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A Magical Land

7 Feb

I have returned from Portland! I am back at work and school, trying to get my routine for the next semester in order before it is all uprooted and turned upside down again in 4 months.

As usual I had a great time in Portland. I ate an embarrassing amount of delicious vegan food, hung out with old and new friends, drank gallons of coffee, and most importantly, I got to visit my dream yarn store Yarnia!

Yarnia is not a traditional local yarn shop. Instead of shelves piled high with different skeins and balls of yarn, you’ll find cones of single strands on shelves separated by fiber. You can pick out a few different yarns and they’ll wind them together for you right in front of your eyes! Awesome! I’m crazy about blends and finding thay perfect combination for specific projects, so this was something I had to try.

I knew I wanted enough worsted weight yarn to make a slouchy beret, so I picked out a strand of grey bamboo for yumminess, one strand of an off-white acrylic for body, and one strand of teal cotton purely for color. Here are my yarns being wound together:

The "Machine"

And within about a minute you’ll have your own cone of custom yarn! I love the way the colors came out and can’t wait to start knitting with it!

Bamboo, Cotton, Acrylic

If this sounds as cool to you as it does to me, but you won’t be in the Portland area any time soon, you can shop online and create your own custom blend, though I highly recommend the in-person experience.

By the way, I’m now a contributor over at the fashion blog Chic Vegan. I kind of forgot to mention that. I got to meet up with Mandi in Portland and had a great time. Check out my first post here and stay tuned for more in the future!

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On the Needles

26 Jan

My current work in progress is the Dandy Neckerchief in Berroco Weekend. So far it’s been a fun but fairly mindless piece to work on. As of right now I just plan on knitting to the end of my second ball of yarn.

Tomorrow I’m headed to Portland, Oregon, the vegan capital of the world! I plan on eating a whole lotta vegan food, shopping, and exploring the cities  numerous yarn shops (especially Yarnia!).

Oh, and check out my new little side project The Noochy Noodle, where I try out every vegan macaroni and cheese related recipe, product and menu item I can get my hands on.