Well, I've been saying I would post about my yarn crawl and haven't gotten around to it. Not that I didn't have and ABSOLUTE BALL - but the idea of unpacking all that stuff, taking pics and than putting it all away again is blucky!
So, please pardon the absence of pics right now and I will reference when I get around to taking them.
The Yarn Crawl -- we had such a good time. I had way over planned (7 yarn shops) but I wanted to be completely prepared. We actually made 4 of them leaving the last 3 to do on another day as they are clustered together and closer than Lansing.
We started at Threadbear - OH MY what a store. Its housed in a non-discript strip mall but the inside is amazingly filled with yarn and fiber. Stephanie (who told me about it) has pics here. I purchased some beautiful beige/tan fiber to make Christmas presents (mittens with the fiber threaded into the knitting so its warm and furry on the inside) from this book. (are you impressed I finally have this linky thing down).
I also purchased sock yarn and yarn to make a felted bag for both my mom and s-i-l for Xmas. Have started the s-i-l bag, but am a little bored currently so I'm working on socks - no none that I was suppose to -- another pair out of yarn I received from Paula in our scavenger hunt exchange.
Anyways, then we went to the "Little Red Schoolhouse" (I think that's what it was called) - That will be permanently removed from the list - blah =(
On to Rae's Yarn Boutique. This was OK. Small store not a whole lot. Its cool though when you are coming down the street the State Capitol is directly in front of you. Anyways, near Rae's right by the RR tracks is a very cool restaurant - housed in the old train depot. Food was good.
From there we went to our last stop (and sorry I cannot recall the name currently... if your headed to Lansing let me know and I'll find it). Anyways, this was right down near the MSU dorms. What a cool place!!! -- It is small, but the owner dies her own fiber along with commericaly produced fiber. I purchased some cotton lace weight (700 yrd for $15) which I am working on a plain rectangular shaw and a couple of other cool skeins. I also saw kuivit (is that right?, buffalo fur) for the first time and at $60 a tiny skein that's the closest I will get to it let me tell you.
Anyways, fun time was had. Can't wait to go back once I refluff the coffers. Nice day trip with some excellent shopping opportunities.
On another note - drove by the new yarn store (no I am not a stalker... yet). They have no opening date posted, however, there were some bags with yarn skeins resting on some of the shelving. Definitely a positive sign.
Chat soon =) K