The weather has been outstanding lately and I found this amazing spot in my backyard under the orange tree for a blanket and knitting/painting/writing/reading/just laying. Also attended to Camellia Show at Mead Gardens and have been knitting everything COTTON. I love COTTON YARN!
New General, Winter Park FL
Last week, I thought I saw a picture on Instagram of this place but forgot what it was called and where it was. I drove up and down Park Ave looking for it and couldn’t find it. I tried googling it but was searching “General Store” and came up with nothing. I gave up and thought maybe I imagined it or something but then my cousin texted me about it and told me where it actually was. It’s right down from Luma next to Colonial Drugs. I can’t remember what the building used to be. It’s so cool, it’s almost too cool for Winter Park, but is Winter Park becoming dare-I-say ‘that’ cool? It has everything we love right now; cacti, neutral colors, ridiculously high priced leather goods, canvas, clogs, and tiny wooden bowls. Oh and coffee. The cold brew was delicious, very strong. I only tasted it since I’m off coffee right now and my cold brew heart belongs to Gratitude Coffee.
Knitted soap mit thingy, $18.
I visited for the first time Central Florida’s biggest yarn shop, Four Purls this week in Winter Haven. It was quite a drive from Winter Park (ughhh I4) but it didn’t disappoint. Winter Haven looks like something out of a movie with its un-touched vintage McDonald’s, but I digress.
They carried an ample amount of the trendy stuff; Knit Collage, Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Cascade and even Loopy Mango. I left with a kit to make the sweetest, softest organic cotton baby blanket. I’m not sure if the truck still comes to Winter Park, but they do ship for free. It was a long drive that I’m not sure I could make again, but the experience was a delight.
Summer 2016 kicked off nicely with a re-read of The BFG (before seeing the movie), cat naps, and beach knitting the Purl Bee’s Soft Cotton Knit Dishtowels. I made 3 in coordinating colors using the Lily Sugar’n Cream yarn for a wedding gift to my brother.
My coffee situation drastically changed this week, hopefully permanently. After the whole caffeine overdose scare, I went off coffee cold turkey then eventually promised I would have just 1 (one!) just one “cup” per day. This ended up being an iced Americano from Starbucks every morning before work that got boring real quick.
Decided to finally try the Gratitude Coffee truck that parks at a flower shop on the corner of Formosa and Par from 7am to 3:30pm during the week. I’ve only ever had the cold brew with cream, sugar, and a tad of vanilla and it. is. magical. I dream of it before I go to bed and the whole experience gives my whole day a positive vibe. It’s the smoothest, more flavorful coffee I’ve ever had. It’s really quite different than others and I’m so thankful that it’s so close to my work.
Took a break from the very useful, yet very boring-to-knit cotton dishtowels and cranked out this adorable kid’s hat in like, an hour. It’s the Knit Collage Gypsy Garden yarn I got at the Four Purls yarn truck a few weeks back using Purl Bee’s Fun Kid’s Hat pattern. The only modification I made was knitting it on size 15 circular needles rather than the instructed size 17 dpns. It worked out fine, with a very small ball of yarn leftover. I still need to add a pom pom, still contemplating the color.
This Saturday morning, I ventured down Fairbanks to the Black Sheep’s new location. Every third Saturday, Four Purls of Winter Haven brings a little slice of their shop via a truck to the 32789. The truck offered a friendly, fabulous selection of yarns I have been longing to see and touch in person. They carry they good stuff- Madeline Tosh, Malabrigo, Knit Collage, and much more. A visit to their brick and mortar store is definitely in my future, but a quick fix to the truck was just what I needed in this yarn-starved WP.
I left with a skein of Knit Collage Gypsy Garden and a Malabrigo that will both end up as hats, I’m betting… I celebrated with a Matcha Milk from Krungthep, naturally.