Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Colorado Yarn Tour continues...

This summer Joe and I took Ian and Jessica up to Durango to see Mesa Verde. On the drive back to Denver we made a number of stops to add some more Colorado Yarn Stores to my 'Colorado Yarn Store Crawl'.

Stop 12 was Knit One on Pearl Street in Bayfield. Bayfield looks to be a tiny town but kudos to any small town that sees the need for a dedicated yarn store to serve the local knitters (and passers by :o). And don't you just love that they were able to secure a location on Pearl Street!

Knit One couldn't have been a friendlier store. The owner was a delight! She told me about other stores in the area I might want to visit; shared her current project with me; asked about Denver stores. All in all, a joy to hang out with. And then there's her trusty 4-legged friend who also seemed very happy welcome you... and get a little attention ;o) If you are in the area, I'd recommend swinging by.

It's a fairly small store, but has a nice selection of yarns, some of which I hadn't seen before -- I picked up some lovely Colinette Taos (it's a silk yarn - yum) for the Colorado blanket. (Which I'm thinking about renaming my Diva blanket because of the luxurious fibers that are going to be in it!)

Stop 13 was Edelweiss Needlework Chalet in Pagosa Springs. If you happen to be enjoying the hot springs in Pagosa then by all means wander over the street to see Edelweiss needlework chalet.

This store caters to a variety of needlearts -- in truth it feels a bit like a quilting store that has expanded to offer some cross stitch and knitting supplies. Nothing wrong with that of course.

What I'm trying to say is that there's probably more appeal for a quilter rather than a hardcore knitter. I found a great Irish linen yarn that though. It's not the softest, but I do love the fine, but slubby, texture on this one.

I'm avoiding the topic of the blanket's progress. Let's just say there's a miter square baby blanket, and an overdue ravelympics project, hanging in the wings first. Thing is, aside from the new job, I've had my nose in a book most evenings. I need to figure out a way to knit and read... I was thinking of bringing my cookbook stand out and seeing if that would do the trick! Ha can you imagine? Nope, I decided to stay consumed in my book and let the knitting sit to one side for a change.


Bea said...

The first store looks so cute. YOu've gotten some great yarns too!

I've got a book weight. I set my feet up on an ottoman and then lay the book out and weight it with the book and then I can knit and read at the same time. I'm not sure Chris likes this set up because that means that I can run through books and yarn at pace and need more of both. He figures it would be slower of me to do one thing at a time.

amanda said...

I always have a little giggle when you mention the Colorado blanket! I'm wondering if like me, you just wanted an excuse to buy beautiful yarns to gaze at. You know it's going to have to be seriously stunning now after all this build up!!! :D

jo_keith44 said...

Not really able to comment on the intracacies of Yarn or Yarn stores I can comment on the outputs of your efforts and no joke every single time Barnaby and I have been out somebody has commented on his blanket and those people who have been interested have heard all about my top friend who lives in Colorado and knits fabulously within a trendy
Knitting culture somewhat lost on the UK!! So, glad to hear a little more about it on ya blog whilst I sit here and feed. Xx p.s would audio books help?

StarSpry said...

I really need to check out more shops around Colorado; they look so cute!

I can't knit and read a book at the same time, but knitting while listing to audio books works great :D