I’m not sure it counts as a yarn crawl when you only visit one stop. In any case, I did have a smidgen of fun shopping at yarn crawl. I came home with a lot of lovely Teresa Ruch as well as some Broken Pattern merino, yak, silk and Spinner ‘ s Candy superwash merino. I also found something I definitely didn’t need: a new yarn bowl. It came home with me anyway.
I realized a few days ago that I have not shared my stash acquisitions for some time. There would be fewer stash acquisitions, but the Knitting Basket in McMinnville was closing and I took advantage of a sale. The Knitting Basket is no longer closing, has a new owner, and will be reopening soon. At the time though, I couldn’t pass up the sales.
And then this delightful skein of Lilliput at Black Sheep at Orenco jumped into my cleavage and refused to budge. It’s my color. It’s my perfect color. And the dyer said there were only 2 skeins of this. It was an accident and she didn’t know how to remake it. I couldn’t let go of it. So. No more stash acquisitions for a while. It’s time for production. Lots of gifts to make for Christmas.
One of the two shops that are close to me has moved. The Knitting Bee is now very close to my friend Yuh-Chi’s house. I wanted to see the new place, so I took a little drive one day and once I found the shop, I might have made a small purchase. It really was small. Just the one skein. Malabrigo is hard to resist you know.
Then I popped over to visit Yuh-Chi and we decided to get manicures. I haven’t had one since my wedding. I have to admit, the gel polish lasts far longer than traditional polish. I’m already on day 12 and still no chips!
I happened to go wandering around the yard when I came home and was excited to see that my comfrey survived the winter and has started to grow. This is important for my rabbits because comfrey can often alleviate stomach ailments. Plus it has pretty flowers and I like pretty flowers.
Last Thursday I went to a yarn store closing in the Portland area. It was the first day of the retirement sale and since I came at the opening it was quite packed. I found just a few things to take home, but sadly stood in line for 2 hours waiting to checkout. This was my view while I waited. I found myself chit chatting with the ladies around me while we waited in line. Our conversation ranged from rabbit poop to gardens to lunch spots and more. lol
Here was my modest pile of purchases. Some Plymouth Encore to make sweaters for
Avi’s our nephew. Malabrigo Arroyo, Pagewood Alyeska, and Berroco Sock rounded out my purchases.
I’ve been knitting a little more in the last few months, which means that the stash has been depleted a bit. Since most of what I’ve been knitting has been socks, I needed some more sock yarn. Makes sense, right? And, being in a new place means trying out the new yarn shops.
The first four skeins come from Boersma’s Knitting Basket in McMinnville, OR. I travel to McMinnville each month for my lace meeting so it makes sense that I tried this yarn store. It’s large with a wide selection. Some of my favorite yarns are in residence, though some are missing. So far, I have bought yarn both times I have been in Boersma’s. I’ll have to try for more will power since I’m popping in every month. lol
The last two skeins come from the Knitting Bee in Beaverton, OR. They have a nice shop, a good group, and loyal customers. This shop is only 20 minutes from my house, so I could go join the knitting group, but I’m more of a solitary knitter. I had a really nice chat with the shop workers when I was there. It was a busy place too.
So, these are my stash acquisitions since my move to Oregon. Not too much, and not too little, I think it’s Goldilocks. lol