Fun at ArtFibers

I've read of people spending three hours in a yarn store and now I, I'm happy to say, am one of those people.

I have been dreaming of double-pointed needles for the past few days. I'm ready to makes hats and gloves! Having been to Imagiknit, I decided to spread my wings and try a new store - ArtFibers.

ArtFibers is awesome! I spoke with Roxanne on the phone prior to going and when I got to the store, both she and Kira were a big help. Roxanne took a look at my pattern and showed me their yarns which would achieve that guage. I sat in the "Yarn Tasting Area" and, with Kira's help, worked on a few swatches until we found the right yarn/needle combination. She told me I knit "really, really, really tight" but I'm not sure how to knit more loosely... The yarn specs at 19s=4" with some #8's, but I got 21s=4" with #9's. Look out!

The yarn I got is gorgeous... it's 70% extrafine merino wool and 30% silk and is a mix of deep, dark navy, eggplant, a greenish-brown, and some jewel-tones of each of those. The colors are very rich and complex, yet the transitions are very subtle. I'm going to attempt some fingerless gloves!


hizKNITS's picture

I'm so jealous of your trip. I'm having LYS-lust.

There's a new yarn store opening up on Solano Ave., in Berkeley/Albany near(ish) my work. I wandered there for "meeting" with a co-worker, but the place is empty (as in brand-new, gutted storefront, with no fixtures or internal walls) with a "coming soon" banner in the window. The name: stash—yarn + inspiration .

Also, on 24th St. in San Francisco, Noe Knit is new. The windows are covered in sheets (a more fabric-y means than papering or soaping them?). It's closer to my house than ImagiKnits. Can't wait to check it out, too!