Sunday, August 29, 2010

Something New!

I have always loved browsing through the Garn Studio website. I love all of the free patterns they have available there, like the little baby jacket  I was working on in June. Russ, Paige, and I drove over to the coast to get apples yesterday and decided that since Kai wasn't along to insist on a carnivorous restaurant that we would eat at Big Sky in San Luis Obispo. It's on Broad St., but there weren't any parking places right by the restaurant, so we headed to our favorite place to park behind the Mission on Monterey St. I noticed a new store straight ahead of us that said Nordic Mart and told Russ and Paige that I wanted to go check it out after we had eaten, thinking I'd be browsing through some quaint "Solvang-y" type shop. I was happily wrong! It's a knit shop, and not just any knit shop. It's the Nordic Mart website retail shop, and it's wonderful. Famous mantra of all knitters - "I didn't need any yarn, but..." I bought some purple alpaca yarn because....it's purple alpaca yarn! And I bought some cotton to make a baby hat for a friend who just adopted a baby a couple of weeks ago.
The owner is from Sweden and is as nice as they come. I had a little stilted conversation with her in Danish. I usually jump at the chance to speak to someone in Danish. Why? To show off, of course. That's not exactly it, but I love having those little conversations. I think I've shared before that I must have a pretty good accent because I'll say a couple of simple things to a Dane, and they take off jabbering to me, and then I'm lost. I used to be fairly fluent, but I'm back to the basics now. Fortunately, we just had a short conversation which covered that she liked Danes and Denmark and how I had come to know Danish, so I didn't embarrass myself....I think. At least, I don't think I said something like, "This pig is a lovely color," or something like that.

11 comments:

Willow said...

I may need to take a drive up the coast in the next month or so...and of course I may need to take a food or coffee break in SLO :) Thanks for the heads up :)

Knittings Nice! said...

How strange...just looked at my blog and there you were and I'd only just left your blog. Anyway alls looking great, I love Garn Studio yarn, used it for my Fireside Sweater....hope your keeping well

Joansie said...

What a lucky find! Love the yarn.

Rani said...

I am so excited for you! I would have been in absolute HEAVEN! I love Garn Studio and ALL of their yarns/patterns etc. What a find! I would have been giggling with hysteria - (maybe you were! HA HA)

PS. What a great excuse to have to return - you need to brush up on your Danish conversation skills. Absolutely. Oh, and support those mom and pop shops by buying some yarn.

TheBlackSheep said...

Ooo! Drops Paris is lovely yarn! I used it for my Grandma's wrap and my cardi and it's fab.

Danish? You speak Danish? I'd like to hear more about that.

frayedattheedge said...

Of course you had to buy some yarn - it would be rude not to!!

Tracy said...

I LOVE Garn Studio patterns & yarns! ;o) Those are lovely yarns you purchased... and that place sounds sooo good...mmm... Thanks for taking us along! ((HUGS))

Wool Winder said...

It's not every day that you accidentally stumble upon a yarn shop. How fun!

Thimbleanna said...

Aww, what a wonderfully happy accident. It sounds like it was a wonderful day -- and with yarn -- woohoo!

Two Cables and a Frapp said...

This post makes me want to fly to California ! How nice that you came across the Nordic Mart. Love the yarn.

JayJay said...

Lovely yarn! I understand the almost addictive need to buy more yarn when confronted with a buying opportunity. Perhaps fiber really does have addictive properties?