This post is a little photo-heavy, but I wanted to share this experience with you all. Last week I learned that there is an annual “yarn crawl” in the Chicago area. It turned out to be a fun way to see some other area stores and, of course, buy some yarn!
Basically, we all got a “passport” with a list of participating stores, divided up geographically into 4 regions. Each store had a 10% discount, free pattern, and raffle. If you visited (and got your passport stamped at) 5 different stores, you were entered in a grand prize raffle. There were also grand prize raffles for visiting 10 stores and 15 stores. The event started on Saturday the 2nd and ended today (the 10th).
For the sake of my budget, I decided to stick with only 5 stores, and I ended up going to these 5:
The first store I visited was of course my home LYS, the Nook in Lisle. It’s a FABULOUS store, but I plan to write a full review for you soon, so will not go into detail here. Suffice it to say that after visiting the others, it’s still my favorite. You can read all about how I stumbled across it in this post about my LYS adventure.
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Next, I stopped by Knitche in Downers Grove.
I love the layout of this store – with several separate, cozy, yarn-filled nooks and niches, the name is perfect! On display during the crawl was a pop-up store of hand-dyed yarns from a local artist. Knitche has also recently become the first Quince & Co. flagship store in Illinois. They had other amazing, beautiful yarns too, but to be honest it all felt a little out of my price range. This is definitely a great store to come to whenever I want something special though! Of course I couldn’t leave without buying something…just as I was leaving, these adorable Hiya Hiya Puppy Snips caught my eye and just had to be mine.
Next on the list was Gentler Times in Naperville.
This store is actually in the town where I live, and I have been here before. I do like the setup, and everyone I’ve met who works here has been nice and helpful. I walked the whole store, touching and looking at all the different yarns – a good collection at all different price points, from really expensive silk yarns, to basic acrylics. In the end, I settled on an old favorite. I picked up these three skeins of Berroco Weekend, intending to make myself a shawl or nice long scarf.
Then I visited Craftique / Never Enough Knitting in Wheaton
This store is all yarn on one side, and all fabric on the other. I only took pictures of the yarn side, as they had just that morning had some water damage on the fabric side. I found parking to be an issue at this store, but it was worth it to come. In addition to a nice selection of yarn, it also had a lot of interesting notions, tools, buttons, etc. What really caught my eye though was this skein of Berroco Elements. It has a beautiful, sparkly sheen to it. I thought, instead of the grey, this would look really nice with the purple Berroco Weekend that I had picked up earlier. Of course that left me with an extra grey skein that I had no plans for…what to do?
Well, go to another store, of course! The last store on my crawl was String Theory in Glen Ellyn.
After visiting all the other stores, this one didn’t really seem to have anything new that I hadn’t already seen…until I got to the back. Tucked away in the back corner was a space that I assume they use for dying small batches of yarn. Near that were some bins of clearance yarn, which is where I found what I was looking for. They are 2 skeins of DK weight, superwash merino, that were dyed right there in the store – and they were on sale for half off! I think these will go perfectly with the leftover grey skein from earlier, to make another scarf.
Overall, the yarn crawl was a good experience and I came away with some great deals, and some more projects on my to-do list. Nothing feels as nice as coming home though, so Friday night I did what I enjoy best. I spent all evening knitting and chatting with my friends at what I still think is the best LYS in the area, The Nook in Lisle (I mean come on, they even have ice cream!)