Yarn Shop Stop



No, this isn’t about my potential yarn store. This is about a great little yarn shop in Winterset, IA. Honestly, it’s so small I wouldn’t have noticed it if it hadn’t have been for this rack sitting outside the door.

The shop is called Heartland Fiber Co. (Yes, they have roving.) And it’s run by two nice ladies who are great encouragers. They’re very ready to see whatever project you might be working on. They were so nice, and the yarn was so pretty, I was in serious danger of walking out with half of the store. All that yarn on the rack is beautiful thick and thin stuff. And you can see the saturation of the colors. It set the tone for the entire visit.

Believe me, I walked into that door ready to buy something. Anything. Well, then I found these anythings at something like $30 apiece. That snapped me out of it.dsc01194

I staggered around for a bit, then saw this! It’s the undyed version of the yarn. Much cheaper, and I’ll get to pick my own colors. This is a stash yarn, not a project-in-mind yarn.

Oh, and as for projects. I found a beautiful tam pattern in Fons and Porter: Love of Knitting. It’s called “Petal Tam” and it takes a 50 gram skein of sock weight. So, while oohing and aahhing over colors I skulked around looking for sock yarns. There weren’t a whole lot. I saw some nice sparkly cotton (They had tons of cotton yarns. At least half of the store was cotton) but nothing really caught my eye until I turned around. cariboucreekyarn

Be still, my beating heart. A Cherry Tree Hill yarn, superwash merino and (drumroll) opossum. I’m not kidding. It was on the shelf right below the yak yarn and a little to the left of the Euroflax. I must say, its name does not do it justice. To call this colorway “Caribou Creek” is like calling a sunset “Ocean Bay.” Okay, maybe not. Anyway, I love love love this yarn. Not to mention the pattern, which is knit on double points and a circular. How do you like that? Tackling dpns and circulars on my second big knitting project.

So if you’re ever in Winterset, stop in and take a look.

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