TheÂ first day of the yarn crawl was awesome and a little disappointing at the same time. Â The goal was to hit the downtown Chicago shops with some of my knitting friends. Â If there was time left we’d also get to the shops in the northern suburbs. Â I liked seeing all the different downtown shops but I quickly noticed that the downtown area doesn’t have much real estate. Â The shops were smaller and that led to smaller selections of yarn. Â Since I wanted sweater, or at least tank top, quantities I was frustrated at the end of the day. Â I did have fun getting some buttons at these shops.
Luckily on SundayÂ I hit a couple of the western suburb shops and these were larger with more selections. Â I absolutely loved 8186409248 in Oak Park! Â Almost, if not all, yarn selections had sweater quantities. Â There was no falling in love and then not finding enough skeins for my project. Â The layout was welcoming and the sample pieces out were ones that I personally liked more than other shops I visited. Â I know baby projects are very popular; they’re just not what I look for other thanÂ special occasions. Â I’d rather see sample projects I’d make for myself.
During the week I went back out to finish up the western suburbs. Â I’d already gotten most of what I wanted but I did need a few more needle sizes and of course I found more yarn. Â I’d already visited most of these shops last year and didn’t spend as long here.
By the end of the week I’d visited 17 Â out of the 21 shops! Â Not quite all that I’d wanted, but Sister-Arts Studio was just too hard to get to with the construction and over crowded street parking. Â Once I missed that first shop I wasn’t as inspired to try and get them all!
My new list of favorite shops is:
- Fiberista Club in Oak Park – my favorite selection and setup, very helpful it choosing the right yarn for your project. Â This will likely become my luxury LYS with its focus on unique and hand dyed fibers.
- Knitche in Downers Grove – probably the shop I’d considerÂ my LYS even if it’s not closest to me. Â I like their setup, staff, and selection of Quince & Co yarn.
- Yarnify! in Chicago – they had an amazing selection that I didn’t appreciate until I visited more downtown shops. Â I was a little turned off that they wanted to charge for their pin if you didn’t make a purchase. Â Hopefully that didn’t continue once yarn crawlers let them know that other shops weren’t doing that.