Yarn stores in Vancouver

On Thursday Sarah took me to two yarn stores on Main St (in Vancouver). The first store that we stopped at was very small but it you looked into the back there was tonnes of space as they card, spin and dye their own yarn.
There was a coffee shop across the street from it so we went for a latte and a cookie and to look at our purchases. Sarah bought a spindle and some fleece because she wants to learn to spin.
I bought some delicious green yarn that I am hoping is enough to make a nice warm zip-up sweater. The cookie is a giant and delicious chocolate peanut butter with oatmeal and the latte was yummy.

The second store we hit up was Three Bags Full. We spent quite a bit of time in there as it was very hard to make a decision of what to take home with us. My sister managed to keep from buying anything herself but did some serious enabling.
I bought some beautiful Rowan Felted Tweed, enough for a sweater, and some blue sock yarn that will turn into socks for the boyfriend, if all other Christmas gifts are complete.

I finished knitting Nanny's Triangular Summer Shawl on Thursday and spent yesterday sewing on the border to the main body of the shawl. All that is left to do is weave in all the loose ends and block it, but seeing as I am on vacation and don't have all my regular supplies it may not get blocked until I am home. There should be a post of the finished project in the near future.
There has also been some serious work done on Dad's socks. The heel has been turned and now I am working on the foot. My sister's boyfriend Chet was nice enough to try them on prior to the turning of the heel to make sure they would fit a man's calf. The leg portion is nice and long, just the way Dad likes it and this makes them quite a bit of work. It's a good thing I really enjoy knitting with this yarn.


I'm back baby and in more ways than one.

I will admit it has been quite some time since I have posted anything. Well nothing since the move to the new place. I'm also back in BC on vacation for two weeks (back in more ways than one; get it, I'm hilarious). It has been 8 years since I have been back "home."

Of course I brought quite a few project to keep me busy. One is my sisters scarf which will not be flying home with me. As you can see it's a pretty decent length already so any extra knitting on it is just gravy. It is my morning project while I am waiting for the coffee to kick in.

Remember Nanny's shawl? It used to be just a few inches and now the main body is done and I am just working on the edging which then has to be sewn on to the shawl before it is blocked. All the knitting should be done before I leave to get on the plane home. It is the first shawl I have made where you start at the widest end and decrease to the end. It makes the work go pretty fast.

My Alpine stole has come out of hibernation and it is at the halfway point! It should be lovely when it is finally finished.

I have restarted this shawl that made an appearance in August of 2008. I ripped it out and restarted it while on the plane. Still on the boring part but hopefully I'll plug through it and get to the interesting parts soon enough.

The one completely new thing I have to show you is Dad's Christmas socks for this year. He requested nice dress socks. For what I'm not sure. Maybe he wants to look pretty when he goes to visit his parents. The sock pattern is being improvised as I go a long and the stitch pattern is from one of Barbra Walkers Treasuries. It should turn out to be a handsome pair of socks.

I also need to post for the red cashmere sweater as it is finally done (the zipper has been sewn in) and has been worn quite a bit, however that is going to have to wait for another day as it is raining and the conditions are not ideal for a photo shoot. So I shall leave you with a picture of my booty from a trip to Granville Island and yes it does include yarn, silk yarn from a place that sold nothing but silk.