The third and final day of my Yarn Along the Rockies Crawl started early. Strategy was planned around the breakfast table, water bottles were filled and my Yarn Along the Rockies canvas bag was empty awaiting new yarn finds. We are off to Colorado Springs. We figured we would start south and work our way homeward.
Our first Stop was in Downtown Colorado Springs. Woolly Works is quite a find in the heart of the city. They have a wonderful selection of yarns of every description including some home grown Angora! I spotted some more Brisbane by Queensland here. This one is blue with a red twist to it. I was also invited to participate in their drawing. I won a prize! It included a crochet hook, a set of circular needles, a crochet pattern book and some lovely tan yarn.
Art was off successfully hunting geocaches. We met up at the Starbucks on the corner before continuing on to our second stop in the city.
Ewe and Me
Ewe and Me is tucked into the corner of a strip shopping center on Garden of the Gods Road. What a great find. They have a great selection of yarns particularly sock weight ones. They also had a special edition of The Lemonade Stand hand dyed yarn, I passed as the blue and orange Broncos colors were not to my taste. I changed my mind several times as to what to purchase. They had several sets of coordinating yarns in quarter skeins that were beautiful. I decided to go with more Malabrigo this time in worsted in the color Nostalgia.
Next Stop Castle Rock. Google Maps was invaluable heading North as I-25 often has a lot of slow spots, the service road kept us moving.
In Castle Rock we visited Everything Alpaca. Along with a great selection of local Alpaca they also have garments, socks, hats and blankets of Alpaca. It would be a great place for Christmas shopping. I have a lot of Alpaca in my collection from purchases at farmer’s markets so I was checking out the Malabrigo again this time in Rios. I found the color Ilusion. The Malabrigo line is fairly new to the shop and they are looking to expand the selections.
After lunch we headed north back to the Denver Metro area. The next stop was Colorful Yarns, where I could have spent a week. The folks were great there. The amount of yarn and the number of line of it they had was mind boggling. This is definitely the place to come to if you cannot decide what you want to make your next project with. You still may not know but at least you will leave with the feeling of have seen a lot of choices. The shop is on the ground floor of an office building, so there was great parking. I chose some Berroco in Boboli Lace, color 4396, a pinkish red with twists of orange and purple. The other yarn that said ‘Take me home’ was Queensland’s Rustic Tweed in color 676 a beautiful aqua.
Time waits for no one and we need to get moving we have a little over an hour to get to the last two yarn shops today. Luckily they are only a few blocks from one another.
Blazing Star Ranch
First up on S. Broadway is Blazing Star Ranch. It is inside Anderson’s Vacuums, the guys in the front shop gave me wide berth when they saw the Yarn Crawl bag! The designer of their lovely shawl pattern was visiting in the shop when I arrived. A very talented lady created a wonderful pattern for the shop. I spied a beautiful chunky red-orange yarn in the color Fabulous Fall by Pagewood Farm, U-Knitted Nations Pebbles on the sale shelf. It will make a cozy scarf and is next on my list.
It was now time to get to the last shop on the Yarn Along the Rockies Crawl for 2016, Wooden Spools. A few blocks north on Broadway brought another treasure. As it was about 30 minutes to closing the ladies here were definitely tired but still eager to help. I received my last stamp here and turned my passport in for the grand prize drawing. They were very excited for me to have finished. They awarded me my final stitch marker and of course gave me an entry to their prize basket too. They were having a sale on their entire Queensland line of yarn so I picked up more Rustic this time in a greenish tweed. My husband came in after a quick geocaching find and decided that the chair in the back of the shop was for him. That is when I noticed that he was sitting next to the orphan sale bin. I found two skeins of Mayloly by Eurobaby it is a slightly chunky yarn in shades from tan and blue through purple. Oh so soft as well.
Things I have not told you much about from the crawl. First, everyone was wonderful and helpful. Many told us of free sit and knit times they have in the shop, yes, crochet is welcome too. Most stops had snacks and nice clean bathrooms available. All were eager to recommend a great place for a snack or lunch along the way. Second, the Yarn Crawl also sponsored Stitch Markers for every so many shops you visited. Third, each shop had a pattern or two available for free. There are also PDF versions available on the Yarn Along the Rockies page.
The crawl was great fun. I’m looking forward to crocheting up all my purchases and filling 2017’s Yarn Along the Rockies bag too.
YATR Stitch Markers