Ok, I had to do this, cause I couldn't wait anymore. This is the stuff I got on the birthday trip.
Ok, it looks goofy sideways, but the picture is bigger and nothing is chopped off. It would be otherwise.
When we stopped in Ferndale, I went to Foggy Bottoms. She had a huge display of Noro, which I steered clear of. The proprietress was very helpful and showed me some of her unique yarns. I have not seen any other SWTC yarn other than Tofutsies. She carried Karaoke, which is a 50% silk/50% wool blend which is feltable. It feels great. I think I want to do a purse with this. In the picture, you can see a little of the black and burgundy peeking through.
The other purchase from Foggy Bottoms was 2 skeins of Plymouth Royal Llama Silk, which is 60% Fine Llama and 40% silk. The swatch was to die for, and it had to come home with me. I loved the mossy color and thought it might make a nice, neutral scarf for the winter. I don't have too many neutral scarves.
The other store I went to was in Crescent City, and it is called A Perfect Yarn. This is the one I wanted to visit over our Memorial Day trip, but they were closed when we drove by. This will be my Mother-in-law's LYS when she moves to Brookings.
When the clerk asked if I was looking for something in particular, I replied I was looking for souvenir yarn. She directed me to two local dyers - Rainy Day Yarn from Crescent City and Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks from Willits. The two light skeins are from Rainy Day, in the colorway Forget-Me-Not, and the bottom one is from Chasing Rainbows in the colorway Moonstone. Chasing Rainbows reminds me of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. I was very happy with my selections. One is reminiscent of blue skies, fluffy clouds, white capped waves and lots of green - kind of like Crescent City. The other is like walking through the Redwoods - reddish brown bark, green moss, rich earth and blackberries. I love finding yarns that represent the places I have been!
I think my mother-in-law will like A Perfect Yarn. Though not a very big shop, I was impressed by the variety, and also that there were a few people in the store early on a Saturday morning working on their projects. I'm looking forward to stopping in there again and checking out their local offerings.
I recently visited Commuknitty in San Jose and I'll share that stash in a future post.