Wednesday, June 25, 2008

A North Georgia Road Trip

I recently had occasion to travel to the Georgia-Tennessee-North Carolina border. While up that way, I decided to visit member shop Mountain Yarn in Blairsville.The shop is just off the main road, a right turn on Old Blue Ridge Highway. From Atlanta, take I-75 North to I-575 North and keep following it even as it changes names and becomes a state route. You'll go about 94 miles to get to Blairsville, which is about 22 miles past Blue Ridge. If you get to the stoplight in Blairsville, you've gone too far and you'll need to make a couple right turns to come back around to the shop.
I arrived late in the day but was warmly greeted by Pat, who recently purchased this shop. There are lots of good changes coming. Even in its current transition, the shop had nice things to offer. Tofusies, Noro, Addi needles in both Natura (bamboo) and Turbo (metal), and suede bottoms for drawstring bags. I bought two skeins of Araucania Ranco multi (a sock weight yarn) in a blue-purple colorway reminiscent of the ocean waves. There was a nice selection of books, although most of those I already have in my library. I did seriously consider the 220 Patterns for Cascade 220. Pat and I chatted cordially about knitting and yarn, traffic and the cost of fuel, and how truly beautiful north Georgia is. Pat previously owned a shop in Florida, so Mountain Yarn should be in very good hands. If you find yourself up north past even the edges of metro Atlanta, this sweet store is worth a stop.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Almost Ready for Prime Time

Our prize-winning scarecrow "Getting Ready for Winter" is almost ready to make his trip north to the American Textile History Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts. If you took home a scarecrow part to freshen up and have not yet returned it to Megan, please let her know immediately. Even if ill things have happened -- the dog ate it, the children turned it into a different sort of craft project -- Megan needs to know so that she can move forward. We hope that the scarecrow will become a wonderful photo opportunity for people who visit the museum, especially those who have young children. He certainly was a big hit with families at the Atlanta Botanical Garden during last October's Scarecrows in the Garden exhibit.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Information Age Knitting

Our own SVP of Programs Elizabeth Clause gave a wonderful presentation this month about knitting resources on the Internet. For those who were unfamiliar, Elizabeth opened eyes to the wonders of blogs, on-line shopping, Ravelry, pod casts, knit-alongs, and more. There were many, many things to say and show. We didn't have enough time for Elizabeth to cover all she had planned. If you missed the meeting, you can download the presentation here or the handout here. Please remember that this is Elizabeth's own work, so do respect her rights to her intellectual property. Both of these files are laden with links and information that will keep you busy for days, so do be sure you've cleared your calendar. With all these great resources, we may need to have a follow-up discussion on how did anybody ever knit before 1980?

On final note: Elizabeth mentioned that there is a Ravelry group for Dragon*Con. There was a murmur in the crowd of people whispering to their neighbors, "What's Dragon*Con?" Dragon*Con is the BIG science fiction/fantasy convention held every year in downtown Atlanta. It is four days of costumes and round-the-clock merriment. If you are a geek, nerd, trekker, Jedi, elf, or the like and you live in the Southeast, this is where you are Labor Day weekend. And if you knit, you are there, in costume, with your knitting, possibly making another Griffindor scarf for your Harry Potter costume.

Friday, June 6, 2008

If you left early . . .

Linda & Elizabeth hold up Pat's Fisherman's Wife shawl.

A lot of people needed to leave last night before Show and Tell. If you left, you missed this. I do not believe there are words in English (although there might be some in French or Italian) to describe how truly beautiful and breathtaking this shawl is. It took Pat about two months to make it. It was a knit-along where she got the next 15-20 rows about once a week in an e-mail. The pattern is Fisherman's Wife (Dem Fischer sin Fru). And Pat apparently has another lace shawl nearing completion. If she keeps this up, we may need armed guards to accompany her to and from her vehicle.

And if you love this lace, keep in mind that one of our upcoming Superstars this year is a lace knitter. No wonder lace is so popular right now.