If you were to visit us...
...These next few weeks would be the perfect time! We frequently hear comments from our long-distance customers about how "maybe someday" they will get to visit us in person rather than shopping with us online. Over these next few weekends, our area will be hopping with fantastic events- so you and your family can take care of your yarn shopping and participate in some of the county's best activities of the year!
Below I've detailed our upcoming community events, as well as a few events we're hosting that you may not want to miss. For easy reference, I've organized them by the dates they're happening!
May 28th - 30th
This one may be short notice for most of you- but anyone within a day's driving distance should definitely consider coming to see the Kinetic Sculpture Grand Championship, or as it's also known, the "Triathlon of the Art World"! It's an annual and world famous 3-day race, where giant human-powered amphibious all-terrain works of art compete by pedaling themselves for 42 miles across land, through sand, mud, and even water. It's creative, wacky, free to attend, and fun for all ages. Attend just one day, or all three- you won't be disappointed. Find maps and more information HERE on their website.
June 4th - 5th
North Coast Open Studios is another free community event that's an incredible experience for art-lovers of all types and ages. Over the first two weekends in June (the 4th - 5th, and 11th - 12th from 11am - 5pm), more than 100 local artists all over the county open up their private workshops and studios to the public. This "self-guided treasure hunt" is an awesome opportunity to meet artists and get a rare glimpse into their inspiration. You'll find yourself adventuring through a huge spectrum of arts- including painting, photography, glass, wood working, printmaking, sculpture, fiber arts, jewelry, furniture, tattooing, and so, so, much more! Some of these participating artists are even world renowned, such as Peggy Loudon known for her porcelain ceramics, or the sculptor Elizabeth Berrien who uses wire to create stunning works. You can find more information on North Coast Open Studios HERE on their website, and you can find maps and a complete listing of artists HERE in this guidebook.
June 11th - 12th
This would be the prime weekend to visit, because not only will you still have the opportunity to participate in North Coast Open Studios, but you can also sign up to be in our Summer Beaded Necklace class! Spend Saturday afternoon with us learning how to knit these beautiful (and very popular) necklaces. One can be finished within just a few hours, and by playing with the colors and beads you can create vastly different styles. This means that once you take care of your own necklace- you can easily make more to give as gifts. The $30 cost of this workshop includes your yarn, beads and pattern. You just need to bring a few of your own materials and know how to cast on, knit, purl, and bind off without assistance. For more information and to sign up, click HERE.
June 18th - 19th
If you can, join us on June 18th for our favorite Holiday of the year! World Wide Knit In Public Day is always a huge hit, and as usual we will be partying it up with a pot luck, knitting in the sunshine, and prize basket giveaways every hour on the hour. Join us all day, or just for an hour or two- the choice is yours and we would love to see you there! Like last year, we will be set up with chairs and tables right in front of the Old Town Gazebo. This is, of course free to attend, but if you can- we request that you bring food or drinks to share.
Also happening on June 18th is the 26th anniversary of the Annual Oyster Festival! Before or after spending some time knitting with us, pop on over to Arcata and get your fill of oysters and locally made cider, wine, and beer. This festival is actually Humboldt County's largest 1 day affair, and "every year over 13,000 voracious festival-goers gather on the Arcata Plaza to celebrate our local aquaculture, and savor the delicacies that have earned us the reputation as the Oyster Capital of California". Groove to live local music, participate in the oyster-calling competition or the shuck-and-swallow contest. While the chefs compete for the best raw, cooked, and non-oyster dishes- we get to eat, drink, and revel in the north coast culture. "When you leave the Arcata Plaza, you’ll take a renewed appreciation for our home, our marshes, and our bay with you".
Other things to do & Places to stay
There are lots of hotels and bed & breakfasts around Eureka, Arcata, and neighboring cities that you can stay at, but if you want to stay in style- check out the Carter House Inn. Another very cool option would be to plan your trip with friends and family, and book your group stay at the home known as the Pink Lady. Both of these classic Victorian buildings are located just down the street from us here in historic Old Town Eureka.
If you want to escape the crowds during your visit- you have plenty of options. Regardless of where you stay, you'll always find yourself within a short distance of beaches and forests. Stroll in Eureka's Sequoia Park Forest, or lounge on the beaches just across the Samoa bridge... those are just your closest options! We're surrounded by County, State, and National Forests and beaches with miles and miles of easy access hiking trails of all difficulties (more about this on our Visit Humboldt County page!). There are Kayak, fishing, birdwatching, and many more tours available to be booked through the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center.
So? Will we be seeing you soon? We hope so!