Purl Jam birthday!


At our last Purl Jam knit night, we had another birthday swap!  This time Catherine was the lucky recipient.

Nan knitted her this very pretty cowl and added an adorable kitty cat measuring tape.  happy birthday, Catherine!


By Marissa, who loves capturing these moments!

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First birthday swaps of 2016!

A few weeks ago, we had a birthday swap which I only witnessed via Facebook.  It’s this super super amazing tea cozy knitted for Vanessa by Kelly.


Drinking anything but tea would be illogical.

The other night, it was Janice’s turn to be on the receiving end of a swap!


Excited? Yes!

Catherine knitted her this amazing flowery cowl.


Gorgeous cowl!


Until next time!

By Marissa, who has no clever remarks to add at this time.

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Stitches West 2016

Today some of us Purl Jammers attended Stitches West in Santa Clara.

Here Ilka, Claire, Andrea and Elizabeth met Stephen West of Westknits fame.  http://westknits.com


I spent some time helping out at the Mother Bear Project booth.  mother bear project


The day went by so quickly, I hardly took any photos!

By Marissa, who did NOT overspend in the marketplace.


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A Purl Jam mystery

It started with a multi-recipient text from Tracey, asking if it was our handspun.


Hmm, it could be mine, but I didn’t have photos of it in my Ravelry handspun stash page.  The other two spinners involved said it wasn’t theirs.  Then I found these crappy notes in my spinning notebook:


Janice thought it might have been some Spunky Eclectic that she had de-stashed to me, and I found it on her Ravelry page.


When I had time for more research, I looked way back into my iPhoto gallery and found this:


Then this:IMG_8072.JPG

Then this:IMG_8100.JPG

And finally this!  Bingo!!!!


Mystery solved.


By Marissa, who hereby  pledges to take better notes of her spinning projects, and also to upload her spinning to Ravelry as religiously as she does her knitting projects.


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Purl Jam Stash Exchange

Today Purl Jam held its annual stash exchange, which is a great afternoon of yarn, food, company, and knitting.

Every year I’m amazed that we still have lots of really good yarn to share with each other.

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How could we possibly choose our favorites?

There’s so much that we have separate areas for smaller weights, as well as novelty and spinning fiber!

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Laceweight–> sport-weight annex

There is also exercise/entertainment.

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This burns off more calories than knitting….

A fun part of the Stash Exchange is the Sorting Hat, which is something we’ve used for a few years now.  This way we can tell who is having their turn choosing their next treasure.  This year we used this amazing knit tree (which is bigger than it looks here), which was knit by Janice and is modeled here by Tracey.  You can see that the hat has lights that actually twinkle!  How cool is that?

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The Sorting Hat!

Purl Jam has a very new arrival, Jessica’s one month-old baby girl!  I was lucky enough to hold her– twice.  I love those baby snuggles!

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Such a sweet baby, and a remarkably upbeat new mom!  Congratulations, Jessica and Imran!

After our orderly taking of turns and the less orderly Free-for-All, this is what remained.  I’m pretty sure everyone went home satisfied.

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The aftermath.

My new additions to my stash:  It’s more than I had hoped to take home, but in my defense, the worsted weight wool is meant for bear yarn, and charity yarn doesn’t really count, right?  Also, that is a giant amount of Tardis blue roving, and once it’s spun up, it’ll take up much less space.  :0 I particularly love the sunset-y yarn on the bottom left, and I already have plans for it.

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Marissa’s loot

Phew! I don’t think any of us are ever disappointed by our Stash Exchange!  What a great time!  Thanks, Purl Jammies!

by Marissa, who always gets high on the yarn fumes….

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Birthday swaps

We’ve had a few Purl Jam birthday swaps lately, so here they are!

Somehow I missed this one from 3 months ago- Landis was the happy recipient of these mittens made by Catherine.

flip-top!? awesome!

flip-top!? awesome!

Then a few weeks ago, Kelly received these adorable cupcakes made for her by Andrea.



And lastly, Tracey saved her gift, an adorable tea cozy,  from Landis to open at her new knitting group in Portland.

Just what she wanted!!!

Just what she wanted!!!

Happy (belated) birthday, everyone!

by marissa, who was sad to have missed all these birthdays, but really loves the photos and stories

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Birthday exchange!

Purl Jam does this awesome birthday exchange thing.  We get assigned to knit for someone’s birthday, like a Secret Santa exchange.  Usually we have a theme like hats, cowls, mitts, etc., but this year the knitter/giver gets to choose.  Well, yesterday was my actual birthday, and tonight was Knit Night, so I was on the receiving end, yay!

Here’s how it went:

It was a surprisingly big package, to start with.  I was intrigued.



I don’t know what caused this goofy expression, but it was too precious not to include.

What IS this face???

What IS this face???

A knitted bag!  It has so many lovely details.

What a beautiful bag!

What a beautiful bag!

And there were some little goodies, too, including fabric from a town about 20 minutes from my home town in Wisconsin.

You'll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

You’ll see the reason for THIS face in the next photo.

A classic “up north” scene.

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Very Wisconsin fabric!

Knitter and knittee.

Thanks, Nan!

Thanks, Nan!

I love how simple and sturdy this bag is.  I can’t wait to use it!

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