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Moving and the Yarn Blues

31 May

Well, Dear Reader(s, in my dreams),

The last few weeks have been a heck of a ride! Since my last post, I was offered, accepted, packed up, moved two states (and a district) south, unloaded my stuff and started a new job!

If you’re the least bit confused, don’t be. Things at my last job came to this weird stand still in late March. In mid-April, I started a job interview process. It was kind of crazy how everything happened and how quickly they needed me. I’m happy I took the job and I’m living in a place I’ve wanted to for a long time.

A little over half done. Clearly, I still have work to do.

A little over half done. Clearly, I still have work to do.

The only thing about this move is that my knitting time is drastically cut into. My commute is an extra 1.5 hrs. Not bad considering it’s all on public transportation. Problem is, I’m getting used to taking said public transportation. I’m not used to all the travel and still have to pay attention to make sure I get off in a timely manner – and at the right stop – whilst knitting/crocheting. I’m currently only knitting a little bit at night. I can totally tell the difference in my mental health. I’m not as chill nor content. The plus side is I’m reading like a fiend because I can do that easier standing than knitting.

I need time to adjust and get situated, but I’m quite annoyed at how my creative world has turned upside down. Best part out of this whole move is my new LYS is Fibre Space! That’s right, the place I wrote about has become my new yarn home!!! (Lots of exclamation marks are needed for this portion of my story.) The only thing keeping me from visiting so much is my inability not to overspend and my recent moving price tag has drained all my funds.

Planning my Bermuda trip (for reals),
-Stacy C.

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Yarn Pilgrimage to Space!

16 Apr

Hello again my fellow addicts,
I’m finally sitting down to write part two of my yarn-filled Easters (yes, it’s spelled plural). On Good Friday, I was in Silver Spring, MD, hanging out with a friend and I just HAD to go to to Fibre Space in Alexandria, VA (no, I really didn’t go to space but this is about yarn, just keep reading).

Fibre Space – the next frontier! Copyrightr fibrespace.com

I first heard about this wonderful yarn store in August 2011, when I contacted Neighborhood Fibre Co. looking for the Penthouse Silk Fingering Yarn in Kalorama Circle. She was out of the yarn I was looking for to make a patternand suggested I try this shop. Well, at the time I was living in Houston, TX and sad I couldn’t go check out this wonderfully hip-looking yarn store. After moving up to the East Coast, I still hadn’t gotten around to visiting until this Easter weekend. WHAT A GREAT TRIP!!! Technically I traveled 4.5 hours to get there and I would do it again!

The drive down the George Washington Memorial Parkway is gorgeous this time of year with all the blossoms, the potomac and historic buildings. Finding parking wasn’t too bad in the middle of the day. I parked about a block away and paid the maximum two hour limit (less than $4.00).

A shop with a view. Copyright fibrespace.com

Yarn wall I could stare at for hours – and kinda did… Copyright Fibrespace.com 

The shop is quite bright, homey and hip. I love how the yarn is divided with great accent furniture pieces on worn hardwood floors. I especially liked seeing the little canine “workers” in the store as well – being a dog lover it’s nice to see such a great shop as a welcome atmosphere for the four-legged crafters. Looking through their stock was really easy, everything is broken down by fiber weight, in order, with easy to read signs at the top of each section. I was so excited I actually forgot to take my own pictures of the shop – and I didn’t want to look like a creeper – so I have posted some of the shop photos from the fibrespace.com website. They are very true to the shop view – awesomeness is not falsely represented.

There’s a great seating section where you can sit, knit and talk to other shop visitors. I was able to help out a new knitter who was a little lost and the shop was overflowing with yarn addicts. It was fun just sitting and feeling the creative juices from the shop and enjoy the helpful employees.

 

I went in looking not only for the Neighborhood Fibrer Co. Penthouse Silk but also for Madelintosh DK in Grasshopper –

The Spoils!

unfortunately, they didn’t have what I was looking for in stock, but that didn’t stop me from finding some other great fibre purchases!

I was able to put on order the Neighborhood Fiber Co. silk I wanted. I was pleased to find out that when it comes in and I can’t make the trip, they are able to ship it to me for about $5!

I love visiting esteemed yarn shops and this was no exception. I can’t wait to go back to visit and if you’re ever in the D.C. area, you shouldn’t hesitate to visit!

Playing with my new treasures,
-Stacy C.

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