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Saint Charles, IL
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Wed Jun 10 15:54:12 -0500 2009
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About VintageRedhead

Knitter. Scrapbooker. Photographer. Tent Camper. iPod lover. Writer. Wife & Mom. iMac owner (Fuck Microsoft!)

I work part-time so that I have money for my yarn-snob tastes. I loathe having to clean, but always love the results. I love knitting as a way of teaching my children that nearly everything that can be bought was ”…made…” and doesn’t just show up on a shelf.
I first learned to knit over 25 years ago, knitting a horrid scarf in my high school colors of orange and black. The end product was so ghastly that I gave up knitting for the next 10 years. After graduate school, I took knitting classes at a LYS where the instructor poo-pooed every pattern that I wanted to do, telling me it was ”…too difficult…” for me to handle. Being 24 and generally stupid, I believed her and knit solely stockinette stitch until I rapidly grew bored, put my needles in storage, and gave away my small and uninspiring stash, and every now and then would knit a few simple scarves when the mood struck. I now knit primarily socks and ponchos, but I'm venturing into shawls. I don't knit sweaters anymore. I ***can***, but I don't. ~ k

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VintageRedhead's Favorite Yarn Stores

Store Average Rating
Wool and Company
Saint Charles, IL
The Fold
Marengo, IL

VintageRedhead's Comments

about Sheep's Clothing on Wed Jun 10 16:03:28 -0500 2009

Let me just say that I am *very spoiled* having a LYS less than a mile from my home that suits my yarn-snob tastes. But my family tent camps and one of my caveats is that I agree to sleep on the ground in exchange for a visit to a yarn shop near our camping destination.

So it was that I stumbled (drenched and freezing, as it were!) into Sheep's Clothing a few weeks ago with my men in tow. What a treat! Not only is there a hearty selection of wool and luxury fibers to whet my yarn-snob appetites, the real treat here was the selection of books! Can I tell you how long "Knitted Tams" by Mary Rowe has escaped my grasp? Sheep's Clothing had four copies in stock! And buttons - so many unique buttons...

This yarn store is definitely worth a visit. It's worth driving out of your way for. Not only that - it's worth an extended drive to go to the classes they offer. Helpful staff, great selection, cozy atmosphere - **LOVED IT!**

about Needles 'n Pins Yarn Shoppe on Wed Jun 10 16:30:56 -0500 2009

If you're willing to read an old-fashioned map or use your GPS, you won't be disappointed! This shop takes a bit of time to get to, but you'll be so glad you stuck with it and made the trip! Great selection of yarns - my first hands-on taste of Noro Cash Iroha and an amazing variety of Koigu KPPPM to be found. Wonderful selection of books as well, including many titles that I've seen online but never in person, so they were great to peruse before making a selection. With it's proximity to Whitewater, Delavan, Lake Geneva, and Kettle Moraine, this is a shop that I'll definitely be making frequent return visits to! ~ k

about The Fold on Wed Jun 10 16:44:24 -0500 2009

I LOVE shopping at The Fold. *LOVE* it! Not only for the on-site BMFA selection, which is totally gorgeous, but because the layout of the store is just so easy to follow and so comfortable. There are so many fibers that completely suit my yarn-snob tastes. I am so in love BMFA, but they an equally heart-stopping collection of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. And let's not forget books! What an amazing selection of books... And Erik the German Shepherd - he is absolutely the greatest FiberHound in the world.

I love going to The Fold. It is worth the drive - I don't care how far it is. ~ k

about Fine Line Creative Arts Center on Wed Jun 10 16:50:48 -0500 2009

The Fine Line is a wonderful shop if you like unique yarns. I have purchased a few hand-dyed yarns completed by workshop students that are one-of-a-kind and have been very pleased with the results. TFL also carries Austermann Step yarn which is not carried by any of my other LYSs and frequently carries many colors of Mountain Colors Bearfoot. While they do not have a huge selection of yarns, they do have yarns that other store frequently overlook. Don't ever count them out! And buttons...definitely check them out for their buttons.

I always enjoy my trips up to The Fine Line. I can't say that it's a yarn store that I frequent, but I must say that it is one that I do enjoy. It's a relaxing atmophere, very interesting and helpful / knowledgeable staff, and always an enjoyable experience. ~ k

about Crafty Hands on Sun Jun 14 00:00:49 -0500 2009

I stopped in here while my family and I were camping in the area. What a find! The owner, Sharla happened to be in that day. What a nice lady! She was so welcoming, invited me to stay a while and knit, sent my men off to a nearby bowling alley, offered me coffee, and let me peruse her glorious selection of yarns. Don't be fooled by it's southern stature...Crafty Hands hands has wonderful selection of wools in every possible weight and so many luxury choices, I didn't know where to begin. I stayed a few hours and chatted with other local women. Great book selection and very well-organized patterns. (Charla really knew her way around her available patterns!) What a wonderful shop!

about Stitches in Time on Wed Dec 02 22:17:56 -0600 2009

It was very disappointing to see this shop listed as a yarn store. In truth, it is really a quilting store with a below-average selection of Cascade 220 yarns. The atmosphere would be a truly inspirational place to knit - a mid-19th century storefront, probably a general store at one time, with high ceilings and a great deal of light. With the nearby Rock River, three Illinois state parks (White Pines, Lowden, and Castle Rock) plus the close proximity of Dixon and Byron, it was a shame that this yarn store did not have more to offer.

about Craftique Never Enough Knitting on Wed Dec 02 22:31:49 -0600 2009

A good selection of yarns, very well-stocked with Brown Sheep. The store is both knit- and crochet-friendly which isn't necessarily the case at all yarn stores. Very good selection of loose patterns, though they weren't particularly well-organized. Much larger selection of yarns than the outside would lead a shopper to believe. Well organized and easy to find the yarns. Good selection of books.

about Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Tue Oct 25 01:46:22 -0500 2011

TAKE THE FERRY TO BAINBRIDGE!! Churchmouse Yarns & Teas is totally worth the cost of your ferry ride!

As a first-time visitor to the Seattle area from Chicago, a ferry ride and island visit was one of my "...must do..." activities. So when a Ravelry friend told me about Churchmouse, my island destination was settled. What a *FANTASTIC* yarn shop!

Not only is there an excellent selection of yarns in a variety of weighs, not only is the layout of the shop intuitive and inviting, not only are there excellent notions and buttons, not only are the teas aromatic and delicious, but knitted- and crocheted-up versions of their house patterns are displayed throughout their store. And hopefully you won't leave until you have investigated them all -- and I'll bet you'll purchase more than one! I'm on my second pattern now and must gush about how well-written and error-free they are.

Once you're in the shopping area, park your car and walk to find the shop. My only criticism is that it's a small sign and somewhat difficult to catch if you're just driving through town. We missed it twice and didn't catch it until we parked and were walking.

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