Does the saying of April showers bring May flowers include metaphorical showers? Because April so far has been real, real tough.
A few weeks ago, we unexpectedly had to say goodbye to our cat. I have been devastated ever since. I’ve barely been able to muster the energy to get to work, let alone knit but last night I was finally in the mood to start something new.
If you remember, during the Rose City Yarn Crawl, I picked up a skein of Alexandra’s Crafts Agate Beach in Black Gems Purple.
Brand: Alexandra’s Crafts
Yarn: Agate Beach
Color: Black Gems Purple
I’ve been itching to try making a shawl again and I knew this yarn would be PERFECT. So I poked around on Ravelry for a while and found the pattern Eyeblink by Heidi Alander that totally pushes all my buttons and will work for the yardage I have!
I briefly considered doing a gauge swatch but it’s a shawl…so, whatever.
I’m sure this won’t come back to bite me in the ass.
In the meantime, I cast on and have made some progress!
I finally finished The V-Scarf! It only took 400 years. And I still haven’t blocked it. But the knitting’s done!
It was knit in Malabrigo Rios in Fresco y Seco. I love Malabrigo for pretty much everything but especially if the item is next to skin.
The only real issue I had was with the grafting. Trying to pull out the provisional cast on was, well, a disaster. I made it work but it definitely could have been better.
Originally I made this for a friend of mine. A nice warm scarf finished just in in time for spring. *sigh*
I’ve been working on a sock that I started…uh…a while ago?
I just went through old posts and it looks like the last time I talked about it was back in February of 2015. So, it’s been languishing for years…seesh.
Pattern is Monkey Socks by Cookie A
Yarn is from Nomadic Yarns in Trusty Sock in the colorway “Erotic Friend Fiction”.
It has been fun working on it – I tend to work on it in the morning and at night since I can’t really take the pattern with me on the train.
During the Rose City Yarn Crawl this year, I went to 8 yarn shops in the Portland area I hadn’t been to before. I thought it would be fun to write about some of them!
The Starlight Knitting Society is a super cool shop in SE Portland. The building is two-story. The bottom floor is compact but they maximize the space. It’s also gorgeous, I love the floors and the shelves. It’s basically how I want my someday house to look. Along with yarn, they had some awesome cross-stitch kits and fun yarn-themed pins. This is where I got the awesome enamel pins by Spincycle Yarns.
This brings me to what I really enjoyed about Starlight Knitting Society – the store feels cool. Sometimes you go into a yarn store and it’s clear they’re trying to be as unoffensive as possible to cater to as many people as possible. Which is a totally valid way to run a business. Starlight though had “Nasty Woman” cross stitch kits, pins that said “I feel like knit” and everything felt modern and fun.
They also have an upstairs where it looks like they have knit nights and classes. Most yarn stores have a place to sit and knit, but usually it’s in the middle of the store. Having this space upstairs away from the shop makes it feel like less of an inconvenience. That you can sit and relax for a while without taking up space in the shop proper. This may be my social anxiety talking though.
If you’re ever in the Portland area and have some time, I’d highly recommend stopping by The Starlight Knitting Society!
I definitely enjoyed myself on this year’s Crawl. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ve already seen these pics but for those of you who don’t, please enjoy my stash enhancement.
This weekend was the Rose City Yarn Crawl and despite coming down with a cold, I managed to actually complete it!
Thursday I walked down to to a shop near work. Then got hit with a bastard of a cold, so I didn’t do any on Friday. Then Saturday I managed to get to the other 2 downtown locations.
Which left 8 stores to complete on Sunday.
Somehow, I totally managed it! I spent WAY too much money on yarn. Like. WAY TOO MUCH.
But I had fun, completed the passport, visited a bunch of stores I hadn’t been to before and got some cool stuff.
Check back for pics of stuff I picked up along with reviews of some of the new to me yarn shops!
Matt. DO NOT READ THIS ONE.
The secret quilt is coming along.
I was able to work on it over my weekend and before work yesterday (not having to be at work until 1:30pm definitely has it’s bonuses).
90% of the people I follow on Instagram are crafty people. Knitters, spinners, quilters, sewers, planner people, etc. Most of the time this is great. I find Instagram to be a nice sea of calm instead of the turbulent, depressing hole that is Twitter.
This weekend though. THIS WEEKEND?
It’s Stitches West. And Quiltcon. AT THE SAME TIME.
I am beyond jealous of everyone who is at these conventions this weekend. I haven’t been to any sort of convention in ages let alone one that caters to crafty goodness. Every picture I’m seeing from these events are filling me with envy.
That being said, I hope everyone has a blast!
In the meantime, Rose City Yarn crawl is coming up in a few weeks and I think I’m going to try and hit a few shops. Black Sheep is in June and OFFF is September. I know there are quilting/sewing festivals here too…I just need to get my finger on the pulse and start getting out there!
Have you ever been to one of these big events? What is your dream event to go someday?