I have been
patiently waiting to visit the display for the contest that I entered. Entrants get to attend a special preview of the contest exhibit before it opens to the general public. I’m so excited to see all of the entries and get more ideas for future projects. (As if I need any – my Ravelry queue and favorited patterns list are out of control.) And, of course, I’m looking forward to seeing my own projects on display. The organizers do a great job of arranging the entries – they make even my little old FOs look special. 🙂
Lately, I have been busy with… life. In the midst of the transitions (all good ones!), the husband and I managed to sneak in a quick getaway to St. Louis. He had certain attractions on his wish list, which I was happy to accommodate in exchange for a visit to one of mine:
For fiber crafters, Knitorious is a magical place. I found it through a quick Internet search for a yarn shop to visit while on our trip. It is located in a cute neighborhood that’s comprised of a friendly mix of residences and small restaurants/shops. The charming area, which is full of nicely maintained brick buildings, is fun to drive through even if you don’t have a specific destination in mind.
I went in with no agenda – my only consideration was that I don’t have access to very many nice, finer-than-worsted fibers locally. From the moment I walked in, I couldn’t believe the level of service that this place provides. From yarn and pattern-selection help for beginners, to advanced-technique classes, this place has you covered. I took my time while shopping, and was pleased that the women working here were extremely helpful without being pushy or making me feel rushed. They were quick to point out knitted samples of the yarns that I was considering, which I appreciated. And, their clearance section is absolutely incredible. Lots of bargains to be had if you aren’t shopping for anything in particular.
More on these when I figure out what to do with them. One of the women in the shop pointed out that stash yarn purchases, much like calories, don’t count when you’re on vacation. I’m so glad that my husband was within earshot at that point. 😉
Also on the agenda: the Missouri Botanical Garden. This is easily one of the most beautiful botanical collections/facilities that I have ever seen, and that is saying something. (I make a point to visit places like it wherever I go.) We spent several hours there, and didn’t even get close to seeing/properly appreciating everything that it has to offer. I felt like we could have easily spent another entire day there. In short: GO.
The visit gave me the opportunity to enjoy another of my favorite vacation activities: taking closeup pictures of flowers. It is mystifyingly entertaining to me.
We also did some of the other usual suspects, including: The Gateway Arch
The Old Courthouse
The Cathedral Basilica
And a brewery tour.
All thoroughly enjoyable. Our only regret is that the Cardinals weren’t in town. Next time!