Today John, Chuck, Kenny, Dewey (the Boston Terrier) and I headed off to a fun day-long adventure with full intention of hitting as many yarn shops as possible. Given our nature of being easily distracted by beautiful yarn, that number ended up being 3 different yarn shops and one farm.
The first shop we went to was Princeton Yarns. We arrived shortly after they opened and were intrigued by not only the beautiful photographs and yarn but also by the vintage magazines, including Knitting Traditions (a periodic offering by Piece Work magazine). This place is tucked away in an indoor mall in the Shops at Harbor Village in a cute little fishing community.
The place also offers some sort of large format photo printing and fills its "beyond yarn height" walls with gorgeous photographs framed and ready to be purchased. Nowhere to sit and knit in this place... but it's a great spot to shop and find some unique treasures.
270 Capistrano Road #20
Princeton by the Sea, CA 94018
Phone: (650) 712-1440
Our next stop was a hop, skip and a jump to Half Moon Bay and the home of Fengari Fiber Arts. Chocked FULL (to the rafters), this shop was buzzing with activity. The folks working here were busy answering questions and making suggestions to the customers about yarns, needle sizes, and project ideas. It's a bit of a tight squeeze in this place, with an overflow of boxes full of yarn being stored on top of the shelves. If you want it, they probably have it! Where did the name come from? The owner, Ann, says her husband (who is Greek) came up with the name, which translates to "Moon" in English.
My only critique of this shop? There was nowhere to sit and knit. Not that I was intending to sit and knit today at a shop but it's still part of the ambiance I love to see when visiting a shop. Perhaps their yarn inventory pushed the seating out of this shop.... there is a cute bench outside waiting for someone to sit, knit, and enjoy people watching in this little town.
Fengari Fiber Arts
415 Main St
Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
Phone: (650) 726-2550
From there we headed to Harley Farms Goat Dairy in Pescadero. Restored in 1910, this functioning dairy farm has over 200 alpine goats on nine acres. They offer a variety of dairy products, including framage blanc, feta and ricotta cheeses, as well as local honey and other indulgent items such as hand crafted soaps and lotions. We got some cheese from this beautiful place after visitng with the goats and llamas.
Dewey (the dog) was enamored with the llamas... or was it the other way around? There's a cute photo in here of these two saying "howdy" to each other!
Harley Farms Goat Dairy
205 North Street, Pescadero, CA 94060
Phone: (650) 879-0480
Here's a photo of me with Kenny Chua during our visit to the farm. He's with us for the holidays; from Christmas to New Years! We are lucky to have him visitng us and it's fun to get to hang out and spend a few days knitting with my good friend.
Our last stop on this day-long crawl was at Nine Rubies in San Mateo, CA. THIS, ladies and gentlemen, is an AMAZING shop. Located on a cute street (not quite as quaint as Main Street in Half Moon Bay where Fengari is) and owned by some really fun ladies, this place is bright and has a gorgeous chandelier hanging in the center of the shop. It was well organized, with what seemed to be "sweater's worth" yarn quantites on it shelves. We were welcomed in (as we were at all the shops) but this time, something was different. They asked if they could point out just one new item in their shop.... of course, we were happy to hear what was new... It was a nice way to learn what the folks working there are finding as their latest obsession.
I also noticed something I loved: - a box of "free" yarn - with some "rules" attached... one free ball of yarn to any child under 12... one ball of yarn to anyone else who wants to exchange a ball for one in their stash... the yarns can be from stash, purchased at Nine Rubies or elsewhere... and it's all on the honor system. I found this idea of sharing yarn and stash refreshing - especially in a yarn shop like this. One of the other things I liked about that little box was that it was not hidden in a back corner... it was given prime real estate right by the front door (next to some knittig magazines free for the taking). Nine Rubies is the winner in today's crawl. Bright, cheery, organized, welcoming, beautiful and inspiring, with lots of books, snacks, and smiling faces.
Nine Rubies Knitting
28 E. 3rd Ave #100
San Mateo, CA 94401
Phone: (650) 685-6205
It was a beautiful day spent with people I adore. We finished it off with some local Indian food and then I spent a few minutes looking at the photos from the day. What a lucky person I am to have people in my world who are interested in going from yarn shop to yarn shop... indulging me in my need to talk with the owners... to find out a bit about them and to document bits of the visit for myself and those who read the blog. Now it's time to get to knitting on some projects that are calling my name from the other room... asking me to give them some much needed attention.