Thursday, March 10, 2011

Yarn Garden & a Day with Little Sis

My younger sister Denise and I spent the day together.  We began our outing at a coffee shop where Sis and I shared a scone which was delish, it had orange and nuts and was drizzled with chocolate - and that is my mocha, isn't it pretty?
After coffee we drove over to the most amazing place, Yarn Garden, a really successful and FULL shop that has so many wonderful yarns and has classes.  Here are 3 full rooms of yarn!
The first is the cottons and children's yarns.
The middle room with wools and alpacas and things.. my "Drops" Alpaca is there on the bottom right.
Here is the main room as you enter, yarns, sample sweaters, buttons and a comfy place to sit.
Here is a WHOLE wall of sock yarn!  Below is a closer shot.
I made my purchase (which I will show you below) and then we headed to dinner.  We went to Happy Hour at Newport Seafood Grill and had chicken tenders, a salad with pear and bleu cheese and a bowl of clam chowder.  And we talked... and talked.. :-)
Then we went on to her house, above is a basket of eggs that I brought to her.
Her daughter Whitney prepared dinner for herself and her father, she's becoming quite a cook, here is her spaghetti carbonara, and she used 2 of the fresh eggs I brought in the dish.
Above is the treasure I brought home from the yarn shop - this is sooOOooo soft and sooOOooo pretty!  I had 4 skeins, the raspberry, lime, orange sherbet and turquoise.  I added ten more colors for variety.  Which brings me to.... the photo below.
One of my favorite bloggers, Alicia Paulson at Posie Gets Cozy, had posted that she had enjoyed a period drama called "Bright Star" - so I put it in my queue at NetFlix and we watched it the other evening.  I was "gobsmacked" by this lovely jacket the heroine wore, it looked like tiny little crocheted flowers.  So, I thought, I could make something like that!  I remembered that I had 4 skeins of fine yarn and dug them out and took them with me so I could add new colors that would go with them.  Now, I don't think I could pull off a jacket like this, but I'm going to make some small motifs and join them together for a scarf or shawl or wherever fate takes me. I'm going to take this with me to volunteer at Multnomah Falls today and will work up some of my ideas to show you.

Thanks for coming by and again, **LOVE** your wonderful comments!!

Hugs -- Teresa :-) 


  1. Your day looks like a good one!
    Can't wait to see what you make with the new stash...exciting stuff
    Hugs Suz x

  2. Sounds like a lovely day! That yarn shop is A-MAZ-ING. How can you ever choose from such selection?

  3. How lucky to have such a great yarn shop for all your wool needs. My mouth is watering at the yummie food you photographed...the carbonara in particular looked delicious. Looking forward to seeing your new project and it's nearly the weekend!
    Jane x

  4. I'm am so jealous! You didn't have to go to "work." You got to spend the day with your sister. AND you went to what looks like an amazing store. I think I'm going to sit here and pout. Not really, but it does sound like a perfect day :)Lots of Love!

  5. What a wonderful day and a beautiful yarn shop. Enjoy your new yarn. Looking forward to seeing what you make. :-)

  6. Oh my what a shop - all that yarn, all those colours. I think I would be like a child in a toy shop and not know where to look first! Sounds like a lovely day. Love Jo xxx

  7. Teresa, First of all your day sounds amazing. I so wish my sister was near. Next, I have to ask you to stop doing this to keep posting beautiful crochet projects and ideas and then I automatically want to do them too. I think you are being most unfair. That jacket is about the most beautiful thing I hav ever seen. I think I will rent the movie.
    Have a beautiful day,

  8. What a wonderful day you had. I love the Yarn Garden. Do you ever get to Spokane? We have a store here called Paradise Fibers that has spinning & weaving supplies and the yarn, oh, the yarn! It is huge. So much yarn in one place, I've NEVER seen anything like it. If you come here I'll take you to Paradise. It's not a fancy store but I guarantee that you'll never want to leave!

    Thanks for letting us peek into your life today!

  9. Suz, I have to admit, I made 5 of the little circles like in the jacket above and I realized that I didn't like doing them. I'm going to try making some of the Japanese flowers with this luscious alpaca and see if I like them better.

    Julie, it's a good thing that I had 4 skeins already, so it was easy to choose to add to them. Alpaca is the most lush fiber!

    Jane, I'll show you the flowers as soon as I make some.. I bet they'll be neat.

    Melissa, I have to admit, I'm soooo happy to be retired. Your day will come where your days are your own. :-)

    Heather, thanks.. can't wait to show you!

    Joanna, do you have a lovely yarn shop in your town?

    Meredith, how far away is your sister? I do hope you rent the movie, you won't be sorry.

    Betsy, we drove through Spokane last August on our way home from a 5100 mile trip to Oklahoma and back in a big loop. We were in such a hurry to get home by then we didn't even blink heading through! LOL Next time I'll let you know we're there. :-)

  10. Oh my, that yarn shop! I have never seen anything like it here in Belgium, it's gigantic!! I would go beside myself with excitement in a shop like that! I'm very curious to see what you'll make with that lush yarn... Have a splendid day! :)

  11. Wow what a wonderful post today, Teresa! I loved seeing the fabulous yarn shop - what a blissful place to visit! And the yarn you bought looks gorgeous. (I've just received some mohair wool by post this morning and am in a real knitting mood!!) I love the film Bright Star too - I just so enjoyed the fabrics and textures in it, especially the little jacket you showed it's exquisite. I hope your new crochet goes well, and thanks for sharing these lovely pictures.
    Helen x

  12. Teresa, that yarn store looks heavenly. you came home with the good stuff I see too. Those tiny motifs are beautiful. I can't wait to see what you come up with.

  13. That yarn shop looks marvelous, I would love to live near one like that. Thanks for sharing your beautiful day. I can't wait to see what you make with that yummy alpaca. ♥

  14. Hi Nanita, what kind of places do you have in Belgium for yarn? I would trade one of my shops for one of your artisan chocolate shops. :-)

    Helen, thanks so much! I have decided the little dots in her jacket are too tedious to make.. going to try some Japanese flowers with the alpaca.

    Hi Clara, thanks for the email, can't wait to see the giveaway prize I won from you! Woo hoo!

    Kelly, where do you get your yarn? We have others in town I need to visit too.

  15. Teresa, You and I are on the same wave length. I just went out and bought some alpaca today. My nexr shawl will be just 3 colors with the exact same flower each time. I think it might be a bit boring to do but the end result will be beautiful. Can't wait to see yours.
    Have a great weekend,

  16. Sounds like quite a fun day. I think I could live in that yarn shop.

  17. oh my goodness, indeed you found yarn heaven! what wonderful color choices... thank you for sharing this treasure trove of yarny goodness with me :)


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