Friday, December 9, 2011

Take me away....

Yay!  I made it   After several months of planning and canceling, I finally made it back to Atlanta for one of Hubby's monthly trips North.

Once again, Atlanta did not disappoint.   Let me just tell you knitters out there that Atlanta is akin to heaven.   Tuesdays, in particular, are just wonderful.    Lovin'Knit Yarn Shop and Studio hosts a lovely, welcoming, group of knitters in the morning.  I finally cast on for the vest that I bought the yarn & pattern for during my last trip.   Cast-on Cottage has a charity knitting group that meets there in the afternoon.   Although perfectly civil, this is not a warm nor welcoming bunch.   They are their own little group and there is not much room for someone new.    However, I did thouroughly enjoy a  long, interesting, and thought provoking, conversation with the only male knitter in the group (the only one who recognized me from my last visit).   Although, sitting on the other side of the fence politically,  this young man is thoughtful and issue oriented.    I really admire that.    I brought with me, three finished hats for a local homeless shelter and worked on the Noro scarf that will be my BIL Xmas gift.

This trip I extended my prime day of yarn, to include the evening knitting group at The Whole Nine Yards in Woodstock, GA.    Again, I had the pleasure of knitting, and conversing with a really nice, welcoming group of women.   I have to say, I really liked this shop.   It is a bit further from our hotel than the others but was totally worth the trip.   They even have a book group that meets on Wednesday mornings.  I think I will try one next time (mostly so that I can spread out my yarn joy a bit).   While there I bought a skein of Kid Silk Haze Stripes along with the relevant Knitter's Pride needles and cast on for a the one skein scarf on the ball band.

Also new to my very own yarn crawl, was Yarning for Ewe.   This is a new shop just down the road from our hotel.   I stopped in for their Wednesday evening knitting group and spent a pleasent couple of hours talking to the owner and her husband (noone else showed up).   This shop is only a few weeks old and has not yet built a following.    The selection is a bit thin, however, everything is really nice.   The owner is a self-professed yarn snob and it shows (in a good way).   I was especially impressed by her silk yarns (& fiber for the spinners amoung us) that she imports from India, and was absolutely thrilled to find Habu and Jade Sapphire (both almost impossible to find in NE FL).   At this point, much of what she stocks qualifys as luxury but she does have some Berroco yarns for those looking for something more utilitarian.   I actually did not knit while there but did grab enough of a beautiful fingering wt yarn (forgot the name) for the Mie shawl.

Believe it or not, there are even more yarn shops in the Atlanta area.  However, we are heading home later today so the others will have to wait until next time.