What could be better than a yarn crawl?
A yarn crawl with a blogger friend.
Our first stop was Dharma Trading in San Rafael. Dharma is an institution (and the catalog is insanely useful). They carry yarn as well as dye supplies and blank clothing and fabric for dyeing. If you want to do tie-dye, this is your spot (they do mail-order all the dyeing supplies). I often forget that they carry yarn (though it is hard to do since it is in the front room). The yarn area isn't gussied up and oh so cute, but the selection is good and they have a few things I don't see elsewhere.
I picked up a couple of skeins of Brown Sheep Wildfoote in a lovely sage green (they call it Mistletoe and it is MUCH prettier than their website would have you believe) and a hank of Cashwool lace weight yarn in cream. Based on the name, you might think that it is a cashmere-wool blend. Nope, 100% extra fine merinos (we aren't sure how many merinos). It is quite soft; I thought it had cashmere until I read the label. My thought is to dye it for a shawl.
Our next stop was Marin Fiber Arts, also in San Rafael. The owner, Warren, blogs here. Yes folks, this is a yarn store owned by a man. I have to say that his store models were refreshingly different. It is a nice store with lots of nooks and crannies filled with luscious yarn. It leans a bit toward the pricey yarns. I found this lovely skein of Mama E's C*EYE*ber Fiber. Yes, more sock yarn. What of it?
After lunch we headed to Atelier Marin San Anselmo. It is a lovely store with lots of pretty yarns, also leaning towards the pricey end of the spectrum. They had great store models of baby knits (not that I am in the market). I found a great Elsbeth Lavold book called Viking Patterns for Knitting.
I think this book will deserve a review. Maybe it will inspire cabled socks from the Wildfoote yarn.
Our last stop was Devrie Christina's Knitterie in Novato. The store is very comfortable with lots of overstuffed furniture to keep you happy as you knit. The owner is a bit chatty, but quite friendly. We arrived a few minutes after closing and she was in no hurry to kick us out.
I decided to buy some Cascade 220 for a felting project to be determined.