This week has been difficult for me with the horrible murders on Monday. Between the bawlings and hysterics, I managed to fit in some happier moments to distract me. No, work does not count! 😉 First there are the “big swaps” of Secret Pal 10, Knitters Treat Exchange, and Sockapalooza. While reading up on my spoilees for SP10 and KTE, I have been trying to organize my stash which I now admit is at SABLE (stash accumulated beyond life expectancy) status. (It took me a good chunk of time to determine that I have made the achievement.) Along with the exchanges, Knittyboard and Knitter’s Review have swaps so I can trade the yarn for items that I have been checking out. There are some items “in the fire” so to speak, but I will have a list posted on its own page in case anyone is interested.
I had two other types of distractions this week: a pair of concerts, and a pair of new yarn shops. The concerts were both at the Providence Performing Arts Center, lovingly known in Rhode Island as PPAC. Tuesday night was Norah Jones, and Thursday night was Harry Connick, Jr. I am only a “casual” fan of Miss Jones, but she is incredible in person. I do believe the effect was from the fact that we were in third-row seats. 🙂 Harry Connick, Jr. is quite an entertainer. He has a bit of sarcastic wit pouring off his tongue. I felt awfully bad for the woman who brought him flowers (“I must tell you that these are going in the trash after this concert.”) and the woman who brought his father’s CD (“You have been flashing that thing in my eyes so much, my corneas are all burnt.”), but nothing could top when he told this 12 year-old boy that he knew the kid would rather be seeing Justin Timberlake and was stuck with Harry. Yup, pretty hard words. I am relieved that our seats for Harry were much further back than Norah’s concert.
The two yarn shops I visited this weekend are different in style and composition. Since Knitters’ Nook has later hours than most by closing at 8PM, I decided to drop in the shop after work on Friday. I was not familiar with the location, but careful driving (aka, following the speed limit) allowed me to spot the address of “152” on the grey brick building. Sharon and Mike have filled their shop with lots of Berroco and KFI yarny goodness. The light pine cabinetry and shelving give a cosy feeling to match the welcoming sectional and country table. The atmosphere is one of a country cottage — warm and inviting. I look forward to dropping in the store on Fridays!
Before I discuss the second store, I must chat about one of my favorite LYS to hang out and knit. While the “Yarns at Lacewings” Warwick and Pawtucket locations each have a distinct style and inventory, both offer a welcoming feel when walking in to knit or for browsing. I had dropped in on Thursday and Mary had pointed out a new line she was carrying, J. Knits. The irony here is that I saw the yarn in a catalog, and was thinking about getting some. Looking closely at the photo below, the caked up silk/merino hanks in the Providence colorway sure are pretty! Please note that the Warwick location has “sit-n-knits” on the second and fourth Sundays. During this Sunday’s sit-n-knit, I worked on my Hokie Hope secret project, which is a pattern I designed but cannot show yet. I am checking to see if I can get it formally published. Yes, I am a tease. Here is another tease, though I know I need to thin my stash, I found the yarn for my VK SS2005 #23 pattern – a hooded lace cardigan. More photos on that when I get a chance, but it is Louisa Harding’s Angora in #1 colorway. Gee, more Hokie colors of orange and maroon. What a surprise.
After hanging out at Lacewings, I drove out to the just-about-a-month-old Fresh Purls on Providence’s Hope Street. The stark white walls and cabinetry offer a crisp fresh feeling that matched the Providence Eastside’s local. Like the Warwick Lacewings location, that same clean look feels Scandinavian and tidy. The various handpainted yarns called out to me, and like the J. Knits, demanded to be touched and petted. I finally settled on some sock yarn: Sunshine Yarn and Dream of Color. No comments from the Peanut Gallery, please! Three of these yarns are gifts for my swaps. Really! However, the knitting and shopping for stash IS booting my grief and depression. I believe a road trip is in order very soon! =:8