November 15, 2004
Nona Buys Cashmere in LA
Warning, this first paragraph contains no knitting content...
Nona-son the elder and I had a great college trip to LA. I think the entire trip is best summarized with two words, "popcorn shrimp". Nona is going to dearly missing nona-son the elder when he leaves for college, he is definitely the spice in the household. The big surprise of the trip was Loyola Marymount University. LMU started off as one of nona-son the elder's "safety" schools, but we both really, really liked LMU and it has moved quite high on his list! It's a perfect size for nona-son the elder, has a wonderful "English: Writing Emphasis" major, and has an excellent mix of academics and the creative arts. Very interesting choice!
Back to the knitting part of the LA trip ...
Thursday afternoon when we got back to our hotel, nona-son the elder decided he wanted to read for a bit before we went out to dinner. Perfect, this gave me an hour to check out one of the local Santa Monica yarn shops. After opening the phone book and doing a bit of eany-meany-miney-mo I headed out for L'Atelier on Montana Avenue. L'Atelier is a gourmet yarn shop with a bit of snobbery, but oh-so beautiful yarn. I'm sure by now you're on pins and needles, "Did you buy anything nona?". Yes, of course I did - I bought something a bit snobby!
L'Atelier offers a catalog of patterns along with a pattern of the month, all made from luxurious yarn. The sample for this month's pattern, "Throw Me On", was sitting on a table begging me to throw it on. Yikes - soft, comfortable, cabled, a must have. Here's the snobby part, it's made out of a cashmere yarn. Since I was going for it, I decided to get some beautiful lantern moon knitting needles to round out the totally-over-the-top experience. "Throw Me On" is a simple rectangular shawl that buttons in the front. I don't have a picture, so you'll have to wait until I'm done. The yarn and needles are beautiful and a joy to knit!
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