While in WI I managed to locate a yarn store near where I was staying. Of course I decided I needed to visit this store. I know that I have a decent supply of yarn (I will not write “too much yarn ” or “enough yarn” because that is not how I think of yarn.) I also have about a 3 yr backlog on projects (no joke.) Seriously, you know you would have gone too. It doesn’t hurt to look, right?
The only time we had free was on Black Friday so an envoy of shoppers left my cousin’s house. We dropped the serious shoppers off at a big box store strip mall and my mother, my cousin-in-law, and myself proceeded to the yarn store. We looked up the address of the yarn shop ahead of time but as we came to that address we found a hair salon. Mom and I went in to ask if we were in the wrong place. We found out the yarn store previously resided in the upstairs portion of the salon. Thankfully it had only moved 4 blocks down the road. We decided to walk. It was cold outside and the blue hat of doom kept my ears nice and toasty. The store was called The Black Purl and it is in Wausau, WI. I have tried to find a website for the store but had no luck. Also, all the references I found were to the old address. So if you find yourself in Wausau, WI looking for yarn, you can go to the old address and be practically there.
I had informed my cousin-in-law ahead of time that the yarn shop might not be the most interesting spot in the world for him, but he thought it would be “fun”. Once there I was very impressed by his yarn attention span. We browsed the store for about an hour and his questions were great. “You can make yarn out of bamboo?” yes bamboo and hemp and corn and…. “Why are there so many kinds of needles? Each weight of yarn requires a different size needle unless you want to knit armor plating or lace all the time you need to adjust. Do you need one of every size? Well, actually, more like one of every size, needle type, material and length, and then duplicates never hurt just in case another project is in need of starting when the old one is still on the size needles you need. “Do you dye the wool first and then spin the multicolored yarn or dye the yarn after it has been spun?” Both, see this hand painted tag, it means the yarn was spun then dyed. All of the great questions just kept coming. I truly enjoyed seeing yarn through a non-knitter’s eyes.
So you are asking, was I good? Did I purchase yarn? I am happy to tell you I restrained myself and bought not a thing. I did come home with this though.
A black plastic bag from The Black Purl, get it?
The yarn is Cascade’s Venezia worsted. It is 70% merino wool/30% silk. A super soft yarn with just a little sheen. The best of both wool and silk all wrapped up into one yarn. Also, I would say decent yardage at 219 yds per ball. (BONUS: White, gray, and black yarn were on sale so the gray was 15% off.)
You may ask how I came home with this and I am glad to tell you I did not rob anyone. My mother is a master seamstress and likes knitted things. She doesn’t knit so we have a nice exchange plan. I knit her things, she sews me things and she usually buys the yarn for the project. It works really well. I would tell you what was in store for this wonderful stuff, but unfortunately it is destined to be gifts so I will have to share later. I will say that I was trying to remember what certain pattern called for and failed big time. I should have bought a sport weight yarn. There has been a lot of number crunching and re-charting but hopefully I have it figured out. We shall see.