April Showers…

April brings several things…sometimes snow, sometimes showers…but mostly a rebirth if you will… April is such a special month… my birthday, my husbands birthday, Christ beats death, and the earth renews… The rains come…it washes away the winter blues, the road salt and grime, the trees start budding, flowers start springing up…the grass greens up, and the underbrush brightens and screams spring! The air smells fresh (don’t breathe in too deeply, the pollen with get ya!),the birds are singing, and its my favorite time… its all fresh and clean, rejuvenating, invigorating, and I smile…

April also brings time to start thinking about new flowers, weeds (boo), spring cleaning (yuck), and knitting outdoors again… but when it rains… it still means a cup of coffee or tea and my knitting in my favorite chair….

For my birthday this month, I took a day, just for me… It started with an amazing yoga class at Flex Yoga Studio in Wooster. Their yoga teachers, staff, and fellow yogis were all very friendly and welcoming… I highly recommend you try out a class and soon! Then to the coffee shop just below the yoga studio, Surehouse Coffee, for a latte and some one-on-one knitting time. They roast their beans in house – I loved the bold dark roast… get yourself some! Also the handmade pottery they use from Rhinopottery, I bought myself a cup to use at home! Check out her Etsy shop or get one when you’re at the coffee shop! Sitting there, sipping my coffee and knitting with time to reflect, time to thank the Lord for my life and all the blessings, and I smile…

This time of the year also means planning knitting adventures with my Knitalatte girls… Its the time of year for celebrating Local Yarn Shop (LYS) days.

Our travels to LYS included two favorites and one new shop. We started our day in Vermilion, Ohio at Cast On Yarn Studio… It’s personally one of my favorites! Heidi & Lana yarns were there and had some fabulous kits available (I bought one!)… The layout and ascetic of this shop are right up my alley….

Then we took a drive to Marblehead, Ohio to visit Christy’s Just for Ewe shop… This is a new shop for us, so much yarn packed into such a small space! I don’t know how she keeps track of it all!

A stop for lunch at a blast from the past memory – Big Boy Restaurant – I used to waitress at a Bob’s Big Boy in Meadville, PA back in the day…

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Then heading back towards home to our truly local yarn shop, Black Locust Farms Fine Yarns yarn shop. She carries all our favorite yarns and much more….

April is just a wonderful month… how did you spend yours?

I’m still cross-fitting, getting the urge to run outdoors again, and always knitting… I even knit at the gym between class times…

Till then love…

Will Travel for Yarn…

Yes, I will travel for yarn….or wait….I mean I’ll ride along in the car…for yarn…. (thank you Crystal for driving all over Ohio for yarn!)

My good friend Crystal and I went on our second day for a yarn tour…we went to four stores this time…more “local” to us…

We went to The Designing Women yarn shop, Crochet Innovations, Long Tail Knits, and Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium.

Of course we found something at each and every shop!  Each store had a little bit of standard, everyday yarns and unique hand-dyed yarns…which was really great to see.  We have now come to the decision that a yarn shop needs to have a bit of everything…local yarns, hand dyed yarns, everyday yarns, classes, demonstrations, etc.  I’m taking notes…because someday, my goal is to own my own yarn shop!

Here are the photos I took of these stores…I somehow forgot to take many photos because my eyes glass over when I see yarn!  We still have 9 more stores to go to yet before we finish the tour….we are hoping to get them all in one day – do you think we can do it??  Cross your fingers!!

 

 

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What am I knitting now?

I’m working on hats!  I’ve had several requests for custom made hats….. so I’m making several of each in different yarns.   Pom Pom hats and slouchy hats seem to be the rage right now.

Here is a completed slouchy hat in soft pink – I love this hat and may make one for myself!!

 

Buying from me…

I’ve had several ask how to get a hand knit item from me…well… its easy!

You can visit my Etsy shop by clicking SHOP above and order online, you can go to Marigold Salon, Spa, & Marketplace and touch & try on my items there, or you can email or private message me to place a custom order.  Payment is cash or credit via PayPal or square if in person.  Its that easy!  So just let me know what I can knit for you!

Til then Love…

 

 

More yarn please…

Since my girlfriends and I are trying to coordinate going to 19 yarn shops when we all work full-time…it has become difficult…and we really want to hit ALL the stores.  Not just for the competition aspect of getting all the stamps in our books and entered in all the drawings…but because we want to see where all the shops are, what yarns they carry, and if it can become our local hang out to knit….

But we weren’t able to hit one store together…we had to go it alone….  I assumed going alone might be better for my wallet…but…when your husband offers to take you to a yarn shop….he finds patterns for stuff he’d like to wear….which means… YAY!!! MORE PROJECTS!!…so I didn’t save money “going alone”… but I definitely had fun looking at yarn with the hubs… he has a different perspective that I don’t and he really got to see what a yarn shop looks like – and one similar to the aesthetic and layout that I would love in a yarn shop.

We went to Cast On Yarn Studio……in Vermilion Ohio…

I loved almost everything about this shop…from the white shelving, the displays of finished objects (FOs), and a pattern and sample knitted up using the yarn…all made for great brain storming on what to make next.  The only big thing I would love would be a larger space to come in and sit to knit because the atmosphere is wonderful and you’re fully encased in yarn and yarny things….lol! The owner is very sweet and helpful too!  She does have a table in the center of the room to sit around, but I would think that would disrupt both the person knitting and the shopper trying to walk around them…but because of the cuteness of this shop…I’m willing to overlook that small detail… My husband reminded me that not every shop owner has a place for people to come in and just sit & knit… that maybe she just loves selling yarn, and not the group activity part of it…and I hadn’t thought of that…he’s probably right….

Here are the shots I got from the shop….

My FO…

I finished the Roaring Tides Shawl Test Knit…

Many have asked me what that means… well, myself and several others have been asked to “test knit” a pattern the designer has created.  We read his or her instructions and see if we can come up with the same design they intended and to keep in contact with them if there are any errors or confusing parts… the goal is for us to help her find glitches or problem areas in the pattern before she releases it to the public for sale.

Here is my completed finished object (FO)… and I LOVE it!!  #roaringtidesshawl

Next post will be more of the yarn shops we explored!

Til then Love…

Local Yarn Hop Shop

So September brought the month of the Yarn Discover Tour….this is also the month my credit card died….while I smiled about it!

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What is the tour you ask….well…..happy to tell you!

The Yarn Discovery Tour provides fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit 19 amazing yarn shops throughout Northeast Ohio.

To find out more information for the tour in 2019…click here for their website.  You purchase a passport with all the yarn shops and get a souvenir bag, to which you collect pins at each store and put on your bag.  Oh my gosh!  That part alone is a blast!!  My two friends and I decided, plotted, and planned how and when we were going to achieve hitting up ALL 19 stores….we spent 4 days in September to drive around Ohio and buy all the stuff!

Over the next few blogs, I’ll share with you what I bought and saw and what my favorite yarn shops are!

The first two days we went to 7 shops.

Black Locust Farms in Lodi – Artist Gallery Yarn in N.Canton – Bare Naked Wools in Canton – Knit Wit Knits in Salem – The Flaming Ice Cube in Boardman – Gwen Erin Natural Fibers in Hubbard – and Yarn Works LTD in Niles.

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You can find all the website links via the Yarn Discovery Tour website by clicking here

Black Locust IS my local yarn shop and the owner, Cathy, is amazingly helpful!  She asked about what projects we are working on and showed us what yarns she had available to fit the pattern!  She carried a ton of our favorite yarn brands and has a very inviting atmosphere!  I highly recommend you visit her shop!

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Artist Gallery Yarns has a large area for group knitting and a large selection of yarns.

Bare Naked Wools was another favorite!  It was tiny but very appealing!  Anne Hanson is the owner of the shop and the designer.  This shop is all about the “naked” undyed wools.  Here is a link to an interview with Anne by Kristy Glass Knits on YouTube.

The Flaming Ice Cube yarn shop was interesting in that they also have a vegan cafe in the shop!  They carried a lot of the modern new indie dyed yarns and lots of other odds and ends.

Gwen Erin Natural Fibers.. the owner is the most adorable and bubbly person! Gwen Brown is the owner, dyer, spinner, knitter, felter, and weaver.  She hand spins her own line of yarns and has a variety of notions available… she also teaches spinning and knitting at her shop…oh, and google insists that she’s a computer store….the address is correct – go with it!

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Yarn Works LTD

We had a great time… two more days planned for the yarny adventure! Here is my yarn haul!

I have some specifics planned for most of the yarn, and some the yarn just screamed at me to buy it!…so I did!

Till then love…

 

Another Fiber Road Trip

 

20180526_123829My friends and I went on another road trip – to see yarn!  This time it was much closer to home.  The Great Lakes Fiber Show.  It was our first time at this venue and we hoped to see some familiar yarn vendors that we met at Pittsburgh.  It didn’t disappoint!  If you get the chance, head on out!  They have a lot going on and a lot of vendors plus its free admission and free parking.

They have workshops, competitions, and vendors.  There was fleece judging, a sheep show, loom weaving, many different vendors with yarn, finished knitted or crocheted items, spindles, hand lotions & balms, fleece, and much much more!  Go check them out, its going on today and Sunday.

What did you buy?

Well….as luck would have it, our new favorite local yarn dyer was there, Destination Yarns, and we found her first!  She had a special colorway just for the event, Farmland Sunset, and we were able to grab some!  I decided to get a green color to go with it!  Go to her website by clicking here or check out her Instagram feed by clicking here!  You can read more about how she came up with this colorway!  So fun!

 

I also bought a beautiful green color from Yarnhygge.  With each purchase you get a free pattern!  I chose the pattern ‘Short Row Shawlette’… It should be a fun quick project!!

So what else has been going on??

I just completed ‘Murph WOD’ at CrossFit.  I shaved 20min off my time from last year!

For time:
1 mile Run
100 Pull-ups
200 Push-ups
300 Squats
1 mile Run

In memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy, 29, of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005.

This workout was one of Mike’s favorites and he’d named it “Body Armor”. From here on it will be referred to as “Murph” in honor of the focused warrior and great American who wanted nothing more in life than to serve this great country and the beautiful people who make it what it is.

img_20180525_145854-1246507133.jpgI chose to break this up into segments…and modify the movements for my skill level.  It worked great and I completed it in 53minutes and change.  Also having been sick the last two and half weeks prior, I didn’t make it to the gym much…so today, my legs are still           J-E-L-L-O!!

So what is next??

Well, I have a ton of knitting ahead of me… my flower beds at home have been severely overlooked and need completely torn out and redone…and the hubs and I want to do a lot of hiking and kayaking this year….so, maybe I should take a leave of absence from my full-time job….but then, how would I buy yarn????  Guess that idea is out.  My sisters baby shower is soon…I’m holding out on making baby stuff until the little bundle is here….then I can figure out sizing better…and last but not least….continue to organize my knitting space…

Till Then Love…Logo w handknits