As I have already mentioned, I have found some soulmates in my mom and sis-in-law when it comes to fiber! I suggested we go on a YARN CRAWL in Illinois, and my Mom was on it like white on rice.
She found 3 stores within a certain vicinity for us to stop by, and disappointed we were NOT. My favorite was string theory for its commitment to the world at large. From their website: “That’s why we feature yarn from companies that provide an opportunity for impoverished women to feed their families and send their children to school.”
I picked up a skein of yarn made of all different fibers and made a cowl.
The second was Lizzie’s Yarn shop. It had a vast amount and variety of yarn. I would definitely go there again. I wish it was a bit warmer in the shop and better lighting, but it was still a great spot. I picked up 5 yards of a 1987 Christmas print cotton to make the girls jammies for next year, and my mom got a crazy mixed-fiber skein of yarn.
I spent 5 hours winding it. She spent about 2 hours knitting it into a scarf. That’s her taking a turn, but I did all the work….it was really fun though, to see which fiber was coming up next:
Our third shop had a lot of potential but the owner of the shop needed a good staff to organize her yarn. I am so spoiled having purlsoho and lion brand studio in my neighborhood, I have high expectations of organization and presentation. I think I will definitely return to the two stores I featured here though, the next time I am in town!