Yesterday, Diana, Hali, Regan, and I took a road trip to Eat, Sleep, Knit in Smyrna. It is about a 40 minute drive, but well worth the journey. Holy Cow, I've never seen that much high end yarn in one place before! It's a wonderful little shop, packed full of more wonderful yarn than you can imagine. The people are super friendly and helpful, and they have lots of fun incentives to get you to buy more yarn - as if you needed anything other than the lure of what sits on the shelves! Can you tell I'm a fan? I tried to restrain myself, especially with Stitches South coming up in about a month, but couldn't drive all that way just to come home empty handed.
The first thing I picked up was three skeins of Fleece Artist "Lady Godiva" to make Ella, a shawl that's been in my queue since it came out.
Next, I was taken in my a display of yarn choices for the Color Affection shawl pattern. This is another one that caught my eye, so it was back to the shelves to pick my own colors of madelinetosh merino light.
Lastly, I grabbed a skein of madelinetosh lace, just because. It will become a lovely shawl.
There was also a bottle of unscented Soak and a package of #5 double points in my bag. After all that shopping, we were hungry, so off to the Mellow Mushroom. Best. Pizza. Ever. It was a wonderful day - I always enjoy being with my friends, and adding yarn to the mix just makes it that much more happy.
Of the seven projects I've finished so far this year, I managed to photograph two of them.
This is Spectra, which I knit for my good friend, Doug's, birthday back in February. I used madelinetosh merino light (the blue border and small dividing sections) and Noro Kureyon Sock for the middle parts.
Only problem is, it's barely been cold enough between then and now for him to wear it. Such a warm winter we've had! I don't wish for a colder one next year, but maybe a few more cold days so he can get a chance to enjoy it.
My latest finish is the Foxy Loop Infinity Scarf. I used all but three yards of a skein of Miss Babs "Windsor" sock yarn. Such soft yarn!
Now, I'm working on a pullover sweater, with just the sleeves to start and finish, and today I started the Winnowing Shawl, again using madelinetosh merino light (LOVE this yarn!) It's supposed to be 79 on Wednesday, so I'm not too motivated to finish a wool sweater. Looks like the shawl may get done first. I might not be able to wear it for long, but at least it will work in a cool summer restaurant, unlike the sweater!
I have a stack of finished knitting sitting in front of me on the coffee table, so hopefully tomorrow I'll be motivated to steam block it. The lace shawls upstairs will have to wait until the urge to use blocking board and pins strikes. And yet, I keep knitting! LOL