Pittsburgh’s Indie Knit & Spin

You know how much I love different yarns and all the possibilities they inspire.

Last Saturday I went with a friend to the Ace Hotel in East Liberty to check out the Pittsburgh Indie Knit & Spinevent, held in the former YMCA gym.  The “boutique hotel” was hopping, serving lunch and drinks and coffee, while eager knitters perused the booths.

A vendor at one booth was wearing this pin.Two dinosaurs winding yarn!

Although the vendor preferred anonymity she was more than happy to share the story of her quirky and creative pin.  She told me to google Malojos   So fun. Meet the designer of the pin who lives in Chicago About Natalie Have you seen the 14K gold gauge rings she makes?

I limited myself to purchasing a single skein of sparkle yarn named “The Shire” ( my first sparkle yarn)  HandDyed by Trisha Eliason of Gypsy Stardust Yarn and Fiber Shop. 

Good Water and Co. is a mother-daughter team dedicated to bringing the world a better knitting bag. Based in central Pennsylvania, each Good Water and Co. bag is handcrafted from start to finish, with no two bags being exactly alike. We are dedicated to providing knitters and crocheters with funky and innovative solutions to everyday problems.  – from their Website

They had many great bags and had repurposed dresser scarves sewn into project bags to hold knitting projects or whatever else you might think of-

The Ace Hotel hosts Knitting in the Knook every third Tuesday, too. Offering tea and a cozy place to sit and knit.  My friend Ann and I went to knit in February and everyone was so nice. That’s how I learned about the Indie Knit & Spin Event.

Five Ceramic Trivet Tiles

My sister-in-law has a houseful of these ceramic tiles. Seriously, you’d be astounded if you saw her collection. I’ll have to get a number. How convenient they’re squares. AND circles in squares.

With just a couple days left to respond to the March Square challenge, I was rummaging in the the built-in China closet.

These were standing up in the back along the shelf. I placed them on various tiles and tables around the house to capture them for the challenge .

Naïf Villeroy and Bloch Grafenwoehr Germany

Christmas Naïf

Zagreb Croatia

Canterbury Tales

Check out Becky Bs post today

Did you see any donkeys last Sunday?

A Bit of Irish Butter

Hmmm, what can I find to shoot for the MarchSquare challenge? I was looking around my house. Ah. Spotted one of the little covered square butter dishes my friend Joanne sent me. With a bit of Irish butter in it. My grandmother’s butter knife.

If you want to check out more squares and squares within squares and circles in squares here’s Becky B’s “It’s Nearly Over” post with lots of links

It is nearly all over!

Circles in Squares

A one sided Tic-tac-toe.

The dining room fireplace tiles and the balls of yarn were right there. I took them out of their reflective yarn bowls and centered them on the square tiles. Fun.

Coming in on the end of this Month of March challenge created by BeckyB https://beckybofwinchester.com/2018/03/01/march-square/

Sunday Night Sunset Square

The only requirement was your photo had to be a square. Check!

https://lucidgypsy.com/

Gilly’s been posting squares all month so I’m coming into the challenge at the end here on the 25th day. But I had a circle in a square and it was Gilly who was posting in response to BeckyB of Winchester’s March challenge.

https://beckybofwinchester.com/2018/03/01/march-square/

#Marchsquare

How many textures on Mend Way?

Mend Way. Bloomfield. Right near West Penn Hospital. The one block alley/road between Millvale Avenue and Gross Street. I looked down while walking to my car.

All these textures!

Gravel, bricks, sand, dirt, concrete,dried leaves, my leather boot, cigarette butts and the shadows of the chain link fence.

There are many “Ways” in our city. I looked at the list of Street Names and wondered what determined the definition. Merriam-Webster says “Definition of way. 1 a : a thoroughfare for travel or transportation from place to place. b : an opening for passage.”

Catching Happy

When I look at this image I can hear the singing of “Haaaaa…” of Happy Birthday to You.

Jack, now 11, said I could post this pic.

His sisters put on every candle they could find.

And yes, there are three flavors of ice cream at the ready on the left. Mom, Erika, was videoing for family across the miles and isn’t in this frame.

The Ocean, A Beach: WPC

“Share your happy place” asked Cheri Lucas Rowlands at WordPress.

A place you want to return to again and again. A favorite place.

Sunrise at a beach, the ocean waves rhythmic sound, and the added bonus – knitting and coffee.

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/photo-challenges/favorite-place/