Where have I been?
Well, I traveled to Old Town Alexandria last week for work. Not sure if I mentioned it before but I will go there occasionally.
When I wasn’t busy working, I searched for quilt shops and yarn stores. No luck locating a quilt shop close by but I did find an amazing yarn shop that was within walking distance.
Fibre Space is my new favorite gourmet yarn store.
Three large rooms filled with high quality and unique yarns as well as a classroom area and lounge. They were shooting a commercial the day I was there and NO, I resisted the photo bomb.
Happy mannequins, even the yarn adorned deer.
So much yarn (swoon)
Meet Arthella (shop manager) and Sarah (most helpful)
You can read more about these ladies and all of the Fibre Space staff by clicking here.
Under the watchful eye of Nemo - the shop's mascot, Sarah helped me find a couple of nice projects.
To expand my knitting skills, I purchased Michelle Hunter's Building Blocks. You knit 12 individual squares, learning new techniques with each one. When the squares are complete, she shows you how to join them to make an afghan.
I selected Ella Rae's Superwash Wool in Heather Blue for that project.
The shop had a sample of a beautiful ombre' scarf, I forgot to get a close up photo of it. Sarah helped me find the pattern on Ravelry for Cynthia Parker's Ombre Infinity. My yarns for this project are Blue Sky Alpacas (50% baby alpaca 50% raw silk...yum!) in Gold Dust, Flint and Cinnabar. This pattern involves the Kitchner Graft which is a technique I have only used once before, so...fingers crossed.
That is where I have been. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in Old Town. But if you can't wait until then, you can find them online here.
I will be back to share my progress on these fun projects as well as something quilty J