Welcome back! We continue my recap of last weekend's San Diego Yarn Crawl.
We awoke and went up to Encinitas to continue our adventures. After a very yummy breakfast at St. Tropez, we were off again!
The Black Sheep
Here I made a make-and-take tassel and watched a demo on making art felt. I also found this little beauty.
by Ella Rae
Fingering / 4 ply
460 yards / 100 grams
Common Threads / The Yarnover Truck
I was excited to visit Common Threads for a few different reasons: 1) They have a new location which is super close to some of my old stomping grounds when I was in San Diego for my internship. 2) They were featuring a GORGEOUS colorway called New Encinitas that I wanted the moment I saw it announced on Facebook. 3) Anthony Casalena was going to be hanging out with The Yarnover Truck! Dylan and I went inside, I found the yarn I was itching to buy, and Dylan discovered a bowl of Slipped Stitch Studios buttons! We probably went through all of them and found 20 for me to take home...whoops.
When we were buying them, there was a lady behind me who inquired what I was going to use them for. "To put on my project bags!" was my response.
Here's the yarn from Common Threads.
by Mountain Colors
Worsted / 10 ply
85% Merino, 15% Silk
250 yards / 100 grams
Afterwards, we went outside and I said, "There he is! The man of the hour!" And Anthony laughed and we introduced ourselves. It was really great to be able to talk with him a bit. I popped into The Yarnover Truck to get a pin, but found another skien of yarn to bring home, too.
Sport / 5 ply
270 yards / 100 grams
I had already purchased a skien of California Love, a color way made just for the Yarnover Truck, before the crawl, but I wanted to show you that, too.
by Zen Yarn Garden
Lace / 2 ply
90% Merino, 10% Cashmere
1050 yards / 100 grams
When I came out of the truck, Dylan had been conversing with Anthony and Aldo. Anthony said, "You guys need to move out here!" Yes! We're trying!
Yarning for You
The next stop was another yarn shop I had visited a couple years ago. They were astonished to hear we came all the way from Arizona for the crawl. I found another Zen Yarn Garden skien to take home.
by Zen Yarn Garden
Fingering / 4 ply
70% Merino, 20% Cashmere, 10% Nylon
400 yards / 100 grams
Dylan also snagged me a license plate frame that reads "I'D RATHER BE KNITTING." We just put it on the car yesterday, and it makes me super happy.
Kat's Yarn & Craft Cottage
After an hour drive up to Julian, exclamations about sheep and Julian Cider, Dylan and I arrived at Kat's Yarn & Craft Cottage. It was a cozy little place. I'd love to go back to Julian to spend a little more time, but we were on a limit. I wanted to get a shawl pin here made from trees lost in San Diego wildfires by Larry Carlson (of Fiber to Fabric Magic).
(Shawl Pin photo to come)
After making a purchase, we stopped at Julian Cider for a taste, and a walk down the Yellow Brick Road.
La Dolce Vida Alpaca Farm
Our last stop! Another 45 minute drive later, we arrived at the farm. We had about an hour left before the crawl was over. Joe, one of the owners, let us into the pen with the alpacas and I got to feed a couple of them! He also had us pet some. They're super shy, but so soft!
I bought some baby alpaca fiber, and then we were done just before 5pm when the crawl ended!
We were tired, and hungry again, so we met up with Dylan's friend Ian in Carlsbad for dinner, and then it was time to collect our belongings and drive home.
Overall, it was a wild-whirl-wind tour of the San Diego area and more, and it was exhausting. I'm hoping maybe next year I can use all four days, instead of just Saturday and Sunday to hit all the shops. And even though I was so tired when I went back to work Monday morning, I would have still done it all over again!