My friends that I knit with had been talking about checking out the yarn shops in Austin for a while, so we decided to make it happen last weekend. We were sad that one friend got sick so she couldn’t come, but we definitely plan to go back and do it again. We had a great time!
Our trip started at Gauge Knits, which is a cute shop. It’s arranged really nicely, by the weight of the yarn, and they had some really pretty things. They had a sample for a Half Granny shawl that was so pretty, I am definitely adding it to my queue.
The next shop we hit, after some Torchy’s Tacos, was Hill Country Weavers. It’s a bit of a maze of a shop, in that it’s in an old house so there are lots of little rooms stuffed to the gills with yarn. It is a fun adventure to see what they have in the next room and to figure out if you’ve seen it all, yet. They had Sweet Georgia, Anzula, Alicia Goes Round, Shelter/Loft and other yarns that you don’t find in most shops.
Also, Emily aka Facebook Girl was working! We call her Facebook Girl because she started the Ravelry Facebook Page. It was great to get to chat with her for a little while!
The last shop for Saturday was the Knitting Nest, which I’ve been to several times before. It was great to see Stacy & Amanda (the owner & her daugher) again and to lounge in her sitting area after a busy day of shopping. Julie also found yarn for an afghan from the Unexpected Afghans book she had picked up earlier that day, so that was a great score!
After all that shopping, we finished up with dinner at ZTejas. I had some incredible five cheese mac n cheese and the cornbread was a definite highlight. We ended the night at the Flying Saucer. The Saucer is where we often meet to knit, so we are trying to hit all the locations when we travel. They had a great sitting area, so we were able to crash out on some couches and knit. It was the great end to a good day with friends. In my next post, I’ll tackle our Sunday adventures. The doughnuts we had practically need a post of their own.