We went to Ashville yesterday. I was all ready to be sad because Yarn Paradise had closed this past year. For the first time in 12 years I wouldn't be visiting that uniquely wonderful LYS and enriching my stash with their glorious yarns and buttons. This will be the very last Yarn Paradise Retreat in High Hampton in September. I have always wanted to go and this is my last chance. Just imagine spending a week end with "Yarnies" in beautiful High Hampton learning some thing new. WOW! It doesn't get any better than that! I'll have to tuck that idea away for future consideration.
I did find a new LYS to visit called Friends and Fiberworks: Epic Yarn Store. It is an epic yarn store.
It is huge! I think they said 4,000 square feet. Believe me that's a lot of yarn. My husband Dick was with (well, he stayed in the car) me so I didn't do the deep looking like I wanted. Dick has this silly thing he says in a yarn shop, "You don't really need that." Ha! Like need has anything to do with yarn! This weekend is the Western North Carolina Yarn Crawl so I signed up for the raffle, bought a fabulous Maggie Jackson kit and left. One of the fun things about Friends and Fiberworks is they have kitted yarns and patterns. I just love when yarn shops do that! Crafty Lady in Macomb, MI does that. They have a fabulous selection of yarn, comfy chairs and couches, lots of knit stuff.
Dick and I were out this morning and I heard a dog barking. Then I realized it was my cell phone ringing in my purse. (Doesn't everybody's cell bark?) It was Friends and Fiberworks calling. I thought, "Oh, no! Did I leave my credit card?" I have been known to do that. But, no! I was yesterday's winner in their drawing. I hopped in the car (by myself this time) and drove to Candler. I expected a little gift but got this big, beautiful pink and green bag filled with goodies. Thank you ladies!
This has been a very profitable vacation yarn wise. Thank you to Silver Threads and Golden Needles and Friends and Fiberworks for making this such fun. See you both next year.