I Found Myself in Knitters' Heaven!!
I got back from Victoria with my daughter late this afternoon. It was such a wonderful time spent with her in a city that she knows so well. She went to University there and also lived there for a few years before she moved away with her DH! I wish we had taken more time to just be together in the years she has lived here, but no point in dwelling on the past. She is one wonderful woman, and everything was her treat to me. This was my Mother's Day and birthday gift combined!
The weather was changeable, but that does not stop a shopper. One of the first stops was to the Beehive Wool Shop and it was wonderful. Unfortunately, the first clerk I dealt with was not experienced, she was helpful, but then we all have to start somewhere. I went with a few patterns in mind, and I have one comment about patterns! If a pattern is written for a specific yarn, I wish the yardage of the yarn per ball or skein were included. It is difficult to substitute when
(1) you are not sure of the yardage of the skeins mentioned,
(2) you have to substitute, as the yarn shop does not carry the particular yarn mentioned in the pattern,
(3) I don't mind buying an extra ball, but sometimes you do not get to complete the project right away and then you cannot get the same dye lot
(4) at the cost of yarn, I hate to buy several extra balls!
Perhaps all of these comments are just me, but I sure would like to see yardage mentioned on skeins or balls!
I got to see and feel the Silk and Seaweed yarn that Fleece Artist carries, and I need to save my pennies for some of that. The colours are just beautiful and the feel is fantastic. I can see a nice shawl, wrap or scarf!
I had my heart set on getting some Fleece Artist, and below are my purchases. I plan to make a Flower Basket Shawl from the Silk Stream ($45.00 a skein)- I know, it will be #3, but I love the pattern and the yarn reminds me of pansies! This will be a project to remind me of my daughter's and my visit to Victoria before she moves to Germany for four years.
It is Silk Stream by Fleece Artist
which is 50% Wool, 30% Silk and 20% Nylon. Each 250g skein holds approximately 600m!!
Then, since it is the Summer of the Sock for me, I bought two skeins of Merino Wool by Fleece Artist, and a 115g skein holds 325m. These cost $22.00 C each, so I did not think that was too expensive. Some special socks will be knit with it and the second picture is of Jawoll Superwash and I have it sitting beside the Best of Show Socks in Socks, Socks, Socks!
I will write more in another post of sharing time with my daughter! But I want to include a photo of me with the Yarn Swift that J made for me and me balling my Silk Stream Yarn. As I write this blog, J is balling up the sock yarn. Now you know why I have been married to him for almost 46 years. He is a real keeper!!