Ta da…! I’ve been knitting as much as the kittens would allow me. Katerina keeps stealing the ball of yarn and taking off with it so I’ve had to make sure I knit quickly whilst she is asleep. These socks have gone to live with a friend in Korea.
I saw some of these yarn balls in cups when I was in Duluth with Jeanne but they didn’t have any colours that inspired me. I saw this Done Roving Yarns Frolicking Feet Transitions colourway when I was in Athena Yarns in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and it came home with me.
Katerina is quite approving. It was only after lots of looking at Ravelry queues and seeing what other people had made, I settled upon the Afternoon Tea pattern.
Claude is rather partial to the Bergere Goomy 50
I love these – they are Arne and Carlos Regia socks. I don’t remember the colourway of these but I do slightly regret not ordering the other colourway before Amazon sold out. I’m sure if I look I could find some, somewhere.
I only took these photos about a month ago and Claude keeps looking older and bigger by the day. He didn’t look like such a huge brute then but these Norwegians do grow some. We’ve not had an NFC boy before so had no idea what to expect.
There is such a lovely wealth of wonderful yarn shops in the US. As well as going to one of my favourites Three Kittens in St Paul, we went to some other wonderful places, too.
Yarn Harbor was really rather lovely. I got some lovely packs of gradient yarn in there to make my birthday shawl. It was lovely to look around and I really had to try hard not to pick everything. As the window says, bliss!
It was lovely to look around and I really had to try hard not to pick everything. Jeanne said I was remarkably restrained. I did look at North Shore Knits for a very long time as it had some very beautiful patterns and photos of the area but did manage to resist.
After that, we found quite an amazing place in South Dakota called Athena Fibers which seemed to be a residential neighbourhood. This didn’t seem odd to me after going into an office building in New York to visit Seaport Yarn.
but the seats on the porch were quite inviting so we sat down and waited a little while. Two other ladies who thought it opened at 10 also came and sat down and we chatted about knitting and knit a while together. We were just back in the car, ready to go back on the road again for the long drive back to MN when the owner showed up.
We visited a wonderful yarn shop in Duluth called Yarn Harbor just before my birthday and pao got me to pick out something as a birthday present from him. I had seen the Kelpie Shawl when Jeanne and I visited Three Kittens and I really really wanted to make it.
I saw a lot of yarn there which was wonderful but I was drawn back several times to Frabjous Fibers Cheshire Cat. They had some packs of mini skeins of gradient yarn which I knew would be wonderful with this project.
I made a start on it when we headed off on our road trip but I got distracted and tired and pulled quite a lot out just before I headed home to the UK. Even though it was an easy pattern, it was a little much for my dyspraxic brain to cope with at the time!
I really love my doctor. She is an immensely wise woman – a little curt at times but tremendously caring. She said straight out – ‘you’re exhausted, you need a break. I’d like to prescribe a holiday but I can’t do that on the NHS so I prescribe an hour in Starbucks with your knitting just relaxing.’ Well the traffic was a bit backed up so I called into the Good Shed instead. I was pleasantly surprised to find my tea and toast served up on my favourite pottery from Canterbury Pottery. I felt immensely better after an hour sitting knitting and staring out the window at the trains going by. My introverted dyspraxic self needs more moments like these as our house is full and my diary is loaded up.
It was especially good as I found somewhere wonderful to fill my prescription, too. I’d been really keen to get to The Old Pharmacy in Faversham.
I was drawn to a moth like a flame already having been regaled of the wonders of the Old Pharmacy by my friend Susie.
I only had a few minutes to swoon as I had to get back to my stall at the Creek as the show was due to start at 10. Poor pao had been kicked out of the car quite unceremoniously and swiftly on my way to Faversham more because I was worried about looking for somewhere to park (honest) on a busy Saturday but I did get there early enough for a swoon. It was just the medicine I needed on what proved to be an extremely quiet day.
If only all medicine was so squishy! It is such an amazing lovely shop – I wholeheartedly prescribe it. pao may be shaking his head when he reads this but he did exhort me to buy some yarn when I told him I was calling in to take a look.
I was on the nail with my matchy matchy blue striped socks but these Noro ones proved more difficult because half way through the skein, the yarn was cut off and another random colourway was tied in.
Tamyra has been my sleeping buddy. I’m not so sure about what she did to make her bed like that but it is all fixed now and more exciting is the fact that she slept with me on the sofa for hours and hours.
I received an unexpected and wonderful gift from Jeanne at the Knitting Show of a beautiful pattern and yarn for a gorgeous cardigan. The pattern is called Low Tide by Tin Can Knits in a soft yarn called Titus. It is a real joy to knit. I’ve made the first side of the yoke and am starting the second. Thank you, Jeanne! 🙂