Saturday was the Red Line Yarn Crawl. What is that you ask? A yarn crawl? In this case, three shops in Boston who are within walking distance of the MBTA's Red Line participate. Stitch House in Dorchester, Windsor Button in Downtown Boston, and Mind's Eye in Porter Square, Cambridge, sponsored the crawl. Each shop featured a variety of exciting events, from great buys on yarn, accessories, and books to drawings, door prizes, gifts with purchase and yummy food. Each store stamped my passport and with each stamp, the discount on my coupon increased.
Because they tweeted about an early bird special, I chose to go to Stitch House in Dorchester first. I began the day where it was calm, not many shoppers were in the store, and I was able to browse and think before deciding on what to buy. Here is what I brought home with me.
|This cake of yarn holds frog captive. It is a little container that I keep a pair of earrings in.|
A tote filled with two magazines and a sticker.
I was one of the Stitch House early birds and I scored a great denim tote bag that had two fabric related magazines inside. Thanks Annissa! It has become my bag for work. Perfect size.....
|Early bird swag! There are some interesting articles and patterns inside!|
|The other early bird goodie. A great selection of fabrics for inspiration and ideas.|
A kit including a pattern by Amanda Lilley for Zig Zag mittens, and two skeins of Cascade Superwash in natural color.
|My raffle ticket was pulled and I got this Amanda Lilley pattern for mittens and two skeins of Cascade Super Wash.|
I also got two patterns, Cedarleaf Shawlette by Alana Dakos of the podcast Never Not Knitting, and Spiral Ribbed Hat by Kate Jackson Knits.
|I plan to use the yarn that got me started knitting, handspun wool from Northampton Wools. Kaela gave it to me for Christmas at least 6 years ago. Yes, another hat. I am hat obsessed.|
|I have wanted this pattern for some time now and plan to use midnight blue Cascade Heritage sock yarn that has languished in my stash for more than four years.|
|This is a great book that walks you through techniques and knitting know-how.|
|Ysolda Teague's new book, there are two projects I am eager to start.|
Yarn: Jojoland- Fantasia, colorway Dewberry. Content 100% merino wool. I want to make another Braided Swirl Tam.
Classic Elite Yarns, Firefly in pinky red. Content, 75%viscose, 25% linen. I plan to swatch for this pattern. Or maybe this one. OOOOOOOh! I just found this!!!
Classic Elite Yarns, Montera in yellow. Yarn content, 50% llama and 50% wool. I plan to make a cowl, maybe this one....
|Using my little frog prince to weigh down the swatch.|
After hanging out at Stitch House for quite awhile, I headed into Windsor Button. There was yarn tasting to be had! I browsed a bit before sitting down to sample about ten different summer weight yarns. My plan was to get more of the gorgeous purple Malbrigo Gruesa. (I bought two skeins a few weeks back, the siren's call inspired me.... to get more!) I wasn't sure what I wanted to make with this color, but I knew I needed to have it in my wardrobe! I have a plan for this fiber, I won't reveal what I am working on, but I can't wait to share it with you...
|Windsor Button, Malabrigo Gruesa in Purple Mystery. I have already started a project with this bulky yarn.|
|Fusion self-striping mohair from Windsor Button. I am planning to make a "scribble" scarf with this.|
|Yarn tasting swatch, Berroco Lago.|
Once home, I was greeted by my three girls who had been busy doing some shopping of their own. Here is what they gave me.... (Did I forget to mention the Yarn Crawl and my birthday coincide? .... like a Bermuda Triangle.....)
Yup, the best birthday cakes come from Lyndell's. I always say... "All I want is cake, good cake.... but was I ever surprised when they opened the box and showed me my personalized cake.... so cool.
|Have you any idea how much I love cake?????|
Coach, real, bright red, and in the size I have been coveting. But don't judge my girls as uber extravagant... they diligently shopped TJ Maxx and found my gift at a discount..... the best gift ever.
Plus, I was informed later, there is another gift due to arrive monthly for the next year.... a subscription to Vogue Knitting! Yay!
I love birthdays.... even if it increases my age by one, I realize I am blessed....what great and generous girls I have...... and an enhanced stash too..... :P