3.25.2015

A Visit to the Yarn Club... and a new shawl named Cheers!

I'm back from another weekend away... this time I visited The Yarn Club, a fabulous shop in Virginia Beach.  I taught 3 packed classes to a slew of knitters and started their knitting with beads addiction off with a bang!
Unfortunately I didn't get as many photos as I normally do, I was so busy teaching!  We ended up being so many people in the classes that they were held in an empty office space next door, not in the shop, so excuse the lack of yarn in the photos below! (there are even more photos here)
 
I did something a wee bit different for these classes and designed a shawl just for Saturday's class... and then I designed a mini-shawl based on the large shawl so I could teach all the skills needed (integrated I-cord edging, slipped stitches, picking up stitches, working with pre-strung lace, simple charts, and basic lace stitches).  
mini version of Cheers!!!! sitting on top of a larger one!
Goofy phone photo of Tasha and I and our mini shawls!


One of our jobs in class was to name the shawl, so that evening we came up with a name: Cheers!!!

I really wanted to give it a name that related to The Yarn Club. When I came downstairs to the shop at lunch I saw a group of women sitting around the main table, they were all obviously super comfortable, and clearly spent a lot of time in the shop (think Norm and Cliff and Sam, and Woody... I think many of yarn stores are like this!). Yarn Club's logo is a Martini glass, they run a "yarn" tab while people are shopping, and they have a winding bar, and they definitely know everyone's name! So, when Lora, (the owner Andrea's mom, who is an EXCELLENT knitter) suggested Cheers!!! it was pretty much a done deal!

One final thing that needed to be taken care of before I left was photos of our the new shawl! Luckily, Patty McGuire,  whom I had met on Instagram, (and drooled on her knitwear photos) was in my Sunday class and free to take photos with me. (It is still freezing at home, and photography has been really hard to get taken care of!) AND OH MY GOODNESS... she did  phenomenal work, and was so easy to communicate with! Here are a few pics to whet your appetite...

 

I'm releasing Cheers!!! on Ravelry tomorrow, and since it is my birthday there might just be a little promotion to celebrate!

14 comments:

  1. Can't wait for that new shawl pattern! A great way to celebrate your birthday, too. :) Have a happy birthday.

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    1. I feel bad making you wait... but the timing is just too good not to go for it! (and thanks for the b-day wishes!)

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  2. Oh, Laura! The third picture of you is just a gorgeous portrait! Beautiful shawl, but this pic is frame-worthy!!

    Looking forward to knitting this one, too!

    needlecat on Ravelry

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    1. Aw, thankyou! I think it is going to be my new headshot! I love it too!

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  3. We are practically twins. My birthday is Saturday. Happy Birthday and congrats on another beautiful shawl.

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  4. Happy, happy early Birthday!!! Seems strange that we are getting the gift on your birthday, but love, love, love this pattern! The yarn, the pattern, the photography, and the model are perfect in the third picture. Hope that yarn is specified in the pattern release.

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  5. Oh its beautiful and what fabulous pictures! Happy early birthday!

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  6. Happy early birthday, Laura!! 🎉
    I thoroughly enjoyed Saturday's class, have finished my little "Mini-Cheers" shawlette, and I'm looking forward to receiving my full Cheers pattern tomorrow!

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  7. Love the new pattern and the name!!! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!!

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  8. Cheers is absolutely gorgeous! The mini is adorable and so clever! Reminds me of my Creative Expressions days when I taught various needle crafts using mini kits.

    Cheers!!

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  9. Wonderful! Lots of knitting love in that office space! Have a wonderful birthday and looking forward to the pattern release...Cheers! to you!!

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  10. Great pattern... I need something special to knit for my (grown) daughter, and I think this is it! I might just need to check out Rav first thing tomorrow morning (west coast)! Happy birthday Laura, and thanks for sharing it with us.
    glendah3 on Ravelry

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  11. LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Saturday's shawl class. I just told a friend you are the Tory Burch of knitting design. Full disclosure here: I knitted the lace part onto the wrong side of the triangle (that's supposed to be the top of the shawl). No wonder I had trouble picking up stitches! I am so thankful for your help and it was so exciting to meet you! I can't wait to tackle the full project! Happy Birthday, Laura!

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  12. Happy Belated, Laura! The weekend was wonderful and I so enjoyed being a part of it all! It was very cool to spend time with such an accomplished and famous knitter, designer and instructor who is also just a nice person. *** As an aside, if anybody visits Va Beach, you have to check out The Yarn Club - Andrea's inventory is amazing - more unique yarn than I've ever seen, lots of indie dyers and smaller companies represented beautifully.

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