Yarn Shop Visit: Northern Yarn

When Mr. N got offered his job here in Lancaster last fall, one of the first things I did was scope out the local yarn scene.  I was sad to see there didn’t seem to be a ton in the area we’d be living in, but figured I’d do plenty of yarn-related travel here.  Then, I heard tell of a woman who sold local wool at the twice weekly farmer’s market.  Promising!  And, not long before the move, I heard that the very same woman was soon going to be opening a yarn shop! Brilliant! I hadn’t been in Lancaster too long before I passed the shop, with the windows papered over and a note that it would be open soon.

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Stock Taking

Stock Taking

If you follow me over on Instagram, you might have seen that I finished Starting Point yesterday (queue happy dance) !

And because I’m in the somewhat unusual position of having a limited amount of yarn with me, I thought this might be a nice moment to take stock and show you what pretties I’ll be keeping myself busy with until my stash and I are reunited … which, given the speed with which our stuff will cross the ocean, won’t be until sometime in September.

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It helps, when doing an infographic, to check your spelling — that should be tegna, not tenga, oops!

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Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday!

How are we halfway through June?!?

Well, there’s been lots that caught my eye in the knitting world this week, so here’s a little batch of Friday Favorites to finish off the week!

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Clockwise from top left: (1) Yarn ball stud earrings, from Hedgling Shop, Etsy (2) Nerdy Alpaca Skein Coat, Precious Knits (3) Vatlsand Jumper, Image (C) Ella Gordon (4) Sunbeam Sweater Set, Madelinetosh 
  • I’ll confess that I already have several pairs of knitting-related earrings (because I’m cool! But also, they’re pretty subtle) and I think this pair of silver yarn balls is adorable and needs to be added to the collection, ASAP.
  • Have you seen Ella Gordon’s latest sweater design? Even though the temperature is nudging over 90 F as I type, I still really want to cast on for this woolly, worsted-weight sweater right. this. minute. — that’s true love!
  • Looking for something lighter weight to knit? How about this adorable, new lace hat by Jane Lithgow or this simple pullover from the Pom Pom anniversary reboot (I love its vintage-y feel!)
  • I stumbled across these skein coats earlier this week.  They keep your yarn ball all tidy while you knit, apparently.  How cute is this alpaca print one?!
  • So, I’ve been having a yarn buying issue lately, in that I keep wanting to buy yarn. (Ok, this is always an issue, but it’s been more intense lately!) I spied this beautiful set of yellow yarn by Madelinetosh yesterday, and I’m in love. How cute would an all yellow So Faded sweater be??  Or a sock blanket yarn all in yellow?  Must put it out of my mind … back away from the yarn …

Hope you’re all set for a lovely weekend!  What’s caught your eye this week?

 

 

 

 

Friday Favorites

Hi friends, and happy Friday! I have a small bunch of fibery Friday Favorites for you today.

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Clockwise from top left: (1) Lexi the Peerie Mouse, Image [C] KnittingJoy (2) Talmadge Cloche, Image [C] Jesse Wild (3) Scrumptiouspurl Wool & Honey, Image from Wool & Honey (4) Avion, Image [C] Katrin Schneider 
  • Joy’s delightful Lexi the Peerie Mouse.  As some of you know, I’ve been (very slowly) working on Alex the Mouse, May’s A Year of Techniques project.  I’ve loved AYoT so far — not just for the amazing patterns, but for the camaraderie and inspiration of the monthly knitalongs.  Joy’s skillful adaptation of the Alex the Mouse pattern is so cute and lovely — I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of looking at it.  You can see lots more adorable pictures and read the details of Joy’s adaptation on her Ravelry project page, linked above.  Joy is KnittingJoy on Ravelry and joyous360 on Instagram — she’s a beautiful knitter with a wonderful color sense — definitely check out some of her other projects as well!
  • And while we’re on the subject of AYoT, I’m absolutely in love with June’s project, the Talmadge Cloche by Romi Hill.  I’m excited for a bit of lace knitting, and I love that the hat has a very vintage feel while being totally wearable.  I’m casting on this weekend, despite having too many WIPs on the needles already.
  • This new sweater, designed by Katrin Schneider (I particularly like this test knit version).  What a great wardrobe staple it would make!
  • I’m a big admirer of Scrumptiouspurl’s self striping yarn (I don’t have any myself, but I love her Instagram feed), and I love this new color, exclusive to Wool and Honey.  I’m very tempted …. except for the fact that I really have no business getting new sock yarn!

That’s it for today — thanks as always for stopping by.  And I’d love to hear what’s caught your eye this week!!