Store Review: Argyle Yarn Shop

(I recently wrote this review for Google Local, but I decided to post it here and go in depth a little more… plus, I wanted to show off the haul from the last time I went :P)

Whether you’re a novice knitter, or a Knitting Diva like moi, Argyle is an excellent LYS (local yarn shop) to patronize. The owners (Esther and David) are very helpful and sweet and the shop just oozes welcome.

They have a decent selection of yarns (Malabrigo, Madelinetosh, Shibui, and Rowan amongst others…). They wind your yarn for free when you buy it, and I have even seen Esther helping out someone with a pattern a few times! I’ve been there several times and they always remember me—very touching, since I live out-of-the-way and make it out there sporadically at best.

They have a room in the back where they host trunk shows and local knitting groups, as well as a table and chairs in the main part of the store. The space is well lighted and modern looking; yarns and accouterments are neat and tastefully displayed.

The only minus I can think of is their distance from me :/

They’re located at 288 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215. They are open Tuesday-Sunday 12-7.

This is what I got from them last time:

I got some Knitter’s Pride Nova Needles (40″ size 0 and 1.5), a Lilly Brush (http://lillybrush.com/) which is like the bestest thing EVAR if you’re a Malabrigo fan… Esther brushed the pilling off my Fetching mitt made with Mal Rios and I was SOLD!, A skein each of Schaefer Yarns Anne in theย Tatiana Proskouriakoff colorway (which btw, SY is liquidating and stopped making yarns :/), Malabrigo Sock in Impressionist Sky, and Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light in Baltic. They even threw in some sample packs of Soak for free :DDD
I am not a frequent customer of NYC LYS, as I do prefer to buy stuff online due to laziness and being a bit frugal, but this shop is worth supporting and taking two buses to get to ๐Ÿ˜›

Knitolution 2012 Progress and Other Updates

Well, it is the beginning of April. The end of ย Q1 2012 has gone.

Time to review my knitolution progress!

My knitolutions were:

  • Knit at least one lace shawlย 
  • Knit a project with beadsย 
  • Learn how to read lace knitting charts
  • Do more advanced Colorworkย – still working on this LOL
  • Make at least one sweater this year –ย about to CO tonight yayyyy
  • Make at least 6 pairs of socks –ย made 1 3/4 pairs so far ๐Ÿ˜›
  • Use up my worsted/chunky yarn stashย 
  • Finish at least two projects a month, or 24 total for the yearย – Finished 8 projects so far
  • Replace inferior accouterments With better onesย 
  • Crochet moreย -check!
  • Make an Afghan or blanket with all the crappy red heart I still guiltily hoard.ย – I am halfway done with my blanket of awesome! Woot!

So not too shabby.

I plan on killing the first three on my list in one… going to make a lace shawl with beads, using a chart only pattern–this one to be exact. ย I have the yarn and beads already. I plan on starting it sometime next month, but we will see how it goes.

I am on a shawl/scarf craze atm.

The colors were a bit odd, but I like the finished product. I plan to block the garter st section aggressively.

I just finished another TGV (above) and cast on a Pogona this morning in the nummiest awesomes yarn EVAH. (Dancing Leaf Hip Hop)

I am loving this pattern so far! Not surprising, it is a Stephen West pattern after all โค

I have been a very good girl so far this year. So much, in fact, I bought myself a little treat because, why the fuck not?
Squee!
MrYarn.com is one of the best places I have ever ordered yarn from. I placed the order on Thursday evening, and it shipped out (FREE!!) Priority Mail on Friday, and I got it at work yesterday. I wasn’t expecting it until tomorrow at the earliest. The owner even hand wrote a thanks on my invoice and I got a free bumper sticker ๐Ÿ˜€ [it’s on my laptop, since I no haz car]. The yarn, in case you’re wondering, is Handmaiden’s Mini Maiden inย Cezanne. I realized this is the second skein of yarn I have bought with an artist’s name as the colorway ๐Ÿ˜› It is like Malabrigo Silky, but fingering weight. It will be a shawl; I would never make socks from something so fine.

Better yarn picture ๐Ÿ˜›

I have much more to speak of. This has already become sort of a mishmash of shit, so I think I will continue with another post later.ย