Thursday, October 19, 2017

Shop 'Til You Drop

There's been a whole lotta shopping going on.

Hidden River Yarns - Manayunk (Philadelphia)
Manos del Uruguay Alegria
Colorway: Ghostbusters

Quince & Co. Lark
Colorway: Frank's Plum
20 little minis were bought there too.
(See last photo for those)

Knitting to Know Ewe - Newtown, PA

Just a small purchase --- 4 Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails
Colorways: Purple Basil, Dust Bowl, Tart and Rain Water
(see last photo for those too)

Ye Olde Stitchery - Bristol, PA
I'll be stitching the project on the right --- No Scaredy Cats Allowed. I have wooden candy corn buttons and a brass cat charm that will take the place of the painted candy corn on the frame.

Twist - Lahaska, PA

Groovy Hues Fiber's Glittery and Groovin' Sock
Colorway: Root Beer Fizzy Float
(the color on this isn't even close --- it's a sparkly mix or purples and true browns)
I will be going to one more yarn store before we leave
and I'm sure a bit more yarn will come home with me.

Looks like I'd better get those needles clicking!

That's the whole Pennsylvania-purchased stash so far.

Giroux says, "you bought all THAT and NOTHING for me???"

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Busy, Busy, Busy

In between looking for a place to live,
there has been some time to hit some of the local needlework stores.

My first stop was
in Newtown, PA

I ♥ Newtown. It's a quaint village in Bucks County with lots of little shops including a pretty nifty yarn shop. Yes, yarn was purchased --- a skein of sock yarn from Madeline Tosh and some Madeline Tosh Unicorn Tails to be used in my scrappy blanket.

Since we were over in that area,
I also visited one of the only cross stitch shops left in eastern Pennsylvania.

I didn't take a photo .... It's Ye Olde Cross Stitchery in Bristol, Pa.
Some things came home from that shop too.
It's is a wonderful store --- super friendly and super well stocked with
the latest and greatest AND some of the older well-loved designers.

I purchased a cute Halloween pattern and the frame to go with it.

I definitely will be coming back here when I have more time to browse.

Then the moment I have been waiting for .....


I KNOW it looks like we are standing in a bathroom.
I assure you we aren't.
It was the entryway to the restaurant where we had dinner.

Vera ...........I had a blast meeting you and Fletch.
Love my pirate-y button.
Giroux says thanks for the catnip!
(I do wonder what the people next to us thought about you passing me a baggy of *herbs*! LOL)

Today was all about finding a place to live
and we did ---- we will be moving to a rental town home in Chalfont, PA.
That task was completed early 
and left us more time for shopping.

Yarn shop #2

Small, but has some really, REALLY nice things.
I bought some more minis (12 of them), some Manos del Uruguay Alegria sock yarn, and
2 skeins of Quince and Co. Lark in a deep purple (Frank's Plum)
to make the  Brackett hat
from issue 3 of Laine magazine.

I was SO impressed with the magazine selection at this shop.
They carry Pom Pom, Rib, Laine .....and some very nice pattern books.

And, this is the view from around the corner from that shop!!!
I do love a canal with a walking path.

Have I mentioned how much I am looking forward to living where there are YARN STORES????

P.S. I will do a stash enhancement post when I get back to Florida. I don't have a good place to photograph them right now and they are packed away safely in the car.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Kathy's Monday Q & A

Q & A is a quick one this week.
Just one question.

How did your blog get its name?

It's pretty easy to figure out how my blog got its name.

In order to knit I use these pointy little sticks.
In order to do cross stitch I use THESE pointy little sticks.

But, there is a little bit more to that story.

Being diabetic, I also use THESE pointy sticks.

I'm a pro at all kinds of pointy little sticks.

The dark humor is my way of saying that
while I may have insulin-dependent diabetes,
it most certainly does NOT have me.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Playing Tourist -- Leesburg Edition

Today was a little bit of a more relaxed day.
We intended to just walk around Leesburg, Virginia.
Downtown Leesburg
Statue at the Loudon County Courthouse
We intended to just have lunch with Stephen and then stroll around a little bit .... no real destination in mind except for the lunch place. Steve chose Windy City Redhots. It's a tiny, little (emphasis on tiny) Chicago-style hot dog place. It didn't disappoint. Lunch may not have been ordered up by our doctors, but it's just what the doctor ordered.

One of my fellow bloggers has been to this next place.
I can't remember who,
but I remember seeing a photo of this building on their blog.

I was originally drawn to the building because of the decorations outside.
Then I remembered the blog posting.

Even though I don't sew, I decided to stop inside and take a look around.
It was just too cute NOT to go inside.

You aren't going to believe what I found inside,
one of the NICEST yarn stores I've been in EVER!

The store carries a lot of the high-end brands you just can't find in Florida --
Quince and Co, Coco Knits knitting notions, and the nicer knitting pattern books.

And, yes, a few things DID manage to find their way home with me.

Souvenir yarn does NOT count toward stash
and how could I resist this lovely autumn color?
Some stitch markers and a cute little case to carry them.
It was another great day in Virginia.
Tomorrow we are off to Pennsylvania.

While I'm more than ready to go find a new place to live,
it WAS a little hard to say goodbye to Stephen knowing it will be awhile before we see him again.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

On The Road with Pointy Little Sticks

Steve and I are on the road ...

Today we went to the C & O Canal National Park
to hike and take a ride on the mule barge.

Our son lives in the area so he joined us for the day.

The day was overcast and cool . . . perfect for walking.

C & O Canal
We had a full boat for the ride up the canal, including a group of
young people from the Netherlands.

Eva and Dolly getting ready for "work"

The "girls" at work.

We got to the park early in the morning and were first in line for the first barge ride of the day. As it was, we got the last 3 seats. I guess the other folks booked online.

We had a bit of time before the barge ride so we walked to the Great Falls.

I *thought* this was the great falls.
But, no . . . they were further down the path.

I've never been to the north end of the Potomac.
I didn't realize there were rocks and falls.

It was a great day with my favorite boys
and a great way to spend my birthday.