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Tangled Yarns

The first yarn shop I visited here was Tangled Yarns.  I rode the bus solo for the first time  the day I went up.  A delightful older woman (I forget I am an older woman) helped me figure out my stop and took me under her wing.   She also told me to wrap my summer clothes in calico to keep the silverfish off them.  ????? Haven’t seen any silverfish.

Kelly, Lauren, Kiley

I walked in to the shop in the middle of a dyeing class.  Kelly, the owner, was teaching it so we didn’t ever really have time to talk, but I spend a lot of time with Lauren who works there.  She is the one in the center and she’s very funny.  Kelly’s employees and her customers seem to love her as much as we love Remi and Debbie.

Turns out Kiley, the student on the right had read my blog and even commented a time or two.  She, like Liz, found me on the shop’s Ravelry group when I introduced myself.  Hm-m-m-m-m—does that tell you what to do next time you are going to a new place.  Join the Ravelry groups.  Boy, it has paid off for me.

(For you non-knitters, Ravelry is a magnificent online database of over one million knitters worldwide.  We post our projects and comment on patterns and yarns we like—or don’t like.  It is a treasure of information and it is free!!!!)

I watched the class a bit and shopped around.  I took time to look at all the Jo Sharp books because I never get to see them in the states.  I liked the Jo Sharp wool and thought of Beth S., who has knit some Jo Sharp cotton before.

Kelly’s stock of her hand dye is low; there was some pretty yarn, but not enough in my colorway to make anything substantial, so I passed on it.

All the other yarn in the show is easily available at home except this.  Biggan Yarn is an Australian brand.  This is superwash wool in a DK weight.  It was very soft and the way this fiber takes dye is amazing.   Every color is vibrant, even the darks and the pastels.  Most of the lines of wool in the states, like Cascade 220 or Reynolds Galway, have a greyed quality to their colors which doesn’t work on me.  I’d love to have access to this and will continue to check the web.

I loved the use of the drying rack to display things in the window.

This is Liz.  She is a saint, and I’ve only said that about one other person—Linda Murray Betadishoo.  I hope I spelled that right.

Thursday night Liz drove me to Tangled Yarns for a sit and knit.  On the way she pointed out every bakery and patisserie we passed and recommended stuff—she’s evil.  Then she took me to the James Street Market, even nicer than The Fresh Market.  We looked at fruits and veggies, some of which I’d never seen and she clued me in.  Then she took me to the fish section and showed me Moreton Island Bugs.  $54.99 a kilo!  They are very similar to lobster, but even better.  She told the clerk I was a Yank and had never even heard of them and that he should let me taste one.  Darn if he didn’t.  He cracked one and pulled out a bunch of the meat and we ate away.  I told you Liz was evil—and she has powers.

At knit night I met Derrin who had just finished a new shawl.  It was her birthday and she was loving the little gifts everyone was bringing her.

We knit and talked and talked and knit.  On my left is Kim who also works there and Julia who has picked up a UFO and is determined to finish it.  Everyone was so nice.

On the way home Liz took me on an after dark ride around the city.  This was the first time I’d seen the city lights from afar.  Steve and I will have to take a ferry ride after dark and I’ll get some pictures to share with you.

Every day brings something new.  How many people do you know who can say they ate a Moreton Bay Bug?

Oh, and wait until you find out where Liz and I went the next day.

More later–


One Response

  1. CAN’T WAIT!

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