I was out shopping for some yarn for my SIL when I found a few goodies for myself.
Although I haven't been writing, I have been knitting. In late October I started a sweater for my sister made from yarn she brought home from Iceland back in 2016. I'm in the home stretch, working on the yoke of Mora. I hope to have it finished to give to her when I see her next week. She has stopped asking about it, and I haven't told her that I started it, so it will likely be a fun surprise.
Knitting it has gotten me in the mood for more colorwork--which is good because I plan to make another Mora for myself--she brought home enough yarn for two sweaters. A few weeks ago some ravelry friends were mentioning the latest interweave knits. I haven't had any interest in Interweave since I let my subscription lapse a few years ago. But this issue was different. This winter issue had some sweaters that looked like things I would wear. So I grabbed it today.
I have also been intrigued by posts over the past few months by Sonya Phillips on Mason Dixon Knitting. They make me want to make my own clothes. I have some books about sewing, but maybe this one will get me going.
Looking forward to reading, knitting and sleeping over this winter break.
I was just looking over the blog and realized that I missed my 10 year blogiversary earlier this month. Though I haven't been keeping up with the blog much (let's face it, I'm the only one that reads it) I have been doing some knitting.
The long promised sweater for my sister (made from yarn and a pattern book she got in Iceland) is nearing completion. Arms have been joined to the body. Now to finish the yoke.
I just noticed that last week was my 10 year anniversary of being on Ravelry!
A lot has changed in 10 years, but Ravelry is still a fabulous resource that only gets better the more people post their projects.
I'll be seeing some family and friends in the next few weeks, and some of them have had babies.
Here is a baby blankie that is nearly done. Not your typical baby blanket, but it is super soft and machine washable.
Full details once it is finished.
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.