Home from Cincinnati. I'll get to the important stuff tonight....the results of my yarn shopping. The other stuff...what I did, who I saw, how much fun it was...that can all wait.
STASH ENHANCEMENT EXPEDITION PART 1
Just to set the theme of the day, here are the shopping bags from my two stops. See a trend?
I didn't nibble. I didn't graze. I gorged myself on delicious confections. I started Saturday morning at Peach Mountain Studio. I had been to this shop last year, so I knew what to expect. Large amounts of outrageously beautiful and equally outrageously priced novelty yarns from Great Adirondack, Prism, Ironstone, and so on. Yep....just as wonderful and just as expensive as last year. I'm worth it, isn't that what L'Oreal tells me all the time?
After looking (and touching) everything in the shop twice, I settled on a particular ball of something called Scarf Stuff. The purples and sparkly golds stood out from the crowd. At this point I'm picturing a small triangular scarf.
But it seemed sort of lonesome. On my next foray through, I added this and this....
On the left is Segue, from Trendsetter. It's a wide irridescent ribbon. All by itself it knits up into a showpiece shawl, but I splurged on only one skein. On the left is Great Adirondack's Ballerina in Rosepetal colorway. It picks up the muted greens and lavenders. So now I'm thinking larger triangle, more of a shawl than a scarf. I'm thinking a triangle shaped colorjoy stoleshawl. So I added a few more items.
Two skeins of Cascade Rio, a thinner cotton blend in light lavenders, and a surprising value-priced skein of Great Adirondack Juliette; 200 yards of orchid rayon. I also picked up an orchid colored eyelash, which didn't make it into the picture. Do you see how my purchases seemed to know they'd have matching shopping bags? I rested outside for a little while after the exhaustion of making all these choices. (Oh my, the things I DIDN'T buy!!!)
STASH ENHANCEMENT EXPEDITION PART 2
After lunch, which was wonderful fun, and which has a great story attached to it (adventure, romance, happy ending, all that great stuff), but I'll wait to describe that in my next post, I went to Knit Happens.
This is a newer shop, and not nearly as busy as Peach Mountain, but they should be. There is a nice selection of both novelty yarns and classic basic yarns. Lots of Cascade 220, lots of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, things like that. Lots of Colinette, which I drool over. At this shop, I zeroed in quickly and fortuitously on their last skein of this Cherry Tree Hill merino boucle.
375 yards of this wonderful yarn, which doesn't know for sure yet what it will be, but ideas have been taking shape in my mind. I have a pattern for something called a Shardigan, which is a short shrug-type throw over your shoulders kind of non-sweater. (Did I sufficiently confuse everyone with that coherent description?) It requires a basic wool yarn, along with a bulky chenille and a bulky ribbon. This may be my basic wool. I would have jumped at buying more than one skein if they'd had it, but...they didn't.
I added a few more novelties for the shawl I'll be making in black and white as a gift for someone. I purchased another Seque in pure white, a Desert Flower by Ironstone, and sparkly eyelashes in black and a silvery white.
And just to keep life interesting, I purchased a few patterns and a Colinette pattern book.
When I was done shopping, I went outside and sat on the porch (in the 70+ degree perfect springtime day) and knit until Lynn picked me up. I am satiated now. Back on my yarn diet, to save up for the next marathon shopping adventure. It looks like I'll get a trip to Threadbear in early July. Judging from the pictures on Rob's website, that visit will make this trip look tame.
In the meantime, I'm plugging away on my sweater, and I started a new pair of socks. Pictures soon, and more tales to tell. Stick around. I'll be back. Gotta get caught up on reading the blogs as well. Good thing I get spring break next week.