I did go to a great yarn shop while on vacation. Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while knows how much I LOVE visiting yarn/needlework shops when I travel. Well - I found a new shop in Maryville Tennessee before I left when I was researching whether there were any new shops that had popped up since I was in that area last year. So I found The Knitting Nest owned by Antje Gillingham who is actually a famous sock knitter and has written two wonderful books on the subject. Knitting Circles Around Socks and Knitting More Circles Around Socks is book number 2. Sorry to say she was sold out of both books when I visited there. To say this shop was beautiful is such an understatement. It was gorgeous! The floors were reclaimed barnwood - there was exposed brick on several walls and the back of her shop had an open balcony which had nice views of downtown Maryville. Come and take a tour with me - I have lots of photos to share with you.
Here is another shot of the quaint downtown street - Oh - I want to live in a place like this !
Vacation 2010 is just a sweet memory now - seems like ages ago that we were sitting on that porch enjoying a blissful conversation and meal with my dear folks.
I have one last photo to show you of a shawlette that I made for DF Carol's upcoming birthday next month. I am astounded with myself that I actually gave poor Carol her birthday gift in advance of her special day. Every single year Carol gets her birthday present somewhere between Thanksgiving and Christmas but this year I wanted her to have this to enjoy on her annual pilgrimage home to NY state. For the knitters out there - it started out to be Multnomah - a very popular pattern which has a feather and fan lace border - well - I did not like the way it was going and after putting in about 10 or 12 rows - I ended up pulling it all out and making it a MultMara shawlette. Mara is one of my favorite patterns and I pictured one I completed in my last post for another friend. Not only that - I have already started knitting another beautiful Mara for myself. So here is Carols - it is knit with Dream in Color Classy which is a hand dyed yarn. Color: Chinatown Autumn I think it was called.