Scoping Out My New LYS’s

This past weekend was my first real weekend living in Northern Colorado and what did I do?  Loaded the dogs into the car and headed to check out some of the local yarn scene.  ResizedImage_1384219725183

First stop was at The Loopy Ewe – hard to find but worth wandering around looking like a doofus continually checking my phone and the directories knowing that “I’m here! I’m right here!  The dot says so!” when really you’re just standing 15 feet below where you should actually be.  ResizedImage_1384219834358

The store certainly did not disappoint.  Windows everywhere let in all kinds of natural light to really show off the yarn selection’s best colors – I’m talking the best brands, the best colors, the most hard to find combinations of the aforementioned and everything else you could imagine.  Along with really nice employees and shoppers (but really, yarn crafters are the nicest folks anyway, yes?).  ft_collins_yarn_stores

Next, I visited Your Daily Fiber whom I’ve mentioned before on the blog and just knew I had to see what their little shop looked like.  I scoured the racks for the laceweight skein of yarn I lost (well, I didn’t *lose* it, per se, but it was bought out from under me! Oh the horror!) and it wasn’t there, but I’m going to keep looking everytime I visit and hopefully I’ll get lucky!  I didn’t come home empty-handed, and lucky for me, I didn’t break the bank either.IMG_1877

I picked up a single skein in the prettiest colorway of the Acadia yarn from The Fibre Company.  I’m thinking a hat for this lonely skein, it’d look great knit up in something that has light cables or lace – not too busy but not plain either.  I’m thinking foliage patterns….we’ll see.IMG_1874

Have you visited any new-to-you yarn stores lately?

Classes

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend, we did!  Ours was packed with productivity and it was so rewarding to get some projects done, but I’ll share more about those later.

I wanted to remind everyone about a few classes I’m teaching this week and next here in New Mexico.

There will be quite a few more classes coming next month, so keep an ear out for that!  What classes have you taken at your LYS that you’ve enjoyed?  What classes would you like to see offered?

The Artist Within – A Homegrown Shop in a Homegrown Town

IMG_9244During my time in southern Colorado, my momma and I made sure to visit the Local Yarn Store (which also happens to be the cutest little locally grown store around).  The Artist Within is a yarn store, jewelry boutique, button and bead outlet and hosts a number of other locally produced goods. IMG_9217

Carol, the owner, is one of the nicest, sweetest, most fun people to talk to!  She is passionate about her wares and her yarns (and all the other goods) are all locally sourced and produced in the USA.  She carries yarns that I’ve never seen – some from local spinners and dyers, and some from other small mills around the country.IMG_9219

As picky as I am, I usually leave yarn stores empty handed.  This time, that was impossible.  I couldn’t decide between the beautiful yellow of this wool and the crazy soft purpley-grey of this alpaca/merino blend (the product of a local color master).IMG_9259

The yellow isn’t the only beautiful color from Shepherd’s Wool, my momma had visited the store previously and shown off the wonderful red/black and on our return trip, she came home with the grey too.IMG_9261

The purpley-grey color I came home with is a locally sourced, colored and spun Alpaca/Merino Blend from Fiber Tales, a local Durango yarn producer.  IMG_9254

If you’re in the area, I really, highly, recommend visiting this little shop and saying hello!

SillyLittleLady Patterns Now Available to LYS’s via Ravelry!

Thanks to Ravelry’s new program, designers and LYS’s can connect virtually!  I’m happy to have joined the ranks of pattern sellers who allow participating yarn stores to purchase my patterns from Ravelry to sell in their shops 🙂

The Green T Top - Click for Ravelry Page

Knitters:  Have you ever gone to a yarn store and used their computers to order a pattern?  If you have, how did you like it?  If you haven’t, why not?  Is it something you’d try?

Twisted Beanie - Click for Ravelry Page

Designers:  Are you involved in this program?  All opinions, thoughts, advice, comments welcome 🙂

Georgetown, CO

This past weekend my dog, The Gentleman and I took a little day trip to a small mountain town I’ve driven past but never stopped in.  From the highway, Georgetown looks like the quintessential mountain town and from the main street, it’s no different.  The store fronts are cute with a colorfully aged look to them, antiques and collectibles in the windows and friendly faces behind the counters.

Naturally, we sought out a yarn store but were told in one of the antique shops that this little town had none and we were sad.  Braving the icy winds we walked the main street, looking in shop windows and down side roads to see what all there was to see, and wouldn’t you know it, there was indeed a yarn store down one of them!

Lonesome Stone Yarn from Granby, CO - click the photo to go to the webpage

The Quilted Purlis an inviting little shop with both quilting supplies and knitting paraphernalia.  Ruth, the owner, is such a charming woman and The Gentleman and I stayed for a long while chatting with her and fondling the yarns throughout the shop.  We talked knitting, yarn, Colorado, designs and life.

Ruth in her natural habitat

I highly recommend stopping in this little town and finding the yarn shop, you won’t be disappointed – tell her Holly the SillyLittleLady sent you 😉

knitting and quiting paraphernalia

After departing The Quilted Purl, the three of us made our way to a frozen lake that was on the way out of town and took a little walk out to the middle of it.  There were ice-fishers drilling holes in the 2 foot deep ice,

the catch of the day

And cars with spiked tires racing on the other end complete with all of their campers, trailers and trucks all parked on the lake as well. Craziest thing I’ve seen in a while, how did I now know about this sport?

those are some massive spikes

Have you gone on any adventures lately?