Posted by: Steve | August 22, 2008

Summer rambles and favorite fiber shops…

Our summer travels took us into the upper mid-west and Canada.  Armed with the Knitter’s Shop Finder 2008 list, we explored several along the way when the opportunity arose. 

Here are my summer favorites…

First, my LYS, Ewetopia.  A cosy place, full of yarn, inspiring and creative people, help, encouragement, friendly service, and “Late Night Knits” (1st and 3rd Friday nights each month).  Located in beautiful downtown Troy, OH the passionate folks that work here have been busy with “summer fiber camp” for kids.  The basement classroom has been filled with kids felting, weaving, and knitting for what seemed like the entire month of July!  The “Sox on the Square” club explored Flat Feet in August, and had guest instructor Andrea Wong visit in July.  This was the first opportunity I had to meet Andrea.  I had learned her Portuguese knitting style over a year ago… and it quickly became a favorite.

Another semi-local favorite?  For roving and yarn, Fiberworks has provided me with more sock yarn than I currently know what to do with — some will go onto my CSM (more to come).  My other big project is being knit from Elsebeth Lavold’s Hempathy found here.  I also like Arlene’s book selection.  And roving.  Did I mention encouragement? 

And Michigan favorites…

The Tawas Bay Co. overlooks Lake Huron and is not too far from a summer haunt.  It’s the only place I’ve encountered enough Rowan yarn — at one place and time — to stash for a Kaffe Fassett project!  Twenty some colors later, and I’ve completed a roundup of the yarn for the Foolish Virgin scarf.  Next winter’s project…

Commercial yarn not your thing?  No local fiber festival?  Beth at The Spinning Loft in Howell, MI enough spinning wheels and fiber available to keep one busy for a lifetime!  This is the place to go to try a variety of wheels prior to making your first purchase.  I’m sure I saw at least a dozen on the floor ready for a test drive.  Beth is passionate about spinning, and well accomplished.  Her patience and gentle direction lead this beginning spinner to a Majacraft wheel a year ago.  Thanks Beth!

At Cynthia’s  in Mackinaw, I found some of the clear clogs.  You know, the kind you need to show off your hand knit socks?  These will work well to show off the Fiesta Feet socks I’ve knit for my wife.  I also found the interesting sideways gloves:  Glad Hand Glove pattern seen elsewhere.

In Gaylord a stop at ImagiKnit drew questions about Portuguese knitting technique  that I frequently use.  After a demonstration, their sale prompted several purchases.  The Fiesta Feet project was underway and the ‘magic loop’ in the way.  Two Addi Turbos worked better, although the 16″ size was too short — 24″ just right!

Speaking of the Fiesta Feet project, inspiration (and a pattern) came from the Yarn Market in Beulah, MI.  A small, but well stocked shop just completed a move to this location!

Last (but far from least) I lingered long at the well stocked pattern and book corner of Nautical Yarn in Ludington, MI.  Here’s where I first saw the sideways glove pattern from iKnitiative (however the pattern was out of stock).

If you travel Michigan, you are never too far from an interesting fiber shop!



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