Seashore Shawl

Noblesville, Yarn, and My Seashore Shawl

Seashore ShawlOn a recent trip, I found myself in the delightful town of  Noblesville Indiana, with plans to meet some friends for lunch at Rosie’s Place.   Someday I want to live in a town like Noblesville, a quiet suburb just northeast of Indianapolis. As I walked to lunch I couldn’t help but notice the courthouse that anchored downtown Noblesville –  backed against the White River and  surrounded by shops and businesses which then gave way to homes built before I was born.  Perfect.

I’d done my research ahead of time, and found not only the lovely diner where we’d meet, but a yarn store that looked quite promising.  So, of course, I made a point to arrive a little early to check out  Black Sheep Yarn and Fiber Arts,  housed in a beautiful old Victorian conveniently right next to public parking.  Which cost twenty-five cents an hour. Twenty Five Cents an Hour.


So I found this Freia yarn I hadn’t seen before.  It caught my attention and I’ll tell you why .  First, the name was Freia*.  Freia is an old Nordic name., lso spelled Freyja, Freja, and Freya.  It means “lady” and is the name of the goddess of love, beauty, war and death in Norse mythology.  Freya also happens to be the name of one of my sisters. And, in my lifetime, I’ve met very few people blessed with that moniker.  I’ve heard it has recently become popular in Great Britain – I’ll be keeping my eyes and ears open on my next trip across the pond.  In any case, so the name caught my attention.  And the color ways… oh my!  Well, and then as I looked more closely – this yarn is merino/silk and well worth a quick fondle.  I was enamored.  In any case, this delightful little skein made it into my bag, the back of my car, and after a more than a few hundred miles, onto my needles at home.  And you can see the results – my Seashore Shawl.  I’m pleased with the results, I received a couple of compliments, and, well, life is pretty good.


* For more information about Freia Fibers, check out their site: Freia Fibers.  But be warned – that delicious merino/silk is not available online, but only through a limited number of retailers.  I’ve put in a request at my LYS and the owner tells me she’s on the waiting list.  Fingers crossed.

Knitting Circle

Knitting Circle

My friend Kathy will tell you that knitting is cheaper than therapy.IMG_7046

Once or twice a week, I enjoy time with a fluid group of yarn crafters.  We meet at a local shop, Woolly Works, which is owned and run by one of the kindest folks I know, Edie Fisher.   Seriously, if you’re into fiber, drop by.  Edie has been involved in wool for decades and knows, well, almost everything, I think.  If you need help with a project, or can’t figure out how to fix a mistake – she’s got you covered.  Her staff is also knowledgeable and always willing to help.  Edie gets the process from start to finish – she has yarn in her shop that comes from her own alpaca – beautifully dyed & spun by herself.  Amazing!

Our little group was broth together by shared interest in fiber craft, but we’re a diverse bunch. Our ages span decades, our politics range from farthest right to extreme left, our spiritual beliefs run the gamut, and our taste in music and film, food and fitness can only be described as varied.  We have a nickname and a private social media gathering place, and we aim to respect one another and create a drama-free zone.  I’m proud to say we’ve been reasonably successful.

We support one another in grief and struggle and we love one another and share in joys.  We celebrate births, new jobs, accomplishments.  We hug and cry and mourn through deaths and illnesses and loss and pain.  We listen and love and support one another.  We’ve been known to grab a bite together, or move our knitting circle outside on a nice day.

We also create beautiful things with yarn.

I cannot imagine a better way to spend a morning or two each week than gathered with friends.  Because, though it starts with the yarn, it really is about friendship.  I hope you all are blessed to have friends such as this!