I spent a wonderful Saturday in Sonoma County. Sonoma is directly west of Napa County. It is less touristy and largely rural. It is a gorgeous place with stunning coastline and gorgeous tree-lined drives down narrow twisty roads. Brooke and I went up to visit my father for the afternoon. It was refreshing and quiet, like a mini vacation.
On the way back we came through the Napa Valley and stopped at St Helena's LYS, Muse. I love the store; it is fully of inspiration and eye candy. The owner, Michelle, has laid it out by yarn company. For me this is a logical method.
There are so many fun projects on display and in progress. Michelle was making a great bag with various novelty yarns. I'm not usually a novelty yarn woman, but she made it look tempting. I think I need to make another bag. The power of suggestion at work.
I admit that I was very tired and a bit overloaded by the time we got there. I guess I need to go back.
Luckily, the Napa Valley Coffee Roasting Company is next door (the red doors in the picture above lead directly from Muse to my fix).
While I drank my coffee I swatched for gauge. What was I swatching? A new project made with this lovely Silky Wool from Elisabeth Lavold in a fabulous brick red color. I love this yarn. It has texture without overwhelming the stitch definition, it is soft, and it has great drape. All that at a very reasonable price.
But, what is the project? Tune in tomorrow. All will be revealed via a massive swatch.
One more bit of temptation. Hand knit bears for the Mother Bear Project. The bears are sent to Africa to comfort children with AIDS. What a wonderful way to make something cute and extend your heart around the world. It looks like a great way to use up bits and pieces of leftover yarn too. Definitely on my to do list.
*Yes, I barely speak of Sonoma, the post is all about a yarn store in Napa Valley. Eh. Saturday in Napa Valley didn't sound nearly as good for a title.