I did some searching and came up with a couple shops that I could visit in the area. I started with one of the more local ones: The Alameda Yarn Co. I visited for a brief half-hour or so one afternoon after Husband was home from work and he and Joe watched Little Man. I had heard a few things on some of the Ravelry forums about this shop, nothing disparaging but nothing that really stood out, either. Basically, what I heard all around was that it had a pretty decent selection of "basic" yarns: Cascade, Classic Elite, Plymouth, etc. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it carried the basics but also had some items that were a little above basic (but not to the point of "ohmybobIcan'taffordthatever"). As I only needed something to get me through, I picked up a couple skeins of sock yarn and two circular needles.
|OnLine Supersocke 100|
|Opal ZwergerGarn in Mississippi|
Two US #1 40" circulars and these two skeins of yarn from The Alameda Yarn Co. I have yet to do anything with them but I felt better knowing I had *something* to work on...
My next yarn adventure took place just last week. Our stuff had arrived by then and I was spending some time working on the baby blanket here and there...nothing pressing. And then I decided I wanted to go yarn shopping (again). The adventure took me to what I like to think of as the "real" downtown of Alameda (and probably is). We live a couple blocks off of Webster Avenue, which has some shops and eateries and restaurants and cafes and such. No yarn store. When I looked online, I noticed that there was another yarn store on Park Street: Silk Road. To me, it sounded like it was kind of in the middle of a residential area so I was very surprised to find out that there's a "real" downtown in Alameda.
I had heard some things about this shop, as well. I had heard that it's a fair trade shop and it has "some" yarn. It has a pretty good selection of yarn for a shop that doesn't stock yarn primarily.
I picked up two skeins of Malabrigo Rios...
....and three skeins of Swan's Island
I'm thinking of making a few hats out of these...specifically something for my Goddaughter and her older brother. And then something for....well, probably me. No idea what but I'll think of something.
My last adventure, to date, took me into the big city of San Francisco. On Monday, I decided that Little Man and I needed a day in the city because, well, we could. We took the Alameda/Oakland Ferry, landing at the Ferry Building, which is now a marketplace. We walked through the market and then took a walk up Market Street. When we got to San Francisco, I hadn't planned on going to a(nother) yarn shop. It was while we were in Old Navy that I decided we should head to one of the shops. I did a quick search on Google Maps and decided that if we were going to go, we had a couple options on getting there: walking (which would have been another three miles), MUNI (the bus system), BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit - the train system), or taking a cab. In the end, we took a cab.
We visited a shop called ImagiKnit. It's at 18th and Sanchez, just west of The Mission District of San Francisco. It's about four miles from the Ferry Building. Anyway, this is what I saw when I walked in the door:
It has two main rooms. The room you first enter (the one in the above photo) has yarn that is at least 50% animal fiber. The room off to the left (which you can only glimpse in this photo) has yarn that is at least 50% plant or man-made fiber. They have chairs in both rooms (cushy ones, too) and it's pure yarn from floor to ceiling.
Let's just say that I spent a pretty penny in here.
|Spun elsewhere (England, in this case) and dyed here in California|
|Spun elsewhere (Italy, in this case) and dyed here in California|
|More Tosh DK|
|More Tosh Chunky|
|I had to have something to carry everything in...|
So.....these are all future WIPs (except the bag - that's to hold the future WIPs).
I think I'm done buying yarn for awhile until I can either knit faster or otherwise sell some of my yarn.
Anyway, I hope you're all having a lovely WIP Wednesday. For more WIP Wednesday adventures, visit Tami :)