So this week, I read the Purlescence newsletter and discovered that they have a Friday knit-in every third Friday of the month and I leapt at the chance to attend. For one, it's not that often that I have time to go to a local knit night and secondly Purlescence has excellent stock of yarns, including Blue Moon Fiber Arts, new colors of Lorna's Laces and a full stock of Claudia handpaints.
I live about 45 minutes away, and I work another 45 minutes away from that so it took some serious motivation for me to get out there, but it was totally worth the trip. They showed the movie A Mighty Wind, which was absolutely heelarious, there were knitters and spinners and they were most welcoming, even if I popped in, burrito in hand.
There's something a little nerve racking about being the new person at a knit night. You don't want to offend the existing knitters' sensibilities. You don't know what the etiquette is and you don't want to step on too many toes, but this group was welcoming and it was nice to dip my toe back into the knitting group world.
Anyhoo, if you happen to live in the bay area and you're looking for a knit night and you're a busy person, perhaps the Friday night at Purlescence will work for you. It's only once a month, it's accessible to those on the south bay and peninsula, and perusing yarns and books is a sure start to the weekend.
Of course, we didn't get away scott-free form the yarn shop. I did buy a few books.
The Yarn Harlot's Free Range Knitter
Knitalong by Larissa Brown and Martin John Brown
Lexie Barnes' Sew What! Bags (I carry one of her bags with me everywhere -it's even been to Fiji!)
and of course Aranzi Machine Gun, a comic-like magazine of cuteness. Later in the week I will do a review of all of these books, especially Knitalong, which is a different kind of knitting book, and a little underrated.
Happy weekend everybody!