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So, I’m back from France and it was wonderful.

If anyone is actually interested in the 1000 pictures I took, I’ll post a link once I get them organized.

I figured I’d talk about the most interesting stuff first.

I didn’t get a whole lot of knitting done (does that mean I had a good holiday, or a bad one?) but here are the products of hours spent at the airport, in the air and driving ’round the french countryside.

This was the first pair I finished.
The yarn is Louet Gems Merino, (the one I dyed myself) in a simple 4×1 ribbed pattern.

This pair was Yarn Pirate in Culture Club. It’s the Anastasia pattern. I’d been wanting to try it out since I saw it on HeyAwesome! The pattern was easy to remember and shows off the yarn really well.

I love working with Fleece Artist‘s Sea Wool.
The pattern is the one that came with the skein – Bordello Socks

Just a simple pair of ankle socks. Austermann Step.
Socks and a manicure all at once. Lovely.

As for yarn stores. It was a little disappointing.

Okay, it was more than disappointing. It was tragic.

I found two that weren’t their equivalent of Michael’s, and even then…not a skein of hand dyed anywhere.

As I said – Tragic.

 

 

This store, la marchande de couleurs, was the most visually satisfying. Nothing hand spun or dyed, but quality. Cotton, alpaca, bamboo, merino as far as the eyes could see.

I found the method of purchase awkward, however.

I don’t know if you can see the tags, but the yarn (on these huge conical spools) is sold loose and by the gram. That is 3 50/50 grams. No mention of how many metres/yards in a gram, nor how many stitches to an inch. I’m sure that method works for them, but I’m definitely not used to it. Consequently, though the yarn I bought was beautiful, I don’t think I bought enough of either for the projects I had in mind.

Grr.

Speaking of the yarn I bought: here it is. The 100% bamboo (amazingly soft and silky) in Merlot and some 100% cotton (glossy and gorgeous) in Sienna. The store ships to anywhere in the world, so I can get more, I just don’t relish the thought of transatlantic shipping charges.

Anny Blatt is exclusively yarn. They have some decent stuff (like this superwash merino sock yarn) but most of it is novelty yarn. High quality novelty yarn, but furry (or sparkly or bobbley or whatever) just the same. Oh, and I picked up a pair of wood needles to get started on the clapotis (for which I’d earmarked the bamboo), but they turned out to be 1/2 a millimeter too big. Pfft.

In conclusion, while France has many beauties, they are seriously lacking in qualty yarn and the stores to sell it.

The problem is that they neither know, nor care about this deficiency.

The French may be ahead of us in handbags and shoes, but they are ages behind in Knitting as Art.

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About Angela

My name is Angela. I am a 28 year old psych and criminology graduate, but I'd rather not diagnose you. I am a cuddle-slut. I can recite the entire script of The Princess Bride, (including accents) and believe that the meaning of life is contained within. Polyanna, Snap.com commercials, and Oprah 'reunion shows' make me cry. I can whistle and hum at the same time, but I cannot touch my toes. I am an expert in both listening and talking. I look good in orange. I am a writer. I kick ass in Gin, Hearts, and Cribbage but I don't understand Canasta or Bridge. I can be heard singing Broadway numbers from my shower, and have dressed up as a viking princess, (complete with aluminum foil breast plate) The Phantom of the Opera, and a Ghostbuster for Hallowe'en. I have a bird named Bean. I have a brother named Adam. They are not related. I like vanilla body lotion, peanut butter, saunas, Jim Carrey, broccoli, pets, TheOnion.com, Muppets, Kevin Smith, Corelle dishes, dry erase white-boards, Barenaked Ladies, Philosophy, the letter J, Harry Potter, picture frames, swimming, quilting, Michael Moore, genealogy, Raggedy Anne, tacky 50's tchotchke, 'Idiot's Complete Guide To' books, tweezers, feather pillows, polar dips, aquariums, Martin Luther King Jr., and Dr. Pepper. I don't like meat, gossips, cooked carrots, American Idol, mosquitoes, sweating, politics, public washrooms, tardiness, tuition, hunting, pat answers, pick up lines, brown bananas, cliches, pine scented air freshener, Kevin Costner, bacon, candied apples, pro-wrestling, humidity, and hypocrisy. Books I've read recently The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Dark Tower, When Nietzsche Wept, What's So Amazing About Grace?, Catcher in the Rye, Not Wanted On the Voyage, The Red Tent, The Little Prince, The Way the Crow Flies, Slaughterhouse-Five, The Poisonwood Bible, The Fall, The Knot of Vipers, Calculating God, The Chrysalids, Sick Puppy, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Franny and Zooey, The Brothers Karamazov, and jPod. I am slightly neurotic. No I'm not. Yes I am.

60 responses »

  1. You’re back! I will post a more thorough reply later, but I missed you. I’m delighted you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing your photos.

    I think that not getting a lot of knitting done means you had a fabulous holiday.

  2. You’re back! I will post a more thorough reply later, but I missed you. I’m delighted you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing your photos.

    I think that not getting a lot of knitting done means you had a fabulous holiday.

    • I’m happy to have been missed.

      I’d hate to have everyone be all “Crap, she’s back” upon my return.

      I’m working on the pics as I type. There is literally a thousand. I’m trying to pare them down.

      ~A

  3. You’re back! I will post a more thorough reply later, but I missed you. I’m delighted you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing your photos.

    I think that not getting a lot of knitting done means you had a fabulous holiday.

    • I’m happy to have been missed.

      I’d hate to have everyone be all “Crap, she’s back” upon my return.

      I’m working on the pics as I type. There is literally a thousand. I’m trying to pare them down.

      ~A

  4. You’re back! I will post a more thorough reply later, but I missed you. I’m delighted you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing your photos.

    I think that not getting a lot of knitting done means you had a fabulous holiday.

  5. You’re back! I will post a more thorough reply later, but I missed you. I’m delighted you had a great time, and I look forward to seeing your photos.

    I think that not getting a lot of knitting done means you had a fabulous holiday.

  6. The socks are all awesome, but I especially love the second ones! The pattern is a lot of fun.

    The yarn store is very pretty. I love the colors. Maybe you can find an American seller that has the yarn onhand? You never know. I found a store for some herbal supplies that ships from Europe, but does so wholesale so that I don’t have to pay the shipping charges. Just a thought.

    Anyway, glad to see you back!

  7. The socks are all awesome, but I especially love the second ones! The pattern is a lot of fun.

    The yarn store is very pretty. I love the colors. Maybe you can find an American seller that has the yarn onhand? You never know. I found a store for some herbal supplies that ships from Europe, but does so wholesale so that I don’t have to pay the shipping charges. Just a thought.

    Anyway, glad to see you back!

    • Have you made the Anastasia socks yourself? How cool! What yarn did you use?

      Thanks for the American (or perhaps even Canadian) retailer suggestion. I’ll have to go hunting, as their bamboo yarn was the nicest (and most inexpensive) I’ve seen.

      ~Angela

      • Sorry, I meant that the pattern has a fun look to it. I don’t know how to knit. I’m sort of all thumbs with that kind of stuff, but I make really pretty cards and scrapbook pages…

        I’m kind of useless.

      • Not useless. I’ve enjoyed several a story written by Zamboni Girl.

        Anything new since I’ve been away?

        ~Angela

        PS. It’s never too late to learn to knit. ::hint::hint::

      • Cute new icon!

        Well, I’d like to learn how to knit, but there’s major attitude between scrapbookers and knitters at the local craft store, and I don’t know if I could crossover without hockey-like reprecussions.

      • Well, frankly, ‘real knitters’ wouldn’t buy yarn from anywhere that sells scrap book supplies.

        Heh.

        I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob, you see…

        ~A

  8. The socks are all awesome, but I especially love the second ones! The pattern is a lot of fun.

    The yarn store is very pretty. I love the colors. Maybe you can find an American seller that has the yarn onhand? You never know. I found a store for some herbal supplies that ships from Europe, but does so wholesale so that I don’t have to pay the shipping charges. Just a thought.

    Anyway, glad to see you back!

    • Have you made the Anastasia socks yourself? How cool! What yarn did you use?

      Thanks for the American (or perhaps even Canadian) retailer suggestion. I’ll have to go hunting, as their bamboo yarn was the nicest (and most inexpensive) I’ve seen.

      ~Angela

      • Sorry, I meant that the pattern has a fun look to it. I don’t know how to knit. I’m sort of all thumbs with that kind of stuff, but I make really pretty cards and scrapbook pages…

        I’m kind of useless.

      • Not useless. I’ve enjoyed several a story written by Zamboni Girl.

        Anything new since I’ve been away?

        ~Angela

        PS. It’s never too late to learn to knit. ::hint::hint::

      • Cute new icon!

        Well, I’d like to learn how to knit, but there’s major attitude between scrapbookers and knitters at the local craft store, and I don’t know if I could crossover without hockey-like reprecussions.

      • Well, frankly, ‘real knitters’ wouldn’t buy yarn from anywhere that sells scrap book supplies.

        Heh.

        I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob, you see…

        ~A

  9. The socks are all awesome, but I especially love the second ones! The pattern is a lot of fun.

    The yarn store is very pretty. I love the colors. Maybe you can find an American seller that has the yarn onhand? You never know. I found a store for some herbal supplies that ships from Europe, but does so wholesale so that I don’t have to pay the shipping charges. Just a thought.

    Anyway, glad to see you back!

  10. The socks are all awesome, but I especially love the second ones! The pattern is a lot of fun.

    The yarn store is very pretty. I love the colors. Maybe you can find an American seller that has the yarn onhand? You never know. I found a store for some herbal supplies that ships from Europe, but does so wholesale so that I don’t have to pay the shipping charges. Just a thought.

    Anyway, glad to see you back!

  11. I’m happy to have been missed.

    I’d hate to have everyone be all “Crap, she’s back” upon my return.

    I’m working on the pics as I type. There is literally a thousand. I’m trying to pare them down.

    ~A

  12. I’m happy to have been missed.

    I’d hate to have everyone be all “Crap, she’s back” upon my return.

    I’m working on the pics as I type. There is literally a thousand. I’m trying to pare them down.

    ~A

  13. I’m happy to have been missed.

    I’d hate to have everyone be all “Crap, she’s back” upon my return.

    I’m working on the pics as I type. There is literally a thousand. I’m trying to pare them down.

    ~A

  14. Have you made the Anastasia socks yourself? How cool! What yarn did you use?

    Thanks for the American (or perhaps even Canadian) retailer suggestion. I’ll have to go hunting, as their bamboo yarn was the nicest (and most inexpensive) I’ve seen.

    ~Angela

  15. Have you made the Anastasia socks yourself? How cool! What yarn did you use?

    Thanks for the American (or perhaps even Canadian) retailer suggestion. I’ll have to go hunting, as their bamboo yarn was the nicest (and most inexpensive) I’ve seen.

    ~Angela

  16. Have you made the Anastasia socks yourself? How cool! What yarn did you use?

    Thanks for the American (or perhaps even Canadian) retailer suggestion. I’ll have to go hunting, as their bamboo yarn was the nicest (and most inexpensive) I’ve seen.

    ~Angela

  17. Sorry, I meant that the pattern has a fun look to it. I don’t know how to knit. I’m sort of all thumbs with that kind of stuff, but I make really pretty cards and scrapbook pages…

    I’m kind of useless.

  18. Sorry, I meant that the pattern has a fun look to it. I don’t know how to knit. I’m sort of all thumbs with that kind of stuff, but I make really pretty cards and scrapbook pages…

    I’m kind of useless.

  19. Sorry, I meant that the pattern has a fun look to it. I don’t know how to knit. I’m sort of all thumbs with that kind of stuff, but I make really pretty cards and scrapbook pages…

    I’m kind of useless.

    • Thanks!

      I’m getting the pictures together as quickly as I can.

      I’ve had to break the vacation into chunks, as the mass of photos I took was overwhelming me into inactivity.

      ~A

    • Thanks!

      I’m getting the pictures together as quickly as I can.

      I’ve had to break the vacation into chunks, as the mass of photos I took was overwhelming me into inactivity.

      ~A

  20. Not useless. I’ve enjoyed several a story written by Zamboni Girl.

    Anything new since I’ve been away?

    ~Angela

    PS. It’s never too late to learn to knit. ::hint::hint::

  21. Not useless. I’ve enjoyed several a story written by Zamboni Girl.

    Anything new since I’ve been away?

    ~Angela

    PS. It’s never too late to learn to knit. ::hint::hint::

  22. Not useless. I’ve enjoyed several a story written by Zamboni Girl.

    Anything new since I’ve been away?

    ~Angela

    PS. It’s never too late to learn to knit. ::hint::hint::

  23. Thanks!

    I’m getting the pictures together as quickly as I can.

    I’ve had to break the vacation into chunks, as the mass of photos I took was overwhelming me into inactivity.

    ~A

  24. Thanks!

    I’m getting the pictures together as quickly as I can.

    I’ve had to break the vacation into chunks, as the mass of photos I took was overwhelming me into inactivity.

    ~A

  25. Thanks!

    I’m getting the pictures together as quickly as I can.

    I’ve had to break the vacation into chunks, as the mass of photos I took was overwhelming me into inactivity.

    ~A

  26. Cute new icon!

    Well, I’d like to learn how to knit, but there’s major attitude between scrapbookers and knitters at the local craft store, and I don’t know if I could crossover without hockey-like reprecussions.

  27. Cute new icon!

    Well, I’d like to learn how to knit, but there’s major attitude between scrapbookers and knitters at the local craft store, and I don’t know if I could crossover without hockey-like reprecussions.

  28. Cute new icon!

    Well, I’d like to learn how to knit, but there’s major attitude between scrapbookers and knitters at the local craft store, and I don’t know if I could crossover without hockey-like reprecussions.

  29. Well, frankly, ‘real knitters’ wouldn’t buy yarn from anywhere that sells scrap book supplies.

    Heh.

    I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob, you see…

    ~A

  30. Well, frankly, ‘real knitters’ wouldn’t buy yarn from anywhere that sells scrap book supplies.

    Heh.

    I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob, you see…

    ~A

  31. Well, frankly, ‘real knitters’ wouldn’t buy yarn from anywhere that sells scrap book supplies.

    Heh.

    I’ve become a bit of a yarn snob, you see…

    ~A

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