2007 Yarn Crawl

Yesterday was a day completely consumed by knitting, fondling yarn, and hanging out with friends – with a brief interlude for pie. Where to begin?

Melanie of Yarnivore had this idea of setting up a yarn crawl. Seven area yarn stores agreed to participate, and the game is this: you buy a $5.00 passport at any of the stores and get it stamped at each one you visit. Each store had put out a couple baskets of free skeins of yarn,and you could help yourself to one skein from each store. The idea, of course, is that you don’t just dash in and out of each store, but that you actually hang out and look around for a while.

So Mary, Michelle, her daughter and I got together at the Yarn Barn, where a thick crowd was already forming. Knitters were there from all over. In the book area, I ran into these two knitters from Austin (ladies, I am so sorry, I have forgotten your names, because I suck that way).

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The one on the left was very happy with the book selection at the Yarn Barn – which, I have to say, is incredible. It’s really the only game in town for hard-to-find needlecraft books of all varieties. She lowered her voice conspiratorially and told me, “You know, I wasn’t really sure about this place, because I tend to judge yarn stores by their websites . . . ” Before she could complete the sentence I extended my hand, smiled broadly and said “Hi, I’m David, and I run the website.” The combination of her reaction and her friend’s laughing was absolutely priceless. We made nice though, and her criticism is spot-on – I really need to spruce up the Yarn Barn website some more. (Anyone out there want to contribute articles for a newsletter? Anyone? Mary? Anyone?)

From the Yarn barn we went on to Yarnivore, home of Melanie whose brainchild this whole affair was. There was much yarn fondling and oooh-ing and aaah-ing over the spinning wheels.

There was more, much more, but you must excuse me while I watch New Zealand and France beat the crap out of each other in Rugby. Go All Blacks!

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Dag nabbit. New Zealand got beat by two. Good game, France.

Right, where was I? Oh yes, Yarn Crawl.

We lunched at a Chinese restaurant next to Yarnivore. Being in a silly mood, I snagged some of Mary’s lo mein noodles and started knitting with them on my chopsticks after we’d finished eating. The proprietor came up behind me while I was fooling around and cried out “What are you doing with my noodles?” Which was pretty damn funny.

After lunch, we put San Antonio behind us and headed out I-10 to Boerne to visit Rosewood Yarns and Ewe and Eye. I’ve been to both stores before, most recently Rosewood. Barb, the owner of Rosewood, was working on some bobbin lace.

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Michelle’s on a yarn diet, and stuck to it admirably throughout the day. (I think the next time she sets foot inside a yarn store, it’s going to trigger a reaction that sends a hundred skeins flying at her and covering her completely.) Mary, on the other hand, picked up a humongous skein that I think is destined for a shawl. I picked up some Skacel merino laceweight as well in a Grape colorway.

Later on we left Boerne and traveled to Fredericksburg and discovered Stonehill Yarns. Michelle had been before, but I’d never found it – and it was great. It’s in a lovely rustic wood building, the ladies are great (and one of them turned out to be an old friend of mine), and while they don’t have as wide a variety of yarns as some of the other stores, they stock really good shit. I got another laceweight skein of yarn from them, this time silk from Claudia yarns.

Afterwards, we got pie. Mmmm, pie.

Here’s my modest haul from the crawl, patiently balled up at each shop:

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I cannot wait to find patterns for each one.

No Responses to “2007 Yarn Crawl”

  1. Steph Says:

    What a wonderful way to spend a Saturday. And talk about sticking ones foot in ones mouth, the poor knitter on the left. 😛 But it sounds like you handled the situation gracefully.

  2. Miss Scarlett Says:

    That is too funny!
    What a brilliant idea – sounds like a lot of fun. Did you buy anything?

  3. mtscoastergirl Says:

    holler at me and yes, I will write an article for the newsletter or the blog – lets brainstorm…..I might have to buzz by this week to get inspiration….

  4. Nic Says:

    What a fantastic Saturday. Yarn and rugby. I wish we even had 1 store locally to crawl to. The joy of 7! Friends of mine were at the Arms Park on Saturday. I am not sure they have landed yet, although it will have been fickle allegiance, seeing as we are going to beat them next weekend.

  5. Sue J Says:

    I did the Yarn Crawl on Sunday……on a bus with 35 knitters from Austin.
    If you make it up our way (today is still part of the Yarn Crawl) we have 4 knitting shops now.
    The Knitting Nest on Slaughter
    Hill Country Weavers (my all time fav)
    Gauge (just off 2222 and Mo Pac)
    Bluebonnet Yarn Shoppe (Parmer and 1431)

    I also found out there is a yarn shop in Burnet now! The owner and friends came on the bus tour with us.
    Artisan-Yarn & Fiber Arts
    107 E. Jackson Street
    Burnet, Texas 78611
    Can’t wait to check it out!! WOO! HOO!

  6. Ted Says:

    So, what kinds of yarn have you got there?

    I’m sure that some of us will be happy to help you find patterns.

  7. Brenda Says:

    I hated that we didn’t make it to Fredericksburg, love that little store…the people are so nice there…I will have to make a special trip…

  8. Pippypippy Says:

    Sounds like a great day!
    The noodle thing made me laugh out loud.
    Pie. I want pie.
    PIE!!!!!

  9. Lisa Says:

    Sounds like great fun! I love the two new yarns. Can’t wait to see what develops. Also, the cardigan looks great so far!

  10. Michelle Says:

    The crawl was a blast. You were right about the next time I walked into a yarn store… The fam and I took a little hop to Austin and I walked out of HCW with some yummy sock yarn. *sigh* My wallet misses the money, but understands. You don’t want to be around to see the damage I’m going to do at Kid ‘n Ewe–Brook’s Farm, here I come!

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  12. Teri M. Says:

    David,
    I might be able to help you out with some filler stuff for a newsletter. I’m absolutely brain-dead at the moment (starting a new job and egads, my feet are going to fall off.) Don’t judge anything by my blog – it’s more of a toy than anything really constructive (like yours!) Holler at me when you come home to wash your kilts and we’ll figure something out….

  13. Cindy Says:

    If you find yourself in the Seattle area in May, you should check out our local yarn shop tour (www.lystour.com). 20 yarn shops in three days, starting in Bellingham (just south of the border) and going all the way down to Kent (just south of Seattle). You picked up a passport at one of the shops and got it stamped at each one. If you hit all 20 in the three days, you got entered into a drawing for a $400 gift certificate good at up to three of the shops on the tour (I was going to blow it all on the quiviut I found in one of the shops, but of course I didn’t win). All of the shops had a free one-skein pattern, and the yarn to make the pattern was on sale. It was a good time.

  14. Bridgit Says:

    Hi there,

    We too did the yarn crawl. LOVED Stonehill in FBG, and Melanie at Yanivore, unfortunately the ladies at the Yarn Barn, seemed a bit “put out” that we were intruding on their space! Sad but true. Only one or two were nice to us. We had been “warned” about this situation by other ladies from the yarn crawl, so it couldn’t have been just us. Perhpas they were just tired. LOVE the kilt! Erin Go Bragh!