Wednesday, July 25, 2007

[Attention, non-knitters: this post is all knitting.]

In an eerie and disturbing turn of events, for the second time in recent memory [see Long Island trip in January] the day before I left for a nice vacation with a long drive and tons of knitting time my tendinitis flared up again. Excuse me, knitting gods, but WHAT is up with that?? I didn't get to knit a stitch on this trip, which was extremely sad. Once again, I did about 14,000 sudoku puzzles. But just because I couldn't knit, it didn't mean I couldn't shop!

The day that Gus didn't drive the Duck all over tarnation, we did what any respectable and sensible people would do on vacation in a gorgeous city: We checked out yarn stores!! I had three in mind, Newbury Yarns, Windsor Button, and Woolcott. The first morning we walked out of the hotel and saw this, right next door!

I guess it was a decent needlepoint store, but the yarn selection was slim and expensive, not my favorite combination. But that was a unexpected bonus yarn store, so who cares. We kept walking down Newbury Street until we found Newbury Yarns, only four blocks from the hotel!! I forgot to take a picture, because I had heard it was hard to find and we were concentrating so hard, but here is my haul:

Pink and white Tofutsies (made from chitin! which is crab shells!) that everybody is talking about! Gotta jump on the bandwagon! And some Jade Sapphire Lacey Lamb in the most delicate shell pink imaginable - dreamy. I usually resist buying laceweight because I like knitting shawls with fingering weight better, but that yarn was so pretty I bought it anyway. And three sets of nice buttons - two pewter and one blue that Gus picked out. It was quiet (the only other customer was another yarn store employee, from NYC, which is funny), but the owner was really nice and knew her stuff. Thumbs up!

We walked back to the hotel and rested up from that onerous journey, had a snack and then ventured out again, this time in the opposite direction, across the Public Garden and Boston Common. We located Temple Place, home of Windsor Button.

Windsor Button rocked! It was the perfect yarn-store-employee-on-vacation store. I'm a very low maintenance customer, so I like a store that's well-laid-out with lots of interesting yarns that I can just poke around in. Windsor Button was such a place - not much customer service, no samples, no single patterns, but lots and lots of great yarn. Here is my haul:

Two skeins of a sock yarn I'd never seen before, Wisdom Yarns Marathon Socks yarn. It's really really soft, kind of like Mountain Colors Bearfoot, but without the mohair. It's 75 wool/25 nylon like most sock yarns, so I cannot account for its extreme softness, but I can't wait to make some cozy socks out of it. Also, a skein of piney-fresh green Harrisville Designs New England Highland, a worsted weight 100% wool. I am so in love with scratchy wholesome 100% wool it's not funny. I could felt it, but I'm thinking a nice cabled Momogus Knits Cable Hat or some nice mittens. And finally [cue heavenly choir], a skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk. I have been looking for this yarn in person for forEVER. They had a dozen skeins. I wish they had had two of any color to make a big old shawl, but it's probably a good thing they didn't.

[We never made it to Woolcott and Company. I was hoping to check it out the evening we went to Cambridge, but the hordes of nutso Harry Potter fans made us want to run for cover.]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice haul! Thanks for pointing out that Windsor has Seasilk - this was lost on me until now. And on the previous post, the pictures of Boston and Cambridge were really enjoyable. For the Harvard Square picture, you must have been standing right in front of Out of Town News. I've never taken a Duck Tour, but I'm waiting for my sister to come to town. It's her kind of thing. Did you get quacked at on the street? There are sections of the city that actually have a no-quacking ordinance.

8:41 AM  
Blogger diana said...

Suzanne - Good eye, denizen of Boston! That's exactly where I was standing when I took the picture. The Duck Tour was great - I would highly recommend. I bought Gus a duck whistle and he would have quacked the entire trip if I hadn't reined him in a little. But who can blame him? (I can see why they would have no-quacking ordinances though...ha ha)

8:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you trying to give me a heart attack? First you're ALREADY on ravelry (I've got about 2000 people ahead of me now), then sea silk? And you were able to escape all the crazy kids for potter on the hill day.

Tears are trickling. I hope you're happy.

10:08 AM  
Blogger diana said...

JJP - fwiw, to my mind ravelry is not that great; at least not for all the kerfluffle that it's been getting. I'm sure that line of 2000 people in front of you will move quickly - WA HA HA. But the Sea Silk - now that's even BETTER than it's cracked up to be. I'll bring it into the store so that you may gaze upon its lustrous beauty. And yeah, I missed the crazy CH HP kids, but then I hit them up in Boston.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

2000 people? is "ravelry" like a ravelry -- but with knitting?

my first inclination was that it was a party to unravel your knitting. i seem to remember prior blogs about unraveling.

but 2000 peeps seems it's more likely to be a rave?

5:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whoops, should have been:

2000 people? is "ravelry" like a rave -- but with knitting?

5:01 PM  
Blogger diana said...

epp - I suppose ravelry is like an online rave for knitters, if you can imagine something that exciting. As far as I can tell, it's for documenting your projects and I can't tell what all the fuss is, but the knitters are going cuckoo over it. I signed up when it first appeared, and now they have a waiting list of 2000 people. Crazy knitters.

6:18 PM  

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