Monday, December 30, 2013

Meeting Dee

Have you ever met Dee from Tangled Up In Sticks And String?  Dee and I have been friends for several years.  She lives on the other side of Orlando, not too far but still far enough away from me that the opportunity to meet is rare.  We banter back and forth about lots of things, especially life in the great, warm state of Florida.  Dee was going to be over my way so she asked if I was free to meet her at our favorite yarn store, Knit n' Knibble.  I was, and so we did!

We met on Saturday at the yarn store, shopped and sat and knit for a while chatting like old friends.  I felt like we were catching up after a few months away from each other, just like friends do who have known each other a long time.  Which is interesting because this is the first time we have actually met.

Here we are out to lunch.  Dee and her husband Steve (the proud owner of many of Dee's hand knit socks and an amazing blanket) treated me to lunch at this quaint restaurant, Le Mouton Noir Bakehouse in Tampa.  Do you see me wearing Bella the Beautiful?

The bakehouse was decorated in all things sheep as the name suggests.  There was a tall ladder lit up with Christmas lights and sheep decorations.

There was also this handsome fellow below.  In the top photo he looks like he is investigating Dee's shoe.  I think he is trying to peek at the hand knit socks she is wearing.

Steve told me Dee likes to take a pictures of her latest knitting project on this fellow, so I gave it a try.  The never ending ruffle shawl is having a great time in this photo shoot.

And look what Dee made for me, this gorgeous cowl.  Can you believe it?  It is so soft and beautiful.  Dee is quite a gifted knitter.  A knitted item from a kntting friend, that is about perfect to me.

We had such a lovely visit, Dee is just how I thought she would be warm, friendly and very funny.  Steve was lots of fun, too and I might add very spoiled by all the knitted items he receives from Dee.  I can't wait until they return in April, so we can meet up again.

I treated myself to a couple of things while I was at the yarn store.  Well actually I have been treating myself a lot lately.  My local yarn store has gone out of business and they had a tremendous sale the last few weeks.  I have bought more yarn and needles than I need.  But for 35-75% off I really had no choice!!!!  Yarn doesn't go to waste and doesn't have an expiration date so I think I will end up using most of it.  But for now I am officially on a yarn diet, no more new yarn for me for quite a while.    Hope there aren't any more sales!

Have you treated yourself to anything lately?  I sure hope you have because you deserve it.



Such a nice story and you're both very beautiful!


gilly said...

What fun to be able to meet up and share a day with each other - it sounds like a perfect day to me!
I haven't managed to get to the sales yet (we still have a house guest to be entertained) but I am hopeful for next week and some yummy yarn is definitely on my "wanties" list :-)

Anonymous said...

Glad you like the cowl.

I love my mug cozies. And, we haven't enjoyed the chocolate yet, but we WILL!

The yarn you bought is very pretty, but I have a question. What is the thing on TOP of the yarn? I saw you buy it but forgot to ask about it.

See you soon!

CJ said...

It looks like you had a wonderful time. And how nice to meet at a yarn store. And to have a spot of lunch. It all sounds lovely.

Clare said...

So lovely that you were able to have a meet up and as for the yarn, well you can never have too much!! can you ?
Clare x

Penny said...

Sounds like the perfect meet up Meredith, isn't the blogging community great. Here's wishing you and your family a very happy and healthy new year xox Penny

linda said...

It sounds like a lovely day out Meredith,it's funny that all craft loving people seem like old friends even when you meet for the first time. When I have met ladies from Loving Hands my charity group for the first time we always get on so well and always have loads to talk about. Your wool looks lovely, such a gorgeous shade, I was very good today our local Aldi store was selling yarn I went in and looked but didn't buy! that's a first for me, truth is I have no where to put any more yarn so I'm trying to be good. :)

Gillian said...

It's so much fun to meet a blogging friend in "real life", isn't it? It looks like a lovely day. She is a very gifted knitter. I've enjoyed reading your Christmas posts very much, it sounds like you had a great time. Best wishes for 2014! x

moonstruckcreations said...

What a wonderful time you both must have had, and the setting for your meet-up looked perfect!

I must admit that I have treated myself to a new cross-stitch kit, ordered from Amazon as it was so cheap, and it is coming to me from over your side of the pond!


Linda Gilbert said...

Meredith what a lovely thing to do. I think you will remember that meet up for ages and look forward to the next time you meet in April. Thanks for sharing. Love all the woolly things including the sheep.

Elizabeth said...

How wonderful to meet a blog friend in person! I have many I hope to meet! We are not that far apart,I am near Tallahassee!

Ana BC said...

How lovely to meet new "yarny" friends :-) I guess you will be stash-busting this year too. But that is why we do it...stash-bust in order to buy more later ;-)
That fucsia yarn looks delicious

Mrs. Micawber said...

I too was wondering about the thing on top of the yarn - some kind of shuttle or bobbin for weaving?

How great to meet up with Dee and Steve - she seems like a very fun person. And I love those sheep decorations at the bakehouse! Gorgeous cowl and yarn, too.

Wishing you a wonderful and headache-free New Year, Mere. Thanks for being such a sweet bloggy friend. :)

Susanne said...

Every now and then we need to treat ourselves to something. You are so right, yarn does not have an expiration date and so stocking up for later is always a good idea, and who can turn down a sale, not me. I love it when blogger friends can get a chance to meet each other and visit for awhile, such fun. There is just that instant tie to each other because we all share a common interest. I think we also like to learn new things and everyone is so willing to help you learn.
(((HUGS))) Susanne :)

Teresa Kasner said...

Meredith.. that's great that you got to meet up with your friend and her husband! That's the big huge bonus of blogging.. making new friends! You look awesome in that photo.. beautiful! And so right about picking up new yarn when it's on sale.

  *H*A*P*P*Y* *N*E*W* *Y*E*A*R*!*

((hugs)), Teresa :-)

Rose said...

What a lovely treat! Thanks for sharing, and love all the sheep photos! Happy New Year!!

Gracie Saylor said...

Wonderful! I am so glad you and Dee and her husband had a good time together. I love all the sheep you showed us, and your new bargain yarn:) Your new yarn thingy looks it some sort of shuttle for weaving? The cowl Dee made for you is beautiful. She is skilled!

Jennifer said...

How nice! I'm so glad you were able to meet in person. Your new yarn is really pretty. I just treated myself to a couple of skeins of yarn tonight, when I was putting in an order for yarn to make a gift.

Acorn to Oak said...

How fun to meet a blogger friend! Sounds like you two really hit it off and had a great time. All of those sheep ornaments must have been fun to see. I love that big black sheep. Great idea to get a picture with your knitting on it. That cowl is beautiful! Great job treating yourself too! Yarn treats are the best! Happy New Year!

Betsy said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day Meredith. A day with a blogging friend, (I can attest to the fun times that brings.) and then to go to a place with lots of sheep to play with, I'm sure it was great fun. Dee looks like a great a person to be with and I hope you'll get to meet with her more often.
And you're right. There are no expiration dates on yarn so keep right on treating yourself.

Tree Hugger - Suzan said...

What fun to meet up with fellow bloggers!! What a wonderful day you had Meredith with Dee!! Adorable white knitted sheep. Lovely cowl that Dee knitted for you!! So BOTH of you are talented!! Fun!!

♥´¯`•.¸¸.Linda Dawn´¯`•.¸¸.♥ said...

This post just goes to show how special a blogging friend relationships can be. Dee's gifted cowl to you is just absolutely scrumptious, I love it.
Nice that Bella got an outing too and those darling sheep decorations, how fitting.
Great post, keep them coming x

Faith said...

How lovely to meet a blogging friend! And what a great place to meet....we are very lucky to have a local yarn shop as they are few and far between, but there is barely enough room for a few customers let alone a sit down and knit!

I've never thought about yarn not expiring....sounds like a very good argument to me!

I love seeing what you are creating, so look forward to all that yarn being made into lots of lovely things!

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

OMGoodness that cowl is lovely! You are making me want to knit! no! no! I must resists...I must not think about knitting....hmmmm where are my knitting needles again?

So glad you got to meet's always fun to meet up with friends of the heart who understand our "need" for yarn and things.

Love that sheep that is wearing your "never ending ruffle shawl" cool...the shawl and the sheep! :)

Wishing you a very Happy New Year dear friend.

kathyinozarks said...

I loved reading this post-how fun to meet up with a long time blog friend-I love that.
I was waiting for you to say that you came away with one of those too cute little sheeps-I love that little white sheep just too adorable!
I splurged on beads for me, and I also bought many items from my soap supplier too-they were having their big big end of year sale-so couldn't help myself either-lol
I love that -yarn has no expiration date.
Happy New Year Meredith so glad to have met you this year

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful visit! That's great and the sheep! :) I haven't treated myself to anything in a good while, mostly using up stash, but I do have something on the list as soon as I find the right yarn. :) Hope you have a great New Years!

kristieinbc said...

It is so much fun to meet up with a knitting friend! It looks like you had a great time.

My treats to myself have been the two Kate Davies' kits that she had on her website this month - a mini hot water bottle cosy and a pair of socks. I plan to cast on one of the projects tomorrow.

Happy New Year!!!


Hello Meredith, WOW what a super wonderful day you and Dee had together and in the most lovely place. Love the photo of you and Dee together along with the Big Black Sheep. Pretty neat indeed. You are both lucky to have had such a great day together. Hugs Judy

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Enjoying catching up this morning, Meredith! How fun to meet up with Dee! Looks like your December was rich with good friendships and sweet surprises. Wishing you all the best in 2014! blessings ~ tanna
ps Still LOVE Bella!!

kathy b said...

Cowl from Dee is gorgeous. Its a color I see looking amazing on you!

I bought myself a new pocket calendar, some wonderful ginger to sooth my tummy from the Spice House and a Tree topper who is a gnome. Our angel broke ages ago . GOt him on Christmas clearance at Cost Plus

Bridget said...

How great that you got to meet! And that place with the sheepy things looks like it would be so much fun!

I think that cowl is just beautiful, wear it in good health.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Terriea Kwong said...

Such a nice meet and all looks fab. Sometimes a treat to pamper oneself is a pretty thing.

Hanne said...

Great that you finally met :)Sounds like you had a great time.

Happy new year to you

RedSetter said...

How lovely your meet up sounds and I love the little bobble sheep. I'm a fan of sheep so long as they don't actually smell sheepy or sneak up on me!

I love your cowl and though sad about the yarn shop what a bargain!

Rose Red said...

Isn't it great to finally meet a knitting friend in real life! Lovely cowl, very lucky.