My New Favorite Yarn Storecomments (5) February 16th, 2009
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.