I travel often for my work and pleasure out of town. Our family and my colleagues know that whether it is a trip for business or pleasure, a short stop at a yarn shop is an imperative. I like to see what other LYSs choose to carry, how they have products arranged, colors, classes they offer, and the types of groups that frequent their shops. If the owner is there and I have time, I often strike up a conversation. Out of respect, I always buy something in the shop for my indulgence. Larry has a difficult time understanding with so much yarn back home, why we need more yarn or another book. The answer is I want to try something new for our shop – sometimes that happens right away or sometimes these purchases are tucked away in my stash for another day.
The first weekend in December Larry and I went to North Carolina to visit our daughter, Valerie, and her husband, Jeff, who had moved from Minnesota less than a year ago. Valerie has been on many of my personal yarn experiences with me – Stockholm, India, Hawaii to name a few. By the time we arrived, she had already researched the LYSs and set the schedule to fit into our other activities, such as a Norman Rockwell exhibit.
December in North Carolina is beautiful with a touch of winter and all of the holly trees in their glory with full red berries. Unlike Minnesota, the major news story of the weekend was the dusting of snow that barely covered the ground. I was in the holiday mood to buy and talk yarn. . . .it was an especially fruitful visit not only for me personally but Knit’n From the Heart.
We visited Great Yarns in Raleigh (URL: http://www.yarnsetc.com/). It’s a great shop with a friendly atmosphere – I thought they had great choices in yarns because we actually carry many of the same products. I did find some new things that caught my eye. I purchased some darling buttons that are perfect for a little girl’s sweater. I’ve tucked them away for the future. The garment that I loved was Catharine Hennessey’s Modular Capelet (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/modular-capelet)knitted in Noro Silk Garden. I certainly didn’t need the Noro, but I purchased this pattern to add to my list of future projects.
Catharine Hennessey's Modular Capelet
Our holidays were interesting this year because Larry had a six-hour surgery on December 22 with a two-week recovery at home. Kids, spouses and a fiancé came and went to help out and make certain our holidays were upbeat. Catharine’s capelet was a perfect project for me to knit during this time. Interesting enough but not too complicated for the times I couldn’t concentrate. On December 26, I had a question about the pattern and emailed Catharine. She emailed me right back with an answer.
I like how this capelet turned out. I like the colors that Julie picked out for me…Noro Silk Garden and purple Mission Falls. As I knitted it, I also mixed in a little Noro Kureyon because I thought it needed an added vibrant purple. I managed to finish it, and you can find it hanging in our shop. Julie has spoken with Catharine, and we now carry this pattern.
Judy will teach this class. I think it is similar to her BC Ruffle Wrap capelet that has been so popular in our shop since the summer. – It’s a perfect project for advanced beginner who would like to learn modular knitting and picking up stitches. Once started, this pattern lends itself to adding on and turning a capelet into a cape.
I did buy three hanks of an amethyst color mohair-linen lace blend to test out for the shop. It is lovely I didn’t know what I was going to do with it. Since that time, I’m finding it perfect for the shawl that I wanted to knit for our son Todd’s wedding to Nicole. I’m adapting the popular Saroyan scarf on Ravelry to a shawl (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/saroyan) and will be incorporating beads.
I love how this yarn is elegantly working up – a much different look than most of the 2800 projects posted on Ravelry. For fear that I might not have enough, I called the shop and purchased two more hanks to make certain I have the correct dye lot. Yes, as a LYS owner, I fear I didn’t buy enough. . . .