Monday, April 21, 2008

Mad Town Mania

Wisconsin capitol building

Last week I was back in the greater Madison, WI area again for work, and since it will be my last trip there for the foreseeable future, I took full advantage of my time there, and hit not one, but three yarn shops. (Because apparently I can't get yarn at any of Richmond's wonderful yarn shops, nor online, nor at any upcoming fiber festivals?)

But I think most knitters will agree that common sense often flies out the window when we walk through the doors of a yarn shop.

First stop on my itinerary was Lakeside Fibers, and behind this unassuming entrance:

was room after room of tempting lovelies:

In that last room, way in the back, is a great cafe and knitting spot with a wall of glass that looks out onto this view:

winter is officially over

Can you imagine a better place to buy yarn, sit & knit, sip coffee and eat a cookie? Neither can I.

Downstairs they have a weaving studio, and upstairs in the cafe they sell quite a few finished woven items. Needless to say, I did not leave the place empty-handed.

I looked at this scarf over and over, and almost left without it until I overheard one of the shop owners tell another worker that the weaver is selling her loom and quitting the craft. How could I not get it?

But that's not all that came home with me.

I also could not resist this Prism Kid Slique in the "Smoke" colorway:

(this photo is more color-accurate)

which is for Prism's long-tailed wrap:

They had a store sample in a pinkish colorway that was quite lovely. (I've since found a free pattern on Prism's website that's very similar to the one I purchased, in case anyone reading this is interested...).

I also couldn't leave without this lovely Claudia's Hand Painted sock yarn, in her "Teal Party" colorway:

Again, how could I not?

Next stop was The Knitting Tree:

Smaller than the first shop, but still quite nice, and I had a fun discussion with the owner on the addictive qualities of Ravelry. Oh, and I picked up some Dream in Color "Classy" in a gorgeous new colorway called "Pansy Golightly":

Shop owner Margaret said the iridescent colors reminded her of a shimmery oil slick, and I admit I must agree. I also grabbed Yarn Harlot's latest book. [I didn't even know she had a new one out, I'm so behind on hers (and everyone's) blogs.]

Last but not least, I made a return visit to The Sow's Ear, and was seduced by the siren song of this Colinette kit:

Hey, I'm nothing if not consistent -- I like what I like, and what I like happens to be teal. It's just a good thing that they don't make Rolex watches or Mercedes Benz in teal. And if they do, please don't tell me.

Wisconsin weather was quite spring-like last week -- we had a couple days in the low 70's -- and if it weren't for the bare, leafless trees and lack of pollen, I would have thought I hadn't left Richmond at all. Now that it's been raining buckets here for three days, I'm wistful for last week's Wisconsin sunshine.

The rain does has its advantages, though. Besides the obvious benefits of watering the plants and trees and replenishing aquifers, the giant puddle in front of my porch is keeping me out of yarn shops.

It's a good thing.


Bess said...

I'm still thinking about how beautifully those purples go together. Yum.

I'm so glad you had the opportunity to stock up on Wisconsin yarn. :D

jane said...

Looks like you're in heaven!!!!! See you soon, I hope, Jane

issythomas said...

So did you buy yarn , knit, sit , eat a cookie & look at the view??!!

Looks like a great haul. I love all the goodies. See you tonight at TNK?

Anonymous said...

What a great view! The scarf is lovely, as is all the yarn. There's no real logic to our yarn shopping, or at least, not to mine. I like what I like, and I feel the need to bring home things that I most assuredly could buy without leaving home, but such is the call of the fiber!

Krista said...

I am absolutely making that shawl! Thanks for the link. Those yarns are goregous. I visited Madison years ago thinking I was going to go to graduate school there. Then I met the man who would eventually be my husband and couldn't go!

KSee said...

Goodness gracious, what beautiful yarn, kits and shawl you purchased. Now if we could just find the time to do all we wanted to do!!

Robin said...

Great haul! That knitting shop with the cafe sounds delightful!! And, what a view!

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