Souvenir yarn porn

” Let’s visit a yarn shop in every city we go to”, I said. “It’ll be fun!”, I said.

“We’ll see.” replied the Boyfriend. And then rolled his eyes.

Ok so we didn’t go quite that mad. We got to Chicago and, admittedly, I did check where the nearest yarn shops were to our hotel (thanks, Knitmap!) but they all seemed miles away and quite small. Somehow other touristing took precedence, and before we knew it we were a week and a half in to the holiday, in Denver, and hadn’t been to a single yarn shop yet!

We rectified this with a quick trip to Fancy Tiger Crafts, which was also our first attempt at using a parking meter. Unsure if we did the meter correctly, but we didn’t get arrested so that’s the main thing. The shop itself seemed nice, though I am generally too shy to ask for help and nothing seemed to be labelled by weight so it was difficult to find what I was looking for. In my naivety, I hadn’t realised that ball bands in the US would only have US needle sizes listed on them (I no, rite?) and was hoping for mm. We live and learn.

Anyway. Since our yarn budget wasn’t huge the plan was to buy a skein of sock yarn or something, enough for a whole project. Ideally something vaguely local, since it was after all supposed to be a souvenir. This didn’t quite work out and after ten minutes of feeling lost and confused I just picked up some Quince and Co. Tern instead in some soothing shades of blue. No idea what these will be used for, but I look forward to finding out!

Quince & Co Tern

Seriously, wtf can I make with this?

With our schedule consisting of mostly getting up early and driving away from places, only to land in the next place in late afternoon, a depressing number of towns and cities we visited had yarn shops that were only open during our driving hours. San Francisco should’ve been great too, but we landed there on Memorial Day weekend and everything was shut. It was starting to look like, for some inexplicable reason, fate just didn’t want me to waste all of our spending money on expanding my stash.

Then we got to Portland.

Oh Portland, how we loved thee! For many reasons, but one of them would have to be the proliferation of yarn shops. On our first day we hit up Yarnia, which I’ve seen advertised on Ravelry and had to visit due to the name. Yarnia is a bit different in that it sells “DIY yarn”. You choose your fibers / colours and they just spin it up for you right there. Alternatively they have some premade selections, so finally my perfectly sensible idea to buy sock yarn (despite hating knitting socks) came true. This is a really funky colourway, a mixture of various fibers one of which is nylon (the rest I can’t actually remember), and I’m excited to choose a pattern for it. Hopefully sock knitting will be kinder to me this time around.

Yarnia pre-spun yarn

My first ever cone!

On our second day, after a full day of Ingressing around downtown and generally making fools of ourselves, we found ourselves popping into a shop called Happy Knits on the way back to our Airbnb house. I mean, if the yarn shop is literally on your route there’s no way to avoid going in, right? That’s just common sense.

Finally, finally my prayers were answered. Happy Knits arranges yarn by weight and each weight is clearly labelled in huge letters on the shelves. Perfect! I’d given up on the idea of local yarns by this point, and instead became convinced that now was the time to take my first step into a more luxury brand. A bit of indecision, a bit of holding three colours together and begging Boyfriend to let me triple the day’s yarn allowance (he said no), and eventually we settled on a single skein of the prettiest blue Madelinetosh. This is Tosh Vintage and again, I’ve no idea what to do with it.

OMG LOOK AT THE PRETTY BLUES

OMG LOOK AT THE PRETTY BLUES

The ladies working in the shop were very nice, and cooed over the skein while talking about how they served a customer who looked just like me the other day and giving us advice on places to eat.

We did try a shop in our last stop, Seattle, but I can’t remember the name of it and everything was too expensive so we quietly sidled away before we could be encouraged into buying anything. Cool story, right?

It’s not quite the yarn haul I’d pictured having to ship home in a crate from Seattle, but it’ll do. Just have to finish off my current WIPs, now, and ideas for what on earth to do with the Quince and Madtosh would be very welcome!

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11 Responses

  1. Donna says:

    I like your goal of finding a yarn shop in every city (even if it isn’t real practical). Your Mad Tosh is beautiful. One of my favorite yarns! I heard Fancy Tiger is supposed to be an incredible store.

    • Michelle says:

      It probably is, but I was completely unprepared for how to find stuff and too scared to ask and also we were worried our car might get towed away if we’d done the parking meter wrong so…yeah…maybe wasn’t in the right mood to make the most of it :p

  2. Nice haul! 🙂 And a good attempt at shopping local. I would have been bamboozled as well. I’ve got my first ever skein of MadTosh waiting for me at the local yarn shop, here. I’m -so- excited. I don’t know what I’m going to do with it, either.

  3. gracey says:

    I’m sorry it didn’t turn out exactly how you pictured…but you did get some lovely yarn….I always have yarn shops planned into my travel…in fact I’ve got a layover in London and I’ve already looked up three places…I’ll decide on the day….

    • Michelle says:

      My suggestion: Go to all three. And make sure you know how we label yarn so you can actually find things 😀

  4. laura says:

    What a great idea, makes me want to go to Portland!! Love your madtosh yarn. Perfect color!

  5. heathermama says:

    funny about the yarn! beautiful stuff. i buy lovely yarns and then figure out what to do with it. 😀

  6. Alicia says:

    Love your choices! I had no idea Yarnia spun up yarn like that, that’s really cool!

  7. Beth says:

    Best part of traveling is exploring the yarn shops. Beautiful choices! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Gill says:

    I’m drooling. Such beautiful yarns – I love the idea of creating your own too! Maybe a shawl?

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