8.22.2013

yarn, sister love, & online friends becoming real! ;)


I think it's high time I told you a bit about my trip to Virginia WA.. particularly the part about going to fibre space!!! of course seeing my family was the highlight of my trip... but honestly, going to fiber space, and meeting Sandra of duck duck wool rates awfully high! I was giddy.. so so excited! I knew I wanted to go yarn shopping while on holidays, but I wasn't about to drag everyone around so I could touch and feel yarn in every store... so I picked just one. (I know, right? that's so nice of me!) and it was fibre space. and I loved it! oh my goodness! my baby sister came with me, which is awesome, because she's picked up knitting in the past year or so, and has grown by leaps and bounds! guys, she's just finishing up her first Georgia! and trust me it looks awesome!

but i'm getting ahead of myself... haha anyways, we arrived before it opened... just in time to grab a lunch but not before I had to pose for a pic. (told you I was excited!)



honestly, this is the cutest store! I love their set up. having a place to sit comfortably and chat away is so important... and I love how cozy this space looks!

 
I am loving this deer above the fireplace!
 
of course I left with a little haul. (i may have mentioned that in an earlier post) hee hee... want to see what I snagged? of course you do!
 
 
I made sure to do some research before I came out, so that I knew what I wanted to scope out.. there were some amazing yarns there!
I also wanted to be sure I would buy yarns I would have a hard time getting at home.... and something I've never knit with before...
 
 

just before I left, I had heard about dye for yarn in a ravelry in a forum. something I knew I wanted to try. funny though, it's the first I've heard of this yarn, but apparently there is a pretty huge following! I had to get 2 skeins though. this colour is so rich, and I wanted the option of knitting up something bigger if I needed. with the name hot desire, I kind of had to get more than one. ;)
 
 
 
 
I have always wanted to knit with string theory colorworks. always. and now that i'm getting into sock knitting, I would be dumb not to have bought this skein. haha. this colourway is called: solar flare.. kind of fitting since we went to so many space museums. hahah and the stripe pattern works up with 10 rows orange, 10 rows red, 10 rows yellow. weee!
 
 
 
 
 
I have had my eye on the uncommon thread for a long time. I've never ever knit with it before.. and I know I will love knitting with this skein. it's uber lux at 50/50 merino wool and silk and this colour is amazing! brassica. swoon.
 
 
 
 
 
I also wanted to be sure to buy something local to the area... and this gorgeous skein by neighborhood fiber co. just had to come home with me. the colour is edgewood, and I feel like it's one of those colourways that can change a bit depending on the lighting. it's really quite stunning. Sandra was telling me that neighborhood fibre co. has been a part of fibre space since the very beginning. i'm excited to work with this!
 
 
 
 
of course the lovely Sandra was so nice to also gift me a skein of her very own yarns! guys, if you haven't had a chance to check out her etsy shop yet, you really, really should. Sandra has such a knack for colour. and her bases are amazing! this skein is called night bokeh. it's seriously beautiful!
 
 
 
having the opportunity to meet Sandra face to face was awesome! the knitting community is such a close one, and it amazes me the people I've had a chance to meet through ravelry and the blog. we chatted at the cute nook in the shop, and the time just flew by!  Sandra managed to snag a pic of my sister holding her new yarns too... see that skein of the string theory? that's some amazing pinks and red! isn't my sister cute?
 
 
 
of course we weren't leaving without a pic ... and huge thanks to les for taking this one :) (Sandra, your camera takes awesome pics!!!) I had such a blast! and I hope to see Sandra again some day. also to have been able to share this side of me with my sister was pretty special too! (and yah, that mannequin is creepy).
 
 
so there you have it :) this was definitely a highlight for me. and i'd go back in a heartbeat! do you have a fave experience of travelling and finding the perfect yarn store? have you knit with any of these yarns before? have you had a chance to meet up with other ravelers/bloggers ? come chat! these topics make me smile. xo


16 comments:

  1. Wow, I got some nice special mentions in this post!!! :)
    I had such a good time with you at the yarn store, I can't wait until we can do that kind of thing again together!
    xoxox

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    1. I loved showing you this side of the knitting and ravelry world! xoxo I forget what was the other skein you bought? and are you ready to cast on your socks yet? maybe you and I should do a little sock kal when you're ready! xo

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  2. What a wonderful post ... I almost felt like I was with you (wish I was) and your photos are fantastic. What beautiful women you ALL are!

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  3. you have me blushing! xoxo evelyn one of these days i'm certain we will meet! won't that be amazing? xo

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  4. Well you were closer to me on your holiday in a different country than when you are when you're at home. :)
    Looks like a fun trip and lucky you meeting the lovely Sandra!

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    1. it's so crazy hey? I feel like we all are so close, yet so far away.... i'll have to definitely keep you posted if we're ever posted to the other coast. xo

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  5. hey, that's my yarn! And me!!! What a wonderful day that was. Meeting you and Amy and Les was amazing. Did you catch me staring?? You and your sister are so lovely, and it was just surreal. So glad it worked out, though I had no doubt as it was meant to be. Til next time!! xoxoxo :).

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    1. you're funny.. staring? haha. honestly i'm so happy it all worked out! the visit was far too short, and really the perfect setting... we will certainly see each other again!! xoxoxo

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  6. oh i've been coveting a lot of that yarn! can't wait to see what you knit with them! xo

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    1. now just to find the time, hey? xo

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  7. Wow! Lovely yarns! I loved visiting Alexandria a few years ago. Now you've given me a reason to go back. ;) I can't wait to see what you knit up with these pretties.

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    1. thank you! isn't Alexandria soooo pretty? how far away are you? xo

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  8. I find such inspiration from my Ravelry friends. How cool to meet one in person! Sounds like the best time. I've heard of many of these yarns but never used them. I do, however, have my skein of duck duck wool that Ive been saving for a potential shawl KAL, but I'm not sure how much longer I can wait. It is so lovely.

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    1. i'm hoping for that same shawl kal to happen! (well at least I think it's the same kal. haha) and yes, so wonderful to finally meet in person. I wish I could meet all of you ravelry and blogger friends! xoxoo

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