Sorry for the blog absence yesterday - we had a bit of a crazy day - my sister was supposed to come into CT yesterday around 5. She sat on the ground at Denver for almost 4 hours and then sat in the airport while they fooled around trying to fix her plane. She ended up getting to Chicago around 7:30 CST, left Chicago around 11 pm, and go into CT just after 2 AM. We had to drive back to our hotel outside of Boston. We got in at 4:45 AM. We were a little tired today.
I've managed to squeeze in a few yarn store visits, and I'd like to share them with y'all in case you visit Boston soon. Remember, these are MY opinions and I understand that you may not agree with me. That's OK.
Yesterday we visited Windsor Button. They had a very good selection of yarn, for being a "craft store." I liked that they had a wide range of yarn, from Lion Brand to Noro, Debbie Bliss, Manos, etc. I did think the Lion Brand was a bit expensive, but I was glad to see yarn for every price range and type of knitter. I didn't buy anything, as none of the sock yarn grabbed me, and I'm just not in the market to spend enough $$ for a sweater's worth of yarn right now. Of the five stores I visited, this one ranked #2.
Later yesterday afternoon we walked down Newbury Street and popped into Mary Jo Cole's Knit and Needlepoint Store. This is a very nice needlepoint store that seems to have recently added a knitting section to capitalize on the recent popularity. The employees were nice, but more interested in the reality TV program they were watching than in helping us. Rank #5 of 5.
We continued down Newbury Street and popped into Newbury Yarns. Very nice small store. The employee was very helpful, though not familiar with all of the stock. They had a wonderful selection of Mountain Colors, and a bit of Koigu, Lorna's Laces and Trekking. They also had a large overall selection of the "standard" lines. One ball of sock yarn had to come home with me. It is very pastel-y, hard to photograph in bad hotel room lighting. Rank: #3 of 5.
Today I headed out alone to two stores - the first was A Good Yarn in Brookline Village. GREAT STORE! Small, but great selection, super helpful and friendly. I restrained myself to just one ball of sock yarn, though it was terribly difficult! A lovely young lady helped me, and I thought she looked familiar, but I didn't put it together until tonight - It was Johanna! Hi Johanna! Rank: #1 of 5.
I also went to Circles way out on the orange line. I was a little disappointed. The employee, while nice, wasn't terribly helpful and followed me around the whole time I was in there. Perhaps they have a theft problem! They didn't have too much variety and I was pooped after traveling all the way out there and back. Rank #4 of 5.
I wish I had another chance to go back to A Good Yarn. One of the best yarn stores I've been to, if not the best as far as the combo of selection and helpfulness/friendliness. Go there if you can only get to one yarn store in Boston!
We're off to Webs tomorrow - more excitement then!