For those not in the knitterly know, LYS stands for "local yarn store/shop".
I was kind of feeling bummed by all the gushing reviews of Knit City everywhere so I decided to console myself by checking out my new LYS. So this morning I dragged Ellie with me to this shop while Noelle was in school:
Today and tomorrow is their "yarn tasting" event, which, as you can see, allows you sample different lovely yarns and even knit with them.
Ellie had as much fun as I did, truly! I was so happy the ladies were so cool with me having her in there. In the course of our time there Ellie managed to lose her stuffie which instigated a store-wide search by all the locals...it was so sweet.
You can imagine Ellie's face when she saw this table!
The shop samples were well executed and well curated.
This is a blurry shot but I was kind of snapping pics with my phone like a very uncoordinated spy!
Pros: So many! The ladies who work there are energetic, helpful without being in-your-face, and have computers in the front hooked up to ravelry for easy access to pattern information.
They also have a "knit night" on Wednesdays.
It's not an official one, but all are welcome and they are open until 8.
The traffic today was a good mix of young and older knitters, exemplified by the mix of people on the couches, including the paper-reading bored-ass hubby and the two Japanese grandmas who were occupying the comfy couches. They were such fast knitters! It really felt like everyone knew everyone, like Cheers. It was such a great vibe.
The only slight con was that they are not a ginormous shop so they didn't have many of the items I was planning to try out. But, it will not deter me from visiting again. My experience was too good!
Not to mention...
Madtosh DK in Magnolia Leaf. I've been lusting after this colorway for a while.
Noro. I personally love the rustic nubby feel of this wool. and the colors? To die for.
For the ruffle I just cut a double length of stripey fabric and ruffled it up using the highest tension and basting stitch. Then I tacked it on. I left the edges raw on purpose because I prefer the unfinished look
(plus the fluffiness covers up the less than perfect sewing...ha!)
Since I did the ruffle I nixed the elastic in the sleeves to complement the style.
I also used the original hem of the dress. Easy peasy.
Waving to her loyal fans...
It's been a gloomy few days so it's difficult to get a proper picture.
I don't know how many shirt dresses I've made but this is the first time I combined patterns and it made me much more confident that it was going to turn out right. Ellie loves her new dress!
This is my first KCWC and I'm learning so much. The Flickr pool is full of crazy inspiration!
I miss my yarn, though...there. I said it. Can't wait to finish my last project so I can get back to my needles and fiber.
I didn't really do anything craft-wise, including signing up for the KCWC (Kids Clothes Week Challenge) hosted by Elsie Marley on her cool blog.
Whether I'm officially able to participate or not, I'm going to try to sew for at least an hour a day this week.
Last night, I finally unpacked my sewing machine and was devastated to see that it had broken during the move! Sigh. It's still usable, but the perfectionist in me hates too see Janomey looking so beat up...
I managed to cut out this pattern:
The pattern is by dear friend Shannon Cook. As soon as I saw this pattern, even before she released it, I knew I had to make it for my girls.
Noelle's is up first:
Main fabric: Jay McCarroll's Habitat Singing Forest
Lining: Pindot cotton from my stash.
I'm excited to be sewing again! We'll see how much I manage to get done today.
Some yummyness for you:
tried out my first cast-iron pan with delicious results...
and semi-yarn-bombed the playground with the littles.