I love yarn stores. I remember years ago that there used to be a place called Yarn Mart and they had a wide variety of inexpensive yarns. When I moved here to north Orange County, there was a great craft store called Tall Mouse that had a wonderful yarn selection and tons of patterns for free but they both have long since disappeared. I visited a "real" yarn store when we drove up the coast to Santa Barbara and I think I spent an hour walking the aisles. I splurged on two skeins of this great yarn, but have not yet found a pattern that works with it. Someday! Meanwhile, I frequent the aisles of Michael's with my 40% off coupon hoping to find the right combination of yarn and pattern. I did find that their little instruction booklets have a lot to offer and, if you're so inclined, they're worth checking out!
Below is an afghan I knitted for my daughter and her husband last year. The pattern was in a booklet called Loops & Threads, Country Loom: Every Home and the name of the afghan is "Big Cable Blanket". It was the first time I had done a knitted cable stitch, but because it was on a large scale, it was a great first project. I love the look and it was a well-received Christmas gift.
If you have any patterns that you'd like to share, please feel free to post a link or instructions. It's so much fun when there's more than one!!
|The big, fun cable!|
|The finished product|