Friday, May 26, 2006

Yarn, Horses, New Projects, and a Contest

I love yarn.

This girl loves horses.

So what could be more perfect on a sunny May afternoon that a big fancy horse parade right past the yarn store?

In a turn of events that actually had nothing to do with yarn, a local brewery was celebrating its 5th anniversary. They booked the famous Clydesdales to deliver fresh brewed beer straight from St. Louis up to Geneva, Illinois, for their celebration (I have a sneaking suspicion that the horses and beer actually came by truck most of the way) and they made a grand entrance straight up 3rd Street, right past the yarn store.

Of course, I was just in it for the yarn, but I have to admit the horses were pretty cool. A police car with flashing lights in front, the huge tall Clydesdales with their beautiful furry feet, and a huge wagon with 2 guys in costume at the top, (and a dalmation), the cases of beer piled high in the back.

They clip clopped past us down the street, we went in for a quick trip through the yarn store, we went back out and they clip clopped back up the street.

There they were, directly in front of us, when all of a sudden they stopped. "Poop stop!" somebody called out, and it soon echoed through the crowd. Sure enough, there was poop. Well, besides the 2 police escorts, there was a little golf-cart-like vehicle that putted along behind the grand horse wagon. One guy with a broom, and one guy with a shovel. I don't know what the women's job was, but I don't want it.

'Cause guess what's in the big red trash can?!

Molly was quite taken with the poop break, and I guess I was too.

Anyway. We've had a whirlwind tour of the yarn store, seen the horses, made our way back through the crowd, and are driving home. I see the horses again, they are now at the end of the street, parked next to the brewery. I point them out to Molly. This conversation follows:

Molly: What are they doing there?
Me: I guess they are making their delivery to the restaurant.
Molly: Poop?
Me: What?
Molly: Is that what they are delivering to the restaurant? Poop?

Apparently I didn't do a very good job of expaining the horses visit!
So, what have I been stalking at said yarn store recently? Louet Sales Euroflax Sportweight 100% linen.

This is so not what I usually knit, but I love this tank and want to wear it! Even if it takes me all summer because the linen is so hard on my hands (I did wash it first, what an experience, more on that later).

And if you've made it this far and are still reading--how about a little Memorial Day Weekend contest?

My LYS, Wool and Company now has a new blog. It's great! Go check it out. I mean it, that's part of the contest. Go check out the new blog. At the top, you will see a "lost and found" button. Who knew a yarn store would have a lost and found?

Click on the lost and found, and guess which item in the picture belongs to my household. (My darlings Jodee, Carla, and Lydia, since you already know, you can't be eligible for this, don't kill me!) If there is more than one correct answer, I will draw randomly from them.

Leave your answer in the comments. Here's the prize:

That's a skein of Tess Designer Sock Yarn, in a beautiful deep turquoise color, shot through occasionally with deeper royal blue.

How patriotic is that?


Anonymous Neil said...

I guess I'm not allowed to enter either?

I went to have lunch at said brewery yesterday with my father-in-law - it was too very busy and we ended up in the Little Owl. Not a hint of poop anywhere - thank goodness

8:09 AM  
Blogger gknitter said...

OK, let me take a guess. I think it is the little blue notebook and pen because you are the MATH QUEEN KNITTER, sketcher and tracker and would carry around a little notebook to keep track of all the fabulous ideas flying around in your brain.

NO, I have changed my mind! The above is all true, but I think you would not let the notebook out of your sight, and it is not distinctive enough to be yours.

So it has to be the sweet little pink and white gingham bag, dropped by a little horse lover some time ago and wept over, but now forgotten.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Shannon said...

I think it has to be the owl.

10:56 AM  
Blogger trek said...

I was going to say the little pink bag but since someone already said that - I'll go with the Juliet bag.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Kristin said...

I'm going with the little pink bag. Have a great weekend!

12:17 PM  
Blogger Heide said...

My guess is the blue notebook!

4:01 PM  
Blogger Jessica said...

Leigh Radford was wearing that Euroflax tank when she was in town to give a workshop. It had great drape. I really liked it. Where is the pattern from?

I'll guess a pair of the glasses.

11:40 AM  
Blogger Trope said...

I think that it's the key. What does it unlock?

4:55 PM  
Blogger Lauren said...

This is a really tough call, but I'm going to go with the key. I'm mystified at that quantity of glasses.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous Allison said...

You know me... I could never keep a secret... but in my old age(ya right)I have gotten better! I thought, what could she have lost at the yarn store? When I saw the picture, I said, OH MY! Anyway, I guess I am not allowed in the contest. But, it looked like you and one of my lovey nieces had a wonderful afternoon!
love lil' sister

7:36 PM  
Anonymous PBnJ said...

My first guess when I saw the picture was the little owl. If I had to make a second guess, I'd say the little bag of stitch markers. :)

1:20 AM  
Blogger teri springer said...

I have to go with the pink & white bag since the owl belongs to someone named Sophia and your daughter's name is Molly.....


10:49 AM  
Blogger FemiKnitMafia said...

I'm going with the owl. It's easy for a stuffed friend to fall from a stroller, and harder for knitting to leap from the bag.

1:02 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I'm sure I can't enter the contest either, but I'm jealous because Tess's sock yarn is divine! and that's a lovely blue. Somebody's gonna have beautiful, happy feet!

And y'all would be amazed how many pairs of glasses get forgotten at yarn shops. You just know folks are wandering around their houses saying, "Now where did I leave those??"

11:20 PM  
Blogger thinlady said...

What pattern are you using for the linen shell? I have some euroflax in my stash. thanks!

2:48 PM  

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