This month was full of fun and warm coziness. We welcomed fiber besties and collaborators Lorajean Kelley of Knitted Wit and designer Shannon Squire. And, we got to show our appreciate to Sunshine Division.
Not to mention, it was our 1st birthday! We can hardly believe what an amazing year it's been with you all. We hope you join us again in 2019!
Jason and Avery from Sunshine Division paid a visit to receive your hand-knit hat donations. We are so proud to stand with Sunshine Division, and the generous and talented knitters you are made over 200 beautiful hats for their charity. Thank you so much all!
Collaboration: A Conversation with Lorajean Kelley and Shannon Squire
Fiber besties and frequent collaborators Lorajean Kelley and Shannon Squire brought sparkle and unicorn vibes. Lead by Program Assistant Annette, the pair answered questions about the work they do together and how it knits into their strong friendship.
How did they meet?
In 2008, while Shannon was co-owner at Twisted, Lorajean paid a visit to sell her hand-dye yarn (Knitted Wit!). Lorajean plopped her colorful skeins down on the table, and a relationship was born.
How do they stay such good friends?
The key to their consistent friendship is to give each other space, they said. Allowing each time to do their own thing results in each of them coming back to create together even better.
What's most important to them as fiber artists?
Community. Portland has a close knit community (pun intended), and it has a certain vibe and enthusiasm that one can't really find anywhere else. Both Lorajean and Shannon love this community, and intend to keep helping to foster it. Within that community are people and causes they care about. Knitted Wit's HerStory Sock Club and National Park inspired colorways, for example.
What was your favorite part of their conversation?
Fun fact: Shannon's father makes wooden sock blockers and the incredible sock wheel above.
The pair had yarn and patterns for sale. If you missed out, be sure to visit their Holiday Market on December 1, which will have wares from JaMpdx, two glass makers, Chickencoop Botanicals, Hanks in the Hood, and a Sample Sale from Shannon Squire Designs!
From official Show and Tell to discovering amazing projects around the room, here are some of your FOs!
Join us at our December 13th meeting with a visit from Jamie McCarthy, Luigi Boccia, and Jared Flood of Brooklyn Tweed!
Missives from the fabulous women who got the ball (of yarn) rolling.