Is anyone going to the Maryland Wool and Sheep Show? I'm going to be taking the train up to DC and having a friend of mine pick me up. We are going to go on Saturday only. Let me know, would be cool to meet some folks for real.
So, I live just 25 feet out of Washington DC, but 25 feet in the opposite direction of almost everything booming and fabulous. The housing boom has hit every adjacent county and neighborhood to DC but ours. While we live in an area with great green spaces and big back yards (and affordable houses!), our retail is basically limited to nail salons and the four dollar stores within walking distance to my house.
Sunday was a cold, rainy day. We had just driven 25 minutes to the nearest Petco only to discover that what I needed wasn't there. We drove back down Route 1 to a favorite Mexican dive for chicken mole and pulled up to a red light. On the left was an empty lot; on the right, among boarded up buildings and store front churches announcing revivals, in the lobby of an old bank building...A BRAND NEW YARN STORE - FIVE MINUTES FROM MY HOUSE!!!
We stopped. We went in. Unbelievable! The new owners were there; cakes and chips were offered, we got a tour (the Best Beloved on crutches - when he hobbled in, the owner's husband laughed cheerfully and said "Here's a fellow who won't be happy to hear that we were grandfathered in and don't have a ramp!"). They stock everything from dishcloth cotton to high end hand painted yarn.
another question - how do you guys keep track of your projects? Is there an online program for the yarn type, where you bought it, when it was started, the pattern origin, etc. and when you finished it? I'd love (and be willing even to pay) for a program that did this for me :)
I want to journal my history of knitting in a concise and standard manner..