Here we are visiting Donn, Andi and Erin Parson AND the amazing Yarn Barn of Kansas. The YBOK has been one of my very favorite LYS for 35 years. I have added exponentially to The Stash Studio from this cornucopia of yummy yarns. I have had many firsts at the YBOK. I saw my first Knitter's magazine and for years it was my favorite. Unfortunately, it is no more. I saw my very first Valentina Devine design and got hooked on modular knitting. I took a weaving class and learned I am a knitter not a weaver.
i haven’t visited the Mecca of all things fiber in two years. In 2016, there was a snow storm that kept us house bound for three days. In 2017, I some how uttered the silly phrase “I really don’t need anything.” Where that thought came from I’ll never know! So 2018 became my catch up for two years missed and catch up I didi! I could have bought more but I held back.
This was my first pick. I looked across the room and there it was calling my name. It’s a magnificent short row shawl made from a gradient set of Mountain Colors Hand-Painted Yarn. It is called S Curve Shawl. I am going to let designer Becca Anderson tell you about it. "The inspiration behind this design came from the coming together of ten West Michigan Yarn Shops for our annual Yarn Quest. We had a custom color of Mountain Colors Yarns 'Twizzlefoot' dyed exclusively for our 2018 event. Michigan Cool Waters is the name of this gorgeous yarn and pays omage to Lake Michigan, while the pattern design represents a stretch of US 131 as well as the curvy, winding back roads that make up West Michigan. . . our home. My design also represents the journey of the quest. . . beginning with 10 lozenges, representing our ten stores, as your plan of attack. You begin with Michigan Cool Waters, traveling through the pattern and through beautiful West Michigan to our ten different and amazing stores in a random but organized way and finally end up with Michigan Cool Waters to finish off the journey. . . back home. The ending lozenges trail off slowly as you unpack your treasures and remember all the fun you had at each store." S Curve Shawl is all packed and ready to make the trip with us to the Coastal Condo.
Next came this amazing fiber collection. I can't tell you any more about it because it is already packed with our gifts to be shipped home. I am sure no one would be happy if I suggested the box be unpacked. It was like a jigsaw puzzle; every piece had its place. Suffice it to say, it is beautiful, I love it and I will be knitting it in February.
I was just checking out when I spotted something beautiful on a shelf waiting to be steamed. See that dark grey and color right in front? That is it and this is what it looks like.
This will also go to the Coastal Condo and may be my next project after I finish the fabulous Frozen Lake. I also bought two Interweave Knits magazines and in one is a mind blowing wrap which I will make this year. As you can see I had a very successful trip to Lawrence. I will talk to you again when we get to the Coastal Condo. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I will update you on where my treasures chose to go for Christmas.
This blog is dedicated to Mary Helen Growt my first knitting teacher and the woman who changed my life. The mission of Knitting: A Love Story is to preserve, share and promote the love of knitting.