It’s great to be back home and settling into the fall routine after summer holidays. And I have lots of new yarn to add to my stash after visiting local yarn stores in many of the places we visited. We traveled this summer in beautiful British Columbia.
First off, we visited Kelowna. I stopped in at Art of Yarn and browsed through the huge selection of yarn. I found all my favourites, including Cascade, Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Malabrigo, and Madelinetosh. I was hoping to see (feel, actually) some SweetGeorgia sock yarn, from the Vancouver-based SweetGeorgia Yarns. They did have some and it was quite lovely. Despite all of the beautiful yarn I did not make a purchase, simply because I had a gift certificate for another store that I would soon be visiting.
And that store was Mad About Ewe in Nanaimo. I put my gift certificate to good use. I purchased some Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light, Malabrigo Merino Worsted (for my Bestie Beanies), and my first skein of Sweet Georgia -Tough Love Sock in oxblood. It is a beautiful LYS in a beautiful location in downtown Nanaimo. I will definitely be going back the next time I am in the area.
We made a special trip to Victoria for two reasons, one of them being the Beehive Wool Shop (yes, I have a very accommodating family). There I picked up some Malabrigo Arroyo, Lorna’s Laces Solemate, and some more Madelintosh Tosh Merino Light. They have an extensive collection of SweetGeorgia yarn, by the way. I’ll try out my oxblood before I buy more, but judging by the beautiful colours this will quickly become a staple sock yarn in my stash.
I have several shawls on my ‘I wish I had more time to knit’ list and am looking forward to using the Madelintosh. I keep reading rave reviews of Solemate and so I have been wanting to try it. And I have been wanting to try Sweet Georgia for some time too. The Malabrigo? Well, we don’t always need a specific purpose to buy more Malabrigo, do we?
Did your summer travels also include yarn purchases?