During the first two weeks of October my husband and I took a driving vacation of California, Arizona and Nevada, and along the way we visited Disneyland, the Mojave Desert, the San Diego Zoo, the Mission at San Juan de Capistrano, the Las Vegas Strip, and the Grand Canyon.
But you’re not here to read about tourist spots, you want to hear about the Local Yarn Shops I visited!
Our first stop was Knit Schtick in Costa Mesa, California. It’s a small shop, and I think it opened relatively recently; there wasn’t a great deal of stock, but what was there was very nice. We were there on a weekday morning and the owner (I assumed she was the owner), was teaching a mother and 9-year-old daughter how to knit. While I was there, she served us a lovely coffee cake and tea. The surprising thing (to me) was that fully half of its stock consisted of Malabrigo!
Later the same day we stopped at Strands and Stitches in Laguna Beach CA. It’s a combination knitting/yarn shop and needlepoint/embroidery shop. It’s located very near the beachfront in a charming converted cottage. The mostly novelty yarn was artfully arranged by colour. While I didn’t find any yarn that needed to come home with me, I did find a book on sale shelf and some notions.
Several days later, we went to Velona Needlecraft in Anaheim Hills, CA. I’d been to Velona quite a few years before and remembered it as a store that stocked supplies for a wide variety of needlecrafts. But I didn’t remember it being quite so full! The amount of stock was astounding. There were shelves and shelves full of yarn, books, patterns, needlepoint, crochet, and other craft supplies. I found it to be almost stifling and claustrophobic. There were many books and magazines that had been on the shelf for so long that they’d gone out of print and become collectable — someone had obviously visited alibris or ABE and bumped up the prices. The yarn stock was an odd collection of elderly and the latest and noteworthy. I found some Colinette Jitterbug there — the first I’d ever seen.
That’s enough for today; more later.