Monday, July 18, 2011

Hubby feeds my addiction

In case anyone ever doubted me, of course I'd be able to find the only yarn shop within a 100 mile radius.

A couple weekends ago, Hubby and I visited the PA Renaissance Faire's Celtic Fling weekend with a bunch of our friends.  One of my friends teaches at an Irish dance studio and her class was performing that weekend.  It was a lot of fun because I'd never seen them perform before and I actually do enjoy Irish dancing.  Throw in lots of drinks and yummy food, and you're in for a good weekend (even if some random guy in a kilt walks up to you and just sticks his face in your sangria for no apparent reason).

While wandering around, we came across a shop by the KareDan Farming Initiative.  Lo and behold, they were selling handspun, hand-dyed yarn.  Hubby was nice enough to buy some for me because he knows I have a problem.

Here's the hank I chose in all its glory:



I love the colors - now I just need to find a project :)  It's about 100 yards, so it'll definitely have to be knit, and it'll most likely be a hat.  Maybe I'll whip something up after I mail out this current round of Traveling Scarves. 

I'm also excited because I'll get to use the ball winder Hubby got me for Valentine's Day.  I tried using it on a hank of sock yarn I bought awhile ago, but being that I didn't read the directions, I only managed to create a huge knot.  For many hours, I sat in Knitter's Hell trying to unknot everything, but it was of no use.  I finally just gave up.  Hopefully this goes a little better for me!

Summer is in full swing here.  We just got back from a wedding in Long Island and this weekend brings a trip to NYC.  We're pretty busy the rest of the summer, and then I have some dental work coming up next week that I'm really not looking forward to.  Ugh.  What I am looking forward to is relaxing for a weekend sometime in the distant future :)

Friday, July 1, 2011

Finished - Patriotic Crochet-A-Long Coasters & Placemat

Well, here are my finished coasters, plus a 4th of July potholder I made to match!





The yarn for the potholder isn't exactly thick enough to be a potholder, so instead I'm using it as a mat for under our lemonade pitcher.  Too cute.  Here's the pattern for the potholder if anyone's interested!  And, of course, the coaster pattern is here.

Thanks again to Megan for inspiring all of us to make some holiday-themed goodies.  I can't wait to use them this weekend, and I'm looking forward to catching up on everyone else's blogs to see what you all came up with :)
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