After an almost wintery-cold weekend we’ve had to strip off our woolies today. It was even warm enough to justify a trip to my favourite frozen custard place for an addictive pumpkin shake.
After satisfying my sweet (and pumpkin) tooth I conveniently go across the road for a bit of stash enhancement.
This is the Knitting Tree on Monroe St in Madison, owned by the same woman as Lakeside Fibers. You can tell this lady knows her yarn, both shops are charming but incredibly different. The Knitting Tree is a convient location near downtown but is a much smaller space than Lakeside, but every inch is packed with loveliness.
These are not chain stores, each has their own unique selection of yarns, making them both equally worth going to if you’re in the city. Knitting tree stocks a lot of Berrocco, Noro, and Rowan yarns, and plenty more to satisfy your needles. Both shops make great use of light, too often in the UK yarn shops are tiny hole-in-the-walls with no natural lighting, making it impossible to choose colours accurately. Also I just love how they both arrange yarns by colours as well as brand, so if you have a palette already in mind it’s a great help. If you’re like me and a bit colour challenged prepare to be overwhelmed by choice.
I have to give a big thanks to the shopkeepers at both stores who put up with my indecisive wanderings and a toddler who just has to touch everything (they gave him a much appreciated box of toys at Knitting Tree). Everyone in the shop is extremely helpful and there are books and patterns everywhere to oogle. I had a flip through “Brave New Knits” and “Knits Men Want” and my queue has suddenly doubled.
Of course, I brought home just a little something, but mostly I brought home a great appreciation for a city that has not one, not two, but three yarn shops within city limits. I don’t think I’ll ever get so lucky again.