I was recently surprised when I opened my email to find a message from Hilltop Yarn East announcing the closing of its doors on June 27. With the closing of this store, the only dedicated Eastside yarn stores I know of are Cultured Purls in Issaquah (which oddly doesn’t show up on Google Maps on my iPhone) and Main Street Yarn in Mill Creek. Of course, there are still craft stores in the area with sizable yarn departments, most notably Ben Franklin Crafts & Frames in Redmond and Pacific Fabric & Crafts in Bellevue. On the other hand, with the demise of numerous knitting-related blogs over the past year, I’m beginning to think that perhaps the crazy phenomenon of the explosion of new knitters and interest in things knitting-related over the past decade is winding down, and that maybe it was a fantastic fad. I rather cringe to call my beloved hobby of 25 years a fad, but it’s been a great ride. I’m here, though, still actively knitting, perusing Ravelry, salivating over the latest and greatest patterns, and blogging to a silent blogosphere.
On that point, let’s look at my latest finished project —
Frost Diamonds was a nice project, and it went pretty quickly, but then with worsted yarn it should be quick. Right?
The pattern went along well, with only a couple of confusing mess-ups.
I think I should have done three repeats of Chart B, because with the weight of the yarn, it almost seems to need to be a bigger shawl. I have enough yarn, but not enough motivation, and will leave it alone.
I know I’ve made a lot of purple stuff, but this really isn’t purple, it’s a deep burgundy. Which I guess is kind of a purple….
Pattern: Frost Diamonds, by Stephanie Japel
Yarn: Dream in Color Classy, “Gothic Rose” colorway
Needles: 6.5 mm/U.S. 10.5