Yarn Tourism

Well, nothing says “let’s celebrate being almost-done with Grading Fest ’10 and try to forget the fact that I am most likely going to be unemployed soon” like thinking about recent yarn purchases and knitting tourism, right? Right. I thought so.

Let me say how singularly fortuitous it is to have been visiting with a knitter who is not only awesome in her own right but lives within walking distance of two fantastic yarn shops. In less than 12 hours from arriving in DC, Elspeth had brought me to Fibre Space (and look! they spell it the right way just like Canadians do! Hurrah!)


It really is a lovely store. Elspeth referred to it as ‘well edited’, and I see what she meant – there are no superfluous yarns, nothing you’d consider out-of-place or less worthy of shelf space. I enjoyed browsing through and it was a nice collection of some familiar yarns and some others I don’t tend to find in the Canadian shops. (You’d be surprised how hard it is to walk into a yarn shop and encounter things you haven’t seen in a store before. After a while things really start to blur.)



I splurged on four delicious skeins of yarn. Two (above) generous skeins of Neighbourhood Fiber Company worsted, because I couldn’t decide between the two – 400 yards or so each ought to be enough for something fun, I’m thinking possibly gloves and hats. It will need some pondering.


And I couldn’t walk away without giving a glance towards the Madelinetosh tosh sock, a yarn which I am quickly becoming enamoured of. I am enjoying the semi-solid tones and they had a couple of options in the darker range of the palette that I am looking to expand into a bit more. I tend to opt for the jewel tones and purples and teals, and both of these are a nice change of pace.

We also spent an enjoyable knit-night at Knit Happens, which I was also fortunate enough to visit on my trip out to DC last winter. Still friendly, still an enjoyable sock yarn selection – a skein of Dream in Color Starry MAY have come home with me.

But speaking of the Madelinetosh tosh sock, I will give you a little snap of my finished sock for the Socks Revived contest (whose deadline, incidentally, has been extended into May), which I finished while at Knit Happens. I’ll be sure to tell you more about these in my next post, if you haven’t already seen them up on Ravelry.


Catch you next time. Hug some yarn for me today!


  1. That heel is to die for!!!!

  2. Glad you got to go to Fibre Space; it’s a great store!!

  3. Looks like a wonderful time! Your socks are gorgeous!

  4. “let’s celebrate being almost-done with Grading Fest ‘10 and try to forget the fact that I am most likely going to be unemployed soon”

    Funny, that’s exactly the same approach I have towards MDSW! (well, grad school instead of grading)

    As they said, sweet socks! And I love the yarns you found, too.

  5. That dark blue is simply stunning. Great choice.

  6. Linda B. · ·

    “Yarn tourism” – a subject worthy of scholarly research!

  7. There is nothing better than a great yarn shop! I am lucky to live across the street from Purple Fleece, in Stockton Springs, Maine.

  8. Pretty Yarn! Yarny take-home treats from trips are the best.

    (And Good luck with the Job Thing, too.)

  9. I have my fingers crossed for you jobwise. I sincerely hope that something better is waiting for you to be available!

    Your new socks are next on my queue. I just have one sock and a quick sweater to finish. But maybe I’ll choose and wind the yarn today as incentive….. ;^)

  10. Oooooh. The more I see of Madelinetosh Sock, the more I want some of my own to play with.

    Also, I hope jobs turn up for you! This market is brutal for so many of my friends right now. 😦

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