Seven Iowa City-area craft stores are hosting the second Craft Crawl this week: Beadology, Ben Franklin, Common Threads, Fired Up, Home Ec, The Knitting Shoppe, and Shields Sewing Center. All you have to do is visit each business during the week, make a purchase of any size (Edyie will sell you a button for 40 cents), and get your Craft Crawl card stamped. When your card is full, you get entered in a drawing to win a $50 gift card from each business. I have a time crunch this week, so I managed to hit six of the seven businesses today (Common Threads is only a few blocks from my house so I can visit later in the week).
I started out bright and early by stopping at Shields and Ben Franklin for quick purchases (I bought a seam ripper and a corner punch, respectively). Then I stopped at The Knitting Shoppe to peruse the yarn and chat with Edyie (ps, Edyie was recently featured in the local paper). We chatted in-between customers and I found some yarn that would be perfect for the Camellia Shrug from the most recent KnitScene:
And then I found more sock yarn (what else is new).
Especially the variegated kind - so many possibilities.
(Just an aside: Edyie is teaching an angora bootie class February 20, 1-4pm, and a class on linen stitch February 27, 1-4pm, if anyone is interested.)
I snagged some lunch and headed to Fired Up, which is such fun because you get to paint your own pottery (Fired Up provides the blank pieces, you paint/decorate them, and then Fired Up fires the pieces in the kiln). Last year, I made food and water bowls for my kittehs so this year I decided to make something for me; I painted a giant coffee mug...tee-hee. It will be ready in a week after it has been fired (picture then).
I stopped by Beadology to grab some seed beads. I don't work with beads much (jewelry-making is too fiddly for this knitter) but I do like to free-hand designs on projects.
I stopped at Home Ec on the way to the store (I had to work today at 3pm, boo, otherwise I would have just finished the Crawl today). I heard a rumor that they had got some new stock of project bags (ok, ok....I read it on their FB page).
JennieGee with the "Keep Calm" logo. Of course I had to buy a blue one.
Now to get all my new yarns entered into Ravelry (which reminds me, I've acquired some books and mags I need to get logged, too).
I'll visit Common Threads this week then my Crawl will be complete!