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March 27, 2004

Texas: Mighty Fine Knitting!*

I think I've figured out an important factor in my recent Knitting Renaissance: visiting The Yarn Barn in San Antonio. I first stepped foot in the Yarn Barn last year, and found it to be "the closest thing to knitting nirvana that I have ever experienced". I was so overcome by all of the knitty goodness that, while browsing the aisles, I came to the delusional conclusion that I could finish one... no, TWO!... no, THREE! blankets before Jason's sister's baby shower. (Final tally: one finished on time, two were still on the needles. All were in her hands before Henry arrived, though!)

It makes perfect sense, then, that since I returned this year in the throes of a knitting slump that I was rejuvenated by the Yarn Barn. It didn't hurt that they were selling a bunch of Rowan and Debbie Bliss yarn for 50% off! I hemmed and hawed -- I don't usually buy yarn without a project in mind -- until Jason got fed up with my indecision and and practically ordered me to buy something. I ended up with this:


I know I'm about a year behind on this, but I think I'm going to make Smooch! The gauge on Cotton Silk Aran seems to be close enough to All Seasons Cotton that I can fudge it with needle size changes, if need be. And I have the advantage of learning from everybody else's experiences last spring. I love my fellow knit-bloggers!

*My paternal grandfather was married to a Texan. Despite the fact that she was not my father's mother, she was the only grandmother I even knew on that side of my family. She used to call us to the dinner table for some "mighty fine victuals!"

Posted by shannon at March 27, 2004 11:19 PM | For related posts: For Me!, Smooches!


Oooh, lovely new yarn. And it's great to see some Smooches getting planned for this year.

Posted by: alison at March 29, 2004 8:43 AM

come and visit Hill
Country Weaver's in Austin TX sometime. Despite the name there is a lot of knitting yarn there!

Posted by: latifa at March 29, 2004 1:53 PM

I love Smooch. Can't wait to see it knitting up. :) And I think you showed great restraint in not buying more at 50%!

Posted by: Kathleen at March 31, 2004 9:29 PM