Yes, it’s time. It’s Vogue Knitting Live Weekend in New York City.
Sadly, I will not be there to enjoy all the fiber goodness. Sigh. Wah wah. (Curses, Friday the 13th!)
Can I just tell you that I’m Wickedly Green with envy for all those lucky souls? It’s a for sure that I don’t need any more things of any kind at all. But, I do. I really do.
I just want to go on notice to any vendors attending that hey, if they need help…get me there…I will work for YARN. Promise! I won’t get distracted at all. I’m a great worker. I won’t just shop all of your lovely items. Pretty much anyway.
I can’t think of anything more fun than hanging with your knitty besties and perusing the vendor market. This past summer I was able to go to Stitches Midwest. The market was outstanding and my group even went to a Steven Be’s class.
We came away very inspired and still say Steven Be-isms regularly.
So, RUN. Don’t walk. Get to a fiber party of some kind. Wear comfy shoes. Wear your knitted or crocheted creations. Stop and hydrate now and again.
Hey, could you talk to some folks and see if they need any workers at the booths who work for yarn?
Enjoy, people. Enjoy.
Vogue Knitting Live-ly yours (even absently),
-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-
Just can’t contain myself right now.
I got the mail and WOW!
Look what was in it:
Number 2 has arrived.
Maybe that was an unfortunate little sentence.
But any-who, yes number 2 arrived…Mason-Dixon Knitting Field Guide Number 2!
Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne pretty much just made my day. Big time.
I loved the first one but I really, really love this second one.
I am drooling over the Ann Budd sock pattern “Apres-Anything. The Asterisk/Dot Hat and Cowl, more drool. Then a hush falls over the crowd for the fabulous Hadley Pullover. Shiver shiver. Gonna do the socks first. Then it will be a toss of the dice for what’s next. We really have the best of all worlds with this little handy field guide. There are terrific patterns, glorious color work charts, and the famous Mason-Dixon humor. Dang!
Here’s a link to Mason-Dixon knitting so you can get your field guides if you haven’t.
Look around there for a little while. You will be so entertained! Get on their mailing list and you can preorder the next field guide like I have done for the first two. They also send you funny emails, especially on Saturdays. Yep, so funny.
So happy to check the mail-y yours,
-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-
Happy New Year! I hope you are WARM. It is Igloo where I live apparently:
So I shall knit more things to keep warm. Also I have been riding my bike (inside, silly) to keep moving to keep warm. The two really go hand in needle together.
My last minute Christmas Knits were done on size 35 and 17 needles. I always wait too late to get my knitting gifts done. It’s also good to have a college kid home who knits like a machine to help you get things done. That’s right, I had a ringer. Back to the big needles…I absolutely love to make the Angel Cowl by Theresa from Lucky Hanks on Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LuckyHanks?ref=l2-shopheader-name
The pattern is so easy and I’ve been personally wearing my own Angel Cowl every single day lately. I’ve just finished making three of them for gifts.
I found that I also wanted to make this fun big needle hat called the Pom Bomb:
I used Knit Collage Wanderlust and then I went to JoAnns and found a giant yarn there to make another. You can make the hat in an hour if that.
The hat comes out kind of like a helmet. My kids didn’t want all of the pom poms and opted for just helmet. My son said his friends would like some. It’s been tricky to find cheap Big Ol’ yarn to do these in. I just saw Lion Brand has a new yarn called Wow that would work so I’ve got to scout that out. Knitting with this big yarn is kind of hard on your hands…working with size 35 double points is an adventure. But it’s over quickly and people like it. That’s good news to me.
Now I have switched to a slightly smaller needle (10 1/2). I had a sweater I was working on that I fell out of love with and decided to rip it back and make hats out of it.
I really love how this fabric is feeling! So squishy and soft. This design is just coming out of my head. Who knows what it’s going to turn out like. Crossing fingers.
Right before Christmas I was able to finish a toddler sweater (matches a little hat I had made for this adorable little guy):
and a little present for a friend’s dog:
Pretty fun projects that were improvised mostly. Whew!
Here’s to a great Happy Knit (or Crochet) Year!
-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment!
Yesterday I was asked about a pattern for a project I had done a few years ago. Usually I can remember exactly what pattern and yarn I had used for most of my projects but I was a little off on my game so I went to trusty old Ravelry and looked it up in my notebook there.
Ravelry continues to save my behind.
Well, that and I had actually listed the project in my notebook which is pretty huge. Sometimes I get so excited to work on a new project I totally blow off taking a picture and loading details into my notebook. WHAT? Okay, I am guilty of doing that quite a bit. But hey, you are my witness…I’m going to work on that from now on. Starting….NOW….really.
Anyway, the project was a cute little elephant that I made for my sister.
This was from Susan B. Anderson’s blog and is called Elefante (and it happens to be FREE).
Susan is just so amazing! (She will be teaching classes near me in just a couple of months and I am giddy with excitement to be going! She is teaching her new Sheep! project and covering pattern design as well. I may have just squealed. Ahem.)
Here’s a look at Susan’s projects:
As I was looking through my notebook I saw a couple of other favorites from the same time frame that I had knit:
which happens to be another Susan B. Anderson project…(yikes, I’m not a stalker or anything, really…she just is so good!)
An interesting side note of the baby sweater project…I took that picture in the car as I was traveling to deliver it as a gift, It hadn’t quite dried from blocking so I was trying to hurry it along a little in the car with fans so I could tuck it into a gift bag. A gal’s gotta do what a gal’s gotta do. Don’t ask me if I had just finished knitting it the night before or anything.
Thursday’s are good for remembering those good times and they help me to focus on what I can do to keep improving. How about you? Are you good at keeping your notebook on Ravelry up to date?
Throwing it back to you,
-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-
A couple of weeks ago I was visiting Manitowoc, Wisconsin for work. It was snowing the whole drive to my work destination and kind of an all around yucko morning. After finishing the job I thought, WHOA, I’ve got some extra time before my next appointment. I’m going to check out a yarn shop I had seen on Facebook.
Loaded my Waze app with the address and it turned out I was just a couple of minutes away. I’m not super familiar with Manitowoc so I was glad for the help from Waze to get me there no matter how short of a trip.
Downtown Manitowoc is so quaint and historic. You should go. You will like it. I found the place, no problemo. The building the shop is in is a cool historic looking gem. The name of the shop is Lucky Rose Fibers. When you walk in:
You are greeted with those most beautiful looking displays of color. I was lucky because BritnyLe, the owner was able to chat with me for a bit. I was overwhelmed a little with all of the goodies to look at. Every inch of the place was carefully decorated and set up to show BritneyLe’s passion. Job well done. My Wednesday snowy, wet morning had just gotten better times 100.
I had the feeling of being in a cool old timey soda fountain with the black and white flooring and the color of the walls and door. I was digging it.
BritnyLe kindly shared stories of her shop and herself and made me feel like we were old friends. You know how you meet a person and when they start talking you can just feel what they are saying? You just get it? She told me about how she features other artists in her shop, is the dealer for the coolest spinning wheels I’ve ever seen, uses products from the Midwest, finds and carries things that are unique and helpful, and how everything she does is really to make a difference in others’ lives. She shared stories about her therapy dogs, kids and family, her rabbits, and talked of dreams she had for the shop. The minutes flew by and I knew I had better find my treasures as I was running out of time. It wasn’t hard to find just one. I was drawn instantly to these:
There were some yarns sitting on the counter that hadn’t been tagged yet that I just had to have:
You can see why.
It was pretty cool hanging out here. Cool and colorful.
BritnyLe also have me a great bag for my treasures:
She kindly posed for a couple of pictures for me.
You can see her spinning wheel…just the coolest thing I’ve ever seen.
Here’s the website for the shop:
BritnyLe has a lot of awesome plans for fun events like Saturday Knitting (maybe outside!), featuring more artists’ work, expanding the shop, and more. I definitely want to visit again soon.
Thanks so much for the hospitality, BritnyLe!
Yours in Manitowoc on a Wednesday,
-Here’s my Pot O’ Gold-this moment-
(Part 3 of my Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop)
Ah, it was time! I was able to take Dave to see Steven Be. I know he was so excited. I don’t think he could hardly sleep the night before. He was practically bouncing in his seat.
That was me. Dave (my Gaffer with respects to Elizabeth Zimmermann) was kindly my driver for the Yarn Shop Hop in Minnesota this year. Last year I only made it to four stores. This year I wanted to double that. Who knows what will happen next year. Goals, people, goals.
Anyway, there we had just finished visiting five stores and I thought maybe we had two more that we could see.
We pulled up and saw:
So, this is a sign to STOP at Steven Be’s. Doin’ it. I don’t need a bag of hammers to fall on my head.
If you’ve never been to Steven Be’s, it will melt your face off. In a good way. The shop is an old fire station that Steven has turned into THE yarn shop of the world. Well, I haven’t been every where yet so…
He doesn’t forget any part of the decor to show off his creativity.
I was so wondering if there would be any Shop Hop Yarn left. The shop’s theme was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! GADZOOKS! Perfect.
(Here’s a quick peek at Steven’s chandelier):
Here’s the yarn I got from the special Shop Hop batch and it completely knocked my socks off. It is named “Snozzberry”. Come on!
Steven offered two pattern choices and I picked this one (but it was so hard to pick):
(Another choice was the Howler by Steven that you can look at here:
(Is it a hat?? Is it a cowl??)
On a side note, for this trip I had set three goals: find some yarn by Three Irish Girls, find things that are unique and not sold everywhere, and obtain Shop Hop yarn and patterns.
I had heard that YOTH (Yarn on the House) yarns was at the shop on Wednesday before the Shop Hop but wasn’t expecting them to be right in front of me on that Saturday.
I first heard about YOTH yarns on Marlybird’s podcast:
So there I was standing there telling Dave what I knew about YOTH such as Veronika and Danny were siblings that started their own yarn company, they had yarns named Big Sister, Little Brother, Mother, Father, and then a kindly gal who worked at the shop, who was wearing an amazing cowl by the way, told us that Veronika just happened to be there and we could meet her. Have you ever felt that weird Fandom thing in your gut when you feel celebrity sighting joy? I thought instantly, oh, that’s okay I don’t want to bother her or anything. WHAT?? I do that sometimes. Happily she came over and talked with us and showed us her patterns and was just so kind. I’m pretty sure I scared her with my weird star-struck-ness. I’m not a weirdo. Really.
Then I picked out some beautiful yarn:
It’s so soft and I couldn’t put the pom pom down. My precious.
(http://yothyarns.com/ Check out Yarn on the House Yarns)
I think my knees were wobbly as I’m a dork that way and I thought that was just about the greatest moment and then our shop friend told us to go upstairs because Jen Geigley, author of Weekend (http://www.jengeigley.com/shop/book) was there. Are you kidding me?? I also didn’t know that we could go upstairs! There was more!
So to get upstairs you do feel like you might be in the Chocolate Factory and maybe there’s some fizzy soda that will make you float or a crazy boat ride you will jump on or maybe an Oompah Loompah. There’s no way of knowing. Well, there is. Get up those stairs.
This was on the landing of the stairs as they turned to go up another level. WOWWWW!
Dave was pretty into this.
As you go enter the upstairs you can feel the creative spinning-ness as you are greeted by gorgeous artisan yarns of amazing colors. Big balls of roving stacked everywhere and skeins galore!
And then there was Jen! She kindly posed for a picture with us and shared lots of fun stories and was just the coolest.
She also demonstrated how to arm knit (and you can find an arm knit scarf in her book). She told me my scarf was awesome. (wobble knees!) Then we just kind of looked at all of the skeins of things together and you could really feel that she truly loved her chosen field. Oh, and did I tell you that she signed my book that I bought from her??
Goodness! If you haven’t checked out her book, what? What were you thinking? These projects are so great. They are simple, useful, cool, functional, and pretty quick to make. One of our shop friends who was working this day was wearing the cowl that is pictured on the front. He was also dressed like Mike TeeVee. Double win.
Then I remembered I had to keep going and maybe see if we could get a picture with Steven.
I couldn’t walk by these without snagging them in my basket. Look at “Electric Peacock” on the left and hooray…Three Irish Girls on the right. There was a hat sample knit with the yarn on the right which is mostly white and has this amazing smack of color in the middle. Can’t wait to do that.
Then we were able to catch Steven before we left. He was so kind and warm to us. He also liked using his cane as a pointer to everything as he showed us great projects that I should knit. I adore him. Dave does, too. Our smiles almost busted our faces.
It was time to go and catch another shop. Oh, what a good time we had here.
On to our next logistical stop: Linden Yarn & Textiles:
When you walk in to this shop you are greeted with pristine samples. I mean whoa. They were just so noticeably perfect!
I quickly asked the kind lady at the door if there was any more of the Shop Hop Yarn left and she said, “Oh, just one skein.”
So I swept it up into my hot little hands. The theme was “The Great Gatsby”. The shop owner had on the best timely flapper dress and gloves. I loved that some stores embraced their themes so completely. The pattern was the Gatsby Band.
Here’s the shop’s website: http://lindenyarn.com/
I fell in love with this:
Then this little beauty caught my eye:
Honestly. How is it that there are so many yarns that I like?
We were a little bit exhausted at this point and decided to crash for a while before supper and then we thought we’d stretch our legs at the Mall of America. You really can’t go to Minneapolis/St. Paul without saying you at least stopped in for a teeny look, right.
That was our day. I thought we did a pretty good job squeezing in all of those stores. There were 15 total stores and we saw 7. Nice. I fell asleep in a deep haze of hand dyed goodness. Our adventure was complete.
When I woke up on Sunday morning I thought, hey maybe we can sneak one more shop in to make it over half. Just one more. I had glanced at Instagram and saw pictures of an intriguing looking shop called Lakeside Yarn that was just so tempting. They had posted their pattern from last year’s hop which was so cool I couldn’t stop thinking about it.
(Here’s a link to the pattern-it’s really, really great! I bought it.)
Dave took me to church then.
Then kindly he agreed to one more shop. Just one more, okay?
If you walk up to the shop along the alley way you see the beautiful mural above.
We got there just a little before they opened.
I was THAT customer, watching the Open sign:
Then let the angels sing:
Luckily for our last stop, the shop hop yarn was still available and these lovelies let me take their picture. I was also able to photobomb a little.
The theme here was “A Streetcar named Desire” and here’s the yarn and pattern:
We also learned that the shop owner had been in this play in high school. That’s a cool tidbit.
Take a look at the shop:
and then I fell in love with this:
So great! This was a scarf adapted from a pattern called:
You can visit the shop at their website:
I kinda wish I lived near here so I could hang out at all of these awesome shops I was able to visit.
That was really the end. We saw, we conquered our list, we got a hug from Steven Be, and what a bag of treasures to behold. I had better get those needles humming.
Next year’s goal: visit ALL the shops starting on Thursday!
Thankful for all the great things we saw on this weekend-ly yours,
-Here’s my Pot O’Gold-this moment-