Square 3

Despite having multiple projects on needles right now I’ve been unmotivated by all of them so I decided it was time to complete another square.  I went into my yarn room and came out with a ball of purple yarn I bought at a store in Montpellier, France.  It is called Puerto by Lang Yarns.  It’s a fun yarn.  I’ve done nothing with it yet but bought a few balls so I’m sure the perfect project will come along.

In September, 2010 my friend Michelle and I set out on a knitting tour to France led by knitting author, Kristeen Griffin-Grimes.  We spent a day travelling to Montpellier.  I loved the city the moment we pulled in!  I spent the day with two of the girls we met on the trip, Mindy and Leslie.  We got lunch at an outside cafe and then set out in search of the yarn store.  We were so excited when we turned down a little alley street and saw the cutest sign and shop window for a store called Avant Apres.  We were very sad to find it was closed but upon closer inspection found it was just closed for lunch.  We wandered around the streets to kill time before the store opened again.  We found a kitchen gadget store that took up most of the time.  Somehow kitchen gadget stores are fascinating no matter what country you are in!

After the lunch break we headed back.  We found the woman in the shop to be very friendly to us Americans.  She even spoke a fair amount of English.  The shop had lots of yarn, a lot of it available here in the States.  They also had a ton of buttons, notions, ribbons and other odds and ends that were beautiful.  The woman was so kind that when I asked where the nearest public restroom was (hard to find in France…) she allowed me to use the one in the shop.  It was basically a toilet in the closet which was its own unique experience.

Side note – was not able to get a real good picture of this one so it’s a little dark and the yarn is much more purple even though it seems blue in this picture…

Square 2

Yesterday I had a really long day at work and when I finally got home and sat down to knit I knew all I was going to be able to do was knit, back and forth in straight rows without counting or following a pattern.  That meant it was a perfect night to work on another square.  It required no thinking and I knew I could finish it in one night and feel I had accomplished something.
This yarn is Adriafil Knitcol and the colorway is Rainbow.  I love variegated yarns in rainbow colors and always want to see what they look like knitted up.  I bought this yarn at Churchmouse Yarns & Tea on Bainbridge Island, WA.  Seattle was a side trip on my way back from Alaska.  I had a full day, having arrived in Seattle late on a Friday night and I was taking a red eye leaving Saturday night.  Prior to leaving on the trip I was talking to a friend who was familiar with the Seattle area and he recommended Bainbridge Island.  He said that despite my short time frame and the need to take a ferry it was worth the trip.  Being me, I did a little research on it and to my delight found that there was a store that combined two of my favorite things!!!  The first thing I did on Saturday morning was take the ferry over to the island.  It only got better when I found out there was an awesome ice cream shop next to the yarn/tea store.  The store was full of fun yarns and friendly people and had a cute little tea section in the back.  I picked up this yarn with no particular plan, I just really enjoyed the rainbow of colors it offered.  I’ve used it to make a few small projects here and there.  I’m so glad that I ventured over to the island and found this store.  It also allowed me to check out the island life in the Seattle area.

New Project

With the whole purchasing of a house thing this year my travel budget suffered severe cuts. During the packing and moving I “found” a lot of yarn that I’ve bought on previous trips to various places. It’s now on beautiful display in my yarn room. I’ve always thought I would make awesome things from the yarn I’ve picked up while traveling but that’s never quite happened.

I believe it was someone in my knitting group who was talking about how she keeps all of her swatches (for you non-knitters – swatches are sample squares you are supposed to make so you know what size your piece will end up being, some of us are not always patient enough to swatch first and we regret later…) on one set of needles so she can look back and remember all the projects she has made.

I thought that was a great idea but see aside in previous paragraph and you will realize I’m not always the best about swatching. But I played with the idea and thought what if I made a square from each of the yarns I’ve bought on my travels and I could continue sewing all the squares together and have an awesome souvenir afghan/blanket. This would work best if I could catalog the yarns I was using and where they were purchased otherwise in 20 years I’ll look at the afghan and wonder why I put all these non-matching yarns together…

I decided to use my blog to write an entry about the yarn I’m using at any given time. Of course, if I decide this material will be the best selling book I’ve been wanting to write the blog entries may stop so that you all have to buy the book so that I can quit my ever so fun job and live off my book royalties.

Tonight I’m going to make my first square. I’m using a yarn from Tillie Thomas called Beaded Lace Freedom. I bought it at Stitch DC (Capitol Hill location) in 2008. I was in DC with Michelle and Amanda and we had gone for the Cherry Blossom festival. The cherry blossoms were in peak form the weekend we went so we were very lucky! They are so beautiful! We had toured the capital because Amanda had never been to DC before and after our tour we found Stitch DC just around the corner. The Beaded Lace Freedom was made special just for Stitch DC so it was the perfect yarn to bring home. I have made a few Christmas ornaments with it over the years as gifts. There is a small ball left and I hope it will be enough for the first square. After we tortured Amanda at the yarn store we found a little Cuban restaurant nearby. Our nice Cuban waiter decided we needed a pitcher of mojitos and that was the start of a very fun afternoon/evening meal. I still can’t believe we actually made it back to our hotel that night!!

So, now I’m off to start the first square!!