I did make it to the Yarn Store today. I loved it! It is not one of the posh, beautiful shops with plate-glass windows, pretty wallpaper, beautiful yarns displayed in splendor, lots of space and lots of sales people anxious to help you. Try to imagine something totally opposite. A small, really small basement, painted some indescribable color. There is no air conditioner and there are no windows. The yarn is everywhere! Boxes on the floor, full shelves are bursting with color and texture. Amongst the yarns are my old favorites Zara and Noro Kureyon and new and exiting ones like Cha Cha ribbon. The tiny room with no windows and low ceiling (naked pipes are there for all to see) is overflowing with all kind of knitters and crocheters. One of the owners is sitting at the table that is also piled high with yarn, finished projects, patterns and magazines. The owner is knitting and consulting at least 3 people at the same time. One is knitting a fancy scarf, another is in the finishing stages of crochet sweater, third is repairing a lacy crochet cardigan, that got stuck on something and ripped. There is a bunch of other women sitting around, crafting, schmoozing, and commenting on each others projects. If someone needs to pass through, someone else has to get up. No one is upset by it, also some held their breath as I jumped over a fan cord that was stretched high. Well, it was either that or no Zara.
The other owner is knitting busily at the counter with a phone, that I think was permanently attached to her ear. She is also directing customers to the “yarns of interest”. If you want something that you do not see, you get directed to “go to the stock room and take a look”. The service is not very fast (after all she IS doing so many things at once) but no one is cranky. And everybody goes bananas over a new baby.
So, I went in just for a bit of blue yarn. Of course, that did not end there. Yarn is like snack food. Can not stop with just one skein.
So here is what I got:
3 balls of Zarina, by Filatura Di Crosa in baby blue,
4 balls of Zara in Plum color
2 balls of fluffy Cipria also in baby blue
And finally, 2 hanks of Cha Cha ribbon yarn in charcoal. I am not a fan of novelty yarns, but I love this ribbon, now I have to come up with something special to make from it.