Saturday, June 25, 2011

Yarn Love

 I have a confession....my friend Cathy and I went yarn shopping today.  And boy did we, I mean I haul it in.  One of the local yarn stores in Tampa was having a Birthday Celebration that I could not pass up.  Knit N Knibble is a great store whether you visit in person or online.  They had great deals and I found some beautiful yarn to show you. They will be having the yarn sale online for a day or two if you are interested.  The store was packed, but knitters, crocheters and weavers are so nice it wasn't a problem.  They had  a fashion show where people could show off their amazing talent.  Wow, the creativity and skill level of people who work with yarn is simply amazing.  They had door prizes which I sadly did not win.  But the most incredible site to me was about 150 women, sitting with their knitting, crochet or Cricket Looms, eating, talking and just being happy.  They were wearing all things yarn, talking yarn and being one with each other.  Nothing like yarn fumes to make everyone giddy.
Above is the wonderful Malabrigo I am currently in a mad love affair with. Malabrigo is so soft and gets a 10 on the scale of yarn yummieness.   I also purchase Malabrigo Kettle Dyed Pure Merino Wool in the washed out solid blue color in the background.  This is a thicker yarn that I think will make an amazing cowl.  These yarns were 15% off which helps a lot when you are making Christmas presents.
 Above is Berroco Lustra which was 50% off.  So $5 a skein, you just can't beat that.  Lovely, smooth and shiny, which I think will make an amazing scarf of cowl. 
 All of it together looks like a whole lot of work in my future.  Knits Weekend was a purchase that was not on sale, but I just had to have.
 This is my finished cowl in Malabrigo Rios.  Two strands held together, a chain of 64, a treble crochet in each stitch and there you have it.  Simple, beautiful and sooooooo soft.  You can crochet in the round, or make a big rectangle and single crochet together.
Here a picture up close so you can see the stitch pattern.  It looks more washed out color wise than it is in reality, so sorry about that.  That makes finished project 31 for me for the year so far.  How are you doing on your projects?

12 comments:

Rizzi said...

HOW BEAUTIFUL......ALL THE COLORS OF THE SEA....
I LOVE THOSE COLORS....YOU MUST OF HAD A GREAT TIME SHOPPING....HOW WONDERFUL ALL THOSE WOMEN CROCHETING, KNITTING, AND TALKING AND HAVING FUN.
HAPPY CROCHETING, AND HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND. RIZZI

Grateful4Crochet said...

So jealous!!!!
All that yarn looks fabulous, and the store sounds lovely!

Rose Red said...

The yarn store sounds fabulous and look at all that gorgeous yarn, no wonder you had to buy it!

by Teresa said...

What fun you had! I have some spinning to do and some alpaca flowers to crochet... but with a family BBQ here on the farm tomorrow, I think I will be tidying and straightening and decorating instead. Cooking tomorrow!
((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Rose said...

Great haul indeed! Love the Malabrigo and you just can't beat Berrocco for quality and price, can you? I need to go to the store and read through the Weekend magazine, although I'm not sure I'm buying it just now. Maybe I'll get motivated enough to start Christmas knitting while I'm out of school too.

"Petunia Pill" said...

Oh Meredith, I want to come play at your house! You have all sorts of fun! Gorgeous purchases. Tell me, are you able to proudly arrive home and haul your load in the house or do you hide it away someplace until no one is looking? LOL x&o, Annette

Annaboo said...

Lush! Oooo I am imagining how soft that feels...
Great cowl. I've got one in my unfinished projects pile that I must get done...
Xx

The Garden Bell said...

That's it... When I'm down the last two weeks in March/First two of April. I'm going to make it from Redington Beach over to this shop. I"m guessing it may be a jorney, but it's all about the yarn. This is going to be stunning.

Soili said...

Beautiful yarn. I think it is wonderful to see people get together to enjoy an age old hobby like crocher, weave, or knitting.

Teresa said...

It looks like you had a blast! Can you believe people here don't want to buy skeins any more?! Just yarn balls... they think it's a lot of work making the balls out of them (dahhhh... I actually think it's fun and relaxing... but then I'm a bit strange lol)
Can't wait to see your next projects :)
xxx

lovestitch said...

Oh I want that yarn!!! It's gorgeous!!! Love that cowl, I'm looking for a knitting cowl pattern to make for a friend of mine, yours is very beautiful!
Happy day to you! xo

Sara said...

Ohh... So pretty! I took a journey to a little yarn store yesterday about 45 minutes away. Its was definitely worth the drive time. Came home with two skeins of yummy hand spun yarn. Not sure what I will make with them? But I'm happily admiring their perfect yarniness for now. :)