Friday, October 28, 2011

IT'S A WOOL THING

While in Auburn AL a couple of weeks ago - I went to a favorite quirky cafe.  This place takes up about 3 acres - it is a nursery, garden accessory and now fresh market with a cafe.  I think it is called the Crepe Myrtle Cafe.  Anyway - how fun to see all these beautiful fall flowers and pumpkins.  So festive!


Sure would have loved to take some of this stuff back home with me but I did bring back some great stuff this time.  Do you know about Wickles - they are based out of Alabama and they make the best condiments and pickles.  We can get some basic stuff here in NE FL like their Hellish relish - awesome!  your tuna salad will never be the same.  Anyway - they have a whole case of Wickles products at this market and I love their pickled okra as well.

The other awesome thing I did was visit this great new yarn shop in Auburns sister city of Opelika.
The Yarnhouse Studio is AWESOME!  It looks tiny from the outside but once inside - WOW - did I say WOW - the shop is gorgeous. 

Owner Cary said it was a jewelry store and they had beautiful built in shelves made of lovely wood. 



 
There was a knit night going on so I was able to visit after I got off work.  I was so pleasantly surprised at how welcoming Cary and her Mom were. 

Not only do they have gorgeous yarns but they also have some yummy fabrics.  You might say this was a one stop shop for anything creative you might have in mind.

they also teach weaving and spinning -  
Found some beautiful Malabrigo Rios there.  I had one skein on hand from Savannah but it did not match too well so I will definitely have to blend the two skeins.


The gorgeous Madeline Tosh Vintage which I had never tried before in Cove - A really dreamy colorway - the new Knitscene Winter issue has a shawl done in Vintage so i am NOT-SO-PATIENTLY waiting on that to arrive at the LYS - I was going to make something else with it so I already know the yarn is beyond wonderland to knit with.

Another absolutely gorgeous yarn I found at Yarnhouse was Fiberphile MCN - OMG - Too bad there was only one skein  in this colorway - which is Fortress and it is a fingering weight - will make a nice shawlette - do  you see a Trend here with yarn buying.  Yep Fall is here and I am in the wool fever.

This beautiful beginning is a baby afghan I am making for a friend who is having her first grandbaby in the spring.  This is Spud & Chloe Sweater in Ice Cream.  I had a lot of trouble choosing a pattern - I wanted something that would move along that I could finish in a few months but I also wanted something delicate and elegant.  I settled on Heirloom a pattern by Madeline Tosh.

Well - Happy Friday - I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and if you are like me - Loving and living the wool life - ENJOY!

10 comments:

Courtney said...

Golly, what a yarn fest in that little shop. I love your afghan...so sweet! I'll have to check out Wickles...sounds good!
Have a super weekend!

Kim said...

Love all your new yarn purchases!!! Some of my fav's!!! I failed to reply to your comment about my scarf knitting...yes! Bugga! Lubber Grasshopper. I need to get back to it! Good to see/hear that wool fever is alive and well, even in the more southern states! ;o)

Penelope's Beehive said...

Oh my...such a lovely yarn shoppe! So many delightful colours and textures...yum. I shall look forward to seeing your finished projects...I can just imagine your needles "clicking" at the speed of light!

Enjoy a splendid weekend!

Warmly,
Judy

Joanie said...

Wow! Nice place! Love your yarn choices and that baby afghan! God to see you! Have a great weekend filled with fun things!

Margaret said...

Oh yummy!! Love the pics and love your new yarn! Love that baby blanket too -- it's going to be gorgeous!

Laurie in Iowa said...

Your new yarns are beautiful.

Jackie said...

The brick pathway, the pumpkins, the evergreens and the mums. We just don't see stuff like that down here. It's really beautiful and peaceful.

I have cousins in Opelika. I've heard very good things about the Fiberphile yarns.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Good Day, Your new yarns are all very lovely and the colors are very pretty. Thanks for sharing the pics of the yarn shop. Hugs Judy

Karoline said...

Gorgeous yarn, I'm having to wipe the drool off my iPad lol

Susan said...

Lovely choices of yarn. I especially like the Malabrigo Rios as I almost always love blue/green combinations. Didn't get a chance to comment on your previous post. Autumn House is looking awesome!!