Saturday, April 05, 2014

Fibre Space ~ Here we go!

Hi, Knitters,
I want to share the first day of my trip to Fibre Space in Alexandria, Virginia, with you. The travels were good although there was a bit of circling and minor delays due to visibility issues. Nothing major but I had to hightail it to my gate in Detroit because we landed quite a bit later than scheduled. The gates were really far apart but I made it fine.

Click here for the Fibre Space website!

I wore my 15 Colour Rainbow socks, the yarn is by Fab Funky Fibres on Etsy. It was such a gray, overcast and foggy kind of day that the bright socks made me happy.

On the plane I worked on my second sock in Regia Super Jacquard. I made pretty good progress.

 I could not believe how crowded Reagan National Airport was. It was so packed in the gate area when I got off the plane. It was difficult to get into the airport due to the crowding. The whole airport was super crowded. I was glad to get out of there.

During the second leg of my flight (I read during the first flight), I finished the cuff, knit the heel flap, turned the heel and finished the gusset. Now this should go really fast to the toe! I can't wait to wear this pair.

Danielle, the owner of Fibre Space, picked me up in her tiny Mini-Cooper car and I wasn't sure my two bags would fit but they did! She made it work.

 It was close to 60 degrees in Alexandria. I pulled out my spring coat and boy did that feel good. At home in Madison there were snow flurries. I ended up not even needing my coat for the walk to the shop. It was wonderful.

Old Town in Alexandria is so charming. You can walk everywhere. This brick park is right outside of my hotel window. The structure appears to have vines growing all over it which I'm sure in the summer is very beautiful.

I packed up to go to my book signing/meet and greet! I always bring my knitting just in case. Last night though I didn't have much time to knit. The meet and greet was great! I had a steady stream of friendly knitters who purchased and brought their books for me to sign. I loved meeting everyone. Thanks for coming if you were there.

Here are some photos from last night:

You should purchase from this shop. It's a good one to support. The vast array of unique and inspiring yarns is unmatched. Danielle, the owner, has curated an incredible amount of indie and commercial yarns. She is hard working and talented.

There's Danielle working so hard as usual.

Incredible sale bins! That's the signature mannequin. 

Unique spinning fibers.....

This table was filled to twice this size only hours before..... 

A gigantic collection of Brooklyn Tweed....

More unique homespun yarns!

A closer look (it's looking back at you!).

Brooklyn Tweed Loft. I want all of this!

More Plucky!

Skein from Australia! I really want to take some home.

Wall o' needles.

Okay, this Neighborhood Fiber Co. is driving me crazy I love it so much! 

The vibrancy is incredible and rich! This is a local to the shop dyer.

Look at the shelves and shelves of Neighborhood Fiber Co.  Danielle used to work in a different yarn shop with the dyer. She is loyal and supportive.

Spacious and well-organized!

I love the indie and the commercial yarns together. There is something for everyone.

The shop is bubbling over with samples. Isn't this cute? I have no idea what the pattern is called. I'll try to find out today.

I think one of these might come home with me. That is something like 1500 yards. I put my hand in there for scale. It is bigger than my head.

This one is my favorite color.

And maybe one of these for my sock darning.

Love it! Order one from the shop!

And maybe these should come home with me?

I am loving this rustic fiber. 

And maybe this could fit in my suitcase, too? I think I will bring some of this home. I will find out more today about this fiber.

The punch back there was pineapple and ginger! It was sooooo good and cold. I drank it all night at my signing. Ahhh, refreshing!

Ready to go!


Maureen, who took classes with me at Vogue Knitting Live in NYC brought her snowman to share with me! She is taking classes all day with me on Saturday. I love repeat students!

My buddy Greg and his beautiful daughter came to visit along with Greg's dad. Greg is a very active member of Itty-Bitty Knits (my forum group on Ravelry.) Greg is taking classes all weekend with me.

These are Greg's knits he brought on my request to share with me! He is such a great knitter, and fairly new, too.

Greg also brought his giraffe from my Not so Itty-Bitty Giraffe class on Craftsy. I love it!

Gotta run to class now! I'll take more photos today to share.

Miss you all! Have a super Saturday.
best, susie


Unknown said...

This shop is most definitely a must on my list of visits.

Susan could please tell us the names of the gray scarf and the sweater patterns.


Unknown said...

This is now on my list of go to shops. Susan could you please get the names of the patterns for the gray scarf and the gold sweater.

Thank you

christine m. said...

What a beautiful shop! I'd almost be afraid to visit it... I wouldn't come our for days. Love your little project bag with the bicycles on it. :)

christine m. said...

What a beautiful shop! I'd almost be afraid to visit it... I wouldn't come our for days. Love your little project bag with the bicycles on it. :)

cockney blonde said...

Fabulous shop but how on earth did you get knitting needles onto an aeroplane???

Unknown said...

Que entrada tan interesante, besos desde EspaƱa

Renee Anne said...

Looks like you're having a fabulous weekend :)

Bonnie said...

My daughter manages a Children's book store about 1/2 a block away on the same street. I love this store. The Neighborhood Fibre sock yarn is too die for (no pun intended). I've two skeins of it and it's one of my favorite sock yarns. What a fun time. Which I was there.

Susan said...

The pink sweater looks to be

Seamless Flower T-shirt
by Ewelina Murach

available on Ravelry

Unknown said...

what is the gold sweater in one for your pictures. Would love to make it.

Shop looks awesome a must next time I am over that way

Creative Design said...

Susan, lovely post and pics! Here's a non-knitting question, only if you have time to answer. Your shoes are so you mind sharing what brand they are?

Have a great week,

GerryART said...

Sooooooooo much FUN !!!!!!!!
So wish it close enough for me to attend.

Wonderful !!!!!!


Unknown said...

Susan, I purchased some of the Neighborhood Fibre Co. yarn at VKL Seattle in pink and dark really is should get some! ;)

Unknown said...

Susan, I purchased some of the Neighborhood Fibre Co. yarn at VKL Seattle in pink and dark really is should get some! ;)

Sylvie said...

Cockney Blonde, knitting needles are allowed on airplanes in the US (and most other countries, but not Mexico), and have been since around 2002 when there were some embarrassing stories about the TSA harassing little old ladies.

Susie, the fiber you're ogling is Imperial Yarn's sliver roving, and it is super-glorious:
I think Susan's carries it, or at least they did last time I was there.

Neighborhood Fiber Co is awesome. I've got a hat knit out of their Studio Sport, and people keep asking if it's Tosh. They used to make a yarn called Pagoda Lace that was a silk/cashmere blend and is absolutely decadent.

My parents live reasonably close to Fibre Space, and I make a point of going every time I visit them - it's a pretty awesome shop.

Greg said...

Hi, Susan -- thanks for coming out to the book signing and being so generous with your time and talent. It's quite a treat to see the pictures of you with my daughter and all of the projects I've knitted from your patterns. Thanks for the encouragement. It was such a great weekend. said...

I enjoy reading all your newsletter Susan. The preview of the patterns in from mama with love by Tanis Grey for children are awesome!!!