A Very Special LYS Gallery

Chelsea and KimEvery one of you, it seems, loves the Galleries here on Knitting Daily, where some of us non-model types try on the sample garments from the magazine, take photos, and get a little running commentary on fit and flatter from yours truly. But even the best party can get dull if you just play the same old music over and over…so it was time to add a little spice, a little something new.

I have to say that this was Kim's idea. Kim Werker, editor of Interweave Crochet, is a force to be reckoned with–five minutes with her, and you are either busy thinking exciting new things about yarn, giggling hysterically, or both. (Usually both.) Kim was going to be the guest of honor at a launch party for the Fall 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet in Lansing, Michigan, at the huge and magical local yarn shop called Threadbear Fiber Arts Studio. She was bringing the sweaters and shawls and scarves (oh my!) from the magazine along to show them off, and to let people pet them and try them on…and that's when the lightbulb went off. She emailed me and asked if Bertha and I would like to come along to do a little on-site Gallery, with the good folk of Lansing as our models.

I think I said "YES!!" so fast that it broke all previous email internet speeds from here to British Columbia.

I drove from my new Canadian home to Lansing with Bertha buckled into the front seat, garnering very puzzled glances from the courteous Kevlar-clad folk who guard the border crossing. (Bertha is an excellent travelling companion, by the way; she lets me listen to my audiobook without asking "Are we there yet?" every ten minutes and never needs a bathroom break.) And on Saturday afternoon, more than forty knitters and crocheters gathered with Kim, the gracious staff of Threadbear, and myself, to celebrate the pretty possibilities of yarn and hook.

It was a total hoot. We tried things on, we ran around choosing yarns and colors of yarns, we gave each other advice and took photos and ate treats. And guess what? The kind and wonderful folks who tried on the garments have graciously allowed me to share photos of this Local Yarn Shop Gallery with you!

Note: While these garments are created with crochet stitches, the principles of fit and flatter are the same. The type of stitch isn't important; it's how you use the stitches that count!

Ready? Here we go!

View the LYS Knitting Daily Gallery, Part One:
Stepping Stones Cardigan by Kristin Omdahl
Dusk Sweater by Amy O'Neill Houck
Pretty Little Dolman by Annette Petavy
Lara's Dance Skirt by Doris Chan


Learn how you, too, can look at a pattern and some photos and see what that pattern holds for you! Check back with us on Wednesday! I'll be walking you through my method (and madness) for looking at the fit possibilities of each garment, a.k.a. "How Does Sandi Come Up With All That Amazing Stuff In The Commentaries?" Plus, there will be more photos from our LYS Gallery: Spanish Moss Coat, Ridge Swing Cardigan, and more. Join us!

All these pretty garments are from the new Fall 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet–look for it at your local yarn shop, or buy a copy online from us.

(Try your local yarn shop first, though. That way, if you fall in love with one of the patterns in the magazine, you can shop for yarns right away…oh, sorry. Am I enabling you in your yarn habit? Um, yes. Guilty as charged. I love my job.

Purchase Interweave Crochet Fall 2008


Many thanks to Rob and Matt of Threadbear Fiber Arts Studio, for hosting this fun-and-fab event. Local yarn shops–and local yarn shop owners–rock.


Sandi Wiseheart is the editor of Knitting Daily.

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