Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Vogue 2020

Vogue Live is Now "Vogue Knitting's Live Virtual Events" !!!!

Of course there is nothing like spending time with other knitters, enjoying a fashion show and browsing the market and of course, sitting in a classroom with an expert designer, knitter and instructor, but this is the next best thing considering the state of the world right now. A Zoom class, ability to ask questions and learn so much more.    And speaking of the world, in my virtual classes there are students from all over the world.   I even took a sock class in Spanish (more about why later).

I have taken classes in Double Knit with Alasdair Post Quinn (2),  Crochet Top down Design with Stephanie Erin, Math for knitter's with Kate Atherley, attended discussions with Las Tres Amigas and Erika Knight.  I was reintroduced to Knit Ipad program that I had and never used and now love.    So much fun and I'm comfy at home.   And best of all the prices are reasonable and there are so many options.   Loving this new mode of learning,  

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Favorite Yarn shops Cape Cod

Summers in Cape Cod-I've been going there for many years, to visit a great friend.  Vacationed with my daughter 20 yrs ago, or to meet a group of friends from high school or just hung out with my friend for a while.  The Cape is Beautiful.    In addition to the quaint towns, fantastic lobster rolls and cod, a beautiful seashore and lighthouse, there is yarn.   I've been to a few shops around the Cape but these are 2 of my favorites (and you can shop online.)

Adventures in Knitting-This is a shop I visit every time I'm in Chatham.  Even attending a weekend retreat that they sponsored in Provincetown over 12 years ago.   It was lovely and the featured instructor was Vivian introduction to Domino Knitting.  Loved it.

Now when I visit, it to see Claire (a wonderful and talented instructor) and to sit and knit with the girls.   This shop is fantastic; big, roomy, a huge selection of yarns, books and other knit/crochet essentials and an  instructional and meeting area with a table that fits at least 20 people.  I know that for now with Covid that if they do meet it's outside in the parking lot socially distanced and with masks.

A Great Yarn. So sad to say that this wonderful little used book and new yarn shop is closing by the end of the year.  All items are 15% off in September and each month that percentage will go up.  They carry beautiful yarns, kits and knitting notions. My friends and I would spend some time in Chatham in August at a local hotel/motel just a few steps from this shop.   I will miss going there...wouldn't it be nice if someone bought it and continued offering this wonderful service to the community

Saturday, September 05, 2020

Tarndiwot - Australia Feb 2020

Tarndie.  Feb 27, 2020.  
 A beautiful visit to a homestead in Victoria, Australia.  The ride was about 2 hours from Melbourne and the views were outstanding.  The countryside is dotted with sheep and the combination of blue skys, green and golden fields and breathtaking vistas along the way made this ride wonderful.   

When we arrived at the Tarndie Homestead we were greeting warmly by the owners.  Each one took a group through a guided tour, covering the history and workings of this farm.    Very gracious at all times and so proud of the 140 year heritage this family has created on this land. I've included a link to their website so that you can explore for yourself. Our tour included a typical lunch, meat pie and beet salad, served on the veranda of the original home.  Then it was off to shop. 

 You can see the results of my purchase below.  

“Polwarth Sheep are naturally white, however Tarndie has a specialised flock of black + coloured sheep variations in shades that are unique and sought after. The members of the first original flock still grow at Tarndwarncoort + their wool is treasured by crafters all over the world. ”

— Tom Dennis

Winter on My Mind by Melanie Berg
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill Fine Merino grey
Tarndie Polwarth 4 ply natural-The is a wonderful, soft, smooth yarn and so easy to knit. 

37 Roseneath Rd 
Warncoort VIC 3243