Mom, Werner, and I had a rough start yesterday morning but finished strong. Our original plan was to meet up for breakfast with friends who were in town for Anime Detour. We arrived on time…at the wrong location 12 miles away. Lesson learned: always verify the address ahead of time. Sorry guys. We’ll just have to find time to meet up another day.
It took us a little bit to find our way through some detours and out of downtown Minneapolis, but eventually we were on our way to our first Shop Hop stop of the day.
Stop #9: Darn. Knit. (Anyway) in Stillwater
In Stillwater, we enjoyed a Broadway theme complete with red carpet, gold stars, listening to a fun variety of Broadway hits, and Hamilton-inspired yarn.
Pattern: “What’s that? A Cravat!” by Carroll Davis-Johnson
Yarn: CashLuxe Fine 70% superwash merino, 20% cashmere, 10% nylon by SweetGeorgia in the colorway My Shot
I couldn’t resist a skein of this beautiful Shop Hop yarn. We were also treated to a printed copy of last year’s graphic novel-inspired “Sketch It Cowl” by Aimee Pelletier.
First Impressions: The fun starts before you ever go inside! Werner and I stopped to enjoy a story with Humpty Dumpty. We also checked out the spiffy yarn-bombed tree before walking the red carpet. Inside, we explored and sang along to Broadway tunes (no I’m not throwin’ away my. shot!), both on the main floor and upstairs in the loft. Beautiful store run by a fantastic team, and filled with yarn and store samples to ooh and aah over.
Before we went too much farther, we stopped for a delicious lunch at Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop. Mom and I split a strawberry banana milkshake and a Leo’s Seasonal Salad. It was a beautiful sunny morning to walk through town. Definitely a trip to repeat!
Stop #10: Lila & Claudine’s in Mahtomedi
We had some good old-fashioned fun enjoying the Laurence Welk theme at this store.
Pattern: “Tiny Bubbles Scarf” by Merrie Davidson, “Luftig” and “Bubbly Wine Cowl” by Kirsten Skoglund
Yarn: Trippin’ With Dixi in the colorways Bubbles In My Wine and Champagne Sparkles
The Shop Hop colorways had run out before we arrived, but there were lots of other colorways of the same yarn to choose from and admire. I’m nervous about the thought of purposely dropping stitches, but I love the effect!
First Impressions: So much sass and snark under one roof makes for lots of laughs! There were funny signs displayed downstairs, a fun plush sheep needle holder and socks with not-so-family-friendly slogans upstairs, and beautiful yarns and shop samples everywhere. We enjoyed swaying along to fun oldies like “Sentimental Journey” as we wandered through the shop. Enjoy that big glass of wine tonight! You hosted a great party!
Stop #11: Sheepy Yarn Shoppe in White Bear Lake
“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing…” as we got into a jazzy mood. These Shop Hop patterns really popped!
Pattern: “Jazzy Knit Wrap,” “Jazzy Knit Cowl,” and “Jazzy Crochet Cowl” by Bobbi IntVeld
Yarn: Targhee Shimmer DK 85% targhee wool, 15% silk by Knitted Wit in colorways Jazz It Up (shades of orange) and All That Jazz (shades of bright blue)
We loved All That Jazz but it had sold out long before we got to White Bear Lake. We’ll just have to keep our eyes peeled for something similar to use for that beautiful wrap.
First Impressions: Plenty of room to wander and explore. I especially enjoyed chatting with the gal at check-in (sorry I didn’t catch your name!). She’s working on a super-fun tank top with three colors that will look just stunning when it’s done.
Stop #12: Double Ewe Yarn Shop in Circle Pines
Two great songs inspired these designers: “De Colores” by Raffi and “Love Is The Answer” by Utopia.
Pattern: “El Gallo y La Gallina” and “No Tea For Me” by Kelly Judson, and “Love Is The Answer” by Diane L. Augustin.
Yarn: 4/8’s Wool 100% merino wool by Mountain Colors in the Rooster colorway, including two beautiful clay hen buttons. “Love Is The Answer” is recommended with Driftone 100% mercerized cotton by Plymouth Yarn.
I’m really looking forward to making this wonderful tea cozy pattern. I’ve got a few beading patterns in mind and I know this llama print beading surface will come in handy. What a perfect idea to use floss threaders to string the beads!
First Impressions: Such a welcoming store filled with gorgeous yarns, run by a great team with awesome ideas. We loved chatting with Kelly (thanks for visiting the blog!) and Diane and look forward to stopping in again the next time we’re in town.
Stop #13: All About Yarn in Coon Rapids
As silly as it sounds, I’d forgotten that I was already familiar with Earth Wind & Fire. There are some great acapella covers of “September” that regularly pop up on Pandora.
Pattern: “Serpentine Fire” by Carol Rieger and “Shining Star Cowl” by Julie Isberg
Yarn: Crazyfoot 90% superwash wool, 10% nylon by Mountain Colors in Earth (green tones), Wind (blue and purple tones), and Fire (red and orange tones).
With Gunnar’s help, I picked out two packets of teal beads to go with my Wind yarn. It’ll really make this Shining Star Cowl pop!
First Impressions: This store is really hoppin’, and not just during the Shop Hop! When we arrived, there was a beginning knitting class in one gathering space, and a knitting group meeting in the other space. It shares a shopping center with a few other crafting and hobby stores, so there’s plenty for a whole family to check out.
Stop #14: Amazing Threads in Maple Grove
We did a happy dance at our last stop, and it’s only fitting that we jammed to 80’s dance music when we earned Finisher status.
Pattern: “Flashdance Cowl,” “Flashdance Shawl,” “Steel Town Girl,” and “Maniac Fingerless Gloves & Cowl” by Amazing Threads
Yarn: La Jolla 100% merino wool by Baah! in the Flashdance 10 mini-skein set for the first two patterns. Mad Hatter 100% merino wool mini-skeins by Frabjous Fibers in the Steel Town Girl 7 mini-skein set for the third pattern. Sonoma 100% merino by Baah! in the Maniac colorway for the fourth pattern.
I’d been admiring Frabjous Fibers yarns all day and finally picked out the Steel Town Girl kit. This will be a fun pattern to knit and a cozy cowl to wear.
First Impressions: These girls love what they do and I can tell they’ve had a lot of fun with the Flashdance theme. When we weren’t checking out the Shop Hop yarns, they showed us even more great knitting ideas, including the ever-popular “Find Your Fade” by Andrea Mowry.
We did it! We’re finishers! I had a ton of fun enjoying each store’s musical theme. This was my first time participating in the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop and I had a blast! Here’s hoping I can join in on the fun next year too. Until then, I’ve gotten to know a great group of stores that I’ll be visiting again. Mom mainly crochets but wants to add to her knitting skills so she can make more of the beautiful things we saw together yesterday.
Now, this new yarn will still have to wait to be wound for a while because I still have several WIPs left to finish and the rules I gave myself still apply. That said, once I reach three or fewer in the travel-sized category, I can cast on another travel-sized project. Guess I’d better get stitching!
Can’t wait to see everyone’s great finds! What are your post-Shop Hop crafting plans?