Yarnventuring, Episode 1

Happy Tuesday, all! What have you been up to, craft-wise? What kind of craft shops to you like to visit? Something super fancy, with thousands upon thousands of skeins… or something a little simpler? Do you like to shop there most of the time, or browse and see which skeins ‘speak’ to you?

If you’re looking for craft shop inspiration–specifically regarding yarn shops–you’re found some today! These pictures you’re about to see were taken over two weeks ago, to highlight a cute little shop in the midst of our travels.

I have the feeling this will be one of many adventures… therefore, this shall be the first “episode” in a very long series. And, instead of adventuring, it’s yarnventuring! Nice twist, huh? πŸ˜‰ (Get it, skein, twist? Never mind.)

This first stop on our yarnventures was a place called Traditions Yarn Shop. We literally just happened to see it while driving through a sleepy little town off the highway. It was almost closing time there, so Mom and I decided to stop in and take a look around. (The 40% off sign in front was a little hard to resist… hehe)

As we stepped inside, we were surrounded by displays of gorgeous handcrafted work, mostly knitted (and, according to the shop owners, all made by them!).

There were several glass shelves with breathtaking yarn, mostly made from wool and cotton… some were $34 and up (excluding the significant discount), though I see why every yard of every skein was worth the price. Based on looking at the yarn selections, I’m guessing the skeins of natural material were all hand-dyed, and hand-spun.

On the right wall was a wonderful, varied selection of thinner and regular yarn. The shop was officially closing, so the owners were trying to sell all the yarn and handmade items (hence the emptying shelves). I turned around and took a photo of the right wall, facing the front:

Near the front of the shop along that wall was a beautiful selection of hand-knitted sweaters and other attire, also made by the owners:

On the other wall in front, a long craft table made it evident that regular lessons and craft meet-ups were normal for the shop:

The left wall was where the thicker, bulkier yarns were. The tops of those shelves were equally adorned with lovely wearable items, and the yarns were all sorts of exquisite colors:

The right wall again:

Some of the yarn on the shelves:

I’m going to highlight some of the gorgeous pieces the owners of this shop knitted. One day I aspire to knit as beautifully as this (though crochet takes up most of my time at the moment):

Tomorrow I’ll share what we got from the store, and how that will be impacting what’s available for sale–in a good way, of course. πŸ˜‰ Stay tuned!~

2 thoughts on “Yarnventuring, Episode 1

  • Olive

    I wish i lived closer! That is an adorable store, and i can see so many things that i want to buy~ Everything is so well-made and pretty, its such a shame they are going out of business. I hope they do an online store or something after this because it would be a shame if they stopped selling altogether!

    • Orchid

      Hi Olive, thank you for commenting! I wholeheartedly agree, all the handmade items in that store looked (and felt) incredible, and must have taken a considerable amount of time to make. There was one large piece the owner was showing to a customer, that she said required 10 skeins of yarn! Currently they do have a website for the shop, with scheduled events and so on, but I think it’ll be taken down once the store closes officially. The owner is moving to another state… maybe she will choose to reopen shop in a new location? Let’s hope so! πŸ™‚

      As for finding a local store, I’m sure there are places that sell equally amazing quality yarn and other materials where you are, or close by. πŸ™‚ I think, from time to time, Michaels has bargain prices for select yarns, even cotton and wool–if that’s nearby. I can’t bring any specific brand names to mind, as it’s been ages since I went to one… but it may be worth checking out, sometime.


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