Monday, June 29, 2015

And now, the yarn...

Here's a bunch of photos of all the yarn I got, with the exception of some HPKY from Nature's Yarns and some blue/green fuzzy stuff from Uniquities, both which will shortly appear in projects. Because now that I have all this yarn, I really need to use it!!

Photo explanations:

Top - Day One haul, 6 stores visited. Owl shawl pin, safety eyes, magazine, calendar, pen and crochet thread from Yarn Cloud. Elvgren buttons from Looped. Patterns & cloth from In Stitches. Needles & cute pins from Second Story Knits. Stitch markers from Wool Winders.

Photos 2-7, yarn obtained from: Aylin's; Aylin's; Looped; Fibre Space; Uniquities; Uniquities; Nature's Yarns

#8 - already showed you this one, the haul from Second Story Knits

Bottom - the aftermath of getting all this yarn wound.

That's it for this year's Metro Yarn Crawl. If you're local, you really need to do it next year, it's lots of fun!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Uniquities & Aylin's Woolgatherer

I have NO idea why I keep forgetting to get pics of Uniquities ( when I'm there. I was there THREE TIMES during the crawl, and I bought stuff each time, and my only defense is "yarn fumes". Anyway, they're located in Vienna on Church Street, and worth a visit. There's also a Yarn Retreat on Solomon's Island in late October, signups open now...

I did remember to snap pics at Aylin's Woolgatherer ( in Falls Church. Extra bonus: Mom won the door prize!

So, of the 12 yarn stores participating in the Metro Yarn Crawl, I managed to get to nine of them!

(Oh look, all the shop addresses and times for future reference...!)

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nature's Yarns

Stop #7 was Nature's Yarns. Y'all should stop by sometime, it's open knit/crochet/stitch/tat/whatever whenever the shop is open.

I think I can safely say I get most of my yarn here....

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

In Stitches

In Stitches does have yarn... but it also has canvas, and a LOT of cross stitch. This is the place I hit each year after my annual trip to see the Woodlawn Needlework Exhibit (March 1-31 each year - they tried it in May one time, and everyone got confused, so it's back to March). I got some patterns and cloth this trip, no knitting stuff. But it's worth a visit if you do any of the three crafts!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Yarn Cloud!

Stop #5 was Yarn Cloud in Old Town Occoquan ( This store used to be in Woodbridge; it has moved!! If you move fast, you may still be able to get your paws on the 2015 Men in Knits calendar, they have a few left...!

I realize I'm not really going into detail about the shops; this is mostly so I remember where I went, and so you can see the insides. They're *all* lovely, and I hope to visit them all again!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Fibre Space!

Stop #4 was Fibre Space, in its "new" King Street location. (It's been there for a while, but it used to be up around the corner on Lafayette.) I got some Fiberists yarn here (there's a lot of yarn involved. There will be a post at the end of the crawl so you can see all the yarn. Yes, I remembered to take photos of the tags so you can actually see what it all is!)

Anyway, Fibre Space:

I need to add that there is now a candy store across King Street. You should check it out, too!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Stop #3: Looped Yarn Works

The third Metro Yarn Crawl stop turned out to be Looped Yarn Works ( just north of Dupont Circle in Washington, DC. I always find interesting stuff here. This time, it was some color-changing Abracadabra yarn and some cute Elvgren buttons.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wool Winders

Stop #2 of the Metro Yarn Crawl was Wool Winders in Rockville, MD (, which is a brisk walk from the Shady Grove Metro Station. (I didn't walk. I took a cab, and by some miracle otherwise known as my mother's park-ma (like karma, but with parking), the driver was able to park right in front of the store!).

I got some cute peacock colored stitch markers here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The next few posts will be images from shops I visited during the Metro Yarn Crawl. I'll try to remember to add links to the actual shops as I go!! I'll also post in the order I visited.

First up: Second Story Knits in Bethesda, MD.

I thought I'd taken more than two pictures... I think I was agog at the yarn. Or the yarn fumes got me, or something. It's a really great little shop; in the same spot as The Needlework Loft and Knit+Stitch=Bliss, if you've been to either of those in the past. This was my first trip to the space's new incarnation.

Yep, that's a Girasole on the left...

One lady makes ALL the baby things.
"She just likes making baby things," I was told.

I got needles, some cute-sayings pins, and yarn. The colorway of the yarn is "Nothing Says Screw You Like a Rainbow". Seriously. But it makes up actual large rainbow stripes against large blue-sky-with-clouds stripes, so should be really cool armwarmers come fall!!