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DFW Yarn Crawl 2017, Part 2!

September 2, 2017
DFW Yarn Crawl 2017 - Part 2!

Yikes, ya’ll! I switched my knit night and I can’t even remember what day it is! Lucky for me it’s Friday and the office is closed Monday! Last week feels like a long time ago, what with Hurricane Harvey and The Great Dallas Gas Shortage of August 31, 2017 (Spoiler Alert: There was no shortage. People just like to panic. Including me…). Even though last weeks feels like forever ago, it’s still important, because it was the final weekend of the DFW Yarn Crawl. I lucked out and was able to visit three more stores, so  now you get to hear about them!

Fleece

DFW Yarn Crawl - Fleece

I didn’t know that Fleece existed before the DFW Yarn Crawl. When I saw the name on my passport, I kinda wrote it off as someplace that would sell more roving and raw fleeces than yarn. Boy, was I wrong! Fleece is a very neat and tidy shop near my old school, SMU. If you’re not looking for it, you might miss it, but be sure to stop because it’s a great little shop. Fleece is bright and clean and organized well.

DFW Yarn Crawl - Fleece

I was happy with their selection, which included Dream in Color and Malabrigo. They seemed to have a large selection of novelty yarns as well. If you need yarn for those arm knitted blankets, they have it here! There was a class or knitting group going on when I went in. Another lady nearby was taking signups for a needle felted pincushion class (they looked super fun, by the way). The staff was very friendly.

DFW Yarn Crawl - Fleece

The other thing that I loved about Fleece was that they have a little coffee station set up with a Keurig and some other options for beverages. I love the idea of knitters gathering in the winter with their coffee and tea and hanging out. I thought it was a sweet touch. It gave the atmosphere a very welcoming and hospitable character. I’m excited to go back.

Holley’s Yarn Shoppe

Despite being somewhat further out of the way, I have been to Holley’s Yarn Shoppe before. In fact, The Hubs has even been to Holley’s Yarn Shoppe before! It was at Holley’s that The Hubs first realized that there were male knitters. It blew his mind. 

DFW Yarn Crawl - Holley's

Holley’s Yarn Shoppe has a large yarn selection, though they do tend to be very faithful to certain lines. They have a huge table for classes and knitting hours and there was a group busy at work when we were there. Holley’s is also one of those blessed stores with a clearly discernible clearance section. I love them for it.

DFW Yarn Crawl - Holley's

Holley’s Yarn Shoppe was having a Twisted Owl Trunk Show during the yarn crawl, and I was loving the bright colors and speckles. I wish I could have brought a skein home with me, but I had to be judicious with my yarn choices. Totally had my eye on some colors though…

Yarn and Stitches

DFW Yarn Crawl - Yarn and Stitches

Yarn and Stitches has the distinction of being the only yarn store on my way home from work. It’s also open late on Tuesdays and Thursdays, which means I can actually stop on my way home. Yarn and Stitches has a fun selection of yarns. They have plenty good staples, but some fun locally dyed yarns as well. I always feel like I have to circle the shop 10 times before I’ve seen it all.The staff at Yarn and Stitches is always really friendly. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is a worker and who is just a regular, since they’re all so familiar with each other. It’s fun to hear them chatting while you shop though. 

Knit Picks Interchangeable Tips

The other thing that I like about Yarn and Stitches is that they carry Knit Picks interchangeable needles. I have an interchangeable kit, which I love. However, over the years, I’ve rubbed the finish down on some of my tips. They were starting to feel really rough! I bought new size 4 tips for my current project and oh my gosh it made a difference! Everything feels much smoother now!

I’m losing the race against time to finish my summer knitting list (though I rocked my reading list!). The 19 inches of straight stockinette in the Del Sol Tank is killing me. In a cotton blend, too! But the end is in sight, and I think I finally found my fade, so I’m looking forward to some good fall knitting soon! What about you? Any exciting projects coming up? I’d love to hear about your plans!

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DFW Yarn Crawl 2017!

August 24, 2017
2017 DFW Yarn Craw

Hello Everyone! We are currently in the thick of the DFW Yarn Crawl! Anyone else participating? I’ve never done a yarn crawl before, though I’m familiar with the concept. My mom used to work at a quilt store and they would do similar events. Every so often a bus would drop a load of quilters and they would swamp the store until the bus came back again. While the yarn crawl did have a bus, I chose to use my favorite form of transportation: my husband. (It goes without saying that I let him drive me everywhere so I can knit.)

I’ve been able to visit 3 shops on this yarn crawl so far. It’s not over yet, so I’m hoping to add at least a few more. So far I’ve been to Jacob’s Reward Farm, Mckinney Knittery, and Fiber Circle. 

Jacob’s Reward Farm

DFW Yarn Crawl 2017 - Jacob's Reward Farm

Until the Yarn Crawl, I’d never been to Jacob’s Reward Farm. It’s super close by and I passed it all the time without knowing it! It’s a teeny tiny little place, but they did have a trunk show going on for the yarn crawl. If you’re interesting in getting into spinning, this is a good stop for you! They have lots of spinning paraphernalia, including spindles, carding brushes and roving. 

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - Jacob's Reward Farm

I don’t spin much these days, and never got past the “park and draft” phase with a drop spindle, though I’d love to return to it someday. Due to my lack of spinning ability, I don’t buy roving very often. That being said, I have become seriously obsessed with weaving this week and love the way roving looks in that, so I may need roving after all. If you’re not looking for spinning supplies, there’s not a lot at Jacob’s Reward Farm. However, they do sell farm fresh eggs if you give them a call ahead of time, so I feel like this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

McKinney Knittery

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - McKinney Knittery

The McKinney Knittery is my home base of yarn stores, where I go once a week for knit night and generally keep up with their stock. They are an easy favorite, and despite being tiny as well( Their address is 106 1/2 S Church St! It’s like Harry Potter or something!), they stock an impressive array. I went mostly to check out the Lazy Cat trunk show, though they’ve gotten in Madelinetosh and Long Dog yarns since I was there(on Saturday), so I may have to go back!

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - McKinney Knittery

While we were there, we were able to visit the shop owner Ginger, her puppy, and her husband, who was stationed outside making root beer floats. You guys know I can’t turn down a good root beer float. I didn’t buy anything at McKinney Knittery, because I am saving myself for their Hedgehog Fibers shipment (though I could maybe be persuaded if some Long Dog yarn matches the fade I’m putting together), but I will be back in the near, near future and I’m always excited to see what is new. 

Fiber Circle

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - Fiber Circle

Whenever we get a new knitter at knit night, they invariably get asked this cryptic question, “Have you been to Fiber Circle yet?” Despite my best efforts, I had never been there prior to this weekend. My mom and I tried to drive up to Farmersville to go there once, but it was closed. I’ve heard that it has strange, unpredictable hours, and that sometimes you have to call first before going. The phrase “call first” elicits a huge “nope” response for me, since calling people is a huge part of my job and I prefer not to do it in my off time. Hence, I’d never been to Fiber Circle. 

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - Fiber Circle

My lovely, dashing hubby was so kind to drive me up to Fiber Circle during the yarn crawl and he got to witness it with me. All I can say is, now I know what people are talking about! Fiber Circle is the biggest yarn store in the DFW area. It might even be the biggest yarn store in Texas. and it is stuffed! Like, to the ceiling. Fiber Circle was freaking The Hubs out, and he’s normally pretty chill about yarn!

2017 DFW Yarn Crawl - Fiber Circle

I’ve never seen so much yarn in one place. They have yarn of every different type, from hand dyed to Lion Brand. The only catch is that you have to find it in their store! I couldn’t tell if there was a system to what yarns went where, but it’s not easy to find things there. That said, the staff did checked on us frequently, and we were able to find what we needed. I did pick up one skein here, so add to my Find Your Fade stash. It’s coming along nicely…

Find Your Fade

So far I’ve kept it local on this yarn crawl. With a lot of family and church stuff going on, I wasn’t ready for a huge trek to Fort Worth. Plus it gives me something to do next year! I’m hoping to hit a few more of the Dallas shops, just to round out my passport. My husband even offered to drive me there….

Anyone else doing any yarn shopping this weekend? What are you looking for.

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5 Shawls I Can’t Wait to Cast On

August 10, 2017
5 Shawls I Cant Wait to Cast On

Hello everyone! What at week it’s been! I was caught by surprised with a little stomach bug this weekend, and before I could get my schedule back on track we welcomed a new niece into the world! Oh, and we started Whole 30 (mostly) again. It’s been a whirlwind. Despite all that, I was finally able to finish up my Gully shawl and block it, so pictures will be coming soon! 

I’m approaching the tail end of my summer knitting list and my strength is waning. I’ve got cast-on-itis. Give me all the bright colors. Or all the neutral colors. Or literally anything other than what I’m supposed to be knitting. right. now… (Not that my current project is bad. It’s totally not it’s fault. I’m just not feeling it this week.) 

So of course, my eye has been wandering a little bit. I’m anxiously waiting for Fall, so shawls are on my mind. I’m slowly putting together a small fade (5 colors), but I’m 3 colors in and I’m stuck. I’ve also got a nice skein of gray tonal sock yarn that could become a lovely wardrobe stable. Of course, there’s always the option of new yarn, but I’m trying to save my pennies.  With this in mind, here are some of the patterns that have caught my eye lately:

Aperture  by Ambah O’Brien

Aperture - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Aperture represents my favorite style of shawl; light, symmetrical and polished. It looks airy enough for early fall and the lace means that you can get the most out of one skein on yarn. I could see myself wearing a shawl like this, either in gray, or in my leftover Quince and Co. Finch in Honey from my Tegna Sweater. It can be knit in two sizes (small shown) but since I’m limited on yarn I would probably stick to the smaller version.

For You by Julia Swart

For You - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

This is where you can start to see my fade angst creeping in. For You is a shawl designed for the use of leftover yarn or mini skeins. I’m tempted to just put together a bundle of mini skeins to satisfy my loud and bright (and speckled!) cravings. I don’t really have a lot of bright scraps from my projects. (If anyone wants to swap leftovers, hit me up!) I like For You because it’s a manageable shawl size; not shlanket sized like Find Your Fade. It’s a simple, easy to interpret pattern that lends itself to multiple adaptations. I don’t know how long I can hold off my craving for brights, but For You is calling me…

Soft Sunday by Suvi Simola

Soft Sunday - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Aaand we’re back to neutrals! Soft Sunday looks exactly how it sounds. Soft, squishy and comforting. I love the imagery that the name give. It incorporates garter stitch, which I happen to love, and some lace for interest. I love it just as it’s shown in the picture, in a creamy neutral. I could see this working in a gray, mustard or muted blue as well. Honestly, it would look good in pretty much any of YOTH’s colorways. Soft Sunday would make a great late fall, early winter shawl. We’ll see if it makes it onto my knit list.

Nelia by Ambah O’Brien

Nelia - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Nelia might look like the same thing as Aperture and it’s by the same designer, but don’t be fooled! It’s is actually more parallelogram in shape than triangular. This shawl does not come to a point in the middle, but stays straight. This is SUPER appealing to me, because I usually wear my shawls as scarves and I have having to check to make sure my point in centered. This takes care of the problem. I’m also a sucker for that toffee color… Out of all the shawls featured today, this might be my favorite.

Stormy Sky Shawl by Life is Cozy

Stormy Sky - 5 Shawls I'm Itching to Cast On

Are you noticing a color trend yet?? I want it to be Fall already… I was drawn to Stormy Sky because of it’s tassels. Aren’t they the cutest? It’s a very Harry Potter vibe if you ask me. I think they add just the right touch to create interest in this shawl. Without the tassels, I don’t know that this shawl would really stand out. With tassels, it looks like it’s waiting for a nice window seat with a favorite book and a cup of tea (preferably while it rains outside). The Stormy Sky shawl seems very on trend with non knitting fashion as well. I could totally see a non knitter wearing this too.