Thursday, February 08, 2007

Knitting In Winnipeg

Dear Nori,

We haven't been doing anything too exciting here lately, but there has been some fun in the past week.

On Saturday we went to Leona's Sweater and Wool Shop. Here's Leona:

It's a nice little store... there isn't as big a selection as at Ram Wools, but there is quite a wide variety. If you go in there with a project in mind, she's bound to have something suitable. All the walls are covered floor to ceiling with yarn:
Can you spot me in these photos? ;)

It's kind of sad. There used to be four yarn shops (besides big box stores like Michaels and Walmart) in Winnipeg, but two have closed in the past year. Leona is getting closer to retirement, so she's cutting back on her hours. Ram Wools is a really nice store, but it's nice to have choices. Ram Wools has it's specialty (higher end yarns), and Leona's is different. Variety is the spice of life!

Noricum wasn't planning on buying anything (in fact, she didn't think to even look for the store until she was already out running errands), but caved when she saw that the Sugar 'n Cream was on sale:
She says it's okay because she cast on right away:
By now she's used nearly all the purple on one project, which currently just needs seaming, and the green project should be just as quick. She used the lovely ebony needles that Knittah gave her, but discovered that the long straight needles still aggravate her wrists. She's very unhappy about that, because the needles are so lovely and nice to use otherwise.

After Leona's, we also popped into Michaels:
We didn't take any indoor photos, because if you've seen one, you've pretty much seen them all. Noricum bought a bit more yarn:
The SWS was planned (40% off coupon), but the blue cotton yarn was impulse. She has a project in mind, though, and at least it was an inexpensive impulse purchase. She made it out of Michaels with less than $10 spent, which is pretty good for her.

We took a few more photos while we had the camera out in the Michaels parking lot. Here's the Blue Bombers football stadium:
Blue Bombers Stadium
and here's a big movie theater and mall:
Mall and Movie Theater
These photos remind me... you can see lots of sky in Winnipeg. When Noricum was down in Chapel Hill, she liked the trees, but missed the sky. There's trees here too, but also lots of sky.

This week has also been full of SNB! We went to the St James library on Tuesday night, but it was a rather small gathering there (three knitters, a librarian, and me). Here I am posing for Nicole:
Library SNB
She seemed thrilled at her "brush with greatness". I hadn't realized I was great! How cool is that? Or perhaps she was just teasing me. Nicole and Noricum talked lots about internet stuff, for some reason. Did you know that Nicole is also in the Lime and Violet Sock Marathon? She also has a son who must be related to Houdini somehow!

Wednesday night at Chapters had a lot more people:
Chapters SNB
We had a wonderful time!

Is Knittah able to go to a SNB, or is that too much for her?



Knittah said...

Dear Swatchy,

You sure get around! That wall of yarn made Knittah weak at the knees. She doesn't go to SnB, unfortunately. There is at least one near us but going out at night is very difficult for her, and she needs to use her energy for other things. The closest we get to SnB is going to a coffee shop for an hour of knitting as a special treat.

Tell Nicole we said hi! We loved that picture of you having your picture taken!

Love, Nori

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