Busy, Busy Spring!

We had a great time at STITCHES South last weekend! Thanks to everyone who came by and said hi, showed us your finished objects and supported us! We appreciate all of you so much!

Jennie the amazing knitter modelling her
Girl Friday in Green Tea Corgi
Lovely customer with gorgeous vest alternating
Robin's Egg with a commercial yarn

Ann with two of her brilliant shawls designed in Squishy Lace:
Chittagong modeled by Stephanie and The Doubloon modeled by Laurie

There are a number of upcoming festivals and online events coming up, so here’s a brief rundown:

If you’re in the DC metro area, then hopefully you know that the Metro Yarn Crawl starts today!  Next Sunday. April 28th, I will be doing a trunk show with our great friend, Ann Weaver at The Yarn Spot in Wheaton, MD. We’ll be there from 12 pm on, so please come by and see us!

Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival is coming up on May 4th and 5th, and we are excited to be a sponsor this year! You can find our yarns in the Cloverhill Yarn Shop booth in Main Exhibition Hall:D2, D3.  We have sent Jolene and her crew more yarns and fibers than ever, so you are sure to have a great selection.  As in years past, I'll be in the booth on Saturday afternoon, so please come say hello!

Two great designers, RosiG and Turtlegirl76 are spearheading a free Mystery KAL in our very active  Ravelry group, beginning on May 15th. All we’re saying is that it is a two-color lace shawl. We’re working on kits that will include a full-size skein of Squishy Lace in one color and a mini-skein in a coordinating color for the trim. More information as soon as we have it!

Heroine Squishy Lace

We are also sponsoring several online events in other Ravelry groups! For the third year in a row, we are sponsoring both the Tour de Sock, a speed knitting competition based on the bike race with a very similar name:) and Sock Sniper, an assasination-style sock knitting game. You must check these cool programs out, as the proceeds all go to Doctors Without Borders.  Have fun and raise money for a proven organization dear to many a knitter's heart!

We are also sponsoring the Socktopus Book KAL that begins May 1st. They will begin by working on the Totally Vanilla pattern, which gives you a perfect fit for your foot! Check each group for the sign up information and for the discount code we've provided for the participants.

Now, last but not least: Baltimore Satellite Reef project!  This project is a satellite of the Hyperbolic Coral Crochet reef project, based in the Institute for Figuring, started to raise awareness about our diminishing coral reefs worldwide.  My dear friend and colleague in yarn has been working for well over a year to bring this community art installation to Baltimore.  She has been working with  members of the Baltimore community, including an amazing group of middle schoolers at the Midtown Academy, to create pieces of the reef.  Here is her blog post and here is the facebook page.  Now, she has begun a kickstarter campaign to fund the last stage of the project.  Go now, and support this wonderful intersection of math, science, art, and community building!  And go, Karida!  She is amazing, ya'll.