Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Another LYS Bites The Dust

Not so long ago, one of my favorite local quilt shops closed its doors, Quilt Ventura.  The yarn shop next door managed to hang on for another year or two, but now it is going away.  So this is a fond fare-thee-well to Anacapa Fine Yarns.

It was one of my first stops when I moved here.  I knew I would meet My People there, and indeed, I did, at knit night and classes.  I made a couple of good friends just from showing up at that shop.  And I still have some yummy yarns I bought there, that haven't yet found their perfect project.

It's true I haven't spent as much money on yarn lately as I have on fabric, since my yarn stash was enormous, and I was building my quilter's palette, mostly from local shops.

So here's my pitch to you, dear reader, to support your local yarn and fabric stores.

As a rule, I will only resort to online purchases if I truly can't find what I need in a real brick and mortar store.  Sure, you often pay a little more, but you get to see the actual color of yarn and fabric in real time, not distorted by whatever camera lens was used to photograph the product, or by whatever computer screen you're using.

In a "real" store, you get to feel the fiber and be sure you like it.  You also get customer service, which in most local shops is great.  I mean, your web-based store has its place, but they can't help you when you make a boo-boo in your knitting!

And then, shopping local is good for the local economy.  Think of the children!!!

Here's hoping we don't lose more local shops any time soon.

Happy crafting to all, and to all a good night.  And thank you, Anacapa.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The Serenity Stitch

Sometimes you just need not to think.  Sometimes, garter stitch is the answer.  No stress:  just cast on, and knit knit knit.

For years, I've had this one ball of James C. Brett Marble Chunky (341 yards) that wasn't as marled as the yarn usually is.  It was, shall we say, an oddball.

I always thought it would make a great scarf.  A wide, squishy, throw-it-over-your-shoulder scarf.

Since acrylic doesn't respond well to blocking, garter stitch seemed a good choice for this yarn.

In fact, I haven't even tried to block it yet.

I have four completed projects that would benefit from at least a little blocking;  they are draped on various chairs and quilt racks, and they stare at me with woebegone expressions as I walk by, but I've been busy quilting and can't seem to muster the enthusiasm for boring old blocking.

I'll get around to it someday.  Maybe.  You can see I'm not making any promises!