My last morning in Long Beach I took the opportunity to lose my "work hat" and become a tourist for a few hours. Playing with yarn and travels-- big and small-- are among my favourite things. This was a small travel but none the less wonderfully enjoyable....
It all began with a fantastic "cruise" aboard the Aqualink from Long Beach Harbour to Alamitos Bay Landing.
I really do not feel too off base calling it a "cruise". How often can you buy beer or wine on public transit??!!?? Being barely 10am, I took a pass.... but I did kick back and enjoyed the ride.
My destination had the most inviting door.....
Alamitos Bay Yarn Company. This shop is a must to visit when in the area. Fantastic yarns, shelves of books and patterns, inspiring samples, a stunning location and a lovely staff. Ahhhhhh, if I lived near here I'd be very happy..... and very financially challenged!
Though the countless yarns in every weight, fiber blend and colourway are mind boggling, it is the yet-to-be-published books---knitting and not--- that always send me over the moon. Knowing that it will be months before I can make what I was priviledged to see in person makes me close to crazed!!!!
Thank you to all who thought it worthy of downloading!!!!!
One very important note about the Top 10.... not one, but two winning designs are by Robin Melanson-- a fellow Canadian. Robin has a fabulous looking book coming out in February! I have yet to see it, but being a Melanie Falick/STC book, I am certain it will be fantastically inspiring! Until then, you can read a bit about it and pre-order here.