My New Favorite Yarn Store

comments (5) February 16th, 2009     

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LindaPermann Linda Permann, contributor
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The lovely Jennifer Perkins gave me a grand tour of Austin crafty type places, including Hill Country Weavers.
The lovely Jennifer Perkins gave me a grand tour of Austin crafty type places, including Hill Country Weavers.

The lovely Jennifer Perkins gave me a grand tour of Austin crafty type places, including Hill Country Weavers.

I'm not sure if there's an exact formula for a perfect yarn store, but sometimes when you walk in you just know it's going to be good. This week I had the chance to hang out with the amazing Jennifer Perkins of Naughty Secretary Club and she took me on a tour of some of her favorite places in Austin TX--one being the much buzzed about Hill Country Weavers. It is one of those yarn stores that just seems heavenly.

The store exists in a house with so many rooms that you could spend hours inside. Every time I thought I'd made my purchasing decisions I'd turn and find another doorway, full of shelves and shelves of brightly colored yarns. In addition to a downright great selection of fiber, they had plenty of knitting AND crochet patterns (ding ding! I can't say this for every yarn store) and they even had Japanese crochet and knitting Books. There was a whole wall of pretty, handmade buttons that I had to run away from (to save my credit card), plus cute little bags and accessories sprinkled throughout the store. It was all so exciting! Of course, the first hank of yarn that my admiring eyes set upon was priced at $150 (it was cashmere, naturally) but the store stocks fibers in many price ranges. I kept my wallet in check but did walk out with a couple of skeins of Lorna's Laces sock yarn and some hand painted Claudia yarn. Both my selections included shades of pink and purple (my weakness), but this time I at least chose colorways with other hues mixed in.

If you find yourself in the Austin area and you're a yarn lover, do not miss this fiber haven. And while you are at it, walk South Congress for other great stores including Parts and Labour, New Bohemia, Uncommon Objects and Tesoros. Did I mention that there's also an airstream trailer nearby that sells cupcakes? It's something to look forward to next time.

posted in: Austin, texas, yarn shop, hill country weavers

Comments (5)

craftlover writes: That sounds like a great yarn store! Is it homemade yarn?
Posted: 10:12 am on October 1st
ShereeS writes: Thanks for sharing this shop! I am new to Texas and will be exploring Austin this summer. I live in Katy and we have one nice yarn shop here, but no other great crafty shops. I would love to open a retail space soon...we'll see! But in the meantime, I hope to find some great places when we visit Austin in a couple weeks!
Posted: 11:46 am on May 18th
LindaPermann writes: cicilylaneknits- wow, that's great! You can also tell her that people rave about HCW as far north as Bozeman MT (in my local yarn shop). I really do love the selection at her store!
Posted: 12:12 pm on March 30th
cicilylaneknits writes: I'm so excited to see this post. My aunt is the owner/propietor of Hill Country Weavers. I can't wait to show her the story. I grew up spending my summers with her in her shop(s). Though it was at 12th & Lamar at that time.
Posted: 2:28 am on March 29th
frimpop writes: You might be talking about Hey Cupcake:
http://www.heycupcake.com/

and if you're already in South Austin, check out the wall of Cascade yarn and other treats at Knitting Nest:
http://www.theknittingnestaustin.com/


Posted: 1:19 pm on March 4th
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