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Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe in Millvale

 

Tupelo Honey Teas 

They’ve been open since Halloween. Today was my first visit.

You know how I zip across the  Allegheny River to get my framing done at Panza Gallery, sip a brew and eat a dinner special at Grant Bar or load up on Brioche and macarons at Jean-Marc Chatteliers Bakery?

Millvale PA posts frequent the blog.

This afternoon I stopped in the Tupelo Honey Teas Cafe and had a delicious ginger tea.

There’s a monthly calendar of activities and events-

January 19th it’s Third Thursday Theater- Steel City Shakespeare- Edgar Allen Poe  7-9 ,

Knitting on Tuesdays at 6:30-9

Book Club(s) local author and mystery,

Brunch and Bluegrass (Devin Moses) on Jan 29th 10-2

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There is a connecting door to the Community Library

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Maura’s Knitting Knotted Up the Wash

This post is dedicated to my friend V who recently spent a lot of time last week untangling a seriously tangled skein of yarn… I thought of her the whole time I persisted on the following mess.

My granddaughter Maura’s knitting got into the laundry inadvertently.

Went through the washing machine and knotted up the load.

Erika was going to cut it out but I spent time Saturday morning untangling the knotty mess. What satisfaction to detangle the twists and knots. Plain yarn is easier to untangle than fluffy yarn.

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Snow Shoot in Sunshine and Shade

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It was about 14 degrees but my app said it felt like 2 degrees and yet the sun was out and the sky blue.

I’d just arrived from Pittsburgh. The roads were clear so I made it in about 3 1/2 hours to Clintonville Ohio for lunch with Charlie and Laura.

They’d just pulled into the driveway and we were going inside to warm up.  He loves the snow.

Just noticing the difference in the light in full sun and then on the back porch deck in the shade.

 

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Multiple Factors Affect the Size of Your Knitting

Multiple factors affect the size of your knitting.

*Knitting needle size and type of needle (wood or metal).

*The thickness and weight and number ply of the yarn you use from a lace weight to super bulky.  Best to stick to pattern guidelines and suggestions or be prepared to do some tricky math calculations. And pray.

*Your inner tension- yes- there are loose knitters and tight knitters and those in between.  Some people go UP a needle size or two and some knitters go DOWN a needle size or two to get the correct gauge.  You knit the way you knit and it isn’t easy to alter the tension.  Everyone is different. You get to know pretty soon where you fall on the gauge continuum.

*Checking gauge is crucial for successful outcomes. Once I knit a sweater for a high school bf and the woman at the yarn store ripped out the ENTIRE SWEATER in front of my eyes.   I am not kidding.

*At the beginning of a pattern you can see the requirements for yarn type, needle size and the gauge is – how many stitches per inch, how many rows per inch.

Here’s a quote from Craftsy site  (and you can click it for more info about knitting gauge adjustment)

Gauge is the number that determines how big or small your knitted project will turn out, so learning how to make adjustments to your gauge is necessary if you want to avoid ripping out your project and starting all over again.

Today after the sad task of attending a funeral together, two friends and I went to lunch on Carson Street on the South Side.

Deb brought her knitted Christmas stockings.

The smaller one was knit 32 years ago for her daughter and Deb added the little knitted skirt to the original pattern. The second one was knit this Christmas for her daughter’s new husband.  A different needle size. Ooops!

Plus, Deb noticed that the first stocking she knit was going a different direction than the one she made for her daughter’s husband. Double Ooops!

I asked if I could photograph the stockings and she agreed- as long as I didn’t put her in the pic.

Deb used a different needle size for sure. She’s already started another one.

And now she has to make the pattern in reverse so the stocking will hang the same direction.    Thanks Deb for allowing me to photograph the stockings you knit as an illustration for gauge today.  Nicely knit!

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I.O.U.Finished Mittens

To my Dear S.I.L. James

Hope you are having a great day today!

Birthday and vacation!!

Your mittens (to accompany the handknit hat) are almost complete. Promise.

Love, your M.I.L.

Ruthie

p.s.  Artwork by Addie Cheges 

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I might be waiting awhile

thanks Michelle W at WordPress for the suggestion of stockings hung by the chimney with care –Weekly Photo Challenge anticipation 

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Needlepoint c.1974 by Bobbie, my sister-in-law

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Handknit Snoopy stockings by a woman named Jane G in Clarion PA 1981


Learning to Knit Mittens

Five hours in. Knitting a mitten.  A Baby Alpaca yarn mitten. I looked at the clock. I knew what time I turned on the TV and what time I turned it off .Time to stop knitting and get to bed.

The Weekly Photo Challenge is relax but I remember some people found learning to knit stressful. Have to get past the possibly awkward part of learning the basics before you get to the Zen. Holding the needles. Finding the right place to stick the point.

My friend Ann texted (after a volley of texts about the miserable weather and whether we really NEEDED yarn) that she’d pick me up and we’d go to Oakmont to the Yarns by Design store.  She brought a fingerless mitt and a matching cowl she’d completed and since I had the same pattern at home –Susan B. Anderson Waiting for Winter Mittens pattern– I felt inspired to knit mittens  Thanks, Ann.

Now I Thought I’d start the new effort in the morning .. but the new yarn spoke to me and I started.

Ann said they worked up faster than socks. She’s right about that!

 

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Yarnbyrds: A Gourmet Yarn Truck

My son-in-law James saw a story about a yarn store on wheels.  Here’s the  clip on Columbus television.  YARNBYRDS,LLC THE YARN TRUCK

James knows I like to knit and enjoy good yarn so this morning he sent me a link from the local paper aticle about Yarnbyrds Columbus Dispatch.

A converted RV is a yarn store?  I’m in!

The Food Truck craze has inspired a gourmet Yarn Truck. What a wonderful idea.

Found the phone number and called Robin and this evening I was able to go and visit “Birdie” ( the mobile yarn store’s nickname) and make some wonderful gourmet yarn purchases, too.

Here’s Yarnbirds website for details on the delicious yarn and a calendar of where Birdie will be parked, so you can check it out, too!  A terrific selection to choose from- I know I’ll be back.

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What a cool idea.  Here is the owner/ proprietor Robin Richey.

 

Exterior of Birdie

 

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Robin’s husband Tom did all the LED lighting in the truck and so all the yarn shows in true color which is really important in a yarn store!  He’s an electrical engineer.

Robin creates the project bags. There’s jewelry and Drunk Yarn kits for dying.

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Yarnbyrds on Facebook

 

 


Lunenburg Nova Scotia-Guest Blog

Today  I received a skein of sock yarn in the mail from my friend Joanne.  The name of the colorway is beach glass. She sent a little bag of smooth beach glass, too.  Here’s the photo I took of the yarn

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Here are the photos Joanne emailed to me today.

“Here are a few photos from Lunenburg – such a lovely little town.
The Mariner’s Daughter is the yarn store.
A few street scenes.
Our lunch – mussels with garlic and cream; and a lobster roll.”img_0783img_0784img_0782img_0781The Mariner’s Daughter


The Quest for Sock Yarn in Alaska

Alaskan sock yarn was the quest.  And this was the place to find it.

I ‘d researched on the computer from Pittsburgh, prior to our trip.

Knitty Stash is the home of Alaskan Yarn Company , right in Homer, Alaska where we were headed.

Gorgeous hand painted sock yarn with special Alaskan colorway names that invite you to knit your Alaskan experience, right into a pair of socks ( or shawl, cowl, etc)  “Our Alaskan color way:  Kachemak Bay, Lupine, Arctic Autumn, Northern Lights and Fireweed and Denail Autumn and High Bush Cranberry”  You can click here to see what they look like knitted up

Yarn store number three on the great Northwest adventure.

You meet the nicest people.  My friend Lisa and I went back on Tuesday night and watched the three women use spinning wheels, turning fiber into yarn.

Meet shop owner Jules and her sweet dog Ruby.

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Jules made the knitting artwork out of duct tape  with the help of a friend!  Weatherproof..

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My quest was satisfied and I mailed some skeins the next day. It was here, waiting for me when I got home.  I’ve wound one colorway already.  Will keep you posted.

Here are the colors close up, borrowed from Knitty Stash site so you can see how lush they are.

I did not take the yarn photo below, but I wish I had bought all the colors and taken it!  Thanks Jules.screen-shot-2016-09-25-at-11-48-28-pmp.s. If you missed my  4/27/16 post on The Satisfaction of Sock Knitting you can read it here