First we stopped at Nancy's Knitworks (http://www.knitmap.com/locations/nancys-knitworks). A larger shop in a strip mall. Mr. Nancy, the son of the owner, was downright chatty. He made us feel welcomed and cut us some great deals on yarn. I got 3 balls of cotton yarn that I love for $2 a ball from the sale table. The shop was spacious and he had a variety of yarn. I felt the pricing was hap-hazard to my benefit. The shop didn't have anything out of the ordinary, but he was friendly and we were able to find things we wanted to buy.
|Jabro Super Soft Cotton|
Not too far down the way we found Knitwits Yarn Spa (http://www.knitmap.com/locations/knit-wits-yarn-spa). Where Nancy's was spacious, Knitwits was cramped and overwhelming with product. Again the staff was friendly and helpful. I saw some nice yarn in the shop, but the amount of yarn made it all little hard to see the sheep for the size of the flock. I stuck with notions there and found some new lantern moon needles. It is always good to find new yarn shops you like, and I will make it a point to stop by those 2 shops again when I am passing through Springfield, Illinois.
While in Chicagoland we spent time with some of our dearest friends who we don't see enough of. The birthday party we went to had yummy food and fun people. The birthday girl though not surprised by the party, was glad to see our two faces from St Louis. The birthday girl suggested on our way out of town we stop at her local yarn store, Knitche (http://knitche.com/).
|Scrumptious Yarn, Aran Weight|
As if my yarn obsession was not satiated enough, I spent the next weekend doing the St Louis summer yarn crawl. I did not have enough time to do all 9 shops, but manage to squeeze in 7. I bought some yarn, magazines, and an Elizabeth Zimmermann book. Everywhere I went I meet excited knitters and friendly yarn store workers. My enthusiasm was shared and I spent way too much money. I even found a pattern for that sweater's worth of yarn I bought in Chicago. Now to find the time to knit that sweater.