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April 27, 2006

baby, free cone, and great yarn store
posted by soe 11:58 pm

Three beautiful things from the last week:

1. Today as Rudi and I were walking along the C&O Canal at lunchtime, we paused to watch some fish from the shade afforded by a pedestrian bridge. Then what should paddle into view under us but a tiny, little turtle! Make a circle with your index finger and your thumb. That was how big the turtle was. Isn’t that so cool?

2. Tuesday was free cone day at Ben & Jerry’s. I joined the line at Dupont after work and had to wait about 15 minutes or so. The afternoon was nice, giving me the chance to listen to some podcasts while I waited. When I got to the front of the line, I opted for The Last Straw, which was a mild strawberry ice cream with chocolate truffle swirls and huge chocolate chips. It was delicious and I felt like my donation went to a worthy charity.

3. Saturday we went to Woolwinders in Rockville, which was having a sale. I’d never been there before, but I’d been getting their emails for a while and it looked like they might have some yarn I was looking for. They did not have what I went for, but I did not leave empty-handed. I came home with some silk-cotton tweed to make a tank top with, sock yarn for Rudi and for me, and a circular needle in size 17 so I can start work on the shawl that requires casting on 140 stitches. The owners were friendly and the staff tremendously helpful — preventing me from buying 100% cotton to make Rudi socks because they’d just end up sagging. And to top it all off, yesterday they emailed me coupons to use every month between May and August. They are a bit too far away to become my day-to-day local yarn shop, but I’ll definitely be taking the Red Line to the Shady Grove stop to visit them again.

Category: three beautiful things. There is/are 2 Comments.

As someone who is intrigued with knitting socks, I am curious, what kind of yarn did you get?

Comment by Camille 04.28.06 @ 4:25 pm

Rudi’s sock yarn is Cascade fixation — 98% cotton & 2% elastic — in greys and blues. The yarn store woman said the elastic would prevent it from sagging.

Mine is a Regia Cotton in Surf — 41% new wool, 34% cotton, and 25% polyamid. My first pair of socks was made with Regia’s winter sock yarn, and I’m eager to see if I like their summer yarn as much. (And if it’s thin enough to fit in my work shoes!)

Comment by soe 05.02.06 @ 12:31 am