Monday, May 12, 2008

A visit up the Hill

While folks out east were enjoying Maryland Sheep and Wool, I was getting a fiber fix of my own - Up at Knit 1 Bead 2 in Jerome, Arizona!

The store is arranged differently than many other knitting stores I've been to - it's actually arranged by hue - and is quite the sight to behold! Erica, the owner of the shop, is very friendly and helpful. Jerome is a lovely town to visit - best to go early to get parking - you can grab breakfast at one of several little cafes - we opted for the Red Rooster. I had a fantastic time wandering town and looking in the various galleries...

...and of course I did a wee bit of stash enhancement while I was at it. This is my first self-purchased Koigu. Erika (blogless, I'm afraid - the same one who I dyed that iceland inspired yarn for) had gifted me with some Koigu for my last birthday. This Koigu is destined for a saddle shouldered (or perhaps hybrid) sweater...it's kind of a knit along (though I am woefully behind as I have yet to ball and swatch any of it yet!) with Kiki, Erika and Illanna. Perhaps they will knit another while I get started on my first! So, what do you think, US3s or US4s? I must be crazy. Fine gauge wool sweater knitting. And not just one, but two (don't forget, I have venezia on the needles!)

4 comments:

cayli said...

I love the colors in that yarn.

I know that the fine gauge sweaters take a while but I really think they look the best, no extra bulk for me! I would start with a size 4 but what do I know.

Rachel said...

I love the colour of your Koigu and Erica's shop too!

chris_wass said...

I am all about fine-gauge sweater knitting now. Worth the time because they are so much more wearable for me. The Nieman sweater I did last was on US 2 needles. The Wonder Woman costume I'm knitting now for Comic-Con is on size 4. Size 4 seems kind of big after the 2! LOL.

Paula said...

V. pretty shop, yes. Also, the place to go if you should happen to want sterling silver rings the perfect size for stitch markers.

PS. Glad you like my sock from your yarn; the secon one is languishing half-done until I finish a sleeveless sweater that's likely to get a lot more wear in the next few months!