Knitting, Local Yarn Store, Travel, Yarn

Encinitas, California

Last spring we got the chance to visit my brother and sister-in-law and their boys in San Diego, California, the most beautiful, peaceful place on the California coast.  After lunch and before the beach, I paid a visit to The Black Sheep, a LSY located on Highway 101 in Encinitas. This yarn store is the stuff… Continue reading Encinitas, California

Knitting, Local Yarn Store, Travel, Yarn

Rainy Days in East Germany

During my whirlwind European tour, I spent a couple of days in Dresden and a few hours in Berlin.  Even in the rain I was able to enjoy the restored splendor of these two cities. I was surprised by the memories and stong emotions invoked at the Berlin Wall Memorial and Checkpoint Charlie. All the… Continue reading Rainy Days in East Germany

Knitting, Yarn

Blue Skies Smiling at Me

I have a particular fondness for Blue Sky Alpacas because it was the first luxury yarn I ever purchased. My first knitting project below took about 3 months of constant knitting and purling, and following the sage advise of my knitting mentor, "Don't be afraid to rip it out." I must have ripped out and… Continue reading Blue Skies Smiling at Me

Food, Local Yarn Store, Travel, Yarn

Oh, Give Me A Home

Yellowstone National Park, the first national park in the world.It's famous for geysers, waterfalls, elk and...Buffalo! When my family was here in July, we made several trips to Yellowstone to see the sites and enjoy the water. On our way out of the park we stopped in West Yellowstone, Montana for some yummy mexican food and my Honeypie… Continue reading Oh, Give Me A Home

Knitting, Local Yarn Store, Travel, Yarn

Mama’s Hands

I come from a long line of hard-working women. Both of my grandmothers fed their families with vegetables from their gardens, milk from their cow, and chickens and eggs from their yards. My grandmothers kept their families warm with clothes and quilts they stitched themselves. My mother also kept a garden and put up vegetables and… Continue reading Mama’s Hands

Knitting, Yarn

To Stripe or Not To Stripe

That is the question! In my experience, Noro Yarns makes the answer easy. Mr. Eisaku Noro is the artist and innovator behind the fabulous Noro Yarn line. He was born near Yoshino-Kumano National Park and has applied his sensitivities of the natural world he enjoyed there to the selection of natural materials which make up… Continue reading To Stripe or Not To Stripe