This is the weekday edition of Yarn Along the Rockies. I decided to tackle the northern most stores on the crawl myself. This put 4 stores in Louisville, Superior and Boulder on my list. I set Google maps up with the addresses and it was go time. I had only visited one of these shops in the past.
Google maps showed me a different way to get to Louisville, much faster than my usual route. I found on street parking just around the corner from Fingerplay. What a cool name for a yarn shop. The shop was just that cool too. The walls were lined with hooks full of skeins of yarn, much of it hand dyed. Decisions, decisions! I chose some gold Linen yarn from Baltic Linen Designs and some Egyptian cotton from Golden. These were both in the bargain bin and will be added to the jewelry yarn collection. The last one was a hand dyed skein by Hue Loco, it is a sock weight yarn in the color Mile High Sky. I decided to do a bit of Geocaching while I was in town, there were a lot of choices. I scored one!
I then headed to Mew Mew’s Yarn Shop in Lafayette, just a few miles up the road. It is in a busy little shopping center but the shop itself is a yarn lover’s oasis. They have a great selection of books and buttons as well as yarn. Yes, I was drawn to the sale basket where one of the sales ladies and I poked through the selections. I found 2 skeins of Rowan Siena, one in pink and one in off white. There was also a worsted by Dream in Color Yarn in the color Spring Tickle! I spotted a big selection of Marble Chunky by James C. Brett. I snagged a beautiful dark blue. The 200 gram ball makes a beautiful cowl, I made several a few years ago.
Now it is time to get to Boulder. Gypsy Wools is next on the list. There are several aisles of yarns in this shop and a surprise in the back, a complete Needlework shop. After I completed my pin and entry business, including an entry to their daily prize (which I did not win), I received a tour of the shop. Another hard decision on what to purchase here. There were lots of lines on sale but the Queensland collection spoke to me. This is 100% superwashed wool, which means it is very soft. I chose color 2 a beautiful blue yarn with pink and purple in it. I think it may be mittens. I also left with the book More Crochet Socks, I loved the first book so I’m excited for this one.
Now the only shop on this Tuesday list that I have been to before, many times is my final for the day, Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins. I have long since learned to park around the side of the building to avoid a flight of stairs here. This is a large store with a large classroom too. They teach a lot of spinning and weaving classes and the atmosphere is heavy on the knitting side rather than crochet. But since we all use the same yarn I have a lot of fun here. This is where I first discovered Marble Chunky and was pleased to find that it was in stock. I chose a Denim shading this time. I also found Adriafil a 100% cotton 4 ply dk yarn. The shade is 016 it feels very happy and beachy to me. I may need to go back and get more since I think a tote would be fun in this yarn. This shop is a great place to find back issues of magazines. I picked up a Pieceworks back issue because it had an interesting knitted mitten pattern.
Time for sustenance! I have seen Snarf’s sandwich shops around town but never been in one. As I pressed my nose against the window I noticed a gluten free menu on the board. The door opened next to me and the scents drew me in. I had a warn toasty Chicken salad sandwich. They even changed gloves for me. This is important if you are gluten intolerant, thank you so much.
That finished the weekday portion of the crawl. Saturday Colorado Springs and 6 more shops to finish the crawl.