Since abandoning my west coast home in favour of the pseudo-european delights of Edinburgh, I now make a trek homeward every year… and this year my fall visit to the Pacific Northwest is even more exciting than usual, as it is preceded by a teaching tour up the coast from California!
Starting at the beginning of October in LA, I will be taking in the sights and knitting pleasures of pacific coast, with classes and trunk shows booked at WildFiber (Santa Monica, CA), Monarch Knitting (Pacific Grove, CA), A Verb for Keeping Warm (Oakland, CA), Tangled Purls (Salem, OR), Twisted (Portland, OR), Maker’s Mercantile (near Seattle, WA), Urban Yarns, and SweetGeorgia Yarns (Vancouver, BC).
I will be teaching classes on the POP and Vivid blankets, plus some very exciting DIY (design it yourself) workshops to guide knitters as they design their own hat or lace shawl! See the full list of tour dates and classes at the bottom of the post.
A GREAT (knit) ADVENTURE in the wild west!
Sunning myself, teaching, sightseeing and excessive amounts of knitting are NOT ALL that I have planned! I’m hoping to cross paths with some west coast designers and knitters too… to chat design and tell you all about it on the blog. I’m hoping to meet with Stephannie Tallent (sunset cat), the Knitmore Girls, Leethal Knits, Rebecca Danger, Jane Richmond, and hopefully some more super cool knit cats as I make my way northward! Watch the blog, where I will tell you all about the trip!
My final destination is Vancouver, and if you are in town you are in for a treat – my excellent design partner Alexa and I are going to be in the same room at the same time (it’s rare!) at this year’s Knit City (October 26-27 in Vancouver). Be sure to stop by and say hi!
JOIN IN and DROP ME A NOTE ::: I’d love your recommendations!
Are you a west-coast knitter who wants in on the action?! Book a class (full list below), come and check out the samples at one of the trunk shows.
Recommendations? I would also LOVE to hear from you directly with recommendations for knitting meet-ups to go along to, plus your favourite shops along the coast! Send me an email with your suggestions: firstname.lastname@example.org – I look forward to hearing from you!
Stay tuned (on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for further tour dates to be announced, and to follow along on my adventure! And if you don’t already get our email updates, click here to get on the list!
ALL THE DETAILS :::
WildFiber (Santa Monica, CA) ::: October 5th – 6th
Pop Blanket Class – Saturday October 5th @ 10am – 1pm
Vivid Blanket Class – Saturday October 5th @ 3 – 6pm
DIY Hat : intro to design workshop – Sunday October 6th @ 11am – 2pm
Call (310) 458-2748 to book. www.wildfiber.com
Monarch Knitting (Pacific Grove, CA) ::: October 8th – 9th
Pop Blanket Class – Tuesday October 8th @ 6 – 9pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Wednesday October 9th @ 4 – 6pm
DIY Hat : intro to design workshop – Wednesday October 9th @ 6 – 9pm
Call (831) 647-9276 to book. www.monarchknitting.com
Purlescence Yarns (Sunnyvale, CA) ::: October 10th
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Thursday October 10th @ 6:30 – 8:30pm
A Verb for Keeping Warm (Oakland, CA) ::: October 12th
Pop Blanket Class – Saturday October 12th @ 3:30 – 5:30pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Saturday October 12th @ 5:30 – 6:30pm
Call (510) 595-8372 to book, or book online. www.averbforkeepingwarm.com
Tangled Purls (Salem, OR) ::: October 16th -17th
Sitka Spruce Hat Class – Wednesday October 16th @ 9am – 12pm
Pop / Vivid Blanket Class – Wednesday October @ 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Lush or Low Tide Cardigan Class – Thursday October 17th @ 9am – 12pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Thursday October 17th @ 4 – 7pm
Call (503) 339-7556 to book. www.tangledpurls.com
Twisted (Portland, OR) ::: October 18th
Pop Blanket Class (daytime session) – Friday October 18th @ 1 – 3pm
Pop Blanket Class (evening session) – Friday October 18th @ 5 – 7pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Friday October 18th @ 7 – 9pm
Call 503-922-1150 to book or book online. www.twistedpdx.com
Maker’s Mercantile (near Seattle, WA) ::: October 19th
DIY Hat : intro to design workshop – Saturday October 19th @ 12:30 – 3:30pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Saturday October 19th @ 3:30 – 5pm
Call (425) 251-1239 to book, or book online. www.makersmercantile.com
Urban Yarns (Vancouver, BC) ::: October 21, 22, 25, Nov 3rd
POP Blanket Class (Point Grey shop) – Monday Oct 21st @ 6:30 – 9:30pm
POP Blanket Class (North Vancouver shop) – Tuesday Oct 22nd @ 6 – 9pm
Trunk Show / Book Signing – Friday Oct 25th @ 6 – 8pm
Vivid Blanket Class (Point Grey shop) – Sunday Nov 3rd @ 1 – 4pm
Call (604) 228-1122 to book. www.urbanyarns.com
Knit City (Vancouver, BC) ::: October 26th-27th
Both Alexa and Emily will be at the Tin Can Knits booth at Knit City this year to answer your questions, sign your books, and inspire you to buy more yarn! Booth # 26. Be sure to stop by and say hello! www.knitsocial.ca/knit-city/
I will be adding a few more shops to the list before this tour is over! Make sure to check back, or follow us on Twitter for upcoming classes!