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Store: that yarn store located in Dublin, CA

summary: large square footage, moved from san leandro, ca - carries supplies and yarn for machine knitting -- they just opened, so it has a very 'new store, not quite setup' feel to it. i will need to go back in a few months and re-assess my review....

ambiance: 2 purls - felt very utilitarian, not warm, not friendly. again, maybe because the store just opened, they need some time to get organized and decorate a bit

customer friendliness:: 1 purl - was asked if i needed help, but rather rude in general. asked about a project and was given very impatient responses to my questions.

yarn selection/pricing: 2 purls - plymouth, berrocco, caron, crystal palace --- decent yarn selection, but laid out in a confusing manner. prices were average. had some great deals on generic bulk cotton chenille and other yarns in back of store.






Ratings schema:
1 purl - so not worth my time!!!!
2 purls - not really worth my time, but i might suck it up and deal with it if i'm desperate
3 purls - not too shabby!
4 purls - i love it!
feel free to use this format for your store ratings in the knitting101community!!! the more reviews, the better!

DISCLAIMER: these ratings are based off my personal experiences and may not reflect the experience you have when visiting this store. these are just my own opinions and you are welcome to agree or disagree with them.
spirited away knitting

malabrigo vs manos del uruguay

i love them both.  however, which is better? i guess the answer will always be based upon what you are looking for in your yarn, what the yarn will be used for, etc. etc. etc. (of course, one is a merino and the other is worsted wool.....)

the price point is pretty much the same, but you get more yardage with the malabrigo.
malabrigo merino wool is SO soft while the manos is a tadbit scratchy.  the manos yarn beats out malabrigo on colors hands down (although, malabrigo seems to be improving upon this).  the manos yarn colors are exquisite and vibrant whether you are going for a multi-color variegated yarn or a solid color.  the malabrigo yarn tends to have the same thickness throughout the skein, while manos has a little bit of a variation....malabrigo yarn is very flexible -- you can knit it up with size US5 needles for a tighter knit or US10s for a softer, fluffier knit.....  the manos yarn tends to look like loose knitting when knit up with larger than the recommended needle size...

17th-Jun-2006 12:48 pm - lala scarf
happybuddy

my latest finished project.  it was a fairly quick knit - worked on it for about 8 hours total....

it's called the 'lala scarf' from a pattern in suzan mischer's book 'greetings from knit cafe' (page 78)

I used crystal palace kid merino yarn (a cost effective alternative to rowan's kid silk haze...)

LaLa Scarf Side View





birds
Store: jimmy beans wool located in truckee, ca
Website: jimmybeanswool
summary: overall: 3 purls.
lots of wool!!!, friendly staff, small store in cute area. based off one visit.
i discovered this store through their clever ads in vogue knitting (they're the ones with the cute knitted vegetables in their ad) and expected an enormous store for some reason when i went for a visit while i was in the Lake Tahoe area... it sounds like they have another store in Reno, NV as well.

ambiance: 2 purls - perhaps this is a rather harsh rating... i had high expectations going into the store, so that may be clouding my judgment a little. it was a very small store - not necessarily laid out in the best way i've seen so far....

customer friendliness:
: 4 purls - i'm fairly certain this store is family run and the husband or son was manning the store when we were there.  he was very friendly and as helpful as possible. 

yarn selection/pricing:
 3 purls - the majority of the yarn they carry appears to be some variety of wool. they had some novelty yarns as well, but nothing i haven't seen in most other stores.  decent selection of needles and notions, small bookshelf of patterns and books... they also have an online store, so i think this ups their rating on yarn selection... they also give you coupons and sale notices if you sign up for their website...
some free patterns from their website!!!

Ratings schema:
1 purl - so not worth my time!!!!
2 purls - not really worth my time, but i might suck it up and deal with it if i'm desperate
3 purls - not too shabby!
4 purls - i love it!
feel free to use this format for your store ratings in the knitting101 community!!! the more reviews, the better!

DISCLAIMER: these ratings are based off my personal experiences and may not reflect the experience you have when visiting this store. these are just my own opinions and you are welcome to agree or disagree with them.
24th-May-2006 07:24 pm - triangle hat
spirited away knitting
triangle hat
yarn used:  noro silk garden
i got the pattern for free with yarn purchase at atelier yarns in san francisco
15th-May-2006 07:11 pm - Newbie 2 this site!
Hi, I'm Kath and am from Ohio.
I have been knitting for about a year and a half. i consider myself still a novice.
I am looking for other knitters who have done modular knit which is something that i just learned.
I have made alot of things in the past year and a half. i have made blankets, scarfs, hats, gloves, purses, slippers, felted purses. i made a felted purse out of lionbrand wool.
right now, i am trying to learn how to do modular knitting.
happybuddy
it's finished! yay!
i used araucania 100% wool instead of the la lana wools that the original pattern calls for




current project: a new ribbed hat for my hubby in blue sky alpacas 100% cotton

also,

big sale at knitting arts in saratoga -- some yarns are 30% off, but the entire store is 20% off right now!!!!
2nd-Mar-2006 08:09 am - 'sassy' sweater woes
moi 12/07
i'm working on this jenna adorno design that i saw on knitty gritty (the link takes you to the pattern)

i am SO bummed. it is knitting in the round and i THOUGHT i had checked to make sure the stitches weren't twisted before i joined them for the round, but i guess i didn't check closely enough. :o( i was probably close to 1/2 finished with the bottom half of the sweater before i actually noticed!!!!! so, i had to pull the whole thing out. making the picot edging took forever, too. darn. *sigh* i'm almost to the 'difficult' part of the picot edging.... i didn't get too far last night after i figured out what happened..... i knew that i had to at least cast-on and knit the first few rows or i would NEVER work on that project again probably.....



anyway. i'm not giving up yet.

i'm using lana grossa cashmere+ for the bottom and instead of the ggh soft kid, i'm using a mixture of two colors of crystal palace kid mohair. (i decided to try and use up some of my yarn stash instead of going and buying all new yarn...esp. since i had yarn that would work well for the project!!!)

i'll keep you posted on my progress.
25th-Feb-2006 09:32 am - Knitting Olympics: Wrist Warmers
crafts
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Did you all hear about the Knitting Olympics? I decided to participate, and here are my results! (Click on the logo above for more on the event)

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18th-Feb-2006 09:11 am - stitches west 2006
zoris
i went to the stitches west yarn convention yesterday in santa clara. it's still going on until tomorrow!!! (and don't forget to print your coupon to get $2 off admission -- it's $8 w/o the coupon)

unfortunately, i found out about it less than a month ago, so all of the classes being offered were pretty much sold out. :o( i'd love to take a class from lily chin!

they wouldn't allow photography inside the marketplace, unfortunately.... but here's a picture of my purchases.
stitches west 2006</a>
these yarn baskets are seriously the best, btw.... as you can see, i didn't actually buy any yarn.... i bought spinning materials....i am now a beginner spinner. i spent yesterday afternoon practicing and i can definitely tell the difference between what i started with and where i am now. it's starting to look more even and ..... less lumpy.... ha ha ha

the amount of yarn and everything possible related to knitting and crocheting there was completely overwhelming. it was nice to have so many stores from across the country right at your fingertips, though.
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