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Island Trip

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Local islands!  For the first time, I was able to drive a car onboard a ferry.  :op  I don't know why, but it was extra exciting.  Haha.  

It was a fun excursion to do while my mom was visiting.  Luckily, she also loves yarn, so while we did some sight seeing, we also got to check out a couple yarn stores!  

First up, we found a store called The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble.  We didn't realize that technically it was closed when we arrived.  We were about to turn around, when the owner showed up right behind us and allowed us in while she just happened to be there!  It was my first time in the shop and I was so impressed by the selection of yarn and fibers.  It appears that the owner dyes most of what is there, and I couldn't help but to buy a couple braids of beautiful fiber.  :o)

After that we made our way to Bainbridge and Churchmouse.  It was as adorable as ever, and after circling a number of times, I finally decided on what was coming home with me.  

I can't wait to get some time to use these pretties!  Squee!  :oD  

PDX Yarn Train!!

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Wow, has it really managed to be 3 weeks since the last update.  >.<  It's been a whirlwind of activity over here.  Some of which I'll finally be able to talk about soon.  But first off, I'd like to talk about one of the fun weekends I had earlier this month, when my mom visited.  :o)

There we are!  My mom is wearing one of the numerous Swirl sweaters she's made.  We are aboard Amtrak about to ride from Seattle to Portland for a yarn crawl!  This crawl is pretty big, there were 95 official registered people making the crawl!  I met some very fun people riding that train down, despite some drowsiness from having to get up before 6am to catch the train.  ;o)

We had joined a small group of people who have gone on this crawl before, and they had a gameplan going.  We started off at Twisted, where I always seem to end up drooling over the Quince and Co (especially since Seattle's nearest retailer seems to be Tolt, which isn't super close to me...) and also the Republic of Wool (pic below).  

After that we stopped for lunch, then headed over to Happy Knits.  Lunch was super yummy, and I felt that maybe I should have been a bit more adventurous with my meal, as everyone else's looked more exciting than my own.  However, it was still delish, so I shouldn't really complain.  

At Happy Knits, I was excited to see the two current issues of magazines that I have patterns in sitting out on display!  :oD  I did end up buying some things here, but that'll be in the wrap up photo at the end. 

Our next stop was Pearl Fiber Arts, which is a store near and dear to me.  For the crawl, Cindy had three trunk shows going!  She had Stacey of Thoroughly Thwacked (of whom I worked with for Paulette), Grace of Graces Cases (I love her bags and cases!  So cute, and very well made.), and Tim from Blind Coffee Roasters (yes, coffeeee!).  I actually used to go to a knit night with Cindy and Grace back when I lived out in the PDX area, and Stacey joined the group towards when I was leaving, so it was really great to see them all again!

It had been a pretty busy day, so we closed it down by getting some grub at Roxy's in downtown PDX.  

We did stay the night, so the next day we managed to stop in to Dublin Bay, where I managed to forget to take any pics... and then ran back to Twisted for a second purchase that we didn't want to miss out on, in the end.  All in all, it was pretty fun, then we headed back.  

Soooo, here are the total purchases!  Starting at the top:  some Madelinetosh that was on clearance at Happy Knits, Jamieson Spindrift in a bright pink that I plan on matching with a neutral at work, 4 Gumballs by Knitted Wit, Manos Alegria in this gorgeous neon variegate, Graces Cases bag, StitchJones Titanium Sock in Peacocky, Republic of Wool, Thoroughly Thwacked True, Black Trillium, Tell Tale Yarns Tidal Twinkle (DK sparkle yarn, what??), and Blue Moon Fiber Arts Silky Victoria (enough to make a sweater, yay!).  Whew, it seems like even more yarn when it's laid out and broken down like that!  

This was a fun way to start my mom's visit.  Next round, I'll talk about the second mini yarn crawl we took, unofficially, the next day.  ;o)  

Yarning around in Austin

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First off, teaching at Gauge was so much fun!  My students were lovely, and some friends dropped in to say "hello," which was so wonderful.  It was also neat to see what new yarns they had picked up.  ;op I picked up a few things while here.  

Gauge has a lovely selection of not only workhorse yarns (Berroco, Malabrigo, etc), but also some unique brands.  They are the exclusive store for an Austin local indie dyer called Little Green Finch who only does one of a kind skeins, and they're all so lovely!  In addition, I'd been hearing more and more about this company called Ito, and it appears that Gauge decided to pick them up!  It was my first time checking it out in person, and that was a lot of fun.  :o)  My haul from Gauge (left to right):  gradient dye cake done in various shades of pink on a sparkly base by Little Green Finch, a BFL/silk braid by NerdGirl in neon pink and green (couldn't resist!), and a sparkly white and gold yarn by Ito (planning on using it to ply with some handspun).  

While here, I did manage to stop into all three of the main LYS around here.  Gauge was my main LYS while I lived here, as it was the closest one to me.  However, since I've moved, another store called Me & Ewe popped up about two blocks from where I used to live!  Gah!  I had to stop in to see what I was missing.  

Me & Ewe is adorable.  So far, they seem to stock a lot of unique items.  She stocks a local indie dyer called Bronotta, local organic cottons, and some other fun finds.  However, she also stocks a decent amount of fabrics!  I ended up coming home with a little bit of one because it was kinda perfect.  :op  I'd definitely say it was well worth the time to go in, and the owner is so friendly!

Last on the list is Hill Country Weavers.  Hill Country is a very hot spot for knitters out here.  It has a lot of really nice yarns and is set up inside of a house.  Each room has different things, and it's so much fun to explore.  I can't believe that I got out of there with just one thing, but I have to say, only one thing truly caught my eye.  I think you will be able to tell why:  

Neon pastel rainbow!  8 oz of wool/silk!  The only unfortunate thing is that I don't know what kind of wool, as it just says "wool" on the label.  But, honestly, I couldn't pass up that colorway.  Such amazingness cannot be turned down.  

I also managed to get in a lot of good food (that I consistently forgot to take pictures of, for the most part... oops), and saw a bunch of my old friends.  The only sad thing is that I was hoping for some warm weather, and it looks like a cold front arrived right when I got in, and is heading out when I leave.  In the meantime, it got a bit warmer in Seattle, and is cooling back off when I get back in.  Of course.  ;o)  Ah well.  Can't win them all.  

Trip to Athens, GA

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For Christmas, I visited my boyfriend's family in Georgia.  While it was a good trip filled with fun and games, food, and so many dogs (there were four in one house!), I do have to say I discovered something that didn't exist when I lived there!  

Yep, a yarn store within walking distance of where I used to live!!!  I used to teach at Main Street Yarns, which has sadly been closed for a bit of time now... but Revival Yarns has stepped in, and I have to say that I quite liked this store.  

It is located in the Bottleworks, which is a very cool hang out spot just barely outside of downtown Athens.  Right next door is a very cool coffee shop, and a few other restaurants.  I used to walk over to Daily Co-op once a week, and I just can't imagine how much time I would have spent here, if it had been there just a block away from there!  

The two owners, Lindsay and Cara, were both amazingly sweet.  I felt welcomed at once, and their little sitting area was very comfortable to relax at.  There was also a small table to sit at for classes, and for the holidays a selection of cookies and other sweets were set out for us to treat ourselves with.

Their yarns included brands such as Cascade, Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Sweet Georgia, and Lorna's Laces.  What I liked even more were the local touches, like the handmade buttons, project bags, and shawl pins.  

Of course, I was in shock over the fact that I managed to find Chubby Cloud bags here!  Chubby Cloud is a local sewer found here in Seattle!  What a coincidence.  :oD  It made me happy to see how big and small the knitting community really can be.  

In the end, I went with these two items.  An adorable Chubby Cloud bag (yes, yes, even though I have seen her at local show events), and this amazing Malabrigo Chunky.  I have never seen this colorway before... and I have to say, it's odd, but I used to hate sea-foam green, and now certain shades of it really calls to me now and again.  :o)  

I'm so glad that Athens now has a LYS to call it's own, and that it's such a lovely one!