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So California Yarn Tour

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My commuter friends and I attempted to visit six yarn stores yesterday. Our adventures (and pictures) are on my blog (entry dated 06/04/06).

 

:manyheart We had fun (as you can well imagine!)

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What a great idea!!!!

 

I was talking to a gal at a local fabric shop and she said once a year there's this 'contest' type thing where a list of a bunch of fabric shops is given and the quilters go around getting their 'card punched'...

 

I was immediately drawn to the title of your thread because I'm in So Cal and would love to have a "Local Yarn Shop" as opposed to Michael's and JoAnne's - don't get me wrong here - they serve me well - I am definitely not at a want for yarn.... but, I would love the ambience of a non-chain type place where you could actually get to talk to the owner and ask questions and such - and of course the chance to look at other than the mass produced yarns that are sent to the 'big' stores. If I want something 'special' I have to look for it on eBay, which means I have to know what I want before I get it - no fun of checking out new and different fibers. (we all know what happened with the Fugly yarn - that was one of my eBay specials!)

 

Maybe I'll do some sort of internet search for LYS's in my area (South Bay - Westside) and see what I come up with

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that sounds like you guys had so much fun. I wish my mom lived closer so we could do this. :yarn

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Thanks for the links, Deb! Maybe there really IS a LYS in Los Angeles! I marked the links as 'favorites' but will look tomorrow when I'm not so sleepy... it's been a long day:yawn and time to go night-night:sleep

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There are quite a few yarn stores here in the Valley. The one closest to my house has been around forever and is in a disaray and is smelly. There are some good ones on Ventura Blvd though.

 

Onica

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My sister and I did that several years ago. We traveled from Sacramento to Seattle and planned our trip based on yarn and quilt stores. If a town didn't have either we skipped it. We zigzaged all over the states and had a ball. I do know there are more quilt shops than yarn shops. I hope we stay well enough to do it again on the east coast where I live (I'm 71 and she's 67 and just had a liver transplant. Doing well thank God.)

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Re: the East Coast, there's a great Monadnock Wool Arts Tour in

New Hampshire each October - several small farmers

get together and exhibit on a Wool Trail kind of thing. Alpaca, sheep,

and rabbit producers go - wonderful experience.

 

I am leading a fiber tour this coming June to the UK,

to visit Glasgow, Scotland and the Lake District of England. Highlights

will be a LYS in Glasgow that's holding a knit-in

with us, and the Woolfest in Cumbria, with exhibitors

from throughout Europe as well as artisanal yarns produced from

rare breeds of sheep. Besides fiber, we'll be doing hillwalking, boating on the lakes, taking afternoon tea and visiting Beatrix Potter's home.

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Local yarn shops are so much more fun than chains. I've found great stores all across the southland. Just walk in with a question and within 5 minutes you have a new friend. :manyheart

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