Thursday, September 20, 2007

Finally!


I finally finished another pair of socks. They are Move Your Fanny from Socktopia done in Tofutsies. I will probably be taking a break from socks for a month or so to work on my Harry Potter Wreath and some other miscellaneous projects that I want to get done before Christmas season, including something for my SP9 partner, which I have to get done in the next week or so. I'll post a pic after she receives it.

Friday, September 14, 2007

Yarn P@rn





I almost didn't make it for my Friday posting, but I woke up long enough to post my yarn goodies. I got quite a different collection of yarns. The black and silver colors will go together into a drop stitch shawl to go with an evening gown I bought for the holidays.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Statewide Yarn Shop Frenzy!

Susie and I spent a very busy week visiting yarn shops and lighthouses all over Central Florida. I’m finally getting around to putting together a list and review of the shops we visited. I tried to put them in the order we visited them in.

SIP 'N KNIT
150 N. Swoope Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751
Phone: 888-324-KNIT
Website: http://www.sipandknit.com/
This is my most frequented shop. She has a large selection of yarns and I can always find something. She also offers some great classes.

KNIT!
900 Fox Valley Drive, Suite 106
Longwood, FL 32779
Phone: (407) 767-KNIT or (407) 767-5648
Website: www.knitorlando.com
These are truly some of the nicest people I know. I always go away feeling happy. They are very helpful and user friendly. They have a great selection of yarns and the shop is arranged in a very welcoming manner.

KNIT & KNIBBLE
1517 South Dale Mabry Highway
Tampa, FL 33629
Phone: (813) 245-KNIT
Website: www.knitnknibble.com
Lovely shop, laid out well, good lighting and selection of yarn. The clerks seemed very nice and accommodating, it’s just too bad I was so crabby after dealing with the Tampa traffic.

UNCOMMON THREADS
31962 U.S. Highway 19 North
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Phone: (727) 784-6778
There was a huge selection of yarn and patterns for such a small shop. However, because of the size of the shop it was too claustrophobic for me, plus with my wool allergies I could barely breathe by the time I left the shop. The owner was very nice.

E.T. YARNS
5300 E. Silver Springs Blvd., Unit 7
SILVER SPRINGS, FL 34489
Phone: (904) 236-3000
Email: etard64647@aol.com
This shop has been around a long time. Erma is a very nice lady and you can find some real gems here.

YARNWORKS
4113 NW 13th St
Gainsville, FL 32606
Phone: (352) 337-9965
Website: http://www.yarnsworks.com/
[Exit off Interstate 75 at exit 77 onto 39th Ave. go east to 13th Ave then
north 1 block.]
Hands down the favorite of all the shops of both Susie and I. I wanted to bring the girls home with me they were that wonderful. They have a huge selection of yarns and patterns. Gorgeous tote bags if you collect them and some great kits and displays. Lot’s of temptations for both Susie and I. I could truly spend hours there.

KNITWITZ
10584-6 Old Saint Augustine Road
Jacksonville, FL 32257
Phone: (904) 260-1636
Email: kathe@knitwitzinc.com
Website: www.knitwitzinc.com
I enjoyed this shop a lot as well. For someone with wool allergies, they had a great selection of alternatives. I bought some sock yarn made out of corn fibers that seems very soft. The shop is laid out well with plenty of room to move. She also had some nice groupings of furniture to sit around and knit and visit. I can see why the girls from the Black Purls Knitting group out of St. Augustine make this their shop of choice.

FRAN’S KNITTING BOUTIQUE
2546 US Highway 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (904) 797-9951
Website: http://www.fransknittingboutique.com/
Fran has only been open a short time, but she is definitely going in the right direction. She is a lovely lady who reminds me of my mentor, Marion. This is the place to go if you are looking for knitting machine yarns and patterns. There is a group of machine knitting ladies that come down from Jacksonville to meet and knit. Even though she has a lot of knitting machine items she has plenty of other things, with plans to add more. Definitely worth checking out and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens in the future.

THREADS OF TIME
600 South Yonge Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174
Phone: (386) 676-9111
This is my second favorite shop. When I walked inside I truly felt like I was back home in Minnesota. The place had that warm hominess that I miss. People were sitting around laughing, stitching and eating. The shop is for sale and I think it would be great if it would continue to be in business, because there is definitely a place for it in that part of the state.

ALL STRUNG OUT
46 N Brevard Ave (1 block West of A1A @ North First in the Bailiwick Mall)
Cocoa Beach, Fl 32931
Phone: 321-783-4550
Website: http://www.allstrungout.us/
I knew I was going to love this place when the owner answered the phone “I’m all strung out, are you?" The shop owner and other people in there were a lot of fun. This was a cute shop and I love the way she incorporated beading and knitting. This is definitely a place I want to go back and check out when I’m not so tired.

The next time I decide to hit some yarn shops, I’m going to plan on doing it on a smaller scale. I’ve come to realize that I don’t have the energy to do major trips like I used to. I really had a fun week but it was way too exhausting!

Tomorrow is Yarn P@RN Friday so I will wait until then to post pictures of my stash from the trip.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Secret Pal 9 Stash


I came home from vacation to a package from my Secret Pal 9 pal. It was loaded with some great goodies! There were two chocolate bars that are already gone and some Vermont Maple Syrup. Included was a cute little book about the history of knitting, two English knitting magazines that I hadn't already purchased! There was also a cool organizer that will be perfect for my circulars and some Cherry Tree Hill boucle and some cool Ticker Tape ribbon yarn. What a fabulous way to end my vacation! Thanks to my secret pal who I still haven't figured out :)