Saturday a few knitting friends and I went on a Road Trip Adventure to NorthStar in Truckee California. We were going to go up by the lake (Tahoe that is) but the yarn store we were planning on going to had moved locations. It was likely for the best considering the recent fires and all.
The day started off bright and early. Very early. :P
I met some friends for coffee at 7:30 and hung out for a bit before some of us headed off to the appointed meeting place for the adventure. There were eleven of us heading up the hill in a number of vehicle's. I rode up with MonkeySocks and Freddie. *GRIN*
As that was many days ago I can't tell you all the funny stuff that was said or that happened. Ma Brain Is Dead. *zombie face*
I can tell you that I got a Squishy Ball from Freddie. Squishy Ball of yarn that is. :P
It is the same dyelot of yarn as my honey socks. I may be able to complete his socks in one yarn now. Or at least just have his toes be the solid color and not part of the foot as well. :D Thank You, Freddie!
Here are my squishy balls of yarn and the socks at the River Ranch Lodge.
The photo was taken outside on the Patio where we stopped for lunch. :D
It was beautiful by the river, so here is the Saturday Sky.
Several of us split a pitcher of Rum Punch with our outdoor grilled lunches of burgers and fries. The Rum Punch was yummy and fulfilled the Resolution #10 part of the trip.
Then we got back into our cars and made our way further up the hill to the NorthStar Village.
The yarn shop we were looking for was called Loopy. It had a mix of high end luxury fiber yarns and those kitschy flashy novelty yarns. I'll never fully understand those yarns. Though I did see some that would look great knit up as a shower curtain for someone who just came out of a coma from the 1970's.
I picked up some yarn for a project I saw a sample of in the store. I've never been so excited about a store sample in all my life. When I saw it I almost embarrassed the holy crap outta myself. Thankfully I shut my mouth right fast. Only one person saw what almost happened and she was cool about it. Though shocked as you can imagine.
Upon seeing this fuzzy wuzzy awesomely soft knit object I started to call out to the shop owner. I said in a hopefully not too loud voice, "Hey L...", before I caught myself. I looked down with huge freaked out eyes. MonkeySocks leaned over and with a look of pure horror asked if I was just about to call out "Hey Lady". Sadly I was. I don't know what came over me. I'm just glad I stopped.
I have never called out to anyone Hey Lady, much less a stranger. Too weird. This yarn had a hold of me and was not about to let me leave with my sanity intact.
Now what I'm about to say next may shock some of you. So be warned.
I got... I got... some Loopy Mohair. o.0
I fell in love with this Be Sweet Loopy Mohair.
In my defense it's BABY mohair and the store sample was really really soft. After she knit the scarf she brushed it with a stuff bristled brush until it was all soft and fuzzy.
Plus the colors were my colors.
Did I mention it was crazy soft?
Don't look at me that way. :P
I got enough, and it was damn expensive enough I might add, to make a fuzzy brushed stole/shawl type thing.
Now the last time I knit with the Loopy Mohair I learned real fast the downfalls when knitting too tight. The yarns calls for size 11 needles though, so I think I'll be okay.
Yeah no photo, you'll see it once it starts getting knit up. Which may be sooner than later cause I'm dying to see how it'll knit up for me. :D
After we left the yarn shop we started to walk down to a bead shop, but most of us got distracted by a shoe shop.
They had some... interesting looking shoes on sale for 75% off. There were a few crazy cute pairs. MonkeySocks got some really nifty looking shoes and T got some really comfy looking buttery soft leather shoes. In fact I'd say some of the people were more interested in the shoes than the yarn, and I don't blame them. *L* As for the "interesting" looking shoes there were a couple pair that seriously make me question what the hell the designer was thinking.
I'd call them Burlap Sack Chic. No really they looked like Burlap Sacks pieces that had been chewed up by a dog and then glued over the top of a shoe form. o.0
One of the pair was a set of high heals. Cause you just know you want some raggedy looking burlap sack bits when you go out for a night on the town. The other was a pair of sandals.
Either way it seemed like they'd cause your feet to be extremely uncomfortable. Burlap is not a soft fabric. Weird.
After that we went to the Bead store where I found some really pretty aqua beads and some other stuff and some stuff for earrings. The most important part though was that the aqua beads were also coveted by MonkeySocks, but I got them first.
Let's take a moment to reflect upon this. I got 'em, she didn't.
Having me for a friend is a tricksey sort of thing. :P
The rest of the day was fun, though after leaving the bead store we headed back home.
I had a super fun day with all my knitting peoples.
Had fun with 'em last night too. :D
Which reminds me, SillyBuns (S) give me your email address.
Well I have stuff I gotta go get on with. Hopefully that will include finishing the Honey Socks. :D