Krista of Naked Sheep and I went to Richmond’s Carytown yesterday to check out The Yarn Lounge, where “It’s Hip to Knit”. I don’t know if I’m any hipper than when I left, but I loved the shop. What a wonderful selection of natural fibers. So many alpacas, silks, cashmeres, organic wools, handspuns, hand-dyes, cottons!
Melanie and Cate were so helpful and welcoming. We spent quite a bit of time browsing and sitting and knitting at the big front table. We never even made it back to the comfy-chair-filled lounge. Saturday was a wonderfully warm break from the late-wintry weather we’ve been having. The sun was out, the door was open, the yarn was soft, what more could you want?
I got to meet Mary of Virgin Wool (hope you’re feeling better!) and later Liz (ETA her blog is Poke You with My Sticks). We all had a wonderful lunch at the Can Can Brasserie, then some antiques, the toy store, and back to the yarn shop.
I am here to state for the Good Man (it’s here on the internet, it must be true) that Krista stuck to her budget, despite my best efforts to enable! Yay Krista!
I was doing quite well, had no plans to really buy much – selected a couple of patterns (the full version of Flower Basket Shawl, and Gene Beugler’s Fuschia Lace Scarves), a couple of skeins of plain vanilla Gems Opal for dyeing some sportweight sock yarn,
and three skeins of some lovely Blue Sky Alpacas Alpaca & Silk sportweight for a small shawl.
Doing so well. Waiting by the register. Basket of qiviut. I’m weak. Two balls for a very warm husband scarf in a color that matches his eyes. You know what? You cannot regret buying qiviut.
So, um, Lots of Yarn.
Because, when I got home, my first package from The Yarn Yard Sock Yarn Club had arrived from Scotland! Each club yarn comes with a small coordinating skein for heels and toes. March’s yarn is Iris with eight shades from a spring iris garden. The colors are much more subtle in person, but here it is with added cat nose.
Friday night, bored and with the husband away, I stayed up late and finished spinning and plying my first real skein of yarn. It’s about 44yds of light bulky weight. Forty-four yards might not seem like much to you, but considering that I first touched a drop spindle four days ago, I'm proud of myself. I want to spin finer yarns since that's what I use, but right now I’m working on not wildly over-spinning the plies. So, I thought I would go for softer and more even first, then thinner. Spinners out there, tell me if I should go about it differently. I like the texture of this roving better than the pure merino I’m also trying, but still just do not like the colors.