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April 16, 2008

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Knitting Retreat Acquisitions

Filed under: Yarn Acquisitions — Cat @ 5:00 am

As you may have heard from other blogs, there was a knitting retreat the Weekend of April 4th.

Although I wasn’t able to go up on Thursday, The Mountain Purl and I headed up after work on Friday.

As you might imagine, there were a few items acquired over the course of the weekend.

Mary-Kay, the colorful genius behind Red Rocks Fiber works has produced a color named for the Lodge that we stay at…

I give you: Red Rocks Fiber Works “Liar’s Lodge” colorway:
Red Rocks Fiber Works

Given my addiction to that yarn (what DOES she put into it?), I absolutely had to acquire a skein.

The first night we were up there, there was a Knitting-related gift exchange. I got this wonderful Knitting Journal from blogless Cheryl, along with some yummy “Knit Girl” mints.

Knitting Journal

I’ve never seen anything like this before, but I can see that it will be very useful. There is a place to record what yarns, needles, patterns, etc. you use for each project, some knitting patterns, knitting hints, etc. Thanks Cheryl!!

There is a yarn store up in Buena Vista named Serindipity. It is very nice, and to thank us for coming up, the owner gave us each a $20 gift card!!! How nice was that??? (Of course, most of us spent considerably more than that, so I guess it works out for all of us).

Bulky Hat yarn

I fell in love with this bulky yarn (on the left) and carried it around the store for some time, not being able to decide what to do with it!! Janine (who is also blogless) suggested that I make a very cool hat from the book (shown). When I opened the book and looked at the pattern, I decided that it was very neat. When it turned out that the bulky yarn I had fallen in love with was the exact one the pattern called for, I was a gone-er. Had to get it. I didn’t actually take a photo of the pattern, but it is kind of a square-ish hat, with the sides made of the colored yarn and the top and brim made out of the solid color. Very warm, I am anticipating, and I can’t wait to make it. It will probably be a quick “weekend” type of project.

On the way home, we stopped at a newly opened yarn store in Connifer. They were having a “Buy one get one half off” sale on their sock yarns. What better temptation, right??

Jitterbug sock yarn,
This is Jitterbug sock yarn, from Wales (how could I resist?). For some reason, I am calling it the “Rose” color. It is not a color that I would typically buy, but I really love it.

Jitterbug
More Jitterbug (what a great name for a sock yarn). I’m calling this one “Electric Navy Blue”. This is one of my favorites, but sadly was difficult to photograph.

I was also tempted by this Panda Silk sock yarn:

Panda Silk Sock yarn
Variegated greens; 52% bamboo, 43% superwash merino wool, 5 % combed silk

Blame my “knitting peeps” on this one – many of them had stopped at the new store on the way up to the retreat and had some of this with them. It is very smooth and silky, and should be interesting to knit with.

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8 Comments »

  1. oo! So many lovely yarns!

    Comment by Nicole — April 16, 2008 @ 8:36 am
  2. Your purchases are lovely! I have a question though! How do you know you will have enough yarn for a project? It seems risky to purchase just one skein..what if you need enough to knit another eight or so rows? This just happened to me but fortunately I bought the yarn locally and they had the same dye lot and enough available to finish the project.

    Comment by Mom — April 16, 2008 @ 8:37 am
  3. Glad you liked the knitting journal. I bought one for myself months back and have yet to journal in it. I do want to take photos of my finished projects and fill in all the information on needles, yarn used, etc. I think it will help this fading memory to remember what I have accomplished…….knit on ….

    Comment by cheryl — April 16, 2008 @ 9:01 am
  4. Ewwwwwwwww, you got some really nice yarns up there and in Conifer……….those darn knitting peeps! :)

    Comment by Knittin' with the Boys — April 16, 2008 @ 9:40 am
  5. Peeps what peeps, it was all you baby! What fun and who can resist buy one get one 1/2 price. Not me!

    Comment by Purple Princess — April 16, 2008 @ 9:45 am
  6. what a wonderful yarny weekend! I love the “liar lodge” yarn and was wondering where can i pick some up?

    Comment by kari S. — April 16, 2008 @ 11:04 am
  7. All I can say is — Wow! You’ve really been enhancing your stash! ;-)

    Comment by Anita Craig — April 16, 2008 @ 2:15 pm
  8. What great yarn acquisitions! I LOVE the Red Rocks Fiber Works “Liar’s Lodge” colorway :D

    Comment by Terrie — April 16, 2008 @ 2:26 pm

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