Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Newly Adopted Local Yarn Store

There are now at least four yarn stores within 30 minutes of where I live. Fortunately, one is now my favorite.

Marilyn and Joe's Big Yarn Adventure
Over the holidays, Marilyn escaped her family for a day of lunching in Lambertville and yarn shopping in New Hope. Being around Marilyn is always a fun experience, since she and I share so many similarities in our tastes. The day was a lot of fun.

The highlight of her trip to my area of the World, was our visit to the new yarn shop, Twist Knitting and Spinning (Route 202 and Aquetong Road in New Hope, PA). It was nice to see a yarn store owner who could be both personable and knowledgeable, I think she's going to be very successful (at least if Marilyn and my purchases were any indication).

The shop carries a very carefully selected mix of knitting, spinning and weaving supplies. Yarns include Manos, Noro, Cascade and Dale, among others. She also carries a beautiful selection of Chasing Rainbows fibers for spinning. She has a surprisingly large selection of spinning wheels, and also carries some beautiful wood spinning tools made by local artisans. Overall, the store is a very balanced mix of well-chosen inventory.

While inventory seemed limited, I was most impressed with the caliber of the merchandise. I ended up making the following purchases.

The colors of Manos always tempt me. Now that I've made two of the Vineyard Throws, I want to make more. They make beautiful gifts. So I also bought this.

Finally, since I've never spun silk, and Chasing Rainbows does some amazing colors, and Marilyn wouldn't let me take her two bundles of Bombyx silk, I ended up buying one of my own.

Here's a closeup to give you a little better sense of the deep, saturated colors.

I was also finally able to find an Addi needle gauge. I had the metal Susan Bates gauge, but I had given away my Addi plastic gauge, and had a lot of difficulty finding a new one.

All-in-all, a very positive experience. Now we just need to get them a web site.