By day 3 we only had 5 shops left to visit. This was good because we were really starting to tire. Our first stop of the day (#14rcyc) was Yarnia. This is a cool concept. You can choose your components, such as a strand of merino, a strand of silk, and a strand of cotton, then have them wound into a cone together. You create the weight and blend of your yarn. It’s a very interesting concept.
From Yarnia we headed out to Happy Knits. Happy Knits had a really nice classroom space. Their gauge swatch wall was a good example of how gauge is so different between people.
Happy Knits is very close to our next stop, Yarn Garden. For two shops to be so close together, they are also very very different. One has a more modern feel, the other a more vintage feel. One is inviting by being full of warm wood colors, the other for its shabby chic appeal. Between the two, this area is well stocked in many different brands of yarns.
Gossamer was our next stop. And this one was another shop that was but a block away from somewhere I had been before. I stood in the cold for an hour with Avi one day when I could have been in Gossamer, toasty and browsing yarn. I have to learn to use my phone when I am out. There are a lot of yarn shops in this town. I’m usually not more than a stone’s throw from one. This place is also close to a delightful eatery. We enjoyed ourselves immensely at Ate-Oh-Ate. Very yummy Hawaiian food.
Our last stop was Twisted. Twisted might have been my favorite of all of the shops just based on their displays. I love the riot of color that can be seen on every wall. The presentation takes a lot of space, but really encourages your eye to travel and take in all of the skeins. This was our 18th stop. Yes, we found our way to all 18 shops in 3 days.
From Twisted we went back to Powell’s (which we also visited on Thursday) and then back to Knitting Bee where Lauren found the perfect skein of yarn and took it home. Whew. That was a lot of yarn.