Monday, May 27, 2019

Cruising into Ireland 2018

More Cruising and Knitting

Lisburn and Belfast May 23, 2018

The Linen Mills of Lisburn 

Our Instructor at the Belfast Botanic Garden  5/23/18
JC Briar-she loves gardening too!

Real Irish Stew and Guiness@ Kelly's 

End of day Cafe

Dublin May 24 & 25, 2018

This Knit Yarn shop

 As you would have it, we just happened to arrive in Dublin for the first annual Woollinn festival...what luck

Off to Cork- another wonderful treat-
May 26,  2018

Our first stop - Little Island - home of Hedgehog Fibres


Arm fulls- waiting on line to pay

In the town of Cork
Scribes and Vibes Craft Shop- yarn and fabrics

At the end of everyday--
-Back on Board to "Show and Tell" and Knit a bit

Monday, May 20, 2019

Knitting and Cruising (The Way Late Update)

Hard to Believe this was a year ago.  

Craft Cruise to Scotland, Ireland, Denmark and Norway. May-June 2018

We started in Copenhagen and spent the day touring through the City and visiting a few yarn shops along the way.

Knit Shop in Copenhagen 

Kindred Knitting on board the ship
Romi's High Sierra Shawl (Craftsy Class)

Our first stop was Isle of Skye, a very remote island in the Hebrides.  

Isle of Skye

Spinning with raw wool

Town of Portree -just some window dressing--gorgeous

Wonder trip- til next time and the next port. 

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

The Dude in a Dude

From this :

The Dude

 To This:  Our Dude in The Dude Cardigan

Notice the colors!!!

Pattern "The Dude" by Andrea Rangel on Ravelry 
Body knit in the round and sleeves knit flat.   The front band and collar joined to the sweater as each row of the band was knit from right bottom, around neck with some short row shaping and down the left side.   I crocheted around the band to add button holes.  

Sunday, May 05, 2019

A Little Yarn Crawl

Visited a few yarn shops in my travels last month.  

There is no reason for me to shop, my stash is way, way to large and overflowing into every spare space in my home, but I just love to visit yarn shops.

First stop on my way to San Jose...(I get a kick out of saying that) I stopped in Danville, CA  (about 1 hour from home) "A Yarn Less Raveled"
Wonderful selection of yarns and especially interesting gadgets and notions.  Many handmade, unusual yarn holders and measuring tools.   Loved the shop and the people, I stayed a bit to knit and will definitely go back.  Funny thing is a friend of mine was there the day before and we were both talking about this great shop at Knit Night, not realizing that is was the same one.

Than a week later, after a red eye flight, I was in Yarn Diva and More in Hillsdale, NJ.   My mind was  a blur but I  did manage to find a few special things, like the hand made wood buttons from New Hampshire and lovely project bags from the shop. So in addition to this shop, there were 15 other local New Jersey yarn shops all part of a Yarn Crawl that weekend.  I had no idea, but I definitely did not have the energy or time to go....but a couple of my diva friends heard about the shop so I returned with them the next day.  Did I tell you the shop owner was giving away goodie bags too!!!!!

Next stop was a totally unplanned event....Purl Soho in NYC.   Always a pleasure to visit and I did pick up some Brooklyn Tweed Shelter yarn to coordinate with the yarn I already have to make a brioche hat. And of course pizza down the street.

Then off to Ohio.....a place I shall visit often.   In North Olmstead, I found an adorable village with an array of Oldtime shops: Antique, Gift, Honey, Ice cream and of course yarn.   The truth is that I was hunting for the yarn and discovered this great complex of shops. Peg's Knit and Spin.

My daughter found a shop also, and I was blown away.  
River Colors Studio, Lakewood,  Ohio

We walked in through the back entrance and the first thing I saw was excited.  A variety of weights and so many colors.....I could not decide what to pick up first and then my daughter walks up to me a says " there is a lot more to the shop.."  She was not kidding, every label I love.  Jamison, Hedgehog, Malabrigo, Manos, Spincycle and Quince & Co.   Needless to say, I did get some LOPI!!!! and totally forgot to take a photo...lovely and helpful people.  They teach a mindful class also, wow,  how much better can it get?  

Do you have a favorite yarn shop?
Til next time