California Dreamin'...

Well, what can we say? In a word, our trip to California was awesome.  Awesome hostesses, awesome knitters, awesome friends, awesome yarn, awesome wine, awesome students, awesome weather.

We began the trip at A Verb for Keeping Warm. The first thing we saw after stepping foot in Oakland? This graffiti:

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The owner, Kristine, has been producing naturally dyed yarn and fiber for over four years and in November opened a really gorgeous larger space to sell yarns, spinning supplies, expand her dyehouse and hold classes and gallery events.

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The featured artist in the gallery + teaching space is Christopher Woodcock. His photographs are absolutely stunning!

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As an added bonus, Daphne and Iain, the original founders of the Fibre Company came to the opening. It was so great to see them - we even managed to do some covert (if not quick) product development before the event.

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After our Roositud class on Saturday, filled with delicious bread, cheese and buzzing from the good times had by all, we piled into the rental car and headed to Santa Rosa to Cast Away. Kate visited the shop last year on a mini-honeymoon and was so excited to go back. Courtney, after hearing Kate talk about how cute it was for over a year, was excited to finally see it for herself!

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Along with beautiful yarns, the shop is filled with a bunch of cute and quirky handmade gifts, including these really great handmade fairy crowns by Miss T.

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On Saturday night, we set up the samples and had a really lovely time hanging out, signing books and talking to the local knitters about their projects.

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Then on Sunday, we taught a group of awesome knitters Bohus and two-handed Fair Isle using the Baltic Beret as a sample.

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One of the best things about all of the classes we have been teaching is seeing the awesome color combinations students come up with.  This one, Canopy Fingering in Sarsparilla, Purple Passion, Chiclet Tree and Orchid, is a new favorite.

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Thanks so much to Kristine + Adrienne at Verb and Justine + Ramona at Cast Away for hosting us. We had such an awesome time in California and cannot wait to go back!

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Are you a LYSO in the Philadelphia-ish region (and beyond! We love ourselves a nice long airplane flight - more time to knit!) interested in hosting Kate + Courtney for a workshop or book signing? Shoot us an email at info {at} kelbournewoolens {dot} com or give us a call at 215.687.5534 and we would love to schedule an event with you.

Are you a knitter looking to attend one of our classes or signings? Check out our Workshops + Events page to see about attending one at your LYS.