Yarn Along : Yarn Tourism

I wanted to share some of my lovely yarnie finds from vacation with you today for Yarn Along.  I've got three designs pretty close to being done, so I'll be saving pictures of those back until they officially release. It's so hard to not post pics of them but it's so exciting that they're almost ready! 

I picked up these gorgeous skeins in Taos, NM at Mooncat Fiber.  Their shop carries some fantastic yarns by local dyers and I was really tempted by all the lovely yarns from nearby places.  I have a habit of buying single skeins of fingering yarn that I later wish I had more of, but I couldn't decide between Butternut Wooly Wonka Nimue Sock, left, and BCY Fusion Fingering in Lantana, center, so I had to have one skein of each.  And just to mix it up I picked up a single skein of Widdershin Woolworks Targhee/Silk blend in DK weight.  Most of my future design plans are for adult sweaters, so I'm hoping to turn these finds into some smaller projects to release later this year or in 2016 :)

The next shop I visited was Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver.  I had been looking forward to visiting their shop after following them on Instagram and I certainly wasn't disappointed.  They have a lovely selection of yarn and their whole staff is just so wonderful!  I chatted up quite a few of them and they were all so sweet and helpful.  I was so excited to see Quince & Co in the wild and came away with 2 skeins of Piper in Avocet for a hooded shawl and 2 skeins of Sparrow in Juniper and Fundi for a little girl's tunic. I also chose 3 buttons for my official Lady Wren sample--they're perfect!

Later in the week, while visiting family in Longmont, CO, Michael and I took a little time away from the kids for a date to check out a LYS and a local brewery.  We arrived at the aptly named Longmont Yarn Shoppe by way of an Egyptian relic shop, which was quite interesting.  We didn't have much time to spend there, as we only had an hour or two to be away while Isla napped, but I was immediately drawn to this lonely skein of gorgeous silk yarn dyed by the owner.  I don't know quite yet what it will become, but I just had to bring it home with me.

Our final yarn shop stop was a recommendation from Kate at Fancy Tiger Crafts.  On my last trip to Fort Collins, CO, I took some time to visit both The Loopy Ewe and Lambspun LYSs, and had been planning to head back to Lambspun on this trip.  But Kate suggested checking out My Sister Knits so I had a feeling it would be a good one.  It's tucked away on a gorgeous residential street in the owner's carriage house, and the whole place is just magical.  To make the whole experience even better, there was a lovely group of knitters gathered around chatting and the owner, Julie, was so sweet and showed me all around her beautiful shop.  I pretty much wanted one of everything, but came away with two skeins of Sunshine Yarns Merino Sport for a shawl design that's rattling around in my brain and a strangely alluring skein of MJ Yarns Rustic Fingering.  I almost never choose variegated colorways, but this one spoke to me.  It needs to become a lovely shawlette or cowl that reminds you of mountains and sunsets.

Thanks for reliving my recent Yarn Tourism with me!  If you're in Colorado (or New Mexico) I highly recommend all of these fantastic shops!  I can't wait to get away again for some more LYS exploration!

Linking up with Ginny today for Yarn Along.

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