I am so dreadfully late in posting this. Its sad really, because I really enjoyed yarn crawling for the first time this year and I planned a very involved post about it. However, the month of October zoomed by with incredible franticness and the post didn’t happen.
This was my first year participating in the DFW Yarn Crawl. My mother and I set a day aside to hit all of the Dallas shops we had never visited.
My mom and I were both enchanted by this little shop. It is housed in a blue home that was probably built in the 1910’s. The shop itself is tiny and consists of pretty much two rooms, however, it is overflowing with charm. We went home from here with the official embroidered Yarn Crawl totes.
Sadly, this shop is soon to be no more. It is one of several historic buildings located in a square that is being sold to housing developers. The neighborhood is so sweet, it is like a little oasis in the city. I hate to see that go to make room for condos. The owner is trying out something that is still a novelty- taking her shop on the road, literally. She is planning to move the store into a vintage RV and travel to events. I’m very interested to see how this food truck style yarn-mobile will work out.
This shop is a decent size and had a number of yarns that I would’ve gladly taken home. They seemed to offer a lot by Rowan (which I love). I would definitely visit here again. I left there with a skein of Shalimar Yarn Breathless in Sprout and a beautiful project bag by Della Q. My mom was loaded down with skeins of a Rowan DK to make two baby sweaters (and maybe hats). I also won a skein of Imperial Yarn.
Well, we were honestly disappointed with this shop. Unlike every other store I visited during this crawl, no one came to greet us or offer to stamp our passports. There was, overall, a standoffish feeling. I saw a few yarns I hadn’t run into anywhere else, but not enough to make the trip to North Dallas again. I ended up buying a pair of DPNs just so I wouldn’t feel awkward. It goes to show, hospitality in a shop goes a long way.
4. Woolie Ewe
This is a very interesting, large store. They had a little of everything, including buffalo hair yarn, spinning fiber, looms, and more. One huge compliment I have for this shop is that they were one of the only to decorate according to the theme. There were cowgirl touches all around, including saddles and mannequins with whole outfits. I really felt like they cared about the crawl. I think I only got some stitch markers from here, but my mom bought a few sets of the Cubics needles she has been wanting to try and couldn’t find anywhere else.
This wasn’t originally on our list of shops to visit since I’ve gone there so many times. My mom had never been though and I wanted her to see it since she owns a quilt shop and they also sell fabric. That, and, I had a very specific yarn desire in mind and I knew they would have what I wanted. I can’t even tell you what all we bought. I know I got my skein of sock yarn for the shawl I want to make. I know we got a few patterns. The shop was giving away a cool sock pattern that makes a cowboy boot looking sock with a star on it. So cute! My mom was really taken by their shop samples of baby booties and sweaters and wanted to make them all. I ended up with Tosh Merino Light in Luster.
When I learned that Jennings was going to be open on Sunday for the final crawl day, I decided to swing by there. It ended up being a quick trip since the first shelf inside the door had some Eco Alpaca I had to have. I grabbed two skeins with the plans of doing some sort of simple baby sweater with maybe a cable. I still haven’t found a pattern I love though. I also grabbed a white skein of Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk.
I saved this shop for last since it is the closest to home. I had actually planned to skip it but I decided to go since they were open Sunday. Ted, from my knitting group, had recently gotten some yarn there called Theodora’s Pearls that I was really interested in. I ended up leaving with three skeins. The pumpkin spice has already made its way into being a pair of baby booties and the start of a cardigan.