More Weekend Yarn Adventures!

This past weekend I spent with more yarny adventures!  Saturday I taught a Tiny Sweater Class at Yarn & Coffee and Sunday I had a Trunk Show at The Yarn Store at Nob Hill and they were both fabulous.IMG_1664

I was able to talk to lots of interesting knitters, eat cookies, work on my sweater, drink hot chocolate, eat another cookie, talk to more knitters and spend time breathing in the yarn and fiber fumes.IMG_1680

Sadly, these are my last events in Albuquerque, but they were so fun!   I really appreciate the local knitting scene making me feel welcome and at home, I know that the Loveland and Fort Collins knitting scenes will be the same and I’ll get to meet even more fun, funny and fabulous fiber folk!IMG_1685

If you’re interested in making one of these adorable little things for your holiday decorations, just wait a few days!  The pattern for the Tiny Sweater will be published here on the blog soon with plenty of notes to customize it and make it easier to fandangle those beginning stitches on dpns!IMG_1672

Weekend Adventures

This past weekend was a super fun one. My awesome friend Freshy flew in from Seattle and hung out with me!  We hit up all the yarn stores, some of the breweries, plenty of tourist-y spots and had some quality veg-out time on the couch with tea (or wine) and our Ravelry queues. I instagrammed a lot of it, if you don’t already follow me, sometimes I post pretty pictures 😉

Some pictures from the weekend? Sure, why not!

Yarn Store at Nob Hill
This is the mural on the Yarn Store at Nob Hill
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Hiking around on the top of the Sandias
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“The Rock House” on top of the Sandias
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Oddly similar tastes in beer colors as in yarn colors
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Sometimes you just have to hug the yarn up close and personal

And look what she brought me all the way from the Pacific Northwest! Isn’t it beautiful? Not a clue yet what I’ll make with it, but it’s soft enough to hang out around my neck anyway.IMG_0553

What did you do this weekend?  Fun adventures, even if they’re in your own town, can be had regularly and I highly recommend it!

Yarn & Coffee

A new yarn cafe had a soft opening in Santa Fe last Friday (the Grand Opening won’t be until early March) and, even though I had visited them the previous week, I rode the train up from Albuquerque to have some girl-time with my momma and play with the yarns.  IMG_7387

This store has the makings of a great community gathering place.  They’ve got a coffee and pastry bar, ample (and comfortable) seating space, and friendly staff.IMG_7390

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Niched with natural fibers, this store has a variety of yarns ranging from the work-horse yarns that everyone knows and loves to the gorgeous, hand-dyed yarns of smaller companies to the luxury fibers of others.IMG_7406

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I’ll be teaching some classes there starting at the end of March and promise to give a run down of those in a future post!IMG_7409

Buena Vista, CO

Another weekend, another adventure!

the entire drive was gorgeous but I imagine a two hour video of the experience would be a bit much 😉

This time we cruised down to Buena Vista to meet up with my parents and exchange a belated Christmas gift for some camping stuff I couldn’t bring back with me on the plane.  We walked the monster dog along the river, took some photos and sat in a tile living room before sipping some beers and grabbing lunch at the Eddyline.

some details of the day

Our trip would not have been complete without scouting out the LYS and I knewthere was at least on in this little town, I just didn’t know where it was.  Benefit of small towns: one main street = easy to find shops.

we counted so many of these guys and they were so close!

Serendipity did not disappoint, it was bigger on the inside than it looked on the outside and absolutely filledwith yarns, notions and yarn-y gifts not to mention the pleasant people you always find in landscapes of wool with hills of silk and forests of cashmere.

sorry about the lighting of the photo, it doesn't do the shop or the yarns justice!

I highly recommend you stop into Serendipity if you’re ever passing by the area, very much worth the trip.

Georgetown, CO

This past weekend my dog, The Gentleman and I took a little day trip to a small mountain town I’ve driven past but never stopped in.  From the highway, Georgetown looks like the quintessential mountain town and from the main street, it’s no different.  The store fronts are cute with a colorfully aged look to them, antiques and collectibles in the windows and friendly faces behind the counters.

Naturally, we sought out a yarn store but were told in one of the antique shops that this little town had none and we were sad.  Braving the icy winds we walked the main street, looking in shop windows and down side roads to see what all there was to see, and wouldn’t you know it, there was indeed a yarn store down one of them!

Lonesome Stone Yarn from Granby, CO - click the photo to go to the webpage

The Quilted Purlis an inviting little shop with both quilting supplies and knitting paraphernalia.  Ruth, the owner, is such a charming woman and The Gentleman and I stayed for a long while chatting with her and fondling the yarns throughout the shop.  We talked knitting, yarn, Colorado, designs and life.

Ruth in her natural habitat

I highly recommend stopping in this little town and finding the yarn shop, you won’t be disappointed – tell her Holly the SillyLittleLady sent you 😉

knitting and quiting paraphernalia

After departing The Quilted Purl, the three of us made our way to a frozen lake that was on the way out of town and took a little walk out to the middle of it.  There were ice-fishers drilling holes in the 2 foot deep ice,

the catch of the day

And cars with spiked tires racing on the other end complete with all of their campers, trailers and trucks all parked on the lake as well. Craziest thing I’ve seen in a while, how did I now know about this sport?

those are some massive spikes

Have you gone on any adventures lately?