Cactus at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Hill Country Weavers – yarn store on South Congress
Knitters find yarn stores when they travel. It’s fun to buy souvenir yarn. Add to the stash. I bought sock yarn dyed after a Monet painting. When I wear them I’ll remember our time in Philadelphia. Of course I have to knit them first.
I bought a size one needle (similar to a toothpick) that is an 8 inch circular and will learn to master making a sock on it after I watch the video a few more times.
You can become creatively inspired in new directions in a new yarn shop.
I was fortunate I had time to knit on this trip.
I walked to Yarnphoria 1016 Pine Street from our hotel. Several times!
The wooden swift and ball winder, used expertly by Yarnphoria owner, Dona.
Gertie, the rescue dog who helps mind the store, liked my lap.
In fact, I think she likes everyone’s lap. There’s a sweet pic of her on the store’s FB page.
Fingering, sock, lace weight, worsted, bulky, chunky are all yarn weights.
Planning a project out of the “American Wildflowers Collection” cotton yarn made in Philadelphia by Made in America Yarns
(Those are Dona’s cool shoes she got on Etsy)
She has great energy to help calculate yardage, do all that knitting math- and I sat and swatched the yarn to get my correct gauge before I left the store. She wound all my yarn for a special project (SPOILER ALERT!)
Not just different weights but all types of fiber content from cotton, bamboo, mohair, silk, merino wool to super luxurious cashmere. You name it.
FB Yarnphoria page
Here’s a review I found online –
“Adorable shop! Fantastic yarn! The owner is amazing and will help you with anything you need. What yarn to use for what time of year, what yarn to use for babies, anything you need. If you’re a beginner or advanced, she is just amazing – and she knits/crochets? castles! And hats! And dresses! She can make anything and wants to help you make anything as well. A perfect location for a perfect shop. Of the 5 yarn stores I’ve been to in my life, this takes the cake by far.”
This post started with Steve bringing me a bowl of beanie weanies for Sunday night supper.
I looked at the color of the bowl, the sock I was knitting, and the teal of my new robe from Christmas. ( thank you, V- it is very cozy)
The last sock yarn I used was for a Sockhead Hat by Kelly McClure Pattern (thanks for the Chocolate and Cherries yarn,Toni).
Then I thought of all the references I am using to tutor myself to knit socks again. Reading about the knitting is good preparation.
I’d started a pair of socks simultaneously on two circular needles about two years ago. (Thanks for the yarn, Molly) but bought new size one double point needles yesterday to knit them singly.
I used to worry about “SSS- second sock syndrome.” Listened to Alicia and Natalie on a Mastering the Knits Podcast talk about socks and yarn and more socks and felt inspired.
Also, my long time friend, E, brought me a Christmas gift. A book –Knit Socks! –shaped like a sock -by Betsy Lee McCarthy
Additional References pictured above
-The glare of the Round white OTT light -so I can see on a winter night
– Susan B Anderson “How I Knit My Socks”
Susan’s Blog link
-Stephanie Pearl-McPhee Knitting Rules!
Yarn Harlot link
Okay Matthew. Good idea.
Here it is – thanks for the inspiration.
Sure beats my tired brown hat from last year.
And thanks to Molly for the Noro Kuryeon yarn and I used a double strand as the pattern called for bulky yarn.
This is the Handspun Ribbed Hat patternHandspun Ribbed Hat. I knit quite a few of these hats for Christmas with Rowan Undyed Chunky yarn, the color of the breed of sheep. Suffolk and Black Welsh.
(Adjustment– I knit it to 11″ so there is a nice length to fold up and it’s double over the ears ) and I use a size 9 circular needle 16″ length.
Wednesday’s mail was waiting when I got home late. A box!
A box of yarn arrived from Web*sters in Ashland, Oregon. Silk Blend. 70% Merino wool and 30% silk. Manos del Uruguay. I’ve plans to knit my way through the freezing season. So soft and the colors like jewels.
Magenta, Aster, Dark Cherry. I love the names of the colorways.
Spolier alert: Knitty City Horizontal Cowls (link to their free pattern) for gifts.
I’ve made three already. Oh and an attempt for a circle scarf from a different yarn (the gray)
It can’t just post comfort food.
I like this particular pattern cause the circular knitting goes around and around and around, getting me to a peaceful place, sucking out my anxiety, making me calm. Trying not to notice the sun setting earlier already.
The perfect twist ice cream cone as suggested by this week’s challenge eluded me. These photos are taken today expressly for TWIST.
Steve and I went over to the South Side to the Dairy Queen where one of my students had a shift Saturday night.
I asked for a small twist cone! and this is how they make them on Carson Street. Waaaaah! It’s a half and half.
There was no licorice to be found so I had to think of another TWIST specifically for this week’s challenge.
Twist on a medicine bottle!
I saw TURN and an ARROW but no word TWIST what I was looking for….. a TWIST CAP! childproof? None to be found in the medicine chest here.
The leftover sock yarn ball has a twist to the strand! Finding a twist in the house
the base of the red glass goblet ( my friend Joanne knit me this patriotic dishcloth)
For the final image for TWIST
a couple of hanger tops.
and a couple from the archives Coney Island Ride
and a student made this scarf in knitting activity period this year
Is this a twist or a swirl?
A sunrise – a perfect beginning.
A baby, just born.
The first page of the dictionary.
The first page of the new calendar.
Once you start, more come to mind.
Beginning= possibility? A new start.
I did not search the archives for beginnings but put the iPhone to use at breakfast-
My Saturday morning.
Here’s the beginning –
The special English muffins a surprise in the Christmas mail from Ben and Susan, thanks
A newly sharpened pencil ready to begin……
a journal entry, a letter, a poem, a novel, a list-
Begin with a single match…………..
This week’s challenge is a good one for the new year. Have you ever kept a resolution? Hmmmm.
Resolved to-> Eat healthy, exercise more, just exercise some, get organized, read more books etc etc. etc. blah blah blah.
I thought I would choose something manageable. Concrete. Simple. Something i could actually accomplish.
I am not good with resolutions. Keeping them, that is.
The pile of accumulated mail? NAH! Clean out the freezer? the pantry, my closet? NAH Polish the silver? NAH
So I came up with a resolution I think is a good one –
I resolved to not buy any more yarn. Finish all the projects I’ve started. Use all the yarn in the stash.
Does anyone else have this bad habit of starting new projects and not finishing the old ones? I should go around and photograph people’s yarn stashes?
I decided to finish the second sock of the pair I started at least 7 seven years ago. And then Stef helped me out. She sent the guest blog of the retro soup cans on Saturday. And after Maura and Muprhy left to return to Columbus on Sunday I finished the second sock. 24 hours after my resolution.
Now on to the second mitten. The sweater I started that’s in a shopping bag in the bottom of the closet.
Dear La, I love the hand crafted ceramic bowl for the ball of yarn to knit from. Thanks for the great Christmas gift. It is so inspiring.
If you want to see how other bloggers met the challenge, click here
(Above photo with Canon 5D Markii)
and then in 24 hours I finished the second sock see below ( iPhone camera)
The horizontal stripe is not slimming but you get the picture! I actually finished the second sock.