Some weekends, there's more sitting and visiting than knitting. People are between projects or just want to chill a bit with friends.
Yesterday, however, found Mary Anne starting a new sweater for herself, Connie working on a baby sweater, Karen working on her second Multidirectional Diagonal Scarf, and Lynn showing off tons of baby stuff she'd recently finished.
Check out Connie's cute scarf. This isn't handmade but it sure could be. It was really cute! The body of the scarf looked like seed stitch and then there were crocheted flowers dangling from what looked like kumihimo braids. I-cord would work fine, too. I think I want to try my hand at one of these. It was REALLY cute!
After my favorite lunch - Fuji Apple Chicken Salad - at Panera's, I headed to Springboro to knit with Women With A Point.
They meet at several different local businesses each Saturday and were at Dorothy Lane Market (DLM) yesterday. DLM reminds me of Whole Foods in their layout and design. It's a wonderful place to meet with Boston Stoker coffee and anything you could possibly want for nibbles or lunch. There's a large meeting area
upstairs with lots of tables and chairs. There was even a restroom at the ready so I could run in and wet my yarn to spit-splice it. There was also a pianist who played who played the entire time we met.
There was quite a nice group at DLM - probably at least fifteen knitters. Some of the ladies I had already met. Others were new to me. They were all busily knitting away when I arrived. There were critters, felted bags, scarves, sweaters, shawls, etc. in the making.
These cute little critters (beaver, hippo, and bear) were all made by Merry. I love the beaver's tail and teeth!
I haven't done any felting in awhile but between visiting Meg and seeing these bags yesterday, I'm itching to do one, too. The red and black bag was made by Karen and the black and gray one by Theresa. Both of them were felted so nicely.
Donna was crocheting Babette in Arcaucania cotton. Don't know why I didn't get a picture of it. Maybe next weekend. The colors reminded my of spring flowers. This will be the perfect throw to keep the spring chill at bay.
I finished off the afternoon with a quick trip to Germantown to see the new location for Ball and Skein. Dinah and Sara also left the Springboro knitting group and rode out to check out the shop.
Susan very recently moved her shop just a block down on the opposite side of the street. It's new location used to be an antique shop. Now it is the quintessential cozy warm-your-toes by the fire yarn shop.
As I have mentioned before, each knitting shop has its own personality. Its own feel. I think people are drawn to shops because of their ambience. Different people look and like different feels - or atmospheres - to a shop. This said, Ball and Skein is now situated in an old building with years of history in its walls. Having lived for 25 years in a 1790 home, I can tell you there's just a certain feel to being in a building like this. Well, at least to me.
The new Ball and Skein is so cute! (Check out Susan's blog.) Susan has incorporated antique cupboards, doughboards, and other vintage pieces that give her shop a truly homey feel. The shop has a big star painted on the floor in the front room. There are also big windows, a fireplace, a back porch and small yard. I can just envision dyed yarn hanging out to dry on the porch or knitters gathered around picnic tables in the backyard knitting in the sunshine or shade.
Another major reason people are drawn to certain shops is, of course, the yarn selection. Susan offers a nice variety of yarns from Cascade, Opal, Punta, Dream in Color, Araucania, Fiber Optic, Briar Rose, Jo sharp, Fleece Artist, and many more. You'll also find lots of one-of-a-kind yarns from various independent dyers. Spinners will also be at home at Ball and Skein with a beautiful choice of roving.
When I mentioned to someone the other day that I couldn't believe all the knitting shops in the area, I was so surprised to hear them say that there used to be many more. She said a lot have closed. That's why I like to support my local shops. That, and the fact that packages in the mail just don't give me as many warm fuzzies as a good sit-and-knit at a yarn shop with friends.
Now, I said that Gabriel's Wings would be finished yesterday and it was!!!!!! Blocked it this morning.
Drums beat and trumpets toot at this point.
Here it is!
So, what's next on my needles? Finish the Pur felted mittens and knit another 198 yds. of Heaven.