First stop on our yarn adventure is at Playing With Yarn.
What a great shop - a very talkative owner... three adorable Yorkies...tons of yarn...tons of completed projects...tons of patterns...I should have brought my camera in - just wasn't sure how people would react if I start taking pics of them, their store, and dogs, etc....
I told her I was looking for a worsted weight sock yarn.
Here is what she suggested - it is Hauswolle by Steinbach Wolle, 52% wool and 48% acrylic. I wanted to try the two circs method of knitting socks and it calls for a worsted weight. I love the blue/grey color...can hardly wait to get going. I also bought a skein to bring to my Aunt - I'm trying to convert her into a sock knitter.
Then we meandered up the shore (Lake Superior) to Tofte. In Tofte, we found Tall Tale Yarn Shop. (If they have a web page, I was unable to find it) Another awesome yarn store...less clutter, little more organized than the previous, owner just as helpful and friendly (she has 3 sons and is also waiting for granddaughters to share her crafts/knitting with)
As shown on the previous post, I found some sock yarn that is currently on my needles (both sets).
She had a bin of clearance yarn...don't ya just love "clearance"????
I selected five skeins of Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep in the mint green. I hope to knit a cotton tank top at some point. I really like the color and the feel of this yarn.
And, she had a Pink Lady Bag hanging on the wall which was awesome... she had knit it using Lamb's Pride in Grey and a black/gold mixture of Tropicana...the result was a grey felted purse with sparkles in it. I am going to try the dark blue Lamb's Pride with the blue/green Tropicana.
Next was a stop at Raven's Beak Design right in Grand Marais. The owner is a personal friend of my aunt's who lives in the area. Friendly...knowledgeable...helpful...nice shop...
My aunt has been mass producing felted clog/slippers. I picked up the pattern and some Lamb's Pride to complete a pair.
I also bought three packages of antler buttons....I forgot to take a picture of them in my photography session - so will have to post another day...way cool...antlers cut across and polished into buttons...thought it would add a nice touch to something down my knitting road.
Then, last stop was at The Little Red House Yarn Store (Could not find a website) A complete house transformed into a yarn shop. She had the largest color selection of Lamb's Pride that I have ever seen. I picked up the coral color that I want to make into the clutch featured in One Skein Projects.
She had Sisik on sale. Sisik is made by Dale of Norway, 30% mohair, 30% wool, 34% acrylic and 6% rayon. Very soft stuff - but yet will be warm. I wasn't sure what I would do with it...Well, she showed me an adorable pair of fingerless gloves...so, I promptly bought a skein. Show me what to do with the yarn and I'll buy it every time....
there...all my treasures - now I just have to start knitting...