A yarn crawl is a great time to visit unfamiliar yarn stores. The shops are expecting visitors and have giveaways, raffles, demos, and extra discounts. I had never been to either of the Needham stores, so I took a field trip to Black Sheep and Alyssa’s Creative Warehouse.
Black Sheep is a posh, polished, attractive shop. On the Saturday morning I visited, it was full of patrons, who clearly have great affection for the place. Their free pattern was a sequence knitting cowl based on the numbers 9 and 16 – the date of the crawl weekend! Clever.
Alyssa’s was very different: a small space in an office park crammed with yarn and supplies. Alyssa’s was giving away old patterns on the sidewalk outside their store. Most of these had no appeal, but then I spotted Adrienne Vittadini. She was my favorite designer from the 1990s, so I helped myself to 3 booklets.
As soon as I got home, I did a stash dive and came up with some Ella Rae Lace Merino Worsted. I cast on one of the patterns right away.
I was part of the Crawl festivities at Island Yarn, which has recently moved from Waltham to Maynard. I gave demos and lessons on Judy’s Magic Cast On to shoppers on Friday. Vicki, the owner, was also having a naming contest for a new colorway – and I won!
Island Yarns Velvet in colorway Foggy Bottom
I finished up with a visit to my tried and true neighbor: Fiber Loft in Harvard. They were also featuring sequence knitting.
Where did you crawl?