Trips Out West and the Yarn Harlot
In September Ben and I had two fabulous trips to Seattle and San Francisco. Over Labor Day weekend we had a relaxing visit with Ben's grandparents in Seattle. Bad Penny did indeed make her debut, but I forgot to take a picture. So instead a lovely Seattle scenery, you get our spare closet:
After returning home we had less than a week before heading off to San Francisco so Ben could attend the American Chemical Society's National Conference. I just tagged along to be a tourist. We stayed in a great hotel in the Union Square neighborhood, and in between visiting with our University of Michigan friends, seeing a great white shark at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, meeting Ben's uncle and aunt, catching-up with an old college friend, eating dinner with my uncle and sightseeing, I wandered over to a fibery oasis in the middle of the city:
The store was amazing. For muggles and those of you who haven't been there, the store is unique because all of the yarns at Artfibers are produced exclusively for them. And if you purchase yarn there, they will help you create a pattern for the yarn using a patternmaking software. After circling through the store a couple of times I selected a few yarns from their sample skeins and "tasted" the yarn in their yarn lounge. It was so relaxing to knit after walking through the city. There were several yarns that I loved, but I decided to take this chance to design a shrug to wear with my wedding dress. Because my dress has such a unique skirt, I wanted a very simple yet elegant shrug. I love the I Do pattern, but I think it would look too busy with my dress. I selected the Hana silk yarn due to its sheen and smoothness and the store clerk helped me design a capped-sleeve, cropped shrug with an all-over tulip lace pattern and picot-edges. It was so great to say I want this, this and this, here are my measurements and bam - here's a custom pattern for you. I would highly recommend this store to anyone headed to San Francisco. I did leave the store with a headache, which isn't a good record for me.
In between our trips I saw the Yarn Harlot in SLC, and here's the undefinitive proof:
That's really me in the upper right corner. Stephanie was hilarious and it was great to be in a room again filled with knitters. I told Ben that I was seeing a knitting celebrity, and then to my embarrassment he proceeded to tell everyone in SF that I go see knitting celebrities. Just wait until he gets his first pair of socks. Then he will understand.