Have I mentioned lately that I’m very spoiled? That I have the best friends EVER?
It’s true. When I couldn’t do Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (their website appears to be down, so no links!) with Ann and friends, I pouted, cursed my back, and that was that. But not Ann. She missed me, and picked up a few souveniers for me. Isn’t the little magnet precious? Sure, we could all make them, but we don’t. And that soap!? Have you EVER seen cuter soap?
And fiber. Ann is relentless. I shall spin again, perhaps even later this weekend if the Knight will cooperate. And Gretchen. I haven’t tried to spin since we got her, and the few times she’s been allowed in the room where the wheel lives, she’s grabbed a wad of pre-drafted fiber and trotted around the house.
Have I mentioned lately that I love this town? And see, it really is just a big ol’ town for a few more days, while the students are still away doing whatever they did for the summer. Guess who plopped down in the booth next to ours?! Okay, you’ll never guess so I’ll tell you. The Knight’s cousin, the one we both grew up with. He and his wife are on stay-cation, and of all the eateries in this town, they came into the same one.
After lunch, Ann and I braved the heat and tromped through the thick, hot air to pet some yarn.
Some stuff came home. Not much yarn, but another Classic Elite booklet of patterns, a pattern to go with the Blue Ridge yarn on the left, a needlepoint kit, and a tape measure that reminds me of Sissy. The needlepoint case appears to be about the right size for my Blackberry, but we’ll see if I ever actually get started, much less finish it!
So, I forgot a couple of key elements that make for a great yarn shop, but that’s why I asked what you like!
- Comfy, inviting seating. Make us really feel we can plop down and stay awhile, even if we are working on something we didn’t buy in your shop.
- Hand in hand with the above, make us feel comfortable asking you for help with something, regardless of where we bought the yarn.
- Don’t focus so hard on stocking unique, glitzy yarns that we can’t get staples. And news flash – a LOT of us consider “sock yarn” a staple. Some of us even expect to be able to find more than one laceweight yarn in a store too.
- Teach me. That means offering classes, and a variety of them. Broaden my fiber horizons. Knit, crochet, tat, spin, dye, needle felt…
How do you feel about the combination shops? I don’t sew, but it seems there are fabric stores that carry a good bit of yarn. One shop here in town carries a host of hand-painted needlepoint canvases, and a few cross stitch kits. The first yarn shop I remember visiting as a child, we went in after needlepointing supplies, but my knitting great aunt bought skein after skein of yarn too. My mother embroideried, and I seem to recall her picking up a crewel kit that day too…