I think I have become a road trip junkie. I blame my good friend Kim and her evil collection of Mini Coopers. Last month Kim took her convertible mini and drove me up to Thomasville, Georgia and Tallahassee, Florida. Thomasville is an amazing little town in south Georgia. They have wonderful shops and restaurants and of course a fabulous brand new yarn shop - The Fuzzy Goat! This shop was love at first sight. It has wonderful yarns and such a great vibe to it. If I was going to open a yarn store this lovely place would be very inspiring!
Next up we headed over to Tallahassee where her daughter attends college. We visited Yarn Therapy - another sweet shop! The owner there Marianne was just as nice as can be and we chatted about meeting up in Rhinebeck. And in small world news her former employee now works for Interweave and we ended up talking on the phone this week about my upcoming appearance on Knitting Daily TV. This shop was also full of beautiful yarns and super friendly people.
And then this past weekend Kim broke out her "big" Mini Cooper (actually her husband's) and drove Kristin and I all the way down to Sarasota Florida to visit A Good Yarn. We shopped, and hung out for hours at the first Saturday of the month spin-in. No I don't spin lol. Bad things happen when I spin. But Kim and Kristin did some spinning, and I got to knit and hang out with some truly fabulous and welcoming folks. Sarasota is a 4-hour drive but we will so be going back there!
You know I don't buy a whole lot of yarn anymore because I'm always knitting on deadline projects, but I can always find some notions I'm needing for design work. I think I need to investigate all the yarn stores within a semi-reasonable driving distance! If you know of any must-see shops anywhere close to Jacksonville, Florida you let me know, ok?
*All pics came from the stores' Facebook or websites - because I was a dunderhead and forgot to take any pics on either trip!