|Bella's organization of its yarns is simply clever: machine washables on one side of the shop, hand-washables on the other.|
What we bought, and where:
Fresh Purls: Moi: 4 skeins of Berroco "Naturlin"; Neuroknitter: 1 skein of Jojoland Tonic in Nuclear Orange, 1 hank of Uniso sock yarn.
The Yarn Outlet: Moi: 2 skeins of Aslan Trends "Santa Fe" (hand-dyed), 1 Hiyahiya #4 16" bamboo circular; Neuro: 1 hank of Fiesta Ballerina extremely fine lace weight, 2 skeins of Treasure Purlescent, size 50 (!) needles.
Peter Patchis Yarns: moi: 0; Neuro: 3 lbs of 77% wool, 23% rayon fingering weight.
Bella Yarns: moi: 1 ball of Lang Yarns Jawoll Color Aktion; Neuro: 2 hanks of Araucania Ruca (100% sugar cane!), and a loom shuttle.
Put these emporia on your "worth the visit" list. Even if you don't find knitting yarn at Peter Patchis (I have found it there in the past), it's the kind of place where the inventory changes often, and its funkiness places it in the "interesting" category. And I am happy to report that all of the shops (save the Patchis warehouse) collect hand-knitted items for charitable donations to great organizations. Drop off your Knit Something Day contributions (baby clothes only at Bella Yarns) whenever convenient!