Sometimes the girls just have to take to the road! Which is just what Karen and I did yesterday. In her adorable lime green VW bug, we zoomed along the NYS Thruway east towards Rochester, NY to visit Spirit Work Knitting & Designs. It was cold, but the sun was shining, and we talked and laughed the whole way there and back. And the store was wonderful! Karen described it as "a department store of knitting." First of all, it is large. It is in a corner of a little shopping mall-ish place in a little bit of a run-down looking neighborhood, but it is BIG. The space itself has several different areas or alcoves -- reminded me of when you walk through a furniture store, and you go from one small home-type area to another and then another and then another. In one end of the store, there was a HUGE dining room type table, where about 9 women were beginning a hat class. They also had a coffee bar set up there, but I didn't feel like paying a buck for their coffee. In another section of the store, they had chairs and several sofas set up and about 8 or so women were gathering there for a general knit-along (something like that.) There was at least one other table and chair grouping elsewhere in the store. There were shelves and shelves and shelves of yarn -- cottons, wools, hand-dyeds, mohairs and alpacas, baby yarns, Noros. I appreciated the yarn being organized by type -- for me, that helps. There were hanks of yarns hanging from the rafters, it seemed, and overflowing from abundant baskets. One big complaint -- baskets often have rough spots that can snag precious yarns! I saw it at least 5 different times and it broke my heart. I was so tempted to buy some Alchemy yarns... but they are pricey, and with no certain project in mind, I restrained myself. (Their bright pink PUNKY colorway is awesome!)
Karen picked up some Debbie Bliss cotton cashmerino on sale (if memory serves) in red and yellow to make a hat and matching booties for a baby-on-the-way. Not hers, haha, her daughters are 18 and 20-something! The expectant woman is a friend of hers. I selected a few skeins of Blue Sky Alpaca & Silk to make a few little bags from Joelle Hoverson's Last-Minute Knitted Gifts. Very soft, delicate, pale colors. I also grabbed 3 skeins of Crystal Palace Cotton Chenille to make a couple of those flower washcloths from Melanie Falick's Weekend Knitting Projects in bright, spring colors like lime green and hot pink! I thought they might be cute Happy Passover gifts for my daughters and nieces. Uh-oh... there are four of those and I only bought 3 skeins. Oops. Okay girls... who doesn't want a washcloth?
Gotta fly... today is Anna Joelle Steinberg's 18th birthday! Woo-hoo! I'm NOT driving her downtown to get her nose pierced, but I did tell her I would pick her up after tae kwon do noon class and buy her a treat from Starbuck's and spend the afternoon with her at Different Strokes, the local pottery you-paint-it-they-fire-it-you-come-back-to-get-it place.
Later in the day... oh well, Different Strokes is closed on Monday. And we discovered that the Chicken Caesar wraps from Wegmans have bacon in them. (Lucky Jake!) And this is for Susan... I present to you, the basement-dwelling, mouse-ignoring, dog-scaring, loudest-meowing cat in suburban American history... the one and only WHISPER!