When on the way to Threadbear Fiber Arts, I told my sisters that I didn’t expect to be more than 15-20 minutes. That estimate comes from many other experiences visiting new yarn shops where I can quickly scope out the entire shop and determine if anything interests me. Seeing as I also didn’t have a project that I was shopping for, I couldn’t imagine any reason to dally.
Then I entered the store. And staggered out well over an hour later.
Threadbear is without compare.
First, it’s huge. Second, it makes use of its space incredibly well. It is scattered with freestanding bins of yarn, each organized by color, arranged and tidy, and easy to browse. As you wind around these yarn islands, you encounter little nooks for knitting with comfy chairs and couches. There’s a large class area in the middle of the store, surrounded by sock yarn. There are knitted samples everywhere, some perched on the various yarn islands, many others hanging from the ceiling. Every yarn line they carry seems to be stocked with the full color line, and often the color cards are right there with the yarn. It seemed that they’d thought of everything, because every time I looked for something, it was right there - “gee, my arms are getting full, wish I had a basket…” and look there’s a stack at my feet.
And, it’s bustling. The class on socks had close to a dozen people in it. The rest of the store was packed with shoppers. It’s not in a location that would encourage much foot traffic, so everyone was probably there with a purpose. I used to read the owner’s blogs as they were starting out and it warmed my heart to see the store doing so well.
So, of course, I bought stuff.
First, for myself, some kettle dyed Rio De La Plata in Sparkling Grape. Maybe it will become some chunky gloves.
Then, some crazy colored Biberon merino that will likely become something cute for my baby niece. The store had a sample knitted up from Mason-Dixon Knitting, so I’ll look through the book and see what I think.
Of course, I had my sisters with me, so I did a little shopping for them as well. First, I helped my baby sister, K, select some yarn for a scarf. She got 3 shades of a novelty yarn and some black cascade as a base. She intends to make the colors stripe up the length of the yarn. I got her started before I left.
My other sister, L, is not a knitter, so I got yarn to make projects for her instead. First there was a hat she liked near the Cascade. She tried it on (and there’s mirrored columns in the store so you can see how you look!) and loved it. Then she spent about a half-hour trying to choose two colors. In the end, what she picked reminds me of watermelon. It turned into my plane knitting for the trip home and I’m almost finished with it, so I’ll show you in a couple of days.
Then, just as I thought we were wrapping up and were safe, she spotted the store sample Geisha Wrap. And tried it on (darn those mirrors!). She loved it and pawed through the kits they’d assembled. It’s made with various flavors of Colinette and she balked a little when she realized that the price she saw wasn’t for the kit, but for one skein of yarn. I grabbed it from her and got it for her birthday. Now I have 19 days to knit it. Here’s the yarns:
So, the trip was a total success. I tracked Matt down as we were leaving and complimented on him on the fantastic store. If I lived nearby, I would be spending most of my free time and more than my disposable income on that store, I’m sure. So it’s a good thing that I have to take a plane to visit.
Anyway, today is my second day home sick on the couch with a head cold. And it’s the last day of February. The last day of my month of hell. It’s warm and sunny outside today, the snow is melting and spring is coming. Not just spring for the area, but maybe spring for my life as well as a new phase begins for me. March is going to be a busy month.