It feels good to blog again!
Where I last left off, I was preparing for a business trip to San Francisco, making lists of sights to see, restaurants at which to eat, shops that I couldn't possibly pass up.
Bilan of my list: I made it to two yarn shops and a Mexican restaurant. Not a very good track record.
But I reconfirmed my love for San Francisco when I saw a public transportation ad on television (perhaps MUNI or maybe BART, I can't remember) that encouraged Friscoans to take public transportation by giving them a list of things they could do during their commute that they would not be able to do in their cars, one of which was to knit. Priceless!
Speaking of the airport, I suffered a minor setback when my addi turbos were confiscated by the wildly erratic and irrational Paris airport security claiming that they were an objet tranchant. Right, just about as sharp as a ballpoint pen. Imagine a 12 hour flight with no knitting. I was beside myself and it was only 7am!
The solution was to run straight to Artfibers as soon as I checked into my hotel. Lucky for me, it was a mere 3 blocks away. Jetlagged but jubilant, I hopped, skipped and jumped up the stairs to the second floor and was greeted with this: glory to the yarn world. Color, texture and touch bursting at the seams.
I browsed, I touched, I yawned (I'd been awake for over 24 hours), I repeatedly told the shopkeeper that we just don't have yarn like this in France...
and then I bought...
330 yards of Golden Chai (100% golden tussah silk) in color 10
This yarn reminds me of Tilli Thomas pure & simple, but with more beautiful colors and less expensive. I chose this color because it matches my eyes...
250 yards of Alfabeto (70% silk, 19% superfine kid mohair, 5% wool) in color 7
I bought this in view of making a small swallowtail shawl for my future mother-in-law
lots of yards of Andromeda (30% angora, 70% silk) in colors 6 (left) and 5 (right)
Do you see a theme -- I have gone crazy for pure silk and silk blend yarns. What I loved most about Artfibers are their fibers -- matières nobles -- as they say in French. Luxurious fibers at reasonable prices. Can't go wrong with that, and they ship to Europe, don't worry, I asked.
One last shot of Andromeda (color 5) and Alfabeto
Lest you think that my pocketbook had exploded after this yarn extravaganza, the following day, in-between two meetings, I hoped on the F-line street car to the Castro to pay a visit to Imagiknit.
Looked promising peeking through the window...
and in the end, la pêche était bonne. See for yourselves:
The only disappointment was that the store did not have the Charolotte's Web shawl pattern that I would like to make out of this painter's palette selection and it seems to be impossible to find...any one have any suggestions?
bilan (m): literally, in accounting, a balance sheet. It is also used more informally as "progress report" or "results"
objet tranchant (m): sharp object, as in knitting needles :)
matières nobles: fine materials
la pêche était bonne: literally, the fishing was good or the result was fruitful