DFW Yarn Crawl

I am so dreadfully late in posting this. Its sad really, because I really enjoyed yarn crawling for the first time this year and I planned a very involved post about it. However, the month of October zoomed by with incredible franticness and the post didn’t happen.

This was my first year participating in the DFW Yarn Crawl. My mother and I set a day aside to hit all of the Dallas shops we had never visited.

Our Itinerary:

1. The Shabby Sheep

My mom and I were both enchanted by this little shop. It is housed in a blue home that was probably built in the 1910’s. The shop itself is tiny and consists of pretty much two rooms, however, it is overflowing with charm. We went home from here with the official embroidered Yarn Crawl totes.

Sadly, this shop is soon to be no more. It is one of several historic buildings located in a square that is being sold to housing developers. The neighborhood is so sweet, it is like a little oasis in the city. I hate to see that go to make room for condos. The owner is trying out something that is still a novelty- taking her shop on the road, literally. She is planning to move the store into a vintage RV and travel to events. I’m very interested to see how this food truck style yarn-mobile will work out.

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2. Holley’s Yarn Shop

This shop is a decent size and had a number of yarns that I would’ve gladly taken home. They seemed to offer a lot by Rowan (which I love). I would definitely visit here again. I left there with a skein of Shalimar Yarn Breathless in Sprout and a beautiful project bag by Della Q. My mom was loaded down with skeins of a Rowan DK to make two baby sweaters (and maybe hats). I also won a skein of Imperial Yarn.

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3. Yarn and Stitches

Well, we were honestly disappointed with this shop. Unlike every other store I visited during this crawl, no one came to greet us or offer to stamp our passports. There was, overall, a standoffish feeling. I saw a few yarns I hadn’t run into anywhere else, but not enough to make the trip to North Dallas again. I ended up buying a pair of DPNs just so I wouldn’t feel awkward. It goes to show, hospitality in a shop goes a long way.

4. Woolie Ewe

This is a very interesting, large store. They had a little of everything, including buffalo hair yarn, spinning fiber, looms, and more. One huge compliment I have for this shop is that they were one of the only to decorate according to the theme. There were cowgirl touches all around, including saddles and mannequins with whole outfits. I really felt like they cared about the crawl. I think I only got some stitch markers from here, but my mom bought a few sets of the Cubics needles she has been wanting to try and couldn’t find anywhere else.

5. MadTosh

This wasn’t originally on our list of shops to visit since I’ve gone there so many times. My mom had never been though and I wanted her to see it since she owns a quilt shop and they also sell fabric. That, and, I had a very specific yarn desire in mind and I knew they would have what I wanted. I can’t even tell you what all we bought. I know I got my skein of sock yarn for the shawl I want to make. I know we got a few patterns. The shop was giving away a cool sock pattern that makes a cowboy boot looking sock with a star on it. So cute! My mom was really taken by their shop samples of baby booties and sweaters and wanted to make them all. I ended up with Tosh Merino Light in Luster.

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6. Jennings Street Yarn

When I learned that Jennings was going to be open on Sunday for the final crawl day, I decided to swing by there. It ended up being a quick trip since the first shelf inside the door had some Eco Alpaca I had to have. I grabbed two skeins with the plans of doing some sort of simple baby sweater with maybe a cable. I still haven’t found a pattern I love though. I also grabbed a white skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk

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7. Knitting Fairy

I saved this shop for last since it is the closest to home. I had actually planned to skip it but I decided to go since they were open Sunday. Ted, from my knitting group, had recently gotten some yarn there called Theodora’s Pearls that I was really interested in. I ended up leaving with three skeins. The pumpkin spice has already made its way into being a pair of baby booties and the start of a cardigan.

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Finished Project: Promise Me Lace Shawl

Finally, I got this photographed. I finished it October 1st and got it all blocked and pretty, but had yet to take any decent photos. So here it is, my first-ever lace shawl. And the first time using beads. And the first time using mohair. And the first time knitting with lace weight yarn. So, yeah, this is a bit of a personal accomplishment for me. I am superbly pleased by the result. The pattern is Promise Me by Boo Knits and is deceptively easy to knit. The yarn is Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry. The beads were some random ones from Joann’s in the color Moonstone Mix. I didn’t have the frustrations with the yarn that many reported, although I admittedly would not have wanted to frog any significant number of stitches. Luckily, that wasn’t an issue in the project. Actually, it went shockingly well. There is one little section where I got a stitch off in the pattern repeat, but since it only affected about 12 stitches, its probably only noticeable to me. This was also the first time I’ve ever done a picot bind off and, although I’m pleased with the result, it took ages. Seriously, I clocked about 4 hours on just binding off.

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You’re pretty. You’re soft. You have a beautiful, fuzzy halo after you’re knit.
But I will not miss working with you when this shawl is done.
Or the wee fuzzies that float into my nose and mouth.
Mohair, you are beautiful and touchable, but you’re a pain in the neck.

Everything and Nothing

I have been in a very peculiar mood lately. I have been in the mood to start endless new projects, yet have very little desire to actually work on them. This lead to having about 5 barely-begun WIPS on the side of my bed the other night. I mean really, I was sleeping with so much yarn it is a wonder I never woke up wrapped in a yarn cocoon.

I have been having this same issue with books. I keep checking out books, hoping something will spark my interest. The last book I actually read was terrible. I have started the next book I’m reviewing and have made some progress on it. However, there are several other books that I’m interested in that I keep moving from one reading location, to the other. These poor books are stuck in endless transit between the nightstand and coffee table, yet haven’t been opened.

I blame my almost a solid week of headaches on this weird state I’m in. Sadly, I can’t seem to get rid of those or shake this odd feeling.

Texas is finally about to see a little burst of “fall weather” (meaning it will be 85 instead of 100 degrees) and we should get some rain, so maybe that will help wake me up a little bit.

I cast on (yet another) new project last night. This is the Promise Me shawl by Boo Knits. In keeping with my Yarn Diet, I actually dug into the stash and pulled out a few balls of the lovely Rowan Kidsilk Haze in Dewberry to use.  This is my first foray into lace knitting and I am actually doing to to train for the Boo Knits Morticia Mystery Knit Along that I plan to do in October. The creator of the Boo patterns suggested trying the Promise Me pattern before attempting the MKAL if you’re unfamiliar with lace. I’m hoping the mystery element will bolster my confidence and convince me that I really am capable of knitting lace if I just focus. However, this training requires me to knit an entire lace shawl between now and October 1st so I can start the MKAL.

This will also be my very first time using beads in my knitting. I really hope I’m not getting in over my head here…

My yarn and beads

My yarn and beads

Some progress

Some progress

Pay Day is Yarn Day

So I got paid and was off work today so I decided to go yarn shopping. My plan was to get yarn to make a witch pattern from the book Knitted Pirates, Princesses, Witches, Wizards, and Fairies that I have.

I’m using the witch

I needed to get some flesh toned DK yarn and something for the dress- ideally purple. I ended up at Madtosh in Fort Worth and got some of the Tosh DK to use in Fawn (for the skin) and a purple for the clothing. I wanted to do more colors so that the different clothing items wouldn’t all be the same color, and I wanted a blond/brown for the hair, but at about $18 a skein, it wasn’t happening. Once I make it to that point, I can probably pick up some other DK yarn for hair and accents that costs less.

Then I needed some needles, but I had forgotten to bring the pattern book and I wasn’t sure which I needed, DPN or straight. So, I bought both, just in case. With all the needles I have at home, I didn’t have any smaller than a size 4.

Of course, I also picked up a few other yarns. I couldn’t resist the brilliant, bright colors of the SweetGeorgia sock yarn. I don’t even knit socks. I tried it once… It was going fine but I absolutely hated the tiny needles, tiny yarn, and tiny stitches. I have been feet, it would’ve taken me years to finish those. I might use this to experiment with the two-at-a-time socks. That, I might actually do.

The Scrumptious yarn was, exactly that, scrumptious. I couldn’t resist the silky, rich purple. I bought two skeins to give me more options for what to make with it.

The Manos del Uruguay called to me because it’s kind of different. It’ll probably end up as a Boho style hat like my Malabrigo did.

All in all, I spent far more than I planned. I told myself I would only spend that much if I found the colors of Rowan Kidsilk Haze that I wanted to make a rainbow scarf. They didn’t have any, but I still managed to spend a ton.

I cast on the leg of the witch doll tonight, but I can tell this is going to be slow going. There’s a lot of little pieces and lots of making up. It only seems appropriate to make myself a little purple-garbed witch to match the blog. 🙂 However, I am also working on a hat right now that I’m really enjoying, so it will probably be my primary focus.