Continuing the report of yarn shops we visited during our recent driving vacation of some of the south-western states last October.
We almost didn’t visit Designer Handknits — their website/yellowpages entry didn’t make it clear if the store sold yarn or finished garments. Taking a chance, we arrived at the published address to discover that they had moved and the storefront was empty! Luckily for us, the new address was only a block from their old location and they turned out to be a yarn shop. Despite the recent move and although there were still quite a few still-packed boxes about, the store was reasonably well-organized and humming with activity. The stock was current and diverse, the selection of notions was extensive (I love notions), and the staff appeared to be knowledgeable. They also had an extensive for-reference-only store library; the first of this type I’d ever seen. This is a shop I’d gladly visit again.
I hate to say it, but I don’t recall anything really noteworthy about Knit Affair in Corona CA. Maybe because it was the third yarn shop of the day, or maybe because we were looking forward to heading east, out of California the next day. Sorry, Knit Affair.
By the way, I found Ravelry’s Local Yarn Shop Directory (on the Yarn tab) to be invaluable on this trip. Each evening, when we knew where we’d be the next day, I’d look up our destination to find the local and nearby yarn shops. By browsing through the brands and recent-stashed yarns from the shop, I had a reasonable idea of not only the type of stock I’d find, but could also visit the shop website for open hours.
Next up: Arizona