Yarn Porn

Hello again! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus, because first it was spring break and then it was the beginning of a new quarter, and I had a lot of non-knitting business to take care of. Spring break, though, was lovely — the boyfriend and I went to Monterey and San Francisco. We saw the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the new Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, the Museum of Craft and Folk Art, The Homosexuals, and we visted my Cairn hat and its owners. But what you are undoubtedly most interested in, dear knitters, is the following:

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The spoils! These are all from Imagiknit in San Francisco, which you absolutely must visit the next time you are in town. It is hands-down the best LYS I have ever been to — it was mind-boggling. It’s huge, the yarns are delicious, and it was also the only LYS I’d ever been to that seemed to actually cater to my age bracket. The people working there were all 20-something hipsters, and while they had lots and lots of the basics, they also seemed to understand that we young, hip knitters crave color and style (and yarns like Malabrigo that we can buy on a budget!). Basically all of my actually-local LYSes seem to be run by and for old ladies — so I really had a field day. My lovely, patient boyfriend brought a book and read quietly for the multiple hours it took me to shop for and then wind this yarn (there are some duplicate skeins not pictured). Clockwise from the top, we have: Malabrigo Lace in Azul Profundo (I have two of these), Malabrigo Aquarella in some apparently unnamed teal colorway, Malabrigo Lace in Black Forest (I have two of these, too!), Curious Creek Fibers Meru in Mysterious Night, and Malabrigo Lace in Stone Blue. Friends, Malabrigo Lace is $9 per 470-yard skein, so I went a little nuts.

We also visited Article Pract in Oakland, specifically so I could get these:

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Be Sweet Bambino in Spearmint. It’s a bamboo & cotton blend, hand dyed by women in South Africa who get some percentage of the profits. This yarn is remarkably difficult to buy online — only a few online retailers carry it at all, and each of them carries only a few colors. I bought eight of these, which in the not-so-distant future will become a “Nadine” from Kristeen Griffen-Grimes’ new book, French Girl Knits. Article Pract turned out to be a lovely little store —  much smaller than Imagiknit, but well-curated and also staffed by & apparently aimed toward young people.

Coming soon: sock progress photos, and a brand-new pattern!

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