Friday, July 24, 2015

East Bay Yarn Crawl

Last Saturday, Molly and I joined an East Bay yarn crawl, and visited four shops in one day! While it was far more laid back than a visit to Stitches West, it was still quite a journey, and I took many photographs along the way. Most of them look like this:

This post should probably actually be called, "Photographs of Molly in craft shops."

Our first stop was Exclusive Buttons, a vintage button shop in El Cerrito.

There were many, many, many buttons in this shop.

Our next stop was Claddagh Yarns, located in the Gourmet Ghetto, one of my favourite spots in Berkeley.

Claddagh always has a cute, bright, sunny space, with plenty of yarn to sink your hands into!

Adorable samples and knit-appropriate knick knacks abound!

After a quick stop to eat lunch, we next went to Lacis Museum of Lace & Textiles. I lived in Berkeley for two years, and frequently went up to visit before then, but this is the first time I've ever managed to actually go in.

Lacis is a huge shop, with supplies for just about any craft you can imagine.

In the exhibit room was an exhibition of historical wedding clothes:

A simulated wedding breakfast scene, with many brides and grooms:

Some 1920's gowns:

I asked the museum curator if I could get a photograph of her with her favourite dress, and she picked out this one. "This is its last hurrah!" she said, as the fabric has extensive damage from age.

Our final stop was A Verb for Keeping Warm, which sells materials for knitting and sewing, and is therefore an amazing place to be.




...Every yarn shop has a resident rabbit, right?

Despite being called a yarn crawl, I actually didn't buy any yarn, just some fabric and sewing tools. But it was fun to visit each shop!

1 comment:

  1. Looks like you had a terrific trip. The old wedding dresses look amazing, I am always amazed by what our predecessors achieved without the benefit of the technology that we take for granted in our lives today. Well done on your restrained spending, what are you planning to make from your fabric?