Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sheep and Wool Festival

Yesterday I took Amtrak to Philadelphia. It's such a short trip--90 minutes--only completed five rows on my secret project, didn't read much on the Kindle and was only able to take a quick glimpse through the newspaper.

Arriving at the 30th St. Station, I noticed this sculpture

But what really caught my eye was the lower left corner

Sheep! SInce I was in Philadelphia to meet up with two New Jersey knitting friends, it seemed only right to be greeted by sheep.

Our destination

Loop! What a terrific yarn store! Look at all this wooly (and cashmere and alpaca and cotton and bamboo and linen and silk and angora) yumminess--

We walked around. Fondled all the yarn. Pulled skeins out, put them back, pulled them out again. Checked patterns. Noticed yarn we hadn't seen before. And I ended up with

Zara Chine--I can't resist black and white tweed, wear-like-iron Trekking Maxima, and Oh my gosh--I love this yarn--CashSock

I also can't praise the owner of Loop, Craig, and the staff enough. (I'm so sorry I didn't get their names.) We were helped not only with the yarn--but they also made a wonderful lunch recommendation.

After a tasty lunch, we returned to Loop. One friend needed an extra skein of yarn. I was just going to sit at their comfy table and wait. But you know that feeling. Ooooooh---pretty yarn---must have now!

I never knit with this type of yarn--but won't it make a couple of fun, cute scarves?

And with that, we said good-bye to Philadelphia and Loop--but we'll be back!

Many thanks to the lovely women at Loop who made our visit to Loop so enjoyable!


stringplay said...

Wow! That was some LOOKING. : )
Wish I was only 90 minutes away.

Anonymous said...

Your day sounds fabulous! All your yarn choices are lovely, looking forward to seeing what you make with them.

TGL said...

I always say I to the sheep when I'm at 30th St Station! They cleaned that monument not too long ago, it was very grungy before - now it looks as though everyone is about to tumble out of the frame!

knithound brooklyn said...

Nice way to spend the day!

YesterUkes said...

I will just enjoy "arm chair traveling" through your lovely photos. Sounds like a great place to visit.

Jolene said...

Outstanding yarn choices -- can already see the scarves. What do you have planned for the tweed?

Jackie said...

Wonderful choices! I can't wait to see what pattern you knit with the Cashsock. I love yarn stores!

What a cute name for a cafe!

EileenNY said...

I'm so jealous! :) Glad you had such a great day. Can't wait to meet your new yarn!

Iron Needles said...

What fun! I think Daughter and I may have to try the Amtrak next time we head to your fair burg from hers.

Iron Needles said...

PS Fun yarn, too!