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Monday, March 7, 2011

Northern NJ Yarn Crawl

Recently I and knittylindsey and I participated in the Northern NJ Yarn Crawl.  This event took place February 19-21st and we crawled on the 19th and 20th.  In those 2 days we visited 6 different yarn shops.  There were raffles, discounts, free yarn (at some shops) and chances to win prizes!!!

I think my favorite store that we visited was The Blue Purl located in Madison, NJ.  I just loved the atmosphere of this shop.  It was roomy yet quaint and had some of the prettiest yarns I've seen.  I wish I took pictures in the store :).  Since I already have quite an extensive yarn stash, I decided to only purchase 2 skeins of Madelinetosh DK to make another Honey Cowl.  The color way is called glided and I'm completely in love with it!

From there we went to The Stitching Bee in Chatham, NJ.  This shop was packed with yarn from ceiling to floor.  It was smaller than The Blue Purl, but still fun!  They even gave us free sock yarn and a pattern here!  I purchased 2 skeins of Berroco Vintage to probably make another cowl :).

Free yarn :) for the socks

The final stop for 2/19 was in Morristown at Accents on Knits.  This store was much different than any other yarn store I had ever visited.  Here, they had all of the yarn organized by color rather than brand.  It was pretty to look at, but confusing to navigate.  The prices were at the end of each aisle on a laminated paper and you had to look up the yarn to figure out the price.  However, they did have a room of sale yarn :) which was a lot of fun to dig through.  I ended up buying one skein of Kudo yarn.  I've never tried this yarn before, so it should be fun experimenting with it.  Also, they offer a new customer discount of 10% I believe and I think they had some sort of discount on the day of the crawl :).

Sunday 2/20 we went out again, this time exploring all of the shops close to home, in Montclair :).

First stop was Modern Yarn.  Unfortunately, this is one of my least favorite yarn shops because the staff is not friendly nor helpful.  Perhaps I always catch them on a bad day....Anyway, I didn't buy any yarn here :) only entered into the raffle!

Next stop was at Stix-n-Stitches my favorite yarn store in Montclair!!!  I just love how friendly the staff is and their yarn.  I chose a nice cotton called Luna by Cascade :).  It was on sale and I bought all they had in this color way.  I think I might make a vest out of it or some sort of wearable for myself :).

Finally, our last stop of the day and also of the crawl was at Connie Sloan's Needle Craftique which is located on Valley Road in "The Mews" which is a little area off the beaten path of the street.  It is a quaint store with a lot of yarn.  Here I got a yarn called Ruca by Aranucania.  It is made from sugar cane and is very very soft.  I hope to knit either an open work scarf with it or a shall for myself :).  

This was a very fun time and I'm so happy I got to spend the day with Lindsey and do the crawl!  I spent a bit more than I should have, but now I have a good amount of lovely yummy and delicious yarn!!!  Can't wait to craft it all up!


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