Thursday, February 27, 2014

Words and Wool (the Wool bit)

A couple of months ago Christina came up with the great idea of going on a Yarn Crawl! A number of central Indiana yarn stores had organized the "Roving Indiana Yarn Crawl" and we jumped at the chance to participate!

Saturday morning we met at Christina's and got in the van to make our way to as many stores as possible. Those who weren't driving worked in their WIP's (works in progress). 

Our first stop was Starstruck Cat Studio in Greenwood.

None of us had ever been to the store before.

Inside we found a large, bright store with lots of yarn -- we especially loved the wall of Cascade yarn.

How could I resist taking lots of photos.....

Wouldn't it be fun to have a wall like this at home -- ever ready for new projects?!

It was inspiring!!!

It was nice to have our very own knitwear designer and yarn guru on hand for all kinds of advice! I know we are spoiled!!!

Janet found a gorgeous skein of yarn to take home. 

And of course I could not resist taking pictures of adorable Arthur at every turn!

I mean, how cute is that? He actually looks at the camera when his mom takes a picture of him?!

My favorite part about this store was the stacks of wool fabric they had for rug hooking. Ooooooo.....I do love wool fabric! In fact, I couldn't resist. I chose two pieces to bring home to make wool roses with.

I also couldn't resist buying a very reasonably priced rug hooking kit to make the cardinal below. I bought it for James who is always eager to try whatever new craft I spring on him. He was so excited that he already has half of it done!

Here is a bit of a "big view" of the store. Christina is going to type up a proper review of each place we stopped, but we all agreed this store had many great things going for it!

Next we headed south to Sheep Street in Martinsville, Indiana. What could be better than a yarn shop right in the middle of a sheep farm???

Inside we were greeted by the familiar sight of one of Christina's own patterns, helping to advertise the Alpaca with a Twist yarn that has its home here in Indianapolis! That was fun to find!

Then came the best discovery of my day -- an entire wall of Cotton Classic!!! This is the yarn I use to make all those baby hats and it has been nearly impossible to get for several years. I was about to give up any hope and you can't imagine how happy I was to find this wall. Even better -- the shop will ship FREE to any Indiana address. Yahoo!!! I am home free! I can keep knitting baby hats til kingdom come!

Sheep Street was a large shop -- and they had all kinds of spinning wheels and looms for sale as well as lots and lots of fiber to spin.

This was certainly a shop to revisit!

The owner demonstrates some of her blending techniques.

Christina couldn't resist a few lilac colored "batts" to spin -- especially since the price was so reasonable!

Outside the weather was unbelievable -- reaching nearly to 60 degrees which seemed almost impossible in the midst of our crazy winter. We had to visit the sheepies before we left....

Aw, they were too cute! (Almost as cute as Arthur!)

Back in the car, we headed to Bloomington and a shop called In a Yarn Basket.

The shop was smaller but filled cubbies of lovely yarn. 

It is hard to resist yarn when it is so beautifully displayed! The shop was quite crowded (that picture is not shown) and I think this was the shop I didn't buy anything in but Janet and Christina picked out sock yarns.

While waiting on our lunch reservation in Bloomington we stopped into this baby store. What I couldn't get over was the sheer number of cloth diapers displayed in this place! Wow!

When our turn came we headed to Feast -- the most amazing little cafe I've been into since I don't know when! Of course I had to get some Arthur time in.

And Arthur had to get some eating time in! Such a sweet picture -- and that yellow kerchief of Christina's (her Daisy Chains pattern) was driving me crazy all day -- such a perfect color for spring and I definitely need one!!!! Not to mention that it goes so well with pale pink, and it also goes incredibly well with teal.........

When our lunches arrived we were in for a treat! Here is my burger on gluten free bread with the rosemary French fries.

And here is Janet's BLT with avocado, roasted tomatoes, goat cheese, lettuce, and bacon. Wow!

Honestly, it was one of the best burgers I've had. And look at those zucchini pickles on top! I was seriously impressed with this restaurant.

By this time we realized we had only time to hit one more store -- it would be the Clay Purl in Nashville, Indiana.

This store won the prize for warm and cozy feelings. And the owner was so lovely and friendly.

It was very inviting inside:

And the linen yarn was so pretty!

Being a fan of Susan B. Anderson, I was excited to see this entire version of Spud and Chloe on the Farm!

And it was very fun to discover that the owner's husband is a pastor and writes novels! I love it! I was a bit scared by the title (smile), but will have to read this one day......

We even made it home just as the last light of day was fading from the sky -- isn't it lovely that the days are getting longer? What a special day it was! Good fellowship, good food, and good yarn! Coming after a number of very difficult months health-wise, it was a huge breath of fresh air -- and the weather was that literally!

And look what I'm working on now:

I remembered I had some yellow sock yarn in my stash so I pulled it out and grabbed the Daisy Chains pattern and I'm making myself a spring neckerchief! Yellow was my favorite color when I was a little girl so it holds a special place in my heart. I don't wear it a lot, because most yellows don't look good on me, but I do love a bit of it here and there. And I love the yellow in this painting -- one of my very favorite paintings. It's a picture of my mom when she was a little girl and the colors in it go so well with the colors of my house (you can't see the wall behind it well but it is painted a light lilac). Everything about the picture is perfect for spring.....

Now I must save my books for a separate post because they were far too important this week to tag on the end here. So, hopefully tomorrow......

For more ideas on knitting and reading you can visit Ginny's Yarn a Long.


Reneelynn said...

Wow! what a great post today. Looks like you had a very fun day. Love all the color in your pictures. So many wonderful yarns and the food looked yummy too! 9 degrees and -7 wind chill here today and right now no end in site.... Are you going to do a post on the yarns and yarns shops from your trip to Scotland? I would love it!!

Pom Pom said...

Oh my, Heather! What a treat! I love yarn stores so very much and I rarely go. The one closest to me has a big table where women sit around and knit. I always feel like I'm interrupting their nattering time. There are two more I've heard about in the Denver area, so I will make a plan to visit. GREAT post! About using grey instead of gray . . . I'm so glad you noticed. I looked it up beforehand and I felt just as you expressed - better to communicate my meaning, for sure!

reader19 said...

What a lovely day you had!!!! That Arthur is such a handsome baby too!! Such great colors...makes me think of spring!

Jessica said...

What a feast for the eyes! I am soooo close to being done with a shawl I started last summer - only 1 year to get it done ;). It has a happy yellow stripe in it - nice and springy. So are you hooking rugs? I want to see some progress on that! I'd like to start one myself - and actually finish it this time. I think it will be a good one to stop and start. Awesome day - thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

What an adorable baby Arthur is!

I couldn't help but be struck by how enormous all those yarn shops seem! Like aircraft hangars full of yarn.