Getting My Knits

Yesterday, Rosanne and I spent the afternoon getting [our] knits in Virginia.   It’s a nice little promotion many of the yarn shops in the state have going this month.  You buy the tote and get 15% off at the participating shops.  (Please see the website for details.)

Bag loaded with new stash

Bag loaded with new stash

I swung by It’s A Stitch before lunch to purchase my bag, and found another Noro yarn with a cotton and silk blend.  It’s called Furisode, and I’m in search of the perfect pattern for two skeins…  (Bulky, about 165 yards each, if you have ideas?)

After lunch, we rode across the mountain to On the Lamb.   I found a pattern I’d been looking for, a needle gauge pendant and I couldn’t leave this Plymouth Kudo behind.  (Anyone ever knitted with it?  I think the single skein will become another Quant, unless you have a better idea?)

Larger than life-size

Larger than life-size

As we headed east again, we stopped in at  J.J.’s Knitting Knook in Stuart’s Draft.  It’s off the beaten path, but what a great shop!  It was bright and cheery, with a nice seating area as soon as you walk in, with lots of books sprinkled all around.  I didn’t buy anything, but they carry Namaste bags and had a set of KA Switch needles, so I might have to pop back over soon. 

Our last stop was the Waynesboro Ben Franklin.  I’ve mentioned them several times before, but they’ve started carrying a lot of Noro and Araucania yarns.  Crazy, huh?  If I hadn’t spent plenty already, I would have gobbled up some of the Noro Taio.  They had at least three colorways.

That’s the Vera Bradley Gardening Tote Rosanne gave me for my birthday.  It’s awesome on so many levels.  Here, Sissy demonstrates the procedure that eliminates many bags from use.  It’s the nosy basset test.  Rosanne knows of this complication and suggested that I add a velcro or snap closure before use. 

Actually, Gretchen was first to check it out.  No worries here though; the fabric is laminated!  There are 8 exterior pockets with a roomy interior.  Once I add a snap (or velcro – that just glues on, right?) I’ll have the perfect multiple-project travel knitting bag.  I’ve admired this fabric since it came out, but it’s way too light to resist Sissy slobber, so what a great find!

That’s the other thing from Rosanne I wanted to show you.  Isn’t it beautiful?  It’s a Ledbetter spindle.   I’ve been thinking my back is about ready to spin again, and while I don’t know that I’ll ever spin with a spindle, this one is beautiful and will inspire me to spin SOMEHOW.

I wrapped up the evening with dinner at the firehouse with the Knight and his crew.  It’s been a great weekend, and as soon as I finish this post, I’m going to do some knitting.  I haven’t cast on anything new in a while, and I might not be able to help myself…

25 comments on “Getting My Knits

  1. Barbara S. says:

    Well,now you’ve done it! I am going to have to get me one of That Vera Person’s bags!

  2. km says:

    Don’t consider that you bought too much…it’s all part of the Birthday month. =0) I checked out the Furisode on Ravelry. I like this but of course that’s 3 skeins. I do love the way the colors of the yarn stripe. I think you picked a good one.

  3. Robin says:

    One of the Richmond knitters bought a tote for me. Hope I can find time in July to put it to good use! Sounds like the two of you had fun!

  4. Sue says:

    What a beautiful and cheerful tote. and the spindle is gorgeous and I don’t even spin. I have some nosy dogs that like to get their heads in my bags. As long as they don take anything out, I’m OK with it.

  5. Dawn says:

    What a beautiful spindle and adorable bag! Looks like you had a wonderful time on your yarn crawl…how cool was that!!!:) Great idea!

  6. Sonya says:

    I love all the yarn. The spindle is gorgeous!
    You have had a wonderful birthday!

  7. Anita says:

    That Furisode is gorgeous!! And I love that bag. And ooooooohhhhh, what a beautiful spindle!!! I’m glad you guys had a fun day going to all the yarn shops. 🙂

  8. AlisonH says:

    I can just picture knitting with two of those spindles in hand… Beautiful!

  9. KnittySue says:

    Love the knitting yumminess. And that Gretchen is such a cutie. Have a great weekend!

  10. Marjie says:

    I’m very glad the girls approve of your new bag. Otherwise, you’d have to just throw it away!

  11. Mr Puffy says:

    With all that gorgeous yarn around you ~ you must be in heaven! Love the picture of Sissy nosing about the Vera bag ~ sooooo cute 🙂 Maybe she needs one of her one to carry her treats and toys!

  12. gaylen says:

    Looks like you already have that beautiful Vera bag filled with knitting goodness. How about a Bakus for that yummy Noro yarn? Sounds like your weekend was good. g

  13. Sounds like a wonderfula day was had by all. I think your new bag is a winner, even with the fur-girls, and that spindle is gorgeous.

  14. yvonne says:

    Love the VB bag! Love the yarn more. Can’t wait to see what you decide to CO

  15. grace says:

    more great bags, Imelda!!! You are the Imelda of bag collecting my friend!!! The Spindle is beautiful

  16. KSee says:

    How in the world do you find out about these events? You too really has a wonderful day. It was a beautiful day to be out and about. Love all you news goodies

  17. Dianne says:

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love the bags – the Vera bag AND the “Get your knits in VA” bag. The yarns look yummy–can’t wait to see what you make!

  18. anniebananie says:

    The gifts just keep on coming! I love the spindle and the needle gauge and am glad that you had such a good time! I really need to go over the mountain sometime and do some yarn shopping….

    So, what did you cast on???

  19. Cathy says:

    Ok – you are officially spoiled!

    I can’t imagine a Ben F. with Noro… boggles the mind!

  20. Miss Me says:

    getting your knit on sounds like a great promotion! love the kudos yarn… now i need to go and calculate just how much yarn i would need to buy in order to make a business case for buying the tote and heading south for yarn shopping. (i somehow doubt that mr. me will go for it.)

  21. nichole says:

    Roseanne is genius — a laminated bag for a knitter with dogs!!! Love it (esp the shot of Sissy with her snout inside)!

    The yarn is great… as for the 2 skeins of bulky, what about a cross stitch scarf?

  22. Kathy says:

    What a pretty tote with lots of pockets too:). The girls were checking for treats, you know……..LOL

  23. Kathy says:

    OH, I meant to say the spindle is beautiful. Absolutely breathtaking.

  24. I just realized I never commented on this post! But I saw it on my iPhone and marked it unread to come back and deposit my 2 cents but never did! 😉

    Here we go!

    You know I am so feelin’ the Noro Furisode!!

    And the Kudo would be a nice light neck scarf (not sure how much you have or how scratchy it is IRL) definitely put Ravelry to work on that one 😉

    I think the yarn hopping with the cute bag was a nice event!! They should do that here in Charlotte! (don’t know why they don’t…) I actually meet the owner of On the Lamb last year when I went to Purl Jam…..

  25. Krystle says:

    Love your spindle! You did very well with all your purchases and it looks like the dogs are happy too 🙂

    What a cute idea for the yarn shops too!

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