of circular needles also get to make a trip up I-5. Made of bamboo, with smooth joins and ultra-flexible cables, these needles are just what your knitting bag has been missing. And at the crazy low price of $5 a pair, you can stock up and up and up...

And since it wouldn't be the Purl District without some sass, we saw Celia packing up pins, bags, and t-shirts with some smart-sass sayings (how's that for alliteration?) to take along for your consumer enjoyment.

We know that you are going to go to the show just to shop at our booth, but don't forget all the classes! The powers that be wanted us to tell you that while it's too late to sign up for classes online, you can still register for them when you get to the Convention Center.

Patricia Goes to the Fair, Doesn't Bring Us Any Cotton Candy...

but she did bring in her prize-winning sweaters for us to show you.

At left, Patricia Henderson, of Silverton, is wearing the sweater from Interweave Knits Magazine that she knitted and entered in the Oregon State Fair. It took third prize. 

And below, Patricia is modeling her vest (made from a Berrocco pattern) that earned her a 2nd place ribbon.

Disclaimer: Patricia wants you all to know she didn't know we were going to make her put on the sweaters, and she "wouldn't have worn these pants" with them. Patricia, you should know by now: prize-ribbons go with everything! Congratulations on your wins.

Celia got the Gold

We forgot to update you on Celia's hat marathon. Drum roll...... She did it! Celia won gold! Twenty-six hats in 17 days. Whew.

Celia's next goal: sell 20 hats in 17 days. Hmm. There must be a connection here.