Doesn’t it just seem like time is just rushing by? I can’t believe its almost the end of January! Where did this month go?
We took a break from reality last weekend, and went up to Vermont for the long weekend. We had an amazing time – it is so good to get away from real life sometimes, isn’t it? We stayed at the nicest B&B, The Maple Leaf Inn (look at that snow! We got more the day we left – so pretty!). I would highly recommend it – the rooms were gorgeous, the service was outstanding and the food – wow! I keep on asking Larry where my three course breakfasts are now….but I don’t think I’ll be getting those anytime soon at home! While we were up there, we did a little shopping, ate a lot of good food, and took a class in making bagels at King Arthur Flour. The class was so much fun, and we made bagels that …looked like bagels! And tasted like bagels! Larry and I have been doing more and more baking (ok, well, Larry has been doing most of it) and we want to do it together – sometimes its very easy to get caught up in our different lives and activities and we are going to use baking together to make sure we regularly spend some time together doing something fun and relaxing.
We really had a good time, and loved Vermont. It was so quiet and peaceful where we stayed, and the area was just beautiful. Very rural, and we didn’t have cell signal most of the time (which was sort of nice). People in Vermont were really friendly. What is up with that? I’m from NJ – people just don’t say hello to you for no apparent reason! It took me a day to stop being startled by it – and to respond with a friendly hello back rather than a suspicious “hello…?”. Sort of funny how the NY/NJ “don’t make eye contact, or talk to people you don’t know” thing is so ingrained.
Of course, since I can’t just go somewhere and not check out a yarn store – we went to the Whippletree yarn store in Woodstock, VT. Very cute store, really friendly people (and a dog! A big dog! Every store up there had big dogs! Dogs that would eat Penny as an appetizer!). Anyway, really a very nice yarn store – one of those yarn stores that you wish were your yarn store because it looks so nice and a great place to sit and knit. I didn’t get anything though (I’m still kicking myself in the ass – they had a really pretty sock yarn – and I can’t remember the name of it…sigh) because I had gone to a yarn store the day before and bought a little bit.
What yarn store did I go to? Webs! We went on Friday, on the way to Vermont, and I’m so glad we did. I’ve wanted to go to Webs for a long time, but its a little bit of a drive so I’ve never done it. My initial impression was that it was a lot smaller than I expected. The front store is big – but not bigger than some stores I’ve been to. Nothing amazing – at first. The warehouse is big, but I didn’t get anything in it – I didn’t see anything that I really liked and to me – it was full of the type of yarn that I bought when I first started knitting – sort of meh yarns at cheap prices. Updated – I thought about what I wrote while I was taking a shower this morning – and I had to correct myself. The warehouse isn’t full of meh yarn – it actually had nice yarn. But it had packs of yarn – and the majority was for sweaters. I typically don’t buy a lot of yarn for sweaters unless I know what sweater I’m going to make. So I tend to skip over things like that – I don’t buy 2000 yards of worsted on a whim. So to be fair to the warehouse – if I had been looking for larger quantities of yarn, I would have found something – and probably would have received a great price. I mean, you could have opened the packs to get a ball – but it was just sort of plain vanilla yarn. OK, I’m going to let this go because I sense at least two more incoherent paragraphs about this.
I picked up a couple of things in the front store, but I was really sort of disappointed – they really didn’t have a huge selection – so weird since they have a lot online. I mentioned it to Larry and pointed something out to me. I’m not going to explain this well, but hopefully you will get what I mean. In most yarn stores, the yarn in the wall or cubby is all the same – and typically they have the same type of yarn in the cubby’s all around it. So most stores I’ve gone to have Cascade 220 in different shelves/cubbys all around each other. So you see Cascade 220, and you don’t necessarily think that the yarn in the shelve right under it will be anything but that. But at Webs it was. So I was skipping over shelves because I thought it was more of the same yarn – but it was different yarn. I said to Larry that it was weird that they didn’t have Madelintosh worsted since they had sock and lace – he said “oh, here it is” – and I had looked at the shelf but just blew by it becasue I thought it was something else. So you have to look very carefully at Webs! In the end, there was so much yarn there that I just got sort of overwhelmed by it. I probably could have spent another hour there but we wanted to get back on the road (we left late so we were at Webs late in the afternoon).
But I’m pretty happy with my purchases – and the 25% discount was outstanding! I had forgotten all about that – which is good because I probably would have gotten a little bit more (I really wanted to buy Pearl by Lorna’s Laces – so pricey, so beautiful!). So what did I get?
Row 1: Berroco Lustra (to make a Springtime Bandit for me), Malabrigo Sock in Stonechat
Row 2: Trekking Hand Art in Tundra, Madelinetosh Prairie in Thunderstorm
Row 3: Poem Sock, Socks that Rock Lightweight in Gingerbread Dude
These have been sitting in a bag waiting for me to blog/upload to Ravelry. As I was pulling them out of the bag this morning I fell in love with them all over again. All of them are so pretty – its going to be hard to resist casting on with all of them. Larry picked out the Trekking and Poem yarn for socks for him – he’s lost several pairs lately to holes so I think I’ll start something for him next – but I can’t wait to use the other ones. There just isn’t enough time in the day to do all the knitting, use all the yarn, that I want to do. I’m thinking of Citron with the Prairie – and I may be starting that as soon as I finish my mother’s shawl (almost there on that – I hope to get it done this weekend!)
OK, I should get going – I have a busy day. Some errands this morning, and then I have knitting group this afternoon, and after lunch with the group, I may be heading across the street to see a knitting exhibit at a local art museum. I’m looking forward to knitting group – hopefully I’ll finish a sock so I can start a new pair (I’m only finishing the first sock but I decided to take a break and start some new ones and go back and do the second one later – sometimes you just need a break, right?)
Have a great weekend, and I hope yours involves a little yarn!