Fun in Philadelphia

February 15, 2012 § 4 Comments

For Christmas this year I knit my sister a hat from the most recent issue of Interweave Knits Accessories, the Arabesque Beret by Amanda Scheuzger. This past weekend I finally got to see the hat on my sister, as I finished it only a few hours before she was heading back to Philadelphia last month. Amusingly, the hat was still being blocked when it was time for her to leave; the hat was transferred from my plate to my sister’s plate when it arrived in Philly, and the original plate brought back.

The yarn is my workhorse worsted favorite, Shepherd’s Wool (in garnet) from Stonehedge Fiber Mill. (I also have enough of another dyelot to knit myself a cabled cape-pullover from Rowan, which at some point I will get a chance to knit. Someday…)

The hat looks great on her, and she loves the color. When I said how nice it looked on her, my friend S (who came down from NYC to hang out with me and a bunch of our friends last weekend) roared with laughter, noting that my compliment to her on how flattering the hat was also was indirectly fishing for compliments to me! He did admit that both wearer and knitter were correct in our assessments of the hat, however.

While in Philadelphia, S and I went hunting for Loop, which is located roughly south of Rittenhouse Square. The shop is gorgeous and filled with wonderful yarns, including Shelter by Brooklyn Tweed, Rowan, madelinetosh, MillaMia, and more. As I am currently riding the cold sheep, I forbade myself from buying any yarn, but I did spot a lot of gorgeous Rowan pattern books, and ended up leaving with “Holiday Crochet,” “Nordic Tweed,” and “City Retreat.” One day when I am no longer stash-busting (rather unsuccessfully, I might add, but anyway), I plan on going back and getting some yarn, but in the meantime I’ve been gushing over the gorgeous Rowan patterns.

In more exciting news, only a few hours after I left Philly she and her boyfriend got engaged!

They want to get married in October, and as every knitter knows, that’s Rhinebeck time. Fortunately my mom told my sister that, and hopefully they will get married on the weekend after Rhinebeck. My friend C isn’t so lucky, her brother and his fiancée chose that weekend and so she will be unable to go this year, though my Michigan knitting friends are all tentatively scheduled to come visit in May for Maryland Sheep and Wool.

Anyway, last year my sister’s now-fiancé got a scarf from me for Chrismukkah and expressed enthusiasm, so I am contemplating maybe knitting something for their wedding gift, perhaps pillows or something else house-decoration-y.

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§ 4 Responses to Fun in Philadelphia

  • Lauren says:

    I’d really like to visit Loop but the last time I was in Center City with time for yarn shopping, I didn’t have time to get to South Street. I did find a really cute shop right near Rittenhouse Square called Rosie’s Yarn Cellar. I recommend checking it out. It’s small but has a nice selection.

    • k.m. says:

      A guy from whom we asked for directions at a grocery store/co-op also recommended Rosie’s. I’ll definitely check it out, thanks for the recommendation!

      As I’d decided I shouldn’t get yarn, Loop, with its Rowan pamphlets, was probably safer for my cold sheeping. I estimate that walking between Rosie’s and Loop only takes about ten to fifteen minutes, so next time I will definitely go visit both. Also, I would’ve felt bad dragging my friend S to two yarn shops, and next time I’ll be sure to go alone 🙂

  • Trista says:

    Pretty hat! I saw some pillow patterns on Ravelry called ‘See What Love Can Do’ and they are exceptionaly lovely cabley pillows. I think the pattern fee goes to charity too.

    • k.m. says:

      Oh yes, I love that pattern! It’s gorgeous!

      My sister is possibly even more picky than I am about her decor and fashion, so I think I’ll take the safe route and consult with her beforehand.

      For the hat I showed her a selection of patterns I was willing to knit, and I think I will do the same with the pillows 🙂 This way everyone is happy.

      And thanks for your kind compliment too!

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