Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Community Sock Club

We are right in the middle of the first season of the Community Sock Club. A sock club that is creating community through a meet up every other month. The ladies are enjoying lunch together at Deb's restaurant, Gino's. A designer and dyer are paired together (and join us for lunch). This month the designer is David Castillo of Splendor and the dyer is us! It has been so much fun getting to know everyone this year. We are definitely going to host the club at Gino's again next season (starting in September). Plus this club is going on the road. Ask your LYS if they know about the "Made in Oregon" sock club.
We will be sending a box of fun to shops around the country starting this May. Pico Accuardi yarns, patterns designed by Oregon designers and coffee, tea and baked goods all from Oregon roasters, blenders and bakers. We are so excited to share the creativity of our part of the country with the rest of you! I have been a little bad about keeping up on the knitting, but I will be showing you some beginnings real soon:)

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Your yarn is in my trunk...

Deb is so much better at this blogging than I am. Deb and I are Pico Accuardi Dyeworks, we specialize in naturally dyed yarns, fibers and fabrics. We have our studio inside Lantern Moon, a fair trade company owned by Sharon and Joel Woodcock - two of the most loving and creative creatures on the planet. A few days ago, we had Yvonne from Lavendar Sheep and Lorajean from Knitted Wit in for an At the Kitchen Table podcast recording. Deb was ready to rock, had all the questions ready and I, well, I didn't even do my hair.
I thought about doing this yesterday, after a long studio day, while sitting in Kelley's Olympian downtown with Larissa Brown and men in leather chaps. I'd just been on a mini knitting retreat at Manzanita (go check out Olga's T-spot, stinking cute!) and all the girls were knitting on their Ravelympics projects and watching the Olympics on TV. I was trying to knit in the hot tub with a full glass of red; Kelley's Olympian biker bar is as Olympic as I get. Larissa's working on Andrea's shawl in my DK superwash and I was supposed to bring her a new color to work in to it, "Bleeding Heart." We were supposed to try to work parallel, but instead we watched people "getting stoked" on The Onion and plotted out stalking Leonard Nimoy at Comicon in Seattle next month (happening at the same time as the Yarn Market News conference!). I think I helped her fill out her Ravelry designer survey. They asked what they could do to facilitate pattern sales and I think we said send boxed wine. I forgot about doing this, our first blog post and about the yarn to be delivered.

Today is going much the same, I went to drop off new stuff to For Yarns Sake ; I like to hand deliver to our Portland stores and see what they are doing and what's new. Also, Pico Accuardi is doing a trunk show there on March 7th and we are doing a colorway for their sock club. But of course I didn't call to check her hours and I turned up about two hours too early. A good friend works close by, so it wasn't a total wasted trip.
Back at the studio, we've been busily preparing for our retreat in May, our nationwide sock club, the community sock club and our regular orders while developing colorways for Imperial Stock Ranch, Cascade and Pear Tree.
It sounds glamorous but really I'm still rolling with every body's yarn in my trunk.