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Local Yarn Shops

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

I make it my mission when we go away on holiday to find the little local yarn shops selling locally hand dyed yarn, and now floof too!  I’m just back from a trip to Florida and Vegas where I managed to visit 5 lovely little shops :o)

The first, A Bit O’ Yarn in Englewood didn’t seem to have any hand dyed yarn but did have a sale table ;o) I bought some lovely purple rafia to crochet a new hat and Chris chose some pink yarn for more socks :o)

Next up was Needlefish Yarns in Venice where I found some beautiful yarn hand dyed by Emma’s Yarn in this amazing Mexican Wedding Dress colourway. The shop was full of beautiful yarn, but a lot came from Ireland which seemed a bit crazy to buy in Florida! The lady in the shop even wound the yarn into a ball for me so I could get started on my next pair of socks whilst on holiday :o)

The final stop in Florida was to A Good Yarn in Sarasota. They were in the process of moving to new premises but still had some floof on display (and a lot of amazing yarn I somehow resisted!) I bought some lovely merino, bamboo, silk mix which was their fiber for Spinzilla :o) It’s beautiful :o)

Chris chose some bright neon fiber for me to play with and I also picked up a couple of replacement pin loom weaving needles as I’ve been having such a hard time finding them in the UK :o)

Once we were in Vegas I already knew of one yarn shop as I’ve been there before! Sin City Knit Shop has a good selection of local hand dyed yarn and I’d seen online that they had a new colourway for the local ice hockey team. Not that I know anything about ice hockey, but I wanted some anyway! ;o)

They’d actually sold out, but the owner asked her locals who were sitting knitting if anyone had an unused skein and happily sold me the yarn already wound into balls ;o) Chris chose some yarn and a pattern for a new hat too :o)

Oh, and they had a “trunk show” – a new to me phrase I had thankfully researched before being led into the back room ;o) Greenwood Fiberworks from Utah had sent a selection of beautiful yarn and fibre and I couldn’t resist this amazing rainbow braid with added sparkles :o)

The last stop was a new place in Vegas which had somehow never shown up in previous hunts despite having existed for years. Golden Needle Arts looks like a cross stitch kind of place mostly, but actually contains supplies for all kinds of crafts. I picked up some lovey purple malabrigo fibre and got to stroke a lot of kitties too :o)

Rainbow Mitts

Friday, October 19th, 2018

I ordered these beautiful rainbow rolags from Barn2Yarn which were quickly dubbed “rainbow snails” by my husband :o)  There were 11 in total, not just 4!

I like to pre-draft quite enthusiastically before I spin. This means my hands don’t have to do so much whilst I’m treadling and helps me achieve more consistent results :o)

It was really enjoyable watching the bobbin fill up with each rainbow :o) There were 11 snails in total so I put 6 on one bobbin and 5 on the other. It soon became apparent that there was more yellow than anything else in these rainbows and that getting the colours to line up wasn’t going to work!

Plying proved my suspicion and there is yellow throughout most of the yarn. I managed a fairly consistent Aran weight turning 97g into 140m.

I decided a pair of fingerless gloves would use up the yarn nicely and chose a fairly simple pattern so as not to detract from the yarn. The Eureka Valley Mitts seemed to fit the bill :o)

The pattern worked up quickly and it was lovely to see the rainbow stripes appearing as I knitted :o)

The finished gloves are super warm and snuggly :o) A little longer than I really needed, but I really like the faux cables :o)

I turned the leftover yarn into little squares using my pin loom and I was amazed by how different the yarn looks like this! :o)