Port Townsend Gallery Walk with the Bazaar Girls


The first Saturday evening of every month, Port Townsend has a Gallery Walk with featured artists displaying their work at downtown galleries and stores. Last Saturday, March 7, the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fibre Emporium hosted Jorstad Creek yarns and BK Collective patterns as their featured artists.

Bazaar Girls 2BG Sign

You may remember my earlier post on this wonderful local yarn store.

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Kerry Graber, the owner of Jorstad Creek, and I were at the store all day meeting customers and talking about our yarns and patterns. Continue Reading


The Canyons


The Adventure Guy and I love the canyon country of Southern Utah. This spectacular picture of Bryce Canyon was taken by Jean-Christophe Benoist and licensed under an agreement with Wikimedia Commons.

The majesty and rhythm of Utah’s canyon country inspired two new patterns I am releasing this week, the Canyon Trail Shawl and the Canyon Rim Shawl.2014-12-13 14.32.58 (2)2014-12-13 15.27.38 Continue Reading

Maker’s Mercantile

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Maker’s Mercantile is a yarn store and more in Kent, Washington. It is very near a well known local landmark, the Ikea store.


The Mercantile is hosting a trunk show of Jorstad Creek yarns until the end of the month. The picture above shows some of the yarns on display and worked into designs by Evelyn A. Clark, a local designer. Continue Reading

Joseph’s Coat – A Visit to a Local Yarn Store

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Jo Coat Outside Better

I visited one more yarn store on our trip in September that I have not yet shared with you.  Since tomorrow is Small Business Saturday, this seems a good time to showcase a local yarn store and encourage you to support your own local shop. There were several years that my town didn’t have a local yarn store.  Those were dark days; don’t let it happen to you!

Joseph’s Coat in Missoula is a store for the serious fiber enthusiast.  It carries natural fibers; both unspun fiber as well as hand and commercially spun yarn.  It also carries materials and equipment for knitting and crochet; spinning, dyeing and weaving.

As soon as introduced myself to Janet Sullivan, the owner, she asked if I wanted to sit down and knit.  Unfortunately, my knitting was in the truck in the middle of a downpour.  (How there could be a downpour – many downpours – in Missoula in September is a whole other topic.)  So I poked around and took pictures instead.

Jo Coat local Dyers

Local spinners and dyers are a focus for the store.  There was yarn from Raven Ridge Fiber Arts in Huson, Montana, Palouse Yarn Company in Moscow Idaho, Swan Island Yarns in Maine (I know hardly local but organic and hand-dyed) and more.  Also Montana Bison and Mountain Colors of course.  The yarn was beautiful; I don’t think the picture caught the full splendor of the colors.

Jo Coat Henry's Attic

Joseph’s Coat is the first place I have seen an extensive collection of undyed yarn from Henry’s Attic.  I’ve seen the yarn on-line, or a couple of varieties at a time in person but here, there is a whole wall of it.  The heirloom baby garments in the picture are not made from Henry’s Attic yarn but certainly look like they could be. (It made me long for the days when babies were dressed in neutral shades rather than pink hair ribbons even when they don’t have hair and football jerseys from birth.) Not only were the colors neutral, the fiber was soft wool – very warm and cuddly.

Jo Coat Basics

Janet reports Joseph’s Coat is the only place in Missoula to buy wool fiber to spin.  There are quite a few spinning wheels in the store. A couple are shown in here in front of a large stock of Cascade 220. There was a sock machine which I am sad to say I didn’t get in any of the pictures. Lots of good basic wools from Brown Sheep and Cestari as well as Ultra Alpaca from Berroco.

Jo Coat Hanging Manos

There is also a large stock of yarn from Manos d’Uruguay. I find yarn looks much more interesting when displayed in hanging hanks than in twisted skeins.

If you are in Missoula over the holidays stop in.  Bring your knitting and stay awhile. Say “Hi” to Janet for me.

Joseph’s Coat, 115 South 3rd Street West, Missoula, Montana  59801

(406) 549-1419, josephscoat@gmail.com

Thanks for dropping by. I’m off to more KnitKnot Adventures.


Stix – A Visit to a Local Yarn Store

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Styx Outside

On our recent trip to Montana, we spent a night in Bozeman.  While there I visited Stix,the local yarn store. You know there is a yarn store nearby when you see the tree covered in pieces from a Granny Afghan.

When I arrived, one of the owners, Tracy St. John, was unpacking a shipment of 300 pounds of yarn from Malabrigio, Rowan, Cascade, Madelinetosh, Berroco, Universal and more.  Ooolala! How I wanted to help! Continue Reading

Send It Home – A visit to a Local Yarn Store

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Sorry I have been out of touch for a couple of weeks. We’ve been on the road and I wasn’t able to find a way to add new posts.

Send It Home Outside

While visiting Yellowstone National Park, I had an opportunity to visit the yarn store in West Yellowstone, Montana. It would be more accurate to say the store that sells yarn because Pati Taylor, the owner does many things in addition to selling yarn at Ship It Home. As you might guess from the name, another line of business is shipping equipment and souvenirs people don’t want to carry home in the plane or car.

Send it home from Website

I was intrigued by this picture from the store’s website and thought there was yarn on only one shelf in a store with a whole lot else going on.  I was happy to find that there were lots of shelves of yarn. Continue Reading