a vacation yarn…

12 03 2007

we’re back from vacation! (for yarn/knit stuff scroll down)

we try and get away from the dreary ohio weather about this time of year. butter (k) swears he has s.a.d., and sometimes i feel like i do too! i mean, come on, anyone who has experienced the ohio ‘winter’ months of gray skies would probably say the same. our cure was a trip to north carolina to visit our best friends in cary (near raleigh-durham). while the cold temperatures dipped into the 20’s here, we were enjoying blue skies and spring-like weather.

originally, we were going to start our drive on wednesday, butter’s birthday, but a twharted birthday surprise left me with the idea to leave one day earlier for skateboarding – especially for butter. he mapped out his skate stops (thanks to concrete disciples) and i searched for local yarn shops and found us a hotel in winston salem.

during the drive there i finished my first roza’s sock AND finished my first slipped stich sock with a 2×2 rib and tubular bindoff. whoot!

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roza’s socks by grumperina (interweave knits spring 2007)
lorna’s laces shepherd’s sock douglas fir
started: february 27, 2007
needles: knitpicks size 0 dpn’s
notes: very snug fit on me with this needle size, first sock finished on 3/06/07

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do you mind the tubular bindoff slanting to the left?
slipped stitch sock pattern by lynne
midnight fire from the sock club (jan)
started: february 2, 2007
notes: small size, toe-up (12 stitches) with short row heel; first sock finished 3/06/07

if you haven’t visited winston salem, go now!! the people were super nice and the city was so charming. we will plan to stay longer our next trip there. being smaller than columbus, i wasn’t sure what to expect of the lay of the land. we had no idea where to eat. (i tend to distrust the hotel concierge for some reason). instead, we turned to wheel of food. no, not the wheel with pat and vanna. it’s a wheel similar to the wheel of fortune wheel but with restaurants. you enter in a zip and spin away!! it’s not without it’s quirks (mcdonald’s and other food chains show up as choices)…but we hit the virtual food lottery! the west end cafe (a pub with great atmosphere and fantastic food) and mary’s, of course (a local hang-out with plenty of character and an imaginative menu) are two definite musts if you visit the city.

before we hit the skate park, on HIS birthday, butter drove me to two yarn shops. now that’s love.

we hit knit picky first.

knit picky is located in historic hanes town, a short drive from downtown winston salem. the store is an adorable renovated 1910 vintage house with a large sign in the front. as soon as we walked into the store, i was struck with how charming it was! displays of yarn and accessories quickly drew me in. almost immediately, we were greeted by store owner sammie jo thomas (hi sammie jo!). she was ever so helpful and so nice, too! although the store was small, i could picture myself spending a lot of time (and money yikes!) there. they had a nice selection of yarns ranging from standard cascade to noro to debbie bliss…oh, go visit and see for yourself! she also carried a few different types sock yarns by including trekking. there was a table in the back room for lessons and for knit-in’s as well as a large selection of pattern books. wireless internet access and a screened porch are also two amenities worth mentioning! we were introduced to another lady from near my old stomping grounds canton, ohio (i was so yarn shop-drunk i forgot your name, i’m sorry!)! we walked away with favorite socks, by interweave press, and an adorable lantern moon notepad with knit picky post-its! sammie jo, my whole experience at your shop has set the bar ever so high, i’m afraid that all of my future yarn shop experiences will be ruined by this! 😉 this stop was one the highlights of my vacation this year.

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yeah! favorite socks and a lantern moon trinket
i really do think you MUST stop by knit picky if you’re in the winston salem area

we went to visit another yarn shop after that…but i’m afraid that all i can rave about is the fact that i was able to see colinette jitterbug in person! oh, and i took some home

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colinette jitterbug yarn in jay
purchased from (the other winston salem lys that escapes me at the moment)
100% easycare merino wool | 100 g : 267 meters
thoughts: the color is beautiful, but the yardage is skimpy?!? thank god i have freakishly small feet!

i have more knitting news, including new socks started and more yarn!! but i’ll have to end this already long post…and put up pictures later.

(sigh) i wish i was still on vacation.

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10 responses

12 03 2007
Matty

sounds like an awesome trip for both of you…..btw, how’s the sweater coming?

12 03 2007
Laura B

Thanks for such a lovely review of the shop! The next time you are in town make sure to set aside some time to come sit with us and knit. We are always excited to get a chance to talk to knitters from far away.

-Laura (Knit Picky shop employee)

12 03 2007
Sammie Jo

Hi Tani!
Glad you enjoyed your visit to North Carolina and to Knit Picky! Like I told you, think there’s a great job down here just waiting for you and your cute skateboarding hubby. Come hang out with us on Open Knit Night the next time you’re in town.

It was my pleasure meeting you guys. You seem to have fun together and that’s what it’s all about. Thank you for the terrific review of the shop.

13 03 2007
stacey

great socks – they came out really well! Sounds like you had a great trip – i’d do anything to escape the dreary New England winters!!! A road trip was the perfect idea!

13 03 2007
bethc

Sounds like you had a great trip!!

13 03 2007
Valerie in San Diego

Beautiful socks! I don’t think anyone will notice a slanted bindoff.

13 03 2007
Opal

Your Roza’s look better then the one in the magazine. Gorgeous!

14 03 2007
Carol

I’d love to go there! Your sock is beautiful! Here’s to longer vacations!

14 03 2007
Nora

I’m using Jitterbug at the moment – didn’t notice it’s ‘skimpy-ness’ until you mentioned it!

15 03 2007
Amy

I’m glad you liked North Carolina. It’s where I was born and most of my family still lives there. I need to go back too, because I haven’t been in a few years (good old work) and grandma is probably worried about me.

It’s been getting warmer up here, though, so maybe we won’t have to deal with the nasty Ohio winter sky for much longer.

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