Yarn, and a beach

Lido Beach Resort balcony

A little more road tripping…last week found me in Sarasota, Florida. DH had a company meeting/anniversary celebration there, and the Plus Ones were invited. I was happy to have the Gulf of Mexico as my view for a few days.

Rachel Trtlgrl

While I was there, I met up with Trtlgrl, Rachel, who just finished her RCYCMKAL 2014 Rosaria the day before. (The power of a deadline!) She moved from here to there last year? year before? so it was nice to see her again. Test knitter, Turkish Delight spinner, friend. She gave me these sweet stitch markers that she made. More here, if you want some too.

Trtlgrl stitch markers

We went to A Good Yarn, the LYS in Sarasota. What a charming shop!

A Good Yarn custom colors

I was intrigued by this particular wall of yarn. These are dyed by indie dyers in custom colorways for the shop.

gulf of mexico yarn

The blue green that you see on the upper right is called Gulf of Mexico. Owners Susan and Murray Post have found a perfect way to make Florida souvenir yarn. Many of the colors come from underwater photos taken by Murray. Two skeins came home with me.

Handmaiden Double Sea Clam

This one is called Clam, and it’s based on this photo of a Tridacna, a giant clam in Fiji.

Tridacna, photo courtesy of Murray Post

Tridacna, photo courtesy of Murray Post

I know exactly what I’m going to design with this gorgeous DK weight silk/sea silk yarn from Handmaiden. Stay tuned. There are two other projects in the pipeline first. Deadlines!

Anzula Sea Tulips

This silk blend fingering weight yarn by Anzula Yarns is called Sea Tulips, and it’s based on this picture of Feather Duster tube worms. (We just don’t use the word “worm” when naming yarn colors.)

Feather Duster tube worms, photo courtesy of Murray Post

Feather Duster tube worms, photo courtesy of Murray Post

I’m not sure what this will be yet, but I’m guessing a shawlette. We’ll see. The color is gorgeous.

Susan Post knitted reef

Check out the knitted reef behind Susan and me!

Thanks to Susan and Murray, and Rachel, too, for a fun afternoon. Here are a few more pictures from the trip. I can pack a lot of fun into four days, including cross-country travel time. Now headed back to my lair to finish the Twin Leaf Crescent adaptation. Time to knit like the wind! And write patterns…

Sarasota sunriseSunrise

Sarasota sunsetSunset

Sarasota cloudsCloud monster!


8 responses to “Yarn, and a beach

  1. What a fun trip! I absolutely love that knitted reef. How creative! I would definitely have bought some of that Gulf of Mexico yarn. For sure. 🙂

  2. Leigh Anne

    Is that the yarn shop called A Good Yarn? Located on Tamiami Blvd in Sarasota? I have been there and am going again at Christmas. It’s a wonderful shop. I did buy some of the dyed yarn that is the color of the sea/bay. Mine is a Madeline tosh and the color is a very deep beautiful teal….the color of the sea. Got a couple of hanks of Blue Moon Fiber too. They have a wonderful selection. Its a great shop and a really nice place to spend an afternoon. Lucky you!

  3. alittleweirdo

    Great pictures, and I love the colors of Rachel’s Rosaria! My SO is going to Sarasota next week for a work training. I wonder if I can convince him to bring me back some yarn 😉

  4. Susan Greenseth

    Such gorgeous pictures! I love all the juicy colors. 🙂

  5. Kandy Kain-McConnico

    Love your post! What gorgeous pictures! Yarn photos may want to make me a knitter : ) Still painting for now though. Good to see you. Plus One

    • Thank you! So many more pictures, but I had to choose just a few. It was a fun few days, and it was especially fun getting to know the Plus Ones a little better. So many talents! Please send me some pictures of your beautiful paintings…