Eventually, I hope I can turn it into a room that reflects my interests and will contain the stuff involved in pursuing those interests (which is far more than just yarn). I could call it my study, I suppose, but at the moment it's still undeniably... a yarn room. But now with plenty of room for sorting and figuring things out. 😊
A week or so ago a friend asked me if I would teach her young daughter the rudiments of embroidery (this toward her earning an American Heritage Girls badge). Having plenty of supplies, I went looking for some free designs online for embroidery samplers. For a very first project I settled on this sweet little beginner Heart Sampler.
Last weekend, after picking out our colors for our respective samplers we all set to work:
My young friend was a very quick study and it was a fun couple of hours of stitching together. Hopefully, we'll get together soon to finish off what we started, or if she completes her first sampler on her own, maybe we could begin another! What a pleasure it was to see a little one so engrossed in a new hobby. She's a natural. 😊
And then this weekend saw the long-awaited arrival of old friends from Michigan. On Friday night, we enjoyed catching up, and on Saturday the men went their way and the ladies theirs. We gals ended up in Indianapolis at the Mass Avenue Knit Shop.
Over the years since I've become a yarn
While it's a totally unassuming place on the outside (I regret I didn't get a picture), inside it seemed HUGE to me! I was slightly overwhelmed by the size of the space and the number of people who were there (they were having a weekend retreat), but the owner, Susan I believe is her name, greeted us warmly and explained the layout of the yarns and where to find whatever we might be looking for.
After wandering around for a while, looking at and squishing yarn, I found what I think might be perfect yarn for making a Doris Shawl (I was gifted the pattern a couple of years ago).
An employee, Susie, wound my yarn into cakes on this beautiful vertical yarn swift that, I believe she said, is made by a local wood worker. With her permission I'm posting these pictures:
What a lovely finished, heirloom-quality swift.
And my pretty caked yarn:
Then late Saturday afternoon we girls met all the menfolk for a birthday/retirement celebration dinner at The Bosphorus in southern Indy.
For the first half hour or so we practically had the place to ourselves, but during normal meal hours, this is a bustling place that serves delicious Turkish food. Anytime, it seems, the atmosphere is casual and friendly.
While middle son (on the right) insisted on being a goob as I tried to shoot a picture, and while I'm hoping someone has a good picture of the birthday boy (the fuzzy one on the left), this is the best I can do at the moment for a picture of my three sons. I'm a blessed mom with these three.
And late this morning, we said goodbye to our friends as they headed back to Michigan. The let down was greatly felt as we waved goodbye from our front porch and they drove off in the rain. 😔
I'm now in my quiet, getting-ever-more-orderly house. Hubby headed north a little bit ago to his mom's to see if he can be of some help organizing paperwork this evening and tomorrow.
Maybe I'll manage to make some more progress on my "yarn room"! 👍