Friday, November 9, 2007

Las Vegas – Yarn Shops

Yes, I’m in Las Vegas, and I’m going to tell you about yarn shops. Is that just completely lame? We’re here for the Hubs’ ESOP convention, and we don’t gamble, we went to shows a couple of times, but honestly, with the three hour time difference, by showtime we’re ready to go to sleep. So, what’s left to do? He goes to meetings, and I loaf.

We got a rental car for the first day and from the airport drove out to Red Rock Canyon, about 20 miles west of town. Info here, here, and here. The desert and mountains are beautiful and so different from our old green hills back East.

Red Rock
Red Rock

On the way back into town, we stopped to check out Gail Knits. No photos, sorry. The shop is easy to find, seven miles West of Las Vegas Blvd (The Strip) on Sahara, in a teeny shopping center. The store very bright and sunny, with a coffee pot and comfy bored-husband sofa right inside the door. There were quite a few knitters there working on projects, and I’m not sure whether it was a class or just the regulars having some fun. We were warmly greeted, and the Hubs was settled in with a nice cup of joe, and I took a look around.

Not surprisingly, given the climate, the shop’s selection runs more to lighter fibers with lots of luxury cottons, wool/silk blends, high-end novelty yarns (like Trendsetter and Colinette), some laceweight and sock yarns, and plenty of baby yarns. There were lots of samples, and Gail mentioned I had just missed the Trendsetter trunk show. I left with a skein of the new Classic Elite Alpaca Sox in greys/browns for some cozy socks for the patient husband, and a hank of Baruffa Cashwool, a light merino laceweight in white, which I’ll dye when I find a project for it.

Vegas2007 - Stash
Vegas Stash

On Thursday, I found Wooly Wonders on the East side of town at Tropicana and Pecos. This is a small shop, but it’s filled with lovely yarns. Lots more wool here, including Debbie Bliss, Louet, OnLine sock yarns, and beautiful italian blends. There is an emphasis on crochet threads and patterns as well as knitting supplies. They also carry a selection of spinning fiber, wheels, weaving supplies, dyes, and looms. With admirable restraint, I was able to resist the fine llama and bison down fibers, but succumbed to enough Lana Gatto sport/DK wool/cashmere (mmmmm) for a modest shawl, and several spools of Lang sock reinforcing thread. Wooly Wonders is very friendly inviting shop with knitting, crocheting, spinning and weaving groups meetings, and a nice selection of yarns.

Now if anyone gets to this blog posting via Google search, I’m told that Two Crazy Ladies Yarn Shop closed a while back, and that there’s a quilt shop called Nancy’s Quilts that has lots of knitting classes and Knit & Crochet Alongs several times each week. I’ll have to check it out next time.

Vegas2007 The Strip at Night
Our view of The Strip