So, OwlCat Designs is hosting a KAL for her design "Simone's Wedding Shawl" on Instagram. Today will be Day 3, so you can still play along!
Search Instagram for either @OwlCatDesigns or #SimonesWeddingShawl to get all the instructions.
You need 3 colors of yarn. Mine are MadTosh Light Merino in "Brothers Grimm" (the inky black/green), Wild Hare Fibers Galaxy in "Serenity" (the sparkly red) and Done Roving Frolicking Feet in "Fire &!Ice" (the multi).
Here is my Day 2. The black is my Color A, red is B, and the multi is Color C.
The final stop on this year's crawl was Yarn Cloud in Occoquan, VA. As it was now around 2pm, we found the traffic:
Luckily, we were only stop-n-go for about 20 minutes. (We took the back way home, too.) Finally, we got there. Mom, of course, found parking within 50ft of the front door on a Sunday afternoon. (If you've ever done a historic district on Sunday afternoon...)
Yarn Cloud has the best collection of needle tatting stuff anywhere, so I got some of that. And a set of crochet hooks. And a Skeino (the autumnal one in the right pic, in fact). And buttons. And put myself on the list for the 2016 Men in Knits calendar.
And, based on the photo, some square knitting needles, and a hat. The little Yarn Cloud notions bag & pen were freebies.
I decided to put my passport in for the Yarn Cloud basket. 8 stamps from stores I don't work at:
I got a call from Robyn that evening that I'd won one of the door prizes, too! Will try to pick that up tomorrow. Yay!
Third stop on Sunday: Second Story knits in Bethesda. Things you need to know, in no particular order:
1. There is a parking lot next to the building. It is small, but has high turnover.
2. There is a flight of stairs, no elevator.
3. It is just a few blocks from the Bethesda Metro station - and just 2 blocks from the street-level elevator.
4. It is the door next to a small restaurant, and you need to look for it. I've accidentally gone into the restaurant twice, and I know better!
Second Story Knits door, right.
Once in the actual shop (be sure to look at the pretty shawls on the way up!), there's a lot to see! There aren't as many books as there used to be - the advent of electronic pattern sales has caused a downturn in both sales and publishing - but there's a good selection in the Book Nook.
There are indie dyers, Chiagoo needles, lots of notions, and more yarn. And more yarn.
I ended up getting a wee bit here:
A skein from A Hundred Ravens (fingering weight, "Flaming June" colorway, some brightly-colored needle coils, and a half-priced Slipped Stitch Studios pattern wallet (it had me at "Zombie HORDE!").
The second last-day-of-Crawl stop was WoolWinders in Rockville, MD. It's just a quick hop down from Boyds, and mom pulled her usual "let's park right in front!" (As usual, there was a perfectly legal space just waiting for her. Parkma is a legit superpower.)
(WoolWinders, the view from the car, left.)
They've moved things - and gosh, look at the pics from last year: http://craftygryphon.blogspot.com/2015/06/wool-winders.html?m=0
Yeah. Even the front sign is different! (I bet they were told to get a new sign by whoever manages the complex to make everything more uniform or something, because the old one was cute.)
Different color scheme on the walls (I love the little yarn-and-needles border), things moved around a bit, more light in the corners for seeing the pretty yarn.
What I found there:
3 Hedgehog Fibers mini skeins, a MadTosh Unicorn Tail, a (hopefully) shatterproof/less fragile yarn dispenser, and the Mason-Dixon Knitting coloring book.
Managed four more stores on the #metroyarncrawl2016 today. Since there's a lot to show, I'll do one store each of the next four days.
The first store we hit was Knit Locally up in Boyds, MD. It took much less time to get there than we'd allowed, so we sat in the parking lot behind the store and knit (me) and crocheted (mom), as we'd arrived a full hour before opening.
At 11.30, Peggy, the owner, tapped on our window and invited us in, so we finished whichever rows and scampered in after her.
It's a lovely little shop!
There's the front room (bottom left) and a middle room (top and bottom right), plus a long room off the middle room (which I'm calling the back room).
Top right is a view down the back room, left and bottom right are two more views of the middle room.
The store has plenty of yarn, indie dyers and commercial. I noticed Chiagoo needles, and some beautiful handcrafted jewelry. And yarn.
I got a sweater quantity of sparkly copper Venezia (yay!), a gradient kit from The Copper Corgi (one of the new-to-me dyers, and a Done Roving/Frolicking Feet Transitions, which will be a Sand Dollar shawl. There was also a basket of back issues of magazines, which totally got raided. (There's stuff not pictured, which will remain secret until after Mothers' Day.)
I'm really glad we made it all the way north this crawl, this is a fabulous little shop!