Meeting Jody Long at McWalker Yarns in Millvale

It was a Cream Tea event at McWalker Yarns in Millvale, PA, Wednesday afternoon. Freshly baked scones, clotted cream with Four Fruit or Blackberry jam! Pots of hot tea. Knitwear Designer Jody Long was in from the UK,making his sixth shop stop in the USA on his Fall-Winter 2023 Tour-Cables Across America

It was the place to be for creative inspiration!

McWalker Yarns Shop Owner Amy McCall hosted Knitwear Designer Jody Long

It was such fun watching Jes model his knitwear designs which were knit up in all of his gorgeous yarns.

Me trying on Talilla Photograph by Amy McCall
Ciao yarn to knit hooded Toddler sweater Oregon
Look at this glorious blanket knit in Dove colorway

A Shout Out

Meet Andrea Panzica, owner of 614 Knit Studio in Clintonville, Columbus, Ohio. Here she helps me show off my finished object. She had helped me choose yarns for the Westknits Mystery Knit Along when I was visiting the family in October 2022. The yarn is Ansel fingering weight Jill Draper Makes Stuff yarn. I wanted to show Andrea the yarn knit up into the shawl from the yarn she’d helped me select. You might remember Andrea from the Great Lakes Fiber Festival post.

I frogged the start of Twists and Turns and knit Stephen West’s design Vertices Unite instead.

July 27th 2023

Here Andrea sporting her Stephen West Shawl MKAL from 2020 Slipstravaganza when I was choosing yarn last fall.

October 6,2022
When the yarn was knit into the start of “Twists and Turns” Mystery Knit Along – October 2022

Red Raspberry Pie

Three months ago I helped someone with their knitting. Yesterday they came to my front porch and I received this unexpected treat. Raspberries are about my favorite fruit. They taste like summer.

Sand Hill Berries is a family-owned and operated small fruits farm located in the foothills of the beautiful Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania. Our farm specializes in red raspberries, red currants, black currants, gooseberries, yellow raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, and strawberries”

Happy Mail Squared

You may have read my post about Minnesota Hotdish and also a guest blog of blog follower dc who was inspired to cook a Hotdish in Florida after reading the post. Fellow blogger Audrey Helbling writes and posts excellent photos on Minnesota Prairie Roots blog. Audrey and dc always leave thoughtful comments on my blog.

My post today features some happy mail I received today from Audrey and dc.

Look what Audrey sent me! I love to read cookbooks. It came in the mail today

And if you have followed me for a. while you know how much I enjoy knitting. Imagine my excitement as I opened a sheet of personalized return address labels, custom made by dc, all with different yarny and knitting themed photos.

I don’t want to put my address out there but you get the idea from this cropped photo. Take a peek.

I can’t wait to use my Custom-made Knitting themed Return Address Labels. So thoughtful of you dc!

So what a great day for happy mail! thank you Audrey and dc. Two thoughtful friends, making life nice.

Ready For World Wide Knit in Public Day

Tomorrow June 10th in World Wide Knit in Public Day


“Celebrate the passion for knitting with fellow knitters around the world. You can be a beginner or maybe you have been knitting for years – everybody is welcome!

I’m headed with a friend to Millvale PA where McWalker Yarns and Abeille Voyante Tea Co are teaming up to celebrate and knit! 10-Noon

Classy Slip-Up Sock pattern by Betsy Lee McCarthy

Yarn is Regia Merino Yak from McWalker Yarns

The sweet bag stitched by a Woolswap partner’s daughter in Norway.

The Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster Ohio

Last week when I was visiting my two Columbus, Ohio families, I popped into 614 Knit Studio to get a sock needle and some sock yarn to knit men’s socks.  Believe it or not, I hadn’t taken enough knitting projects with me.  I ended up staying almost ten days instead of five and had completed two projects.  Thought I’d get a jump on some Christmas knitting.

When I was at the shop, a sign on the door said the shop was going to be closed Memorial Day Weekend because they were going to be a vendor at the Great Lakes Fiber Show in Wooster Ohio.  When I entered Wooster into my Maps App it was a mere hour and fifteen minutes from Laura’s house and on the way home (sort of) to Pittsburgh.

Here’s owner 614 Knit Studio Owner Andrea Panzica

I bought a merit badge pin for a couple of knitting friends. I had to tell Andrea it was because of her sign at her shop that I came to the Great Lakes Fiber Show

Look at this gorgeous Studio Dog Fibers yarn they are featuring

Here are some of the vendors I met at the show. People at Work

Do you have a Spinning Wheel that needs repair or servicing?  Here is Ed Jr.  Ed the Wheel Healer. Located in Oberlin,Ohio you’ll have to email or give him a phone call as they are not on social media.


Look at all these Inkle Looms! Chuck and Angie own Egill’s Woostuffs 

Here’s Chuck with a cutting board of Spalted Walnut, Cherry and ____?_____and Angie with a handmade loom.

  Chuck ELECTROCUTES some of the wood for this effect. He showed me a video of the process

Recycled Yarn Co has an Etsy shop sells cranked tubes to make socks by adding cuff, heels and toes. I’ve knit several pairs of Opal yarn socks and it’s hardy and long wearing. Thanks to my friend Terry who introduced me to the brand.

Joanna’s Boutique has the most beautiful silk scarves and clothing with nature prints.  She sells roving and fiber, buttons at her Etsy shop


Merino wool sneakers for sale from WOOLLOOMOOLOO

Knitting Needle Jewelry by Bur Oak Studio from Danville Indiana

I bought a basket (woven in Ghana) from Frog It Yarns I’ll use it to hold my front porch knitting

How about these custom wooden needles by Ann Carpenter? And the cotton cord is made in Poland from recycled clothing.

Watch a short Sheep Herding Demonstration on YouTube

thank you Andrea for telling me about the Great Lakes Fiber Show

The Volunteers Bronze Statue Guest Blog

Thank you Joanne who sent the article and photographs from Halifax

The Volunteers Bronze Statue in Halifax, at the Waterfront, Nova Scotia (click link for article written when the monument was unveiled in 2017)

The bronze sculpture, called “The Volunteers,” features three life-sized figures from three generations: A young girl pulling a wagon full of salvaged metal, an African-Nova Scotian woman holding a tray of coffee and sandwiches, and an older woman seated with a Mi’kmaq basket and knitting.

The sculptor is Marlene Hilton Moore

Bronze Sculpture of Woman Knitting for the WWII Effort

Location is Everything Guest Blog

Location location location. Isn’t that the rule of real estate? It’s EVERYTHING!

Maura took this photo of a brand new development, built along the active railroad tracks. She says I could sit on the porch and knit and watch the freight trains go by. Heaven forbid if there’s a derailment! What were they thinking with this plan? No occupancy yet but I can’t imagine anyone rushing to buy one of these units.

Brand new condominiums for sale