Saturday, November 27, 2010

Stash Enhancement

Yesterday was "Black Friday" in the US (for foreign readers, it is when the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off for retailers, and lots of stores have huge sales, discounts and incentives to come in. It is generally insane,with stores opening at 3 a.m. and folks lining up for hours ahead of time). I am emphatically NOT a Black Friday shopper, and in fact will do anything I can to avoid going into stores, shopping districts, malls and/or leaving my home on this day.

However, Ella was at our home for Thanksgiving, and we decided to venture down to Brooklyn General to buy more Schoppel Wolle for another September Circle to replace the one she lost. Of course, this led to other stash enhancement, all subsidized by Ella:

The Schoppel Wolle Crazy Zauerball she chose to replace what she lost.
Slightly different colorway than the last one.

Some madelinetosh in Oxblood for mittens for Ella.
I'll be making the Snapdragon Flip Tops for her. (also for Katie and myself)

madeline tosh Pashmina in Fjord. I have no idea what I'm going to make from this, but it sure is pretty.

Malabrigo Silky Merino in Ravelry Red for a honey cowl for myself.

My purchases were simple: Three buttons to finish up the Tiny Tea Leaves I did, and the new Interweave Knits winter edition.

Unbeknownst to me, La Casita Yarn Shop Cafe is up the street from the subway stop that I take to Brooklyn General. So we popped in and did a little more shopping. La Casita has a wine bar at the back of the store and a really lovely fireplace to sit and knit in front of. I will be going back.

Ella got this Cascade Eco for a 103-1 sweater for herself. I think it'll look cute.

I also found this scarf on the streets of Brooklyn. It's really pretty:

It's going into the laundry to get rid of any nastiness that might be lingering, but it sure is pretty. I also got a pair of Frye Harness Mules at a second hand store for $15 US. SCHWEET!

And lastly, I worked on Katie's sister's Honey Cowl. Only two more to go (one for me, one for my husband's aunt Libby). Here's a shot from this morning, about halfway through:


  1. Lovely yarn purchases.

    What I'm really not liking is the stores that are starting to open at 10pm on Thanksgiving night. I think it's unfair to those who have to work retail.

  2. Wow- so much loveliness! Aren't you going to be sick of this cowl pattern?

  3. Well 3am I was standing in the snow, in my garden, watching my little dog pie - so I could easily gone shopping for yarn:-)So much lovely yarn, ok it is now tingeling in my yarnshopping-censors :-)Love the oxblood! And I love your new scarf, just my colors in that one. Yarn shop cafe with wine bar and fire place - you must be kidding - I get sign after sign that NYC is my town :-) The Honey Cowl is lovely, and I bet you never will knit another one when you are finished with the next two :-) Enjoy your weekend!

  4. All of that yarn is really lovely! I think a decent sale at a yarn shop is the only thing that could persuade me to go shopping on Black friday.

  5. I'm envious! Wish I lived in close proximity of such yarn emporiums.

  6. Funny you didn't mention the wine bar and fireplace for knitting. Wonder why you're so keen on moving to Brooklyn...

  7. I just have to respond on you comment, because that was interesting. Me and a friend was out shooting colors of fall. The sun was setting and I thought the color on the lawn was so beautiful. But I could not get the shadows of us to work, so I told her - get in a possition so it looks like you walk away from me. With this I was satisfied, I think the shadows in a way talk to me. And you are so right, it looks like we are mad at each other :-) Thank you for an observation that is very useful for me and my work!