Special Weekend Edition: San Diego Yarn Crawl 2014 Part 1

San Diego Yarn Crawl, September 18-21, 2014 Last Friday after I was off work, it was time to depart Arizona for Southern California.  Our destination: San Diego, for the 2014 San Diego Yarn Crawl!  I stopped to pick up the boyfriend, Dylan, and we headed out to pick up dinner to eat on the way, as well as some coffee for me.  We topped off at a nearby gas station to pick up some snacks for the trip ahead of us, and we were off at about 7:30pm.

The car trip was uneventful.  We made it to San Diego in about 5 and a half hours.  Then it was time for showers and bed.  I felt like a kid before visiting Disneyland (or every time I visit Disneyland).

Saturday, September 20-

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I prepared for the day, collected the essentials and we were off to Panera for breakfast.  After enduring a very manic and demanding woman with a cloak of polite "irreverentness" (Dylan's description), we collected our breakfast and coffee and were headed to our first stop.

Yarns At Border Leather After getting my passport stamped, free gifts and patterns, I walked around a bit to find my purchase.

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Atacama by Araucania DK / 8 ply 100% Alpaca 110 yards / 50 grams

The Grove at Juniper and 30th Our next stop was the site of my internship two years ago.  I was able to see Susan, Anne, and Judy.  Heather of Ewe Ewe Yarns was there, too.  It was so nice seeing all of them and catching up a little.  I always go back to The Grove to say Hi every time I visit.

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Sock by Oink Pigments Fingering / 4 ply 100% Merino 420 yards / 100 grams

I also purchased a small project bag I had been wanting for the past two years, and my San Diego Yarn Crawl tote bag.

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Aranitas Yarn by Sofia Not far away, we arrived at our next stop and after a few minutes of browsing, I found what I was going to be bringing home with me.

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Lace Merino DK by Ella Rae DK / 8 ply 100% Merino 302 yards / 100 grams

Yarn & Thread Expressions Next on the list was this shop.  On this trip I loved seeing the dynamic of each yarn shop.  With a yarn bombed tree outside, we stepped in and were greeted by my passport stamper.  Not long after I found my yarn selection.

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Victoria 4Ply by Aurora Yarns Fingering / 4 ply 100% Polwarth Wool 436 yards / 100 grams

A Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill Onto the first Alpaca farm of the crawl!

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We loved getting to see these gentle animals up close and personal.

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Getting to see the mill and how the fiber is processed was great as well.  I came home with two skeins.

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Alpaca Sport by A Simpler Time Alpacas & Mill Sport / 5 ply 1oo% Alpaca 140 yds / 85 grams

Needlecraft Cottage / The Yarnover Truck I had totally forgotten that the Yarnover Truck was going to be at this location!  After getting my passport stamped, I went outside to go check it out.  I didn't stay too long because I knew I was going to be seeing them the next day.  So, it was back inside to browse, and found a Rouge Baah! skien to take home.

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La Jolla by Baah! Fingering / 4 ply 100% Merino 400 yards / 100 grams

Here is where the crawl ended for the day.  We were exhausted and hangry, so it was off to find food.  After food, I passed out at 6:30pm and didn't get up until 7am.

I will post Part 2 tomorrow!

Projects and Project Bags

Today has been kind of busy, but I wanted to tell you about what I've been working on this week! For Christmas, I made Arlyn and Damian project bags for their knitting projects (or whatever else they wanted to carry in them).  Not long ago, I decided to make myself one and also found fabric for Arlyn and Damian that I couldn't resist.  I ended up making them each another.  A few weeks ago, Damian asked if I would be willing to make more bags for him, and of course, I said yes.  So, last Saturday, we went on an adventure to pick out more fabric for more project bags.  On Monday, I sat down and made two for Damian and two for myself.

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The process is super easy.  I plan to make a tutorial to post here at some point.  Ideally, I'd like to be able to sell the bags, but they're just so simple that I'd probably just be better off making a tutorial to show you so you can make your own.  I started writing the tutorial down as I was making these ones, but I forgot (of course) to take pictures.  So, next time, friends!

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Also, on Monday, I finished my Age of Brass and Steam Kerchief!  I blocked it that evening and wore it on Tuesday.  I added three extra repeats since I was using a lace weight/fingering gauge yarn (Zitron Filigran in the Ocean colorway) when the pattern asks for DK weight.  It's a little bigger than the original.

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Right now, I'm working on a Glam Shells shawl.  The yarn I'm using is just so perfect, and I didn't even realize until I started making it!  The yarn is Itata Solid by Araucania and contains wool, bamboo and silk.  The mix of these three fibers gives it a certain texture that reminds me of nets, which is very fitting since part of the shawl looks like a net.  I didn't quite get the best in progress picture, but I'll be sure to post a final picture when I get to it so you can see the pattern better.

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So, yes, that is what has been happening in way of projects.  I did try to start working on antlers for my felted deer yesterday, but everything I was trying didn't seem to work out.  I tried crocheting around the antlers, sewing fabric around them...nothing was really working out.  I then decided to make wire forms and then I'll cover them in foil and felt around them.  I'll write about that in another post soon.

See you tomorrow!