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Saturday April 20, 2013 was the 3rd New Jersey Garden State Yarn Crawl.
This was the 3rd one for Deb and me. Deb, by the way, has a great site where she reviews knitting books, go take a look.. Knitting Scholar.com
Now back to our scheduled crawl.
First stop.. The Stitching Bee in Chatham, NJ. Nice shop, nice people working there and they carry Juniper Moon Farm yarn. We are BIG fans of JMF and Susan Gibbs who started it.
Second stop, the beautiful town of Madison, NJ
Madison is home to three colleges… Drew University (where Deb graduated from)… Fairleigh Dickinson University and the College of St Elizabeth…. and
The Blue Purl knitting shop.. this is one of the nicest knitting shops… friendly people, lovely yarns, great location.
Time to refuel… one of us had yogurt, one had coffee and cake – not naming names.
Next stop… Trillium Yarns in Morristown, NJ.
Trillium just moved into a bigger space and it’s gorgeous. Trillium Yarns is large, airy, bright and a cheerful place with a hugh selection of yarns… it’s a delightful place for knitters. Beverly, the owner who is seated at the desk is talking with Deb who is a ‘new’ old friend.
Let me explain that…
Deb and Beverly were among the original shareholders at the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm which Susan Gibbs started before she began Juniper Moon Fiber Farm. Back in April of 2008 Deb and I were at the MV fiber festival as was Beverly… only we didn’t know that until last Sep when we stopped by Trillium and started talking about Juniper Moon Farm yarn. Love these small world moments. Continuing now with regular post.
By now we were done crawling and headed home to walk. This is Deb & Chappy but it’s not from this walk as I didn’t have my camera… obviously this is from a previous walk but the walkers are still the same.
Debs loot… can’t wait to see what she turns it all into.
Refueling time again… 2 slices of pizza and 1 eclair… and then…
Walking it off here… looking at this view…
8 p.m. is movie time on Saturday night… tonight’s feature…
which carries on the yarn theme of the day because look what Rapunzel’s doing…
And so a delightful Saturday in April comes to an end. By the way, Deb says I’m the best mom ever. Know why? Because with all the yarn crawls and visits to yarn shops and fiber festivals…. I don’t knit !! But she does and I love spending time with her.
- by Joan -
This past weekend Deb and I went on the 2nd New Jersey Yarn Crawl. We only crawled to 5 of the 15 participating yarn stores.
The Stitching Bee in Chatham was our first stop.
Then to the beautiful town of Madison…
…to The Blue Purl. This yarn shop is one of the nicest, as are the people who work here.
Third stop was Angelfire Studios in Basking Ridge.
Also in Basking Ridge was Down Cellar
Not only is Down Cellar a friendly and nice yarn shop but during this visit my daughter Deb and I got a bit of a surprise ! As I walked back into the room where she was, she pointed to a woman sitting at a table and asked me if I knew who she was? It took maybe a second to recognize her. Deb and I hadn’t seen Diane in over 11 years… we all used to be part of a book group that began online. Although we used to get together from time to time we did lose touch after awhile. I had been thinking about her recently and she, while going through old photos had been thinking of Deb and me. Guess the cosmos worked its magic and brought us to the same yarn shop at the same time. It was fun to see her and I’m sure we’ll do better at keeping in touch.
Last stop… Nonna’s Yarn Cafe in Denville. The two sisters who own this yarn shop took a devastating hit last August with the flooding from hurricane Irene. Their store is lovely and it’s nice to see them back in business.
It was a fun day.
Recently I had a birthday – a big, scary one. To ease the transition into a new decade I decided I’d like to spend part of the day doing something with my daughters Patty and Deb. We rarely do anything together and so I wanted it to be something we’d all enjoy.
Patty brought home made chocolate cupcakes (two had chocolate pudding in the middle…yummm) and a birthday balloon.
Took awhile but finally we chose what we wanted to paint and then set about our task.
The pottery painting was Patty’s present to me and this is the gift card she made.
Me and my girls.
(The above picture has been tweaked … ya think )
I still have one more gift to collect so stay tuned in March to find out what it is and where Deb and I are going !!!
My mother did these two counted cross stitches over 80 years ago.
Gay Head Lighthouse still had the lightkeepers house attached to it.
Only 4 lighthouses instead of 5 on the Vineyard map – do you know which one is missing?
My counted cross stitch of Gay Head lighthouse done in 2004.
Vineyard map done in 1993… my first of 11.
CLICK HERE to read the post I did about our two Vineyard maps.
On January 14th we went to NYC to the second ‘Vogue Knitting Live’ at the Hilton.
It’s not just about sweaters, socks, shawls, mittens and such… look at these clever ways yarn is used… (CLICK ON PICTURES TO ENLARGE)
I call this MANnequin ‘Mr Softy’.
My attempt at a sunset picture from the train on the way home.