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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Yarn Shop in Manteo NC

 Manteo, Roanok Island NC.

I knew there was a yarn shop around the Outer Banks, North Carolina, and I remembered one from years ago, the last time I went over to Roanok Island and it's main town, Manteo. Fine Yarns at Kimbeeba is in what used to be an auto shop and under part of the floor (I learned to day) is the mechanic's 'ditch'!  (I know there is a better word for it than that).  Anyway, I took DH back to day, a hot sunny day, perfect for wandering around, and introduced him to Sybill the proprietor and a lovely lady.

Sybill and me.

I wandered in a couple of days ago and after 'can I help you?' I was greeted with 'would you like a cup of tea or coffee?'! I got to wander around the store with a good cup of tea in a friendly mug. If you are ever down this way, on holiday or passing through, I highly recommend Kimbeeba and Sybill, a great selection of yarns, patterns, knitted samples, books, tools and so on. It's the kind of place that you can pick up what you forgot to pack on your trip but also to get inspired to make something new for a change with some exciting new yarn. Knit or crocheted.  

To one sied is a lovely weaving studio full of looms and woven and knit examples and items for sale. Sybil is an accomplished fiber artisan and today I got to see some roving she was spinning into some yummy yarn... the kind of yarn I buy, take back to my studio then think of something to do with it. It had Seacell in it too and had  lovely sheen which made it a yarn for something chic.

Taking my husband into yarn shops is the best thing, a)he's not shy about taking photos and b) he'll talk to anyone about anything.

A good friend of Sybil's came in and they got chatting, that's how I found out what the building had been before, and had a paint chipped brick wall pointed out to me which had formed part of the gas station. This gentleman was a magistrate and as a friend had managed to get a speeding ticket we asked about how to go about working that one out....which led to being shown Sybil's husband's little office to one side of the shop, he had retired but as he still gets legal work....his office is there and a card at the cash counter!
CottonCat (I think)

I had bought some sock yarn to add to my stash the day before but today I bought a book on yarn and needlwork stores around the US... well, that will go in with my passport! We were offered tea or coffee again today but couldn't stay as long, but there was a small Saturday afternoon group of knitters in a corner with a sunny window and one of them was Turkish Crocheting... I have never heard of it before but it looks like knitting!

Discovering  a good yarn shop always makes my trip and as we return every year....I'll be back!

Friday, May 07, 2010

Kingston Life

 'Lei Too Woo!'

I'm in the news again! Though I'm down in North Carolina recovering from several weeks of Spring shows and teaching a Skype with my folks reminded me that someone asked me for a photo and a blurb recently and now I'm featured in our local, and great, magazine: Kingston Life I'm in glad company - Marney McDiarmid, Richard White, John D Williams, Penny Gorman  and my lovely colleague and friend Andrea Graham. I'm honoured!

Meanwhile, the end of April saw my last 'gig' for a couple of weeks, Cardiknits Academy in Ancaster, ON. Lots of machine knitting gals looking to soak up some new stuff. I stayed with my good friend Sonja, another knitting fiend and we caught one of the last days of Coats & Clark's outlet store, they closed May 1st!  

We nabbed some yarn that I have no idea what I will make but I just had to have it and add it to my stash. Sonja was in the same head space though she did have a project that she found just the right yarn for.
Here we are in the 'stacks' on the hunt.

Sonja lives in Toronto and how could I be there without visiting my new grandson, here he is at 10 weeks old!!! He's good enough to eat. I got to see his wonderful smile for the first time and see him so aware and active. Every time I had seen him before he was still sleeping off his rather grueling birth...well, he was nine pounds, here he is sixteen.

This is a shot of some great buttons, first efforts of one of my Button Making class at Cardiknits. She had made this jacket quite a while ago and thought she'd try making buttons for it, I thought they turned out fab and encouraged her to change them over!

Me, the 'Laptop Cozy' and Trevor

Last but not least was the opening of the show which was the culmination of the efforts of sixteen artists/artisans: Kollaboration Kingston.  The resulting artwork from Lindsey Fair's project is fascinating and beautiful and can be seen at the former Sandra Whitton Gallery on Ontario Street in Kingston until the end of May. The above pic is of Trevor Waurechen and me holding the 'Laptop Cozy' we collaborated on, I knit it using Trevor's fossil illustration.

Now, I'm in the Outer Banks of North Carolina once again but with my knitting machine in tow as I will be returning to participate in the Up The Garden Path studio tour in Rockport - the Thousand Islands.  

..... sort of a working vacation.....with beach walks.....

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Cardiknits Academy

Well, my Laptop Cozy for Kollaboration is done, I think I was the last person to turn in a project. I'm really pleased with collaboration with Trevor Waurechen and his Fossil illustration. Neither of us had any clue to what our link would bring forth.

I rather like the colours I chose and hope that the Ramie lining keeps its anti static that it seems to have. No scientific data however!

These shots are of my friend Sonja and me at our last visit to Coats & Clark, a longtime supplier of yarn, needlework stuff, tools and such, I was restrained but Sonja went a little wild collecting some bags of yarn.

Here I am among the the 'stacks'.

Here is a lovely example of a really good knit fuzzy jacket that one of my Button Making class had made and she made a stab at some new hand made buttons for it.  I think these turned out really well, she certainly hit the colour.

Well, tomorrow is another day!