From Lansing, I went to Grand Rapids. I figured... it's on my way home. From East to West, I hit three yarn shops.
First stop... Clever Ewe
Isn't the front door cute?!?!?!? Check out the great fixtures they have in this store.
Cool, huh? Totally antique. And what could be better than antiques filled with yarn!
There's even a "wall of Manos" This was another shop where the ladies were nice and the yarn was plentiful. I picked up (you guessed it!) sock yarn. At least it's one that I haven't tried before.
Cascade Heritage Sock yarn in Steel. It's surprisingly soft!
And some buttons for my February Lady Sweater. (Which by the way, I'm only one sleeve away from finishing...)
Then, I'm off to City Knitting
in Grand Rapids proper.
Another great shop with a not so intriguing front. The owner, Lorilee, greeted me and promptly invited me to their knit night. Unfortunately, I already had plans that night. But how welcoming can you be?!?!?!
This is the room for sock and lace yarn. A whole room!!!! Heaven I tell you!!!
And, there's a perfect place to sit and knit.
They even have a washing machine for felting class. GENIUS!!! I really, really loved with shop. One of the ladies there had just finished the Hemlock blanket and was proudly showing it off. They chatted eagerly with me without once making me feel like I should buy more. Love that. Of course, I did buy...
Alpaca with a Twist Fino in Black. I'm entering lace weight territory...
A green "Know your cuts of Lamb" shirt.(trust me, it's green.) Yes, I already have a brown one. So?
Since I'd been to Lansing and GR all in one day, my zest for yarn stores was starting to wane. I know. I never thought I'd be getting sick of yarn shopping either. Probably I was just tired. But I pushed through the fatigue for one more shop. This is one that my mom frequented when we were kids, before there were yarn stores in Holland- Threadbender
Nestled in a nondescript strip mall, Threadbender is focused on yarn, spinning, and weaving.
Yarn is crammed into every nook and cranny in this store.
When I pulled into the parking lot, I was thinking... it's going to take some really special yarn to get me to buy more on this day of yarn debauchery. Good thing they had some really special skeins.
Claudia Handpaint- Begonia. Can you believe I didn't have any of this???
Araucania Ranco. So gorgeous, I had to have this one too...
That's it for Grand Rapids. I promptly went home and took a nap. There was a serious yarn hangover the next day!
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