First, before I take you shopping I have to explain about Date Day. Please don't confuse it with Date Night, it's way better! It was invented by me and is managed by me. It happens once a week (never ever on a weekend) and I have my hubs absolutely convinced that it has to include either a drive to the coast, lunch at a cute someplace, a visit to a yarn shop or museum or something else really fun like that or all of the above. It is great. So it is because of this that I managed to get my husband to drive me to A Verb For Keeping Warm in Oakland, California about 40 minutes from our home. Warning: do not follow Google Maps, you will get hopelessly lost. GPS ended up helping us a bit, so go, if we can find it, you can too! And, the address is Oakland, but really you are in Berkeley. There is a cafe next door, we had a sandwich, it's Berkeley, I don't care what the address says. OK, the preliminaries are over, now let's go shopping!
I love this place! The sales folk are kind and helpful, but allow you to roam and touch contentedly alone until you ask for help. It's the home of Pioneer and that's why I really wanted to visit. I wrote about Pioneer before, it's a new yarn from Verb that is helping (beginning?) to revitalize the California wool industry. Last week I ordered one skein online to get a feel for it and I loved it and felt a road trip was needed. On this visit I ended up coming home with a few more skeins of Horse's Mane, a greyed out brown, and Beach Rock, a muted lavender. Lovely stuff. Also, I had never seen Plucky Knitter before and bought a skein of blue in a sport weight for a scarf. Loverly.
The shop is chockablock full of fabulous yarns including Habu, Plucky, Isager, Alchemy, Quince and Co., Verb's own hand dyed yarn and of course Pioneer. It's arranged with plenty of room to maneuver around with lots of natural light. There is also a large selection of nice fabric for the quilters with a good dozen plus bolts of the elegant Liberty cotton. So go. Go. Go. It's a great place to be. You can tell they love fiber and I love people that love fiber.
Cindi Brumpton of Purl One blog and a fellow Rowan Ambassador, has recently posted an interview with me. I'd love you to pop over and read it, very exciting for me, plus she is a very funny lady! Links below: