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Friday, July 18, 2008

Knit Patterns Vacation Loot

In yesterday's post I confessed our vacation shopping spending being lighter than usual because of other obligations for this summer. But Elizabeth did purchase her first two counted cross stitch kits and is excited to get going on them after we return home and she has access to All My Stuff.

I held myself back from making any purchases in Keepsake NeedleArts and Keepsake Quilting, but once we made it into Patternworks I just couldn't hold back any longer! I was proud of myself for not loading up on all the beautiful yarn they have there which we do not have near home, but I did find a few patterns I just couldn't leave without.

I Love Love Love knitting patterns of all kinds, but mostly quick-to-make baby or children's patterns, so that is what I focused on. I picked out a top-down baby sweater pattern that uses worsted weight yarn from Plymouth Yarn Company which I am thinking will be very quick since it uses size 9 needles!

Elizabeth and I both agreed on the knitted cuddle toys pattern that uses chenille yarn...very cute!

I just couldn't pass up the frog sweater pattern not only because it was so cute, but because the pattern goes from a size 2 all the way up to size 8 and my little ones aren't getting any littler!

And the last one I got is a lace knit shawl pattern which I have been looking at on the Patternworks website for a Really Long Time. I have not yet tried knitting lace, so this might just be my introduction to it! How exciting!

So those were our big purchases this year. It doesn't look like much, but we spent almost three hours poking through the stores. They have such lovely displays throughout and loads of finished samples to touch and feel and examine. The ladies who work in all three stores are very helpful and knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions and offer suggestions. Just an all around wonderful shopping experience.

It was a rainy morning, but the shop looked as inviting as ever. The view looking in the other direction is beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee. So if you are ever up north and want to experience knitting, quilting or needlework sensory overload, this is the place to come. Good thing we only make this trip once a year!

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