Roving roving roving…

Last Saturday, the DH was off at his brother’s bachelor party… _all day_. What to do to get your mind off all the colourful activities in which your DH might be participating at said bachelor party? Go shopping… _all day_.

####Penelope Fibre

I drove myself out to [Penelope Fibre](http://www.penelopefibre.com/) in South Surrey and Knitopia in White Rock. Penelope Fibre is a wonderful mother & daughter-run company that stocks fabulous fibres and equipment for spinners and weavers. If you want to visit them, call ahead, otherwise order off their lovely web site.

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Roving roving roving, oh, and Rowan 4-ply Soft
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Ooh, close up of pretty mojave merino!

Here’s what I bought at Penelope’s:

* 1/2 lb Ashland Bay Trading Co. Merino in “Mojave” (red!)
* 1 lb New Zealand Merino (natural)
* 1 lb 50% Merino/50% Tencel Blend (natural)
* 1/4 lb Tussah Silk (natural honey colour)
* Spin Off back issues (Winter 2003, Summer 2004)

The natural coloured stuff is for dyeing, of course! The NZ Merino is SO fluffy and soft, I had to have it! And I wanted to try some different fibres, so that’s why I picked up the wool/tencel and silk. I’m thinking of dyeing the silk a solid colour and then plying it with some of the merino.

####Knitopia
Knitopia is a cute little shop just inside White Rock and is just _packed_ with stuff…some Dale, some Rowan, some Fleece Artist. A lot of the Rowan stuff was on sale, so I picked up a pack of Rowan 4-ply Soft (Smoke) for 50% off! Love it! I’m thinking about making the fair isle cardigan from Sarah Dallas’ Vintage Knits book…

I saw this beautiful baby pattern book: [Baby Knits from Dale of Norway](http://spinblessing.com/dale_baby_treasury.htm)… Such cute patterns but at $40, I left it on the shelf. Might get this next time I’m there!

####Knit Cafe
Ok, I’m bummed about this one. I actually took the time (40 minutes) to drive from White Rock to Langley (oh and I got lost along the way) to get to the Knit Cafe. I’ve heard raves about the Knit Cafe. They serve lattes and yarn… you can get ice cream there… whatever. You can’t get any of that if THEY ARE CLOSED!?!? Closed on a Saturday. Closed because of Victoria Day weekend. Whatever.

####On Order
After a particularly unpleasant experience of untangling a pile of energized singles, I ordered a niddy noddy online…and some other things. These are things I’m waiting for:

* Ashford Niddy Noddy
* Ashford Precision Lazy Kate
* Knit Picks Shine yarn for the argyle vest in “Special Knits”
* Knit Picks dye-your-own sock yarn
* Knit Picks Andean Silk in Sangria x 10 (I can’t remember why I ordered this. Oh god, that’s terrible. I think it’s for a Sitcom Chic.)
* Electric Bobbin Winder
* Bobbins
* Spin Off Back Issues x 6

6 Comments Permalink
  • http://fibermusings.blogspot.com Christiane

    Man, do I hate that. I just got 6 balls of a ribbon yarn in the mail and I can’t remember what project I purchased it for.

  • http://fibermusings.blogspot.com Christiane

    Man, do I hate that. I just got 6 balls of a ribbon yarn in the mail and I can’t remember what project I purchased it for.

  • Evelyn Morrell

    Hi Georgia:
    I love your website. I was just browsing looking at spinning “stuff”. I have not tried it yet, but I am so anxious to try it. I am waiting for a call from a spinner who might give me some lessons. Your site is so interesting. Makes me want to jumb right in to the spinning world. I will just do the drop spindle method at first and maybe for a long time due to cost. Someday I dream of owning a wheel.

  • Evelyn Morrell

    Hi Georgia:
    I love your website. I was just browsing looking at spinning “stuff”. I have not tried it yet, but I am so anxious to try it. I am waiting for a call from a spinner who might give me some lessons. Your site is so interesting. Makes me want to jumb right in to the spinning world. I will just do the drop spindle method at first and maybe for a long time due to cost. Someday I dream of owning a wheel.

  • Glenda

    Hi Georgia,
    First time being on your website I quite enjoy reading all the little tidbits about different knitting stores.

    Just would like to say sorry to whoever missed out on their experience at the Knit Cafe over the Victoria Day Longweekend. I hope they made their way back to the store as i find the store having quite a freindly atmosphere & a wide selection of yarns to chose from. I would point out that they were undergoing new ownership changes around that time. Happy Knitting to everyone

  • Glenda

    Hi Georgia,
    First time being on your website I quite enjoy reading all the little tidbits about different knitting stores.

    Just would like to say sorry to whoever missed out on their experience at the Knit Cafe over the Victoria Day Longweekend. I hope they made their way back to the store as i find the store having quite a freindly atmosphere & a wide selection of yarns to chose from. I would point out that they were undergoing new ownership changes around that time. Happy Knitting to everyone