Crafting Resilience; Opening Doors

Posted by Carolyn West on

Hello Friends!  Have you noticed the flowers springing up, the birds with nesting matter in their beaks, and shoppers returning, with safety, to the Avenue?  We sure have.  We are opening up more and more as local safety guidelines allow.

Avenue Yarns' doors are open now more than any time since the pandemic began. We have safety measures in place in order to keep us all healthy.  The shop is open with extended hours, and is able to welcome more crafters inside as the pandemic numbers continue to improve in Alameda County.  

But that’s not all that’s new at your favorite Local Yarn Shop.  Rebekah Porter is now the sole proprietor of Avenue.  (Karen blows a kiss from the Seattle area).  Rebekah is delighted to lead a woman-owned business, with a diverse crew to help you create your next best project. 

Here's Rebekah with the yummy Scottish lambswool, Lalland from Di Gilpin.  The colors range from undyed lambswool to bright spring colors

Avenuevians, Leti Iversen and Ray Capiral are here at the shop to help you find yarns and projects you will love.  They know color, fiber, technique, and trends.  If you’ve ordered from our website in the past year, they are the hands that have ensured your purchase is to order.

Here's Leti at the ready to help you find the sweetest new things!

Ray knows his way around color! Here he is with Knitted Wit and Malabrigo Silkpaca

It is so fun to be back in the shop!  

Check out Molly Brown's smile that you can see through her mask.  She's just discovered the Smelt Sands shawl by Taiga Hillard knit in Anzula Cricket that is just right for a foggy day by the Bay.  And look at the gorgeous skeins that surround her!

Keep in touch with Avenue Yarns as we continue to unwrap the new at Avenue.  In the next few weeks we’ll host a Knit Along with patterns from Laine Magazines' 52 Weeks of Shawls.  Faina Goberstein will teach classes in Continental Knitting, Beginning Brioche, and Pro Tips.  Classes will start on Zoom, while we still take care for one another’s health.  Soon, soon, may we gather together to knit in person!

This year has changed each of us.  It’s tested and tried us and made us reach for the strongest, most resilient parts of ourselves.  Let’s promise each other that we will keep the good from this year: the awareness that each person is part of our extended community; that making things for ourselves and each other is part of how we show love; that we are vulnerable, but that our vulnerability can be a point of connection rather than one of fear.  We are better together. 

I’ll be here behind the scenes blogging for Avenue, with news and ideas, short video tutorials, and challenging myself—and you—to try techniques you’ve so far only admired from afar. Steeking anyone? Magic Loop? Corrugated Ribbing? Tell me what you want help learning.  --Carolyn West

 


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