It has been awhile since I have yarn crawled. But Saturday a bunch of like-minded knitting nuts and I took off for our closest Big Smoke. That would be Barrie. Perhaps I should call it the Mini Smoke. It isn't Toronto, but it does have two great yarn stores.
First up. we hit what used to be called Knit &Quilt but is now called True North Yarn Co. What a great store! Easy to find - just a couple minutes off Hwy 400 and boy is it Big! Bright! Clean! and Spacious! And - there is a discount room which literally snatched the self-control right out of the needles of some of my fellow crawlers. With my stash already containing several bags of sweater quantities, I restrained myself nicely.
But there was no restraint when I walked in the door and saw Bolivia.
Next the baby yarn caught my eye. My entire stash of baby knits have been distributed over the last few months - a baby boom in Thornbury, it seems. Long winters, you know. Time to stock up on baby knits. Wicked, from King Cole Yarns,
Cabin Fever's Top Down Baby Cardis, very shortly.
The group was starting to fade, so off we went to be watered and fed before stopping at Eliza's Buttons & Yarns. Eliza's is Barrie's newer yarn store. What a delight. True to it's name the first thing inside the door is a cabinet filled with buttons. If you ever need that 'certain' button to finish you knitted garments, Eliza's would be the place to find it. And of course there is yarn too. Lots of it. On display was a great tam and curly scarf knit from Liberty Wool. My itching fingers said - 'I want to knit that. In exactly that colour.' But figuring I already had enough hats, I settled on only one ball for the scarf.
Even the tough, snowy, winter drive home could not dampen our enthusiasm. It was a great day. Definitely put the city on your radar if you want a great yarn-crawl day.