Dee: I try to make it home at least once every year to visit with my family and childhood friends. What I love about my visits with friends is that they have adopted my love of knitting and yarn so they scope out new shops to visit with me. This trip my time allowed me to visit three yarn shoppertunies, well four if you make me count visiting the Yarnover Truck twice. My other two stops were Colors 91711 in Claremont and Yarn del Sol in Mission Viejo.
Formerly a Little Debbie’s delivery truck, the Yarnover Truck is also filled with many delicious offerings. SInce this was vacation, and since souvenirs are required, I focused my attention on treats exclusive to the Yarnover Truck. I bought a skein of Anzula Breeze in Minty Unicorn – currently an exclusive colorway and California company, a skein of Baah La Jolla in Keep on Truckin’ also an exclusive colorway and dyed in southern California to knit Little Debbie, and then just because…three skeins of lace weight Indigodragonfly in the following shades, Beige (which is actually bright and multicolored), Rock Paper Scissors Lizard Spock, and Captain Tightpants which is a reference to Malcolm Reynolds’ tight pants on Firefly. I bought the Little Debbie Shawlette pattern to knit with the Baah La Jolla yarn and a great set of knitting note cards designed by the Disney artist, Dale Baer the uncle of one of the truck owners so you know they are super cute!
Colors 91711 is a yarn shop in Claremont which is one of my favorite places to visit when I am in California. I love Claremont! I bought a great skein of handspun and hand-dyed multi-colored Superwash Merino all California made from Ring of FIber called Super Stripes.
Last but not least is a yarn shop in Mission Viejo, Yarn del Sol that opened up just after my visit to California last year. I have been following them faithfully on Facebook and jumped at a chance to visit. I met friends there and discovered that this would be one of the best meeting places for knitters in the area. They are very well stocked and have tons of room for knitters to gather. They have plenty of great seating up front in comfy over-sized chairs plus two large wooden tables for gathering and learning. I bought three skeins of Cozette from Knit One Crochet Too in Pewter to knit up in the pattern Tulip Shawlette. They also have a computer where you can surf Ravelry for patterns to purchase, download and print. What a great service to offer! I sure wish I lived closer!
Great friends, great visit, great fibers, what’s not to like? Happy knitting y’all!