I didn’t make it to knitting group yesterday – I just felt crabby and sick and whiny….so I decided to spare them. I just ended up watching movies, knitting and generally making myself painful to be around (I really get very whiny when I don’t feel well). So here it is, Sunday afternoon, and I’m tired of not feeling well, bored, whiny….and I’m waiting for it to snow. So I thought I’d cheer myself up by taking pictures of the rest of my California yarn for you…
The other yarn store I visited was Strands & Stitches in Laguna Beach, CA. (doesn’t look like they have a web site). It was a fairly small shop – two rooms – the front had yarn, back had needlepoint. This is the first yarn store I’ve been to that sorts the yarn by color – they had cubbies full of blue yarn – all different types. Then green, red, etc. I don’t think I really like it organized this way – it was pretty hard to actually find what you were looking for, and I think overall, much easier to overlook something. The staff was very friendly and helpful without being annoying, and I did find a couple of things to take home…
First up, some Kid Silk Haze in Splendour colorway….the color is more magenta in person, but I just couldn’t get it pictured correctly. I bought this to make one of the shawls from Victorian Shawls.
I’ve found that if I buy yarn to make Larry socks, he tends to be ok with the rest of the purchases. So this was the Larry yarn – its from Jitterbug, and the label says its made in Wales. I just googled it – and who knew? This is actually from Colinette. I sort of thought it was from a small independent….guess if I had actually looked at the label…..anyway, its really very pretty – colorway is Jay, and I think its going to work up very nicely.
I’ve been searching for the perfect yarn for the Seraphim and Hidcote Garden shawls for months. I actually have collected a lot of lace weight and fingering weight yarns for the shawls – but when I get it home, its never exactly what I’m looking for. I think part of the problem is that I just don’t know what I want each shawl to look like. I’m pretty surprised at how few stores carry laceweight yarn – one that I asked directed me to the sock yarn. Hmmm….I’m pretty sure a shawl made out of Regia would be sort of icky.
Anyway, back to my purchases…..trying again to get laceweight for Hidcote – I picked out this yarn…Colinette Parisienne – laceweight mohair. Very soft, very pretty. The colorway is Tapis, and I think it will make a beautiful shawl. Not sure its perfect for Hidcote, but maybe one of the shawls in Victorian Shawls…..I think I may try it soon. Its just really beautiful.
So that’s it for my yarn enhancement….I think you can tell I liked the store in Laguna Beach! My mother also liked it and bought some interesting linen yarn that she is making a shawl with (she immediately cast on as soon as we got back). So if you are in the area, give it a go.
Its pretty cold here, and as I said, we are waiting for it to start snowing. But Ruby is ready!