I have got to get better about updating... but hey, at least I've been knitting!!
July has been a good month for finishing things started long ago!!
My 2011 Advent Calendar Scarf. I only did days 1-12, as that gave me a shawl at the size I was knitting!
My Tee for Two. Changed it up so it has short sleeves instead of cap sleeves.
A store model for some yarn arriving next month. (From which I will be making something else for myself.)
And a ridiculously cute photo of a long-finished kerchief, which, as it turns out, it just the right size to be a shawl for a 15-month-old.
So, I do still actually finish things. I started this in May, put it down, and then finished it in about a week at the end of June. I absolutely love the way it came out! Yarn: Done Roving Transitions, and about 1/3 ball of Shalimar Breathless Needles: size 8 Signatures (which is why I needed the extra yarn, it's MUCH larger than the pattern expects it to be!) Pattern: Fall of Leaves by The Knitting Vortex (available on Ravelry, free, here).
Blocked this sucker out pretty harshly to get the size I wanted (butt coverage is key):
I think this is the best shot I have of the colors:
It was a fun knit; pretty challenging until I got the hang of it, and I love the result!
Here's a bunch of photos of all the yarn I got, with the exception of some HPKY from Nature's Yarns and some blue/green fuzzy stuff from Uniquities, both which will shortly appear in projects. Because now that I have all this yarn, I really need to use it!!
Top - Day One haul, 6 stores visited. Owl shawl pin, safety eyes, magazine, calendar, pen and crochet thread from Yarn Cloud. Elvgren buttons from Looped. Patterns & cloth from In Stitches. Needles & cute pins from Second Story Knits. Stitch markers from Wool Winders.
I have NO idea why I keep forgetting to get pics of Uniquities (http://uniquitiesyarnshop.com/) when I'm there. I was there THREE TIMES during the crawl, and I bought stuff each time, and my only defense is "yarn fumes". Anyway, they're located in Vienna on Church Street, and worth a visit. There's also a Yarn Retreat on Solomon's Island in late October, signups open now...
I did remember to snap pics at Aylin's Woolgatherer (http://aylins-wool.com/) in Falls Church. Extra bonus: Mom won the door prize!
So, of the 12 yarn stores participating in the Metro Yarn Crawl, I managed to get to nine of them!
(Oh look, all the shop addresses and times for future reference...!)
In Stitches does have yarn... but it also has canvas, and a LOT of cross stitch. This is the place I hit each year after my annual trip to see the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit (March 1-31 each year - they tried it in May one time, and everyone got confused, so it's back to March). I got some patterns and cloth this trip, no knitting stuff. But it's worth a visit if you do any of the three crafts!
Stop #5 was Yarn Cloud in Old Town Occoquan (http://www.yarncloud.com/). This store used to be in Woodbridge; it has moved!! If you move fast, you may still be able to get your paws on the 2015 Men in Knits calendar, they have a few left...!
I realize I'm not really going into detail about the shops; this is mostly so I remember where I went, and so you can see the insides. They're *all* lovely, and I hope to visit them all again!
Stop #4 was Fibre Space, in its "new" King Street location. (It's been there for a while, but it used to be up around the corner on Lafayette.) I got some Fiberists yarn here (there's a lot of yarn involved. There will be a post at the end of the crawl so you can see all the yarn. Yes, I remembered to take photos of the tags so you can actually see what it all is!)
Anyway, Fibre Space:
I need to add that there is now a candy store across King Street. You should check it out, too!
The third Metro Yarn Crawl stop turned out to be Looped Yarn Works (http://loopedyarnworks.com/) just north of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. I always find interesting stuff here. This time, it was some color-changing Abracadabra yarn and some cute Elvgren buttons.