I felt cursed today. My good intentions to make pumpkin pie from scratch failed miserably. Both pastry and filling turned out wrong (though the filling still tastes nice, I tell myself). What better way to make a girl feel better than a trip to the local yarn shop.
This is the newly reopened Lakeside Fibers, located on the south side of Monona Bay. When we first moved here in July it was closed but has opened up under new management last week. I don’t have any frame of reference of what it was like before, but, wow, this is a nice shop. The space is huge, light and airy, with seats near the back. Everywhere you look there are gorgeous yarns, nestled in bins, shelves, and boats.
Yes, it is a boat, filled with Dream in Color Smooshy! Pretty much every yarn, besides Rowan, was new to me: Madelinetosh, Shibuiknits, Spud & Chloe, Blue Sky Alpacas, and many more I can’t even remember. The shop assistants were sweet and helpful and there were modern knitting books and patterns conveniently placed on tables and counters. I am just blown away by the quality of the stores in this country, you really feel that it’s a place that takes knitting seriously.
As if all the yarn loveliness isn’t enough there is a cafe connected through the back that does nice coffee and has views over the bay. And if you have little ones, you can have Daddy take them over to the playground just behind the shop near the beach (thanks D!)
I didn’t come home empty handed, but I’ll just give you a taste of the dilemma I had when choosing yarn for a future colourwork project.
I fear for my wallet because this place is only a short walk away.