Yarn Shopping

24 Apr

Yesterday, after brunch with Bessie at Miss Millie’s in Noe Valley (I highly recommend the gingerbread waffles, although the vanilla creme fraiche was a little overwhelming yesterday), I went to a few different yarn shops, looking for one more skein of Rowan Ribbon Twist in red in something near my dye lot for Jilly (below). I also wanted to check out the yarn required for Toledo, from Rowan 37, my next project after the Hourglass sweater (which is my next project after the leg warmers).



Going from yarn shop to yarn shop ended up being a nice way to organize a fun little urban adventure. Bessie and I went to ImagiKnit, and after she left, I walked over to Valencia, looked at some furniture shops, found the Hobo International handbag I covet in Therapy for the same price Rabat sells it for, strolled over towards Hayes Valley and Urban Knitting Studio, which is run by the most helpful people on the planet, I swear. Knitting store owners and employees seem particularly helpful, but I really love patronizing this shop because they really go out of their way to help out. Since they didn’t have the yarn I “needed,” I bought a pair of those fold-up snips to stow in my knitting bag.

Then up Hayes St. Hill (which I will be running up in Bay to Breakers, to the Fillmore bus to Greenwich Yarns in Cow Hollow. They had the Rowan Linen Print that Helen (I think) at Urban Knitting Studio told me was being discontinued. I bought a skein of that and a skein of the red Rowan Ribbon Twist.

Here’s what else I discovered:

  • The All-Seasons Cotton that I’ll need for Toledo sells at SF shops for about $9.75. I’ll probably try to find it online.
  • Kidsilk Haze goes for between $10 and $13.
  • I got an amazing deal on my eBay Ribbon Twist: each set of 2 skeins cost between $9.50 and $10.50. The one skein I bought yesterday was about $13. Dharma sells Ribbon Twist for a dollar or two less.
  • Cascade 220, which Urban Knitting Studio stocks, seems like it will be soft enough for my Hourglass Sweater. Although the shipping was delayed, I just signed up for the knitalong.


One Response to “Yarn Shopping”

  1. Dani April 28, 2005 at 8:27 am #

    Oh, I am so jealous… those knitting stores sound fabulous! I found kidsilk haze on ebay, but I think its still 8 or 9 bucks… plus shipping. Its expensive, but it does go a long way.

    Thanks for your suggestions on my site for what to do with the bag. I am trying it out today and think it is starting to grow on me already, so I might end up keeping it afterall!

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