We were scheduled to take a bus from Dayton, Ohio to Hunstville, Alabama. The day before our trip, I convinced three of the girls on tour to go in on a rental car so that we could drive ourselves to Alabama. I must’ve had some sort of psychic premonition because the bus BROKE DOWN! Boy, were we lucky! The poor group was stuck at a gas station for three hours. We, on the other hand, slept in and had a fantastic southern meal at The Loveless Cafe just outside of Nashville and arrived in Alabama around the same time as the rest of the company. Crazy!
February 22, 2009 by admin
I was unable to keep the car for the rest of the week. So, a yarn shop was out of the question. I did manage to take a cab to an Anthropologie at a nearby mall, but that’s a whole ‘nother addiction.
A week later we flew from Hunstville to Boston. I can’t tell you how great it was to hear loud buses on dirty streets. And… there was a great shop only a few blocks from our hotel! Windsor Button had a large varied selection of yarn, a HUGE book selection, and an even BIGGER selection of notions and needles. I bought several skeins ( ahhhh) but my most favorite is definitely the Brown Sheep Burly Spun. I made a cowl (at the top of the page) the next day and I still have over half of the skein left! I was generally happy with the selection at this shop, but it didn’t have the warmth of other yarn shops I’ve visited. It felt more like a large chain store that happened to have high end yarn in addition to more generic brands. The woman was very helpful, but also very cold. I guess I’m just used to the warm and fuzzy feeling that comes along with a local shop.
In addition to the yarn I purchased I also bought a book I had been looking for called “The Sweater Workshop.” I’m still a new knitter and while I can read all sorts of crocheting patterns, so I think this will the perfect trick for getting me into sweater making. If I find the time and the patience.
It’s been a few weeks since we were in Boston, and I recently came across a blog and podcast called It’s a Purl, Man. It is filled with great info on knitting/wooly goodness in the Boston area and wooly goodness in general. From what I’ve read on his blog I am most sad that I missed the Boston Handmade Downtown. According to their map, I must’ve passed it on my way to Windsor Button! Boo! I love supporting other artists. Oh well… at least I know it’s there for the next time I’m in Boston.
The next stop on our tour is San Antonio! I’m sure I will be very happy with the warm weather and the RIVER WALK, but I’ve yet to find a yarn shop near my hotel.