Today we took it easy and wandered around Maryland’s antique shops. We stopped in a little town called Mt. Airy and while we didn’t actually go into any antique shops, we did find this:
I spotted the sign from the road and screeched, “Yarn Shoooop.” We made a bee-line for the parking lot. Inside was a tiny 2-room shop, but what this woman had in there!!
Of course I bought yarn – I dare you not to. I know, I made a point of saying, “I really don’t need this, but….” So here’s the rundown starting at the 9:00 position in the photo. This single ball of lushness is Knit One Crochet Two’s Paintbox in the Thistle colorway. It’s 100% wool. What you can’t see in the photo is the incredibly subtle colors – it’s sort of a periwinkle/lavender/sage green. Dahlia (yes, we’re on a first name basis) assures me it is self striping in the most wonderful way. Two balls will make an adult sized hat. I just wanted to play with it, but Nancy bought 2 balls of a different colorway for the hat.
Next up (going clockwise) is Elsebeth Lavold’s Chunky Al. It is 50% alpaca/50% wool. Long time readers know that I feel the love for Elsebeth’s yarns. This is softer than soft with a light alpaca halo. These 4 balls will be a scarf – I’m thinking yellow cable up the middle surrounded by the sage. Fabulous!
At 3:00 is Louisa Harding’s Sari Ribbon – 90% nylon/10% metallic (that’s what the label says). It’s a gorgeous 3/4 inch wide ribbon that doesn’t feel like it will be too hard on the hands. J – you up for some of this?
The last of the batch is what I blogged about the other day. It’s Nashua’s Creative Focus Chunky. Isn’t it the most lovely shade of blue? It’s 75% wool/25% alpaca (notice a trend here?). Again, I’m going for a scarf – can’t resist that softness against the neck. The shop is called Eleganza and is in Frederick, Maryland – just up the road from where we’re staying. The owner was very friendly and gave us a tip on how to get into the Howard County Fairgrounds to avoid the traffic.