3rd Annual San Diego Yarn Crawl

It's finally here! Today kicks off the 3rd annual San Diego Yarn Crawl! I had such a good time last year, running around to the different shops and expanding my stash. This year, however, I'm staying put in my Local Yarn Store. I'm going to be volunteering at South Park Dry Goods (formerly The Grove at Juniper and 30th where I interned 3 years ago) on Saturday and Sunday. 

There's a crispness in the air today that tells me Fall is finally creeping around the corner. It's been so hot here lately that putting wool into one's hands has been trying. Luckily I'm working on a laceweight project, Oceanspray, in Zen Yarn Garden's California Love. I'm almost finished with it, but with no plans for the next project. I have some pattern and yarn pairings ready to go, so I'll probably just grab something out of there, or cast on more socks. We shall see!

If you're going on the Crawl this weekend, be safe, have fun, and come by South Park Dry Goods and see us!

Thoughts on I Love Yarn Day

I didn't mean to miss yesterday's post.  I just had a lot going on at work.  And I was getting more literal rejections from jobs I've applied for.  One even called me but then decided against interviewing me when they heard I was only available on October 21st and wasn't living in San Diego right then.  I did explain my double edged sword dilemma (No one will hire me because I don't live in San Diego, and I can't live in San Diego until someone hires me), but alas.  Oh well.  The hunt goes on.  I have one week left of working this job, and then it's onto San Diego for the job hunting trip (finally). So my day was kind of a downer, but I was cheered up by Amanda (who I taught how to knit socks on Sunday) when she texted me a picture of her first completed wearable sock!  I'm so proud of her.  I cannot tell you how good it makes me feel when I see people I've taught to knit or taught certain techniques to flourish.  Best. Feeling. Ever. Damian shared with me last night a cowl he had finished for his mom with some yarn he dyed in the Indigo vat at school before he left.  Arlyn shows me her projects and planned projects.  If I can teach all of them and have them take off, surely I can teach others professionally?

Also, HAPPY I LOVE YARN DAY!!!!  We all know by now I have a healthy (or maybe not so healthy for my bank account) addiction to yarn.  And I have built up quite the stash since the San Diego Yarn Crawl.  I hope to work in my room this weekend to clean it a bit and maybe organize my stash and plan for future projects.

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Special Weekend Edition: San Diego Yarn Crawl 2014 Part 2

Welcome back!  We continue my recap of last weekend's San Diego Yarn Crawl. Sunday -

We awoke and went up to Encinitas to continue our adventures.  After a very yummy breakfast at St. Tropez, we were off again!

My moral support team!

The Black Sheep Here I made a make-and-take tassel and watched a demo on making art felt.  I also found this little beauty.

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Lace Merino by Ella Rae Fingering / 4 ply 100% Merino 460 yards / 100 grams

Common ThreadsThe Yarnover Truck I was excited to visit Common Threads for a few different reasons: 1) They have a new location which is super close to some of my old stomping grounds when I was in San Diego for my internship. 2) They were featuring a GORGEOUS colorway called New Encinitas that I wanted the moment I saw it announced on Facebook. 3) Anthony Casalena was going to be hanging out with The Yarnover Truck!  Dylan and I went inside, I found the yarn I was itching to buy, and Dylan discovered a bowl of Slipped Stitch Studios buttons!  We probably went through all of them and found 20 for me to take home...whoops.

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When we were buying them, there was a lady behind me who inquired what I was going to use them for. "To put on my project bags!" was my response.

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Here's the yarn from Common Threads.

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Twizzle by Mountain Colors Worsted / 10 ply 85% Merino, 15% Silk 250 yards / 100 grams

Afterwards, we went outside and I said, "There he is!  The man of the hour!" And Anthony laughed and we introduced ourselves.  It was really great to be able to talk with him a bit.  I popped into The Yarnover Truck to get a pin, but found another skien of yarn to bring home, too.

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OctoBaa by Indigodragonfly Sport / 5 ply 100% Merino 270 yards / 100 grams

I had already purchased a skien of California Love, a color way made just for the Yarnover Truck, before the crawl, but I wanted to show you that, too.

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Serenity Lace by Zen Yarn Garden Lace / 2 ply 90% Merino, 10% Cashmere 1050 yards / 100 grams

When I came out of the truck, Dylan had been conversing with Anthony and Aldo.  Anthony said, "You guys need to move out here!"  Yes!  We're trying!

Yarning for You The next stop was another yarn shop I had visited a couple years ago.  They were astonished to hear we came all the way from Arizona for the crawl.  I found another Zen Yarn Garden skien to take home.

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Serenity 20 by Zen Yarn Garden Fingering / 4 ply 70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon 400 yards / 100 grams

Dylan also snagged me a license plate frame that reads "I'D RATHER BE KNITTING." We just put it on the car yesterday, and it makes me super happy.

Kat's Yarn & Craft Cottage After an hour drive up to Julian, exclamations about sheep and Julian Cider, Dylan and I arrived at Kat's Yarn & Craft Cottage.  It was a cozy little place.  I'd love to go back to Julian to spend a little more time, but we were on a limit.  I wanted to get a shawl pin here made from trees lost in San Diego wildfires by Larry Carlson (of Fiber to Fabric Magic).

(Shawl Pin photo to come)

After making a purchase, we stopped at Julian Cider for a taste, and a walk down the Yellow Brick Road.

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La Dolce Vida Alpaca Farm Our last stop!  Another 45 minute drive later, we arrived at the farm.  We had about an hour left before the crawl was over.  Joe, one of the owners, let us into the pen with the alpacas and I got to feed a couple of them!  He also had us pet some.  They're super shy, but so soft!

I bought some baby alpaca fiber, and then we were done just before 5pm when the crawl ended!

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We were tired, and hungry again, so we met up with Dylan's friend Ian in Carlsbad for dinner, and then it was time to collect our belongings and drive home.

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THE END!

Overall, it was a wild-whirl-wind tour of the San Diego area and more, and it was exhausting.  I'm hoping maybe next year I can use all four days, instead of just Saturday and Sunday to hit all the shops.  And even though I was so tired when I went back to work Monday morning, I would have still done it all over again!

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!

Knitting Downtime

Yesterday, one of my co-workers made the comment that I must have a really boring 8 hours.  And I'll be perfectly honest: I do.  But I try to occupy myself when I'm not answering phones or working on social media.  Usually I write these posts, browse Facebook for things to post on my page, glance at Ravelry for any new patterns to put in my ever-growing queue, and knit.  I don't like spending all my downtime on the internet, nor do I have any books on my Kindle that are begging for my attention.  So I knit.  I can put it down at a moment's notice if I need to do something, and I can still be totally aware of my surroundings. I started the Laughingbird scarf the first week I started this job.  I don't always work on it, and sometimes when I do I can only put a few rows in.  Some days I'm bored of it, and others I'm totally engaged in it.

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I can't wait to see it when it's all blocked.  I'm hoping that I can get another project going (maybe with some nicer yarn) before the San Diego Yarn Crawl.  I also am looking into getting a project back from Slipped Stitch Studios.  I'm kind of obsessed with their Lost at Sea fabric they've been using for their products.  I have bought way too much stuff of theirs in that fabric and am about to buy more.

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I'm looking into getting the Double Knit Plus Bag in Lost at Sea.  I know I have a ton of project bags that I've made myself already, but I really want this one...because of the fabric.  Believe me, if I knew where to find it, I would buy it all and make so many things with it. ...right after I wrote that, I just went and searched "Lost at Sea Fabric" and I found places to get it.  Damn.  There goes more money down the drain.  I really want to just buy 10 yards of the stuff.  It's a good thing my sewing machine is in storage...obviously that won't stop me from buying it.

I mentioned in a previous post I talked about knitting at work.  It just reminds me of my internship when Susan would say "Okay, enough work, let's go knit." And we would sit down and work on our projects, either personal or for the store, and if someone came in, I was able to pop up and help them.  That's something I really miss.  But no one has made a fuss here yet about me knitting on the job, so until they do, I'm going to do just that. And buy my new project bag.

Next Month's Plans

Can it be September 19 yet?  Cause that's when I plan on heading over to San Diego for the 2014 San Diego Yarn Crawl!  I wasn't able to go to the first one last year, so I'm determined to go this year.  Also, if you haven't noticed (ha.) I'm itching to take a trip to my favorite city.  So many yarn shops over there (as well as couple of Alpaca Farms!) are participating this year, including The Grove at Juniper and 30th, where I interned during Summer 2012.  If you're in the area September 18-21 you should check the crawl out. I'm only able to go Saturday and Sunday due to work, but I still plan on hitting as many stores, if not all, as I can before the event ends! That's all I really have for today...I'm going to be teaching a couple more people how to knit fairly soon.  That always makes me happy.  I really ought to just make a lesson plan that I can use so I can be more organized in teaching. I'll have to eventually!

Have a lovely weekend!