Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Knitting Treasures

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Love this sign. Love this store. It's one of the yarn shops I visited on our trip to the Hill Country. Stonehill is in Fredericksburg, just down the road from Comfort. This town caters to tourists with B&B's, restaurants, and gift shops everywhere. Many interesting things to do and see here. Our time was limited so we made the best of it. First we ate lunch at Mamacita's. One of our favorites for Mexican food, especially the homemade flour tortillas, tacos al-carbon and the green sauce. Yum! Then, we headed for the yarn store. Stonehill carries quality merchandise for knitting, spinning, and rug hooking. The lady working the day we were there was very helpful and even showed us how to spin yarn on an Ashford wheel. It looked like so much fun that I ended up leaving the store with some rovings and a drop spindle, a book about spinning and a needle felting kit.
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The white roving comes from the store owner's merino sheep. It is so soft! I haven't had a chance to try out anything yet. But, I'll let you know when I do. Oh yeah, I also left with an Ashford catalog...maybe one day.

The other yarn store I went to was The Yarn Barn in San Antonio. This is a HUGE store. You really should schedule some time to see everything in here. They claim to have "Every Type of Needlework". This is not an exaggeration. Knitting, needlepoint, cross-stitch, etc.--it's all there. Since I had already loaded up in Fredericksburg, I only bought one skein of sock yarn and some size 0 dpns to knit these cute baby socks. I wish I had bought a set of bone knitting needles I saw there. They were reasonably priced at $20 a pair. But, I talked myself out of them, because afterall I really don't need them. Sometimes I'm just too sensible. When I was at the check out counter, I overheard a customer commenting that she had been to a lot of needlecraft stores all across the U.S. and that this store was the best she had ever seen. I got the impression they've heard that before.

Tune in tomorrow to see a little treasure I found in an antique store.

2 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great time. You purchased some great knitting/spinning stuff. I'm jealous!
    I'm too scared to learn how to spin. I can't believe how many knitters are doing it.

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  2. I love both of those places! I met Dorothy at her beautiful home outside of Fredericksburg before she opened the shop! She helped me find a spinning instructor in Ingram. I have a flag of Texas wool rug hooking kit I bought there about four years ago (yea... it's still not done). I've also been to the Yarn Barn about a hundred times... ahh... memories.... What fun!

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