Friday, March 17, 2006

Happy St. Patrick's Day

If you're looking for leprechauns today and are in the Salt Lake City area, try here.
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This is a great place to get a milkshake, but don't expect to drink it through a straw. You'll need a spoon. It's very thick--the consistency of soft serve ice cream. I really wonder if they add any milk to it all? And, they're huge! Bring an appetite or a friend to share it with.

We're back in Texas now. Got off the plane yesterday to be greeted by temperatures in the 80's and that familiar feeling of humidity. Time to pack away the sweaters, hats and mittens and bring out the shorts.


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On our last day in SLC, I visited two more yarn shops. The first was Black Sheep Wool Co. where I found the greatest yarn for making hats for The Preemie Project. It's called Little Lehigh (Kraemer Yarns) and is a DK weight--45% cotton, 55% acrylic. It was a new yarn to this store and new to me. I also bought a cute gray wool sheep to add to my collection. It's made by Anne Carroll of Park City.


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The next stop was Unraveled Sheep in Sandy. I bought some Jamison's Shetland Wool there. They had a large selection of colors to choose from. I don't think any of the shops in Houston carry this. So if I get hooked on it, I'll order some more from here. They said they would be glad to help with color selection over the phone. I think this is better than choosing the colors from a computer monitor. I plan to use the blue and off white I bought for a color stranded hat.

I received excellent help in both shops and give both a big thumbs up!


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This is the knitting I did while on vacation (for The Preemie Project). The hats are all variations of this pattern. I tried this slipper pattern for the first time. It's okay, but this pattern for booties still cannot be beat. The variegated set and the off white set are both made from Caron Simply Soft. I found that the variegated yarn is not as soft as the solid colors. I don't know why that is. The green set is made from the Little Lehigh yarn. I can't emphasize how much I love this yarn! I would even make something for myself from it. It's a joy to knit with and is very soft and light weight.


A couple of final shots of my family and the mountains of Utah. This one is of me and my husband, John. We are both wearing scarves I knitted (a little hard to see).
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Here is my son, Matt, wearing a hat knitted by my daughter, Robyn. She will be glad to hear he wore it the whole time we were there.
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6 comments:

  1. Look at that! Iceberg has been around FOREVER and they do have the best shakes. Glad you enjoyed both shops. They are my two favorites. Sounds like your trip was wonderful. It's cloudy today and we can only wish for 80 degrees.

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  2. Looks like you had a great trip. And some yarn goodies to remember it by. The talk of humidity and 80 degrees has me jealous...

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  3. So glad you had a good trip and what souveniers!:D

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  4. Ah, it's always nice to get back home no matter how wonderful the trip was. I'm glad you had fun - and thanks for the yarn shop reviews! Sweet knitting that you got done (a lot for being on vacation!) and great yarns that you found!

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  5. What beautiful mountains and such pretty preemie hats!!

    I'm glad you had such a nice trip ;-)

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  6. It sounds like you had so much fun. I like Jameisons Shetland yarn, it is really fun to do Fair Isle knitting. The baby things are so cute! The green one does look very soft.

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~Tracy