Stand by for Actual Knitting Content!
So I'm driving back from yoga and see a sign I've never seen before. It just says, "KNIT!" Well, who could drive past THAT? I did, actually, but it nagged at me as I bought necessities in Target, so I just happened to go a couple of miles out of my way to see what was going on.
A new yarn shop has opened, my dears. It is called KNIT! and it is a really FINE new yarn shop. Lovely, bright, well-lit, friendly, comfy. It is at most 10 minutes from my living room sofa. I am in shock, in delight, and I see big problems here. I was in lust when I walked in the door. It had just opened yesterday and the owner was still putting out stock, but already the vibes were good - places to sit, a big sunny worktable, and a great wall of really primo yarns, stuff I'd admired online but hadn't fondled with my own grubby hands, and, best of all yarns that are geared toward Florida knitting. Lots of Berroco, including their new Zodiac, which is delightful - the shop sample sleeveless top was light and soft and had a rich sheen, definitely "office wear with a skirt" kind of classy. Lots of my beloved Zen and Suede and Denim Silk and every shade of Cotton Twist under the sun.
Lots of Trendsetter - I'm not as familiar with their yarns, but they were delicious. I am totally not into the novelty yarn scarf thing, but she had a shop sample that was so light and feathery and silky soft and adorable, I had to pet it, and now I'm actually thinking I see the appeal. I'd wear that, for sure.
Yes, I have taken the vow of yarn poverty, a yarn fast, total fibery deprivation - but...damn. A girl has to live a little. I know this is unbelievable, but I walked out of there empty-handed - only because I want to plan and decide what I really need before I go back and indulge. She didn't have all the stock out yet. Next Saturday, after yoga, that will be a different story.
Anyone in the Northwest Orlando area needing directions/details, speak up. This shop has great potential and I really hope they succeed.
Vogue Knitting arrived in today's mail, and I haven't done more than flip through it yet, but I saw the article on Karen Allen (Raiders of the Lost Ark, THAT Karen Allen) and flipped to that first. I was dreading another Celebrity Knitter barf piece, "Oh, someday I may actually learn to purl!" The photos and a quick skim of the article knocked me out - obviously Karen Allen is a very serious, very talented knitter - who knew? I can't wait to curl up with the magazine after dinner and read it thoroughly.
I'm still having twinges of pain in my right hand, and while
Carpet is supposedly on for tomorrow, bright and early. Fingers crossed....