This weekend is the Best Little Yarn Crawl in Texas, and I’d planned to hit up a few stores today, but it was raining and cold this morning. 57F is cold, y’all.
Tomorrow I’m road tripping to San Antonio, Boerne, Comfort, and Wimberley with Ravelry users eastskye, gayleb121, and kcshortes. I needed to go to the store for road trip essentials, so once the rain stopped I headed for my closest yarn shop, conveniently right next to a grocery store. BTW, I was more surprised than I probably should have been that you can now get organic, reduced sugar fruit juices in those handy Capri Sun-type packages.
Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe, with my softtop and Ravelry decal in the foreground:
They’re my go-to shop when I need to make a head scarf to match a particular outfit, because they’ve got a huge assortment of colors and textures. The nice sedate yarns are there, but you have to hunt around the eyelash and other novelty yarns to find them. I don’t usually have a lot of luck there aside from headscarf yarn, but today I found the Spring 2005 pattern book from Adrienne Vittadini Yarns. The blue ruffles and lace cardigan on the cover first caught my eye, but I also really like the Twist Front Top, and the Textured Tank with Cables, though I’d mod the latter with a V-neck.
Wow. In looking up Ravelry links for those, it’s apparent that people haven’t had much luck substituting yarns in those patterns. Note to self – be even pickier than usual over getting the correct stitch and row gauge. Maybe I’m stupidly overconfident, but I still think I can make something that looks awesome.
Bluebonnet also had a nice sample of the Aeolian Shawl:
This is the shawl I want to knit out of Claudia’s Handpainted silk, once I have the time and patience to knit with such an unbendy yarn. I’ve never seen one made up that looked bad (except the people who picked a variegated yarn, bless their hearts).
In knitting news, I got three repeats in to Cookie A’s Clandestine Socks, then fell out of love with them. In order to show off the lace they need to be at a gauge smaller than comfortable, and mine fit perfectly and don’t look like lace at all. So I went back to working on the Icarus shawl blob, and that’s probably the project that will travel with me on the crawl.
Speaking of which, I should go see how small a parcel I can fit the essentials into for tomorrow – granola bars, apples, juice packs, asprin, Darvocet, Tums, and a hotdog-shaped styrofoam container to bring home leftovers from the sausage plate at The Dodging Duck. Four people and 6 yarn shops has the potential to be a LOT of extra bags by the end of the day!
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