High Hopes for High Tea

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Sue Stone volunteers for Knots of Love, Laurel Hill’s preferred non-profit organization.

Sue Stone has been amassing knitting needles, crochet hooks, and balls of yarn for weeks. You might wonder if she is adding to her stash, but in fact she is in charge of collecting prize giveaways for Knots of Love’s High Tea, one of the organization’s most highly anticipated events of the year.  Taking place on April 2 at 11:30 a.m. at Spring Field Tea Garden in Fullerton, CA, the raffle and silent auction are poised for great success under Sue’s care.

In case you are not familiar with Knots of Love, it is an amazing, award-winning 501c3 organization that donates knitted and crocheted caps to men and women, including veterans, undergoing chemotherapy, burn victims, brain surgery patients, head trauma patients, and individuals with Alopecia. They also donate tiny blankets to fragile new lives in incubators.

Sue started knitting caps for Knots of Love more than five years ago after reading an article in the local newspaper about the organization.  She had learned to knit from her mother and grandmother as a small child growing up in Australia, but had put her needles down for some time until she was inspired by the Knots of Love story.  Since then, Sue has made more caps than she can count and has become a dedicated volunteer, stepping up this year to help organize the High Tea.

Apparently an expert in time management, Sue is also a full time labor and delivery nurse, and she is on the board of the National League of Young Men, an organization she participates in with her two high school aged boys.

Sue explains that for her, knitting is a great stress reliever, even helping her keep calm when she went back to school from 2013-2015 for her nursing degree. Knitting helped her stay focused during what she calls “that crazy time.”

While she was in nursing school, Sue Stone found that knitting was a great stress reliever.

For Sue, volunteering for Knots of Love is truly an act of love.

“I love doing it,” she says. “I have so many nurse co-workers with cancer, and my Dad was just diagnosed with lymphoma this week – it’s important for me to help those who are suffering and to show them some love.”

All of us at Laurel Hill are grateful for the good work Sue and her team are doing, and we wish all the best to Knots of Love for a fun and successful High Tea! We can’t wait to see the photos!

If you live near Fullerton, CA and you want to know more, visit KnotsofLove.org for more information on the event.

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One Stitch at a Time

If you are in Oregon this month, don’t miss this opportunity to check out fiber artist Jae McDonald’s collection “One Stitch at a Time” at the Springfield Museum. The artwork will be on display from April 6th- April 28th.

McDonald has a variety of fiber interests from art quilting, needlework, weaving, basketry and many more. With a great deal of experience and show history, McDonald’s exhibit will include wonderful pieces that may even inspire you to get out your needles or hooks and start on your own new projects!

Portland’s First Sock Summit is a Hit

Last Friday 935 avid knitters, who gathered at the Oregon Convention Center, had the satisfaction of setting a world knitting record.  The enthused crowd knitted and purled nonstop for 15 minutes.  It was a moment that will go down in knitting history.

Why socks? Devoted knitters believe socks are great for trying new patterns and techniques, easy to transport around, offer a variety of patterns, and are necessary;therefore, always serving as the perfect gift.

Those who visited the Sock Summit marketplace toured an overwhelming amount of booths, and had the chance to knit on the world’s largest sock.  The Sock Museum was also a highlight, which showcased socks from each decade.

Laurel Hill would like to personally thank the knitters and crocheters at Sock Summit who test drove our new products2715204002_61fd2f71d5.  This was very beneficial and inspiring as it gave us a better understanding of how to meet your knitting and crochet needs.

We would also like to thank you in advance for introducing us to your local yarn shop




Sock Summit 2009 Casts On

button_sock_summitSock Summit 2009 is celebrating the diversity of sock knitting in Portland, Oregon from Aug. 6 – 9.   

Close to 40 of the finest sock specialists will gather at the Oregon Convention Center to teach knitting enthusiasts how to knit odd socks, historically accurate socks, boot socks, warm socks, lacy socks, and even elegant socks.

You can learn how to make argyle socks, Bavarian stockings, Toe-up Socks for the Stubborn, or Turkish stitches.

While taking a break from classes you can browse the marketplace, which has more than 150 venders, selling everything from yarn, needles, bags, patterns, jewelry, and art.  You can also attend an old-fashioned sock hop or a lecture on the history of socks.

Laurel Hill will be selling our exotic, handmade and sustainable needles and hooks at the Sock Summit marketplace.

To learn more about the Sock Summit 2009 visit the Sock Summit website.

Laurel Hill Yarns Up to Portland

Laurel Hill is cruising up to Portland this weekend for the Spring Knit & Crochet Show at the Doubletree Hotel in Portland, Oregon.  The show runs from May 14-17.

Friday’s festivities include a fashion parade highlighting the latest knitting and crocheting fashions, as well as hundreds of booths selling yarn and patterns.

On Saturday, enjoy dinner, a fashion show and a silent auction benefiting National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

To visit your Laurel Hill friends and see all that the Spring Knit & Crochet Show has to offer, purchase tickets here.  More detailed information about ticket prices and hours of operation are also available by clicking the link.

Tickets are available for just the show floor (shopping at the booths only), Friday events, Saturday events, or a combination of both.  You decide how to enjoy the weekend!

We’d love to see you!


Free gift with purchase!

Laurel Hill is now providing a complementary cedar sachet with every purchase!    The Aromatic Red Cedar sachets naturally helps to protect wool and fine fabrics from moths and other insects. Gently squeeze the sachet to refresh the wonderful cedar scent.  The unique sachets are made by Disabled American Veterans.  sachet

(Gift is similar to photo, but does not include metal piece –  Assorted colors available).

Ravelympians Knit & Crochet to Victory

The Olympics in Beijing were exciting, but we’re not sure they can hold a giant torch to the 2008 Ravelympics (need to be a member). Thousands of members of Ravelry, a social network for fiber artists, participated in the Ravelympics. Some stats from Ravelry:

The 2008 Ravelympics were a huge hit! Thousands of Ravelers from around the world participated and had a fantastic time. It was a great way to end the summer. Some stats:

  • Total FOs (not stash/yarn): 6764
  • Countries participating: 56
  • Total frogged projects (hey, it happens to all of us): 104
  • Yarn used: 1,996,255 meters (over 2 million yards)

Laurel HIll is thrilled to be a prize sponsor for the Ravelympics. Of all the finished objects, 41 people were drawn randomly to receive a Laurel Hill crochet hook. The prizes are in the mail and we’re excited about being part of the winning team.

A few of the winning finished objects:

Anthropolgie Inspired Shrug
From AnnInNC: Anthropolgie Inspired Shrug
Traveling Eyelet Sweater
From bekala: Traveling Eyelet Sweater
Dog Sweater for Bella
From Must-Stash: Dog Sweater for Bella
Baby Matinee Jacket
From RiaAnn: Baby Matinee Jacket