Clothed In The Lamb
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I finished! Yay! Twenty-one yarn shops in 5 days! Feels like such an accomplishment!
This morning we got started at Find Your Stash in Castle Rock (Stash for short). What a cute place! It's in a little brick house with a picket fence. I love the way the place is decorated, especially the repurposed library card catalog next to the front desk. In addition to a whole lot of beautiful yarn, they have fun knitting accessories like bags that say, "I knit so I don't kill people" (I can so relate!). As I waited to get my passport signed, the customer checking out said this was her fourth visit to the shop this week for Christmas knitting supplies. It's obvious the LYS is a home away from home for knitters in this neck of the woods, and I can see why.
Then we ventured into Black Forest and found a treasure, Table Rock Llamas. I've heard several crawlers speak highly of this shop. Now it's my turn! They really had everything: great people, beautiful yarns, tantilizing samples, and supplies of all kinds. I enjoyed a nice chat with the ladies there then took a look around, venturing to the back building where spinning and weaving is. What a nice collection of fibers, including cotton and silk in several forms (including cocoons). There were pretty pieces of pottery to be had as well. But the treasure was not something I could carry home in my yarn crawl bag. Sharon was teaching a beginning spinning class and I got just the tips and ideas I needed to make my own beginning spinning classes better than ever! Thank you, Sharon!
After lunch, my mom joined me for the last two shops on the west end of Colorado Springs. I'd never visited Needleworks by Holly Berry, but what a nice knitting boutique this is! They have a wealth of amazing samples and yarns of every kind. Not only do they sell great novelty yarns (for example), but the knitted samples show them off perfectly. Toward the back, there is a table of samples of noteworthy patterns and styles, each with an explanation card. I finally saw my first Baby Surprise Jacket in person!
Then it was on to Green Valley Weavers and Knitters. I was here with my mom not too long ago, but there was plenty of fresh fibery goodness to enjoy. If you're looking for education in Colorado Springs, this shop has you covered. Just take a look at their class list! When I got my passport's last stamp, the shop lady announced I was finished with the yarn crawl and people cheered! Shortly after, another lady finished, and I found out she is from Lakewood and the Recycled Lamb is her LYS too! What a perfect way to end, by coming full circle.
Thank you to the organizers of this amazing event. I know it took a lot of planning and execution, and it was well done, even down to choosing a week with perfect weather conditions.
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Whew! We're almost to the end! Today I visited 3 shops new to me, all in the Boulder area.
As one of the best known LYSs along the front range, Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins is a shop I've been looking forward to making my way to for a long time, and I was NOT disappointed! What a great place to find just about anything fiber-related you could possibly imagine! Spinner extraordinaire Maggie Casey was in house and greeted me and other vistors warmly. And though they too were out of buttons, Maggie was giving away the cutest little lamb buttons to use in their place.
I LOVE IT! In fact, I may just find real buttons for all the shops I didn't get little round ones for! I spent a good deal of time looking around and could have taken even longer. Finally, I asked Maggie if there was anything they didn't carry. She replied they have no Noro or Rowan, but with all there was to do and see, I hadn't even noticed their absence. The girls met shop dog Bridgette who gave a friendly woof when they stopped petting her to come with me. Great shop! Can't wait to visit again when I'm in the Boulder area.
Up Broadway a few miles was Gypsy Wools, a quaint shop in the heart of Boulder. Along with a friendly staff, they had a nice selection of mohair locks, something I haven't noticed anywhere else so far, as well as some lovely natural yarns. I did have to circle the block 5 times and finally park 3 blocks away, but hey, I didn't get a ticket this time! They didn't have a restroom for customers but directed us to the historic Boulderado Hotel next door. What a nice chance to visit the lobby of this beautiful piece of history.
Mew Mew's Yarn Shop in Lafayette was our final stop of the day. In addition to beautiful yarns and sample pieces, shop owner Sue had displayed framed samples of award winning tatting made by her grandmother and entered in fairs in the 1920's. With a legacy like that, it's no wonder Sue is in the fiber business! And as you can imagine, Mew Mew's caters to cat lovers as well as fiber enthusiasts! And if you're missing Noro or Rowan after visiting Shuttles, Spindles, and Skeins, you can pick it up here!
Tomorrow, I'll be finishing up with a visit to Castle Rock, Black Forest, and my home town of Colorado Springs!
Today's crawl was dedicated to southern Denver, and my first stop's reputation preceeded it. A Knitted Peace is a comfy little yarn shop in the heart of old Littleton. It has a reputation for its yarn and class selection, and I can see why. One thing that stood out to me was the quantity and quality of the knitted samples in the shop. I've been considering knitting Stephen West's Rockefeller, and this shop had 2 versions displayed. A stunning piece of knitted art donned the wall in the classroom, and gorgeous yarns were found everywhere. I've never seen a wider selection of Zauberball. Great shop, great selection! I'll be visiting again, I'm sure.
Colorful Yarns is a shop I've visited before. I was pleased to see they have since expanded into a neighboring space. If you are looking for a somewhat rare book on fiber arts, you'll probably find it here. Additionally, they have a wide selection of the most popular yarns. A nice shop with nice people.
A short drive down Araphahoe Road took us to the Knitty Cat, the shop my older daughter told me was her favorite (because they offered really nice hors d'oeuvres for shop visitors). I so enjoyed meeting shop owner Ann and her mother. Ann was wearing an artistic knitted vest and I could see her sense of style reflected throughout the shop. Wish I had more time to spend there, because like all really great LYS's, this was a place where you just want to stay for a while. I'll have to go back sometime soon.
Our final stop was Zen Knitting in Parker. This shop may be small, but I saw yarns there that were new to me. There was a Tolstoy Faux-Fur Cowl of Tahki Coyote which begged me to knit it. Shop owner Susan and I had a wonderful chat about the need for better quality in knitting patterns. She had paired yarns and patterns throughout the shop in a thoughtful and strategic manner, and it was clear she was happy to share her knitting expertise with customers. A nice little shop to end the day.
On Monday, September 10, I continued my yarn crawl by visiting Yarn West in Evergreen. My Google map got me a bit turned around, so I gave the shop a call. Lucy answered and gave me excellent directions from where I was to the shop. As soon as I entered, Lucy smiled and gave me a warm greeting. She showed me around the shop which was full of beautiful yarns and notions. If you like yarn bowls, be sure to check out their handmade pottery! I noticed a swatch of chunky yarn, and told Lucy about my new chunky project (more about that coming soon in Episode 26 of the podcast). She told me about Navajo knitting, a new technique being championed by another Lucy (Neatby). I always love learning new things, so thanks, Lucy! She then introduced me to shop owner Laura, and we had a nice chat. There were customers at the table in the front working on socks (including a first for one knitter and a knee-high multi-colored for another). This visit had everything we're all looking for at an LYS, lovely yarns, lovely atmosphere, and lovely people.
From Evergreen, I enjoyed a wonderfully peaceful mountain drive to Conifer and the Knit Knook. This shop was tucked back in a shopping center, but they are moving as of October 1st to a much more visible location up the road, and I plan to visit again when they're in their new digs. The shop was sold down and kind of empty due to the move, but there were still beautiful yarns to be had and wonderful people to talk to. Their coffee bar had already moved, so if you like to sip and knit, be sure to visit again in October. As I left, Susan gave perfect directions for getting back on the highway easily. Thanks so much to shop owner Diane for choosing to participate in the event even in the midst of a big move! That says a lot about this great LYS!