First, a bit of OMGWTFBBQ! I guess other Sherlock fans (possibly, ALL of them) found my Watson sweater post this week… 75 views on Friday alone. Wow, I feel popular. If any of y’all stuck around, I’m thinking of doing a “design a scarf for Holmes” series in a week or two… or possibly “design a shock blanket for myself” depending on how tonight’s episode goes.
So, on to what I meant to be writing about… two weeks ago my Friday morning knitting group decided that we’d make a field trip to a yarn store an hour outside of town, and scheduled it for this past Friday. Late on Thursday an email came from the store announcing a 15% off everything sale. Yay, timing! So we headed out to Yarnorama in Paige, TX.
Lots of pics and description of the day behind the cut, but I just had to put this guy out where everyone will see his ridiculously adorable face. This is Coco, one of the shop’s two angora rabbits:
As we walked in the door, the first thing we saw was this:
Susan, Yarnorama’s owner, has been doing a “Color of the Month” series all this year, where she picks a roving and a yarn and dyes them in a colorway available only that month. This is “Ice”, which we could certainly use more of in Texas in August! Turquoise is one of my favorite colors, so I had to have some (even though I am the world’s slowest spinner).
Yarnorama is a great shop, with plenty of both luxury and workhorse yarns. And Susan is a genius at knitting sample projects that make you want to buy the yarn and pattern immediately… she snagged one of us with a leaf-motif shawl, and on the basis of a wonderfully soft knitted up sample, I got yarn for the Every Way Wrap and didn’t even notice it’s acrylic. I’m sure I’ll love the finished garment… just hope my hands don’t get too sweaty knitting it!
I actually had several projects in mind, so I kind of went nuts buying. For camouflage I piled up everybody’s purchases for one group picture of our haul:
(The huge balls of Marble Chunky are destined for that wrap.) Not included is the fabulous The Haapsalu Shawl book that Anne picked up… the last copy in the store, and a great deal at 15% off. This is a gorgeous and useful book that I recommend highly to all the lace knitters out there, although you may have to wait for them to reprint it if you haven’t already snagged a copy.
And this is Susan telling Anne more about the spinning and weaving classes:
Sorry I caught you with your eyes closed, Susan! There was a picture of me and my newly completed Ripple Hat, but it came out blurry.
We tried out a local cafe for lunch… Elm Creek Cafe, which has made the Texas Monthly list of top 40 cafes in the state. It was actually a combination antique store and restaurant; Margie found a piece of atomic ceramic (?) to get, and I had to take a picture of this sign behind the counter, which is quintessentially Texan:
Aside from a no-nonsense attitude, the two things you can expect from a local joint in Texas is deep-fried anything, and pie. When I saw deep fried quail on the menu, I just had to see what it would be like:
It was delicious! Their batter was light and crispy and didn’t peel off. I’d forgotten how challenging quail is to eat, though… lots of tiny bones. Very primal, which I adore but which was not universally popular at the table. Nobody could complain about the aesthetics of the pie, though:
That’s lemon meringue pie in the foreground, and coconut cream behind it. Mr. Texturedknitter doesn’t like meringue, so it made a rare treat for me.
It was a blisteringly hot day, but vorpal air conditioning in the car kept the drive pleasant. We’ve had better than usual rainfall this summer and we didn’t hit triple digit heat until just recently, so the countryside was still nice and green instead of brown and parched:
Aren’t those big, puffy clouds gorgeous?
See that? I messed up the chart coming out of the heel turn, and the colors got offset. I’m not looking forward to frogging all the way back to the heel, but that’s not a mistake I can live with. Football* starts in three minutes, though, and thanks to paying through the nose to DirecTV there will be 3 hours of designated knitting time every Sunday from now through January. I guess that means it’s time to go deal with the sock.
*Very Important Disclaimer – For the record, yes, I have now lived in Texas longer than anyplace else, but I grew up in DC and I’m a life-long Redskins fan. I’ll be rooting for ex-Longhorn Jordan Shipley and the Bengals vs Dallas.