Friday, July 7, 2017

A new LYS in the neighborhood

Over the past few years several local (and not so local) yarn shops have shut their doors. I have gone from having an LYS within walking distance, and others in areas that we occasionally visit, to having to think hard about where one might go to get some nice yarn.  Granted I don't need any yarn, having plenty on hand, but you never know when the urge to knit might strike.  And when that happens you have to be ready.  

I'd heard about a new outpost of another yarn shop in the area.  Coveted Yarns is in Gloucester.  I've been there, but only on a yarn crawl.  They have opened a sister store in Groveland--not quite next door, but close enough that I might consider going out of my way to get there.  Merrimack Yarns opened last week and I went today to check it out.  

I was a little turned off by the location.  The street was under construction and the yarn shop is squeezed into a shopping plaza where the main commerce seems to be a gas station and an old timey looking package store (that's a liquor store for those not in New England).  This was not a good sign.

But when I went in I found a bright space filled with excited knitters, squeeing over yarns and patterns.  At first the yarns themselves didn't jump out at me, and I didn't expect to buy anything.  Then I saw a few samples.  That is the kiss of death for me.  If I see a sample that looks interesting I am much more likely to buy something.  

Here are my purchases.  Both destined to become cowls.  One will be In The Mean Time Two.  The other (much crazier yarn for me) will be an Interrupted Cowl.  I expect I will return to Merrimack Yarns.   

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Needle felting

This is the back side of my current wip. A needle felted dragon. I just love the fuzzy soft bluriness of this back side. 

I purchased this kit at NH Sheep and Wool last Sunday. I have another kit from last year that I haven't started yet. 

There were more goodies purchased at NH sheep and wool but they will have to wait for another time. 
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Saturday, February 25, 2017


Here are a handful of hexis I made recently. 

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Represent Boston

Great vibe out here on the Boston Common. 

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Friday, January 20, 2017


Think I might make it to the Boston march tomorrow. We'll see. In any case will wear my hat to represent. 

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Saturday, November 26, 2016


At a friend's on thanksgiving their daughter mentioned they had been doing kumihimo braiding in art class. My son has the same curriculum but I had not heard about the braiding. I realized I had bought him a kumihimo kit years ago at fiber revival and had just found it recently.

I pulled it out to give it a try.

This is not cheating on my wild vanilla vest. This is getting my groove back into some kind of crafting.

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

knitting guilt

I have a project I started working on back in the spring for my niece. It was going to be a late birthday present, but as it stands we are way closer to her next birthday then her last.
I knit her a wild vanilla years ago. She outgrew that one and requested another. How could I resist someone I love asking for a hand knit. Problem is, though the finished product is adorable, I really don't like knitting this thing. Too much keeping track of multiple things at once, with many (many) sizes provided making it really hard to keep track of things.

Every time I think of knitting this thing I get exhausted--just thinking! But I really, really want to finish this for her, especially now that the weather is cooling off a bit.

As result, I haven't knit in months!

I am itching to start a new pattern. One of my sisters went to Iceland last spring. After much searching I requested a pattern and yarn for her to find--shipping from Iceland being a bit steep, even where the yarn is relatively inexpensive. I offered to knit her a sweater if she would get enough yarn for a sweater for each of us. She also brought back the pattern book.

The sweater is Mora, and the yarn is a lovely charcoal and turquoise in lettlopi. The yarn and pattern book are sitting in a box, on the floor, waiting for me.

Must finish Wild Vanilla--must start (first) Mora. Maybe now that school has started and the weather is a bit cooler I will get motivated.