Saturday morning was promising hot and humid weather. We met Christine at the Dome Grill on Central for a hearty breakfast before heading out for our little yarn crawl. She had mapped out a route that included 5 shops in the area.
Our first stop was Needles and Knobs further east on Central. Audrey has an interesting shop that combine yarns, notions and patterns with cabinet hardware. Interesting. The shop offered a wide array of brands that I don't have the opportunity to touch due to my proximity to any yarn shops. On offer yarns from Prism, Tilli Thomas, Cascade, SWTC, Schaefer, Artyarns, Unique Colors, Classic Elite, and a host of others that I can't close my eyes and visualize. Oh, and cabinet knobs. Did I mention that I thought that interesting? As a kitchen designer, it worked for me. I made a Prism purchase to support the local economy. Prism is located in St. Pete and has quite an array of hand dyed luxury yarns. I bought the Kid Slique, enough to knit a scarf. That about ate the contents of my wallet, first stop.
Our next stop was Uncommon Threads in Palm Harbor. Wow. The store was packed with every type of yarn imaginable. Included were exotic offering like Quivet and Buffalo Gold Sock yarn. There were some sock yarns that I had never seen before, ShiBui Sock and Dream in Color Smooshy. I purchase some Cascade Lana D'Oro for my Red Scarf 2008 and ShiBui Sock yarn.
We left Christine at this point and headed back to explore Central Avenue and St. Pete. I had to make a trip into Haslams Book Store and Bonnie was intrigued by the Craftsman House Gallery-Cafe-Studio.
The stands on the party deck were filling up fast with knitters, crocheters, and those few with embroidery hoops. I met quite a few fellow Ravelry peeps and managed to give away most of the buttons. Bonnie and I worked on our socks and watched the Devil Rays tank. At the bottom of the 7th we decided that we endured enough humiliation for one evening and headed back for a little nightcap knitting.
Our first fiber trip was a satisfying. We've decided that Stitches East is probably our next weekend away. Look out Baltimore!
I still have a few buttons left. Last call before!