My first blog post was 13July2005.  I have just imported it to WordPress this past week and I wish I had done this years ago!  It was easy enough that I did it myself, and it is a very friendly interface, indeed.

2005 to now is 9 years.  Hard to believe it has been that long.  I just reviewed all of the posts from the first to last week’s.  I am going to point out some favorite posts in the next post.  The nice the about this platform is that you can use the Archives drop down menu to read a post that sounds interesting to you.  You can also use the search window.  For example, type in “socks” and it will pull up all the posts with the word “socks” in it.  Cool, eh?

It was a memorable read reviewing these posts today.  There were several things I realized.  First, I should blog more often.  It really is enlightening to read through my historical timeline via my knitting life.  I knew I had discovered Wildfiber (now Wildfiber Studio) in Santa Monica early in my sock knitting life, but I couldn’t remember exactly when.  I know that I joined Blue Moon FIber Art’s Rockin’ Sock Club after discovered Socks That Rock yarn at Wildfiber.  I joined RSC in 2006, 8 years ago.  I must have discovered Wildfiber in late 2006.

I came about this discovery in a round-about, knitterly quest.  I listened to a podcast that talked about STR yarn at a wool and fiber festival–can’t remember the location, perhaps Maryland?  They talked about the long line at the booth with STR and how they were finally able to buy some of this sock yarn.  That started the hunt to find STR.  I looked at their website and started calling their stockists.  Couldn’t find any yarn in any of them. The more difficult it was to find it, the more I HAD TO HAVE IT.  Have you ever been there? Finally, one shop told me that I would be better off ordering it from them directly.  It was about this time that I found it at Wildfiber, a completely wonderful surprise!

Not only did Wildfiber have STR, they had tons of Koigu and cashmere and Rowan and everything I could ever want:).  The store was filled with natural light and friendly people.  Search “Wildfiber” in my posts.  They still have everything you want, more natural light, and even friendlier people!

 Just as we evolve in our craft, so has Wildfiber Studio.  It is at the same location and the name has changed slightly.  The owners have changed, but they are even more friendly and helpful.  If you get within 50 miles, you really must visit.  I like that they carry so many independent dyers.  There is something for everyone there.

I have had the pleasure of teaching two Beaded Bracelet classes at Wildfiber Studio.  It’s a 3 1/2 hour class, and it is possible to finish a narrow bracelet during the class.  Here are some of my students creating—IMG_3819 IMG_3817 IMG_3818

Till next time, Happy Knitting!  Here is the teaser photo for my next post–

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