I think this weekend I partook in my first real yarn crawl.
It was fun – a fantastic diversion in an otherwise busy and work-filled weekend in Kansas City. Mom, we’ve gotta do this again sometime.
Our first stop was Stitch Knitch in North Kansas City, one of the first LYS’s I ever went to. I went in just for a US4 Addi Turbo, and I came away with that, plus, this:
3 skeins of Cascade Sierra (80/20 cotton/merino worsted weight) in a lovey creamy white, to make a cardigan to replace [a store-bought] one that I’ve had since forever, which is on its last legs. I’m thinking Hey Teach.
Then it was just a short jump around the Northland to Urban Arts & Crafts, which is much, much more than just a LYS. We got lots of other goodies (jewelrymaking- and dresser-related), and I found this in the sale bin for only $9:
ONLine supersocke. I’m not sure of the term for when a solid is plied with a variegated like that, but I do love it. And I’m pretty sure I’ve fondled this exact skein in the past, too. I LOVE the lavendar + plum + magenta + burgundy coloring.
That was Saturday. On Sunday we went to the much-hyped Studio, just off the Plaza. I LOVED it. I can totally see what all the hype was about; and I can’t wait to go back.
I don’t know if it was a typical day there or what, but there were a LOT of yarns on 50% off sale. Like this:
Sublime merino DK; so squishy and cozy! Will be a sweater of some sort. I LOVE the dusky blue color.
This Fiesta Rayon Boucle was 20% off; Mom wants me to make her a scarf or something with it – I’ve never used rayon yarn before and don’t usually favor boucles either, but the colors are cool and it’s definitely Mom’s sort of thing. I think she’ll like it when I’m done
I reallyreallyreallyreallyREALLY want some bright, shocking, electric pink laceweight to make Juno Regina, but I couldn’t find it at any of the 4 shops we visited. So I bought this bright, shocking, electric pink Cascade sock yarn instead. But I still need the laceweight at some point in the future
Rounding out our Studio goodies, my first-ever Jojoland Melody:
I’m so in love with this sock yarn, it’s ridiculous. I can’t decide if it shall actually become socks, the most kickass stole ever, or something else not yet conceived. But I think I might take it on the road with me this summer; I need to knit it by a lake.
Our final stop was Yarn Shop & More in downtown Overland Park; I had SUCH a great time here in January (though I later ended up with the flu, by no fault of the shop) that I couldn’t wait to go back!
To settle a bet with Dad, who said that yarn cannot be made of bamboo (and I couldn’t prove otherwise, as I’d left the ballband from my SWTC bamboo scarf-in-progress at home), I picked up a single skein of this:
Mirasol Nuna, a wool/silk/bamboo blend. And actually, I didn’t just “pick it up.” I picked it up and put it on my shoulder like I was soothing an infant, and stroked it as I walked around the shop. And you know what? They didn’t laugh at me at all. If you’re a knitter, you just get it. It’s so soft, it will have to become something close to the skin. *If* I were going to knit underwear, it would be made of this. Failing that, perhaps a lacey cowl.
I rounded out the trip with this:
Which is a really pretty (and unusual!) cotton blend by Ester Bitran. Only 13 stashed on Ravelry. I just couldn’t resist the yumminess! There are nearly 400 yards here and I have no idea what I’ll do with it, but I can assure you that it was completely and utterly necessary for my continued existance. (Or at least, that’s what I told Jeff. I don’t think he believes me; clearly he doesn’t know how critical the situation was.)
So that was my first-ever yarn crawl! I couldn’t have done it without my mom – literally (she bought most of the stuff for me ). It was so much fun, and I can’t wait to replicate the experience in Minneapolis, and Chicago, and wherever else I go.