Yesterday I met up with my BKF in Stratford, Ontario. We had a lovely walk along the river, a very tasty lunch at Fellini's and then we checked out a new (to us) yarn store on Wellington street.
Close Knits has been open for just over a year now. Co-owned by a couple of close knit friends, Janette and Kathy, it is Stratford's one and only yarn store.
The store itself is pretty small and my first thought when I walked in was that I'd be totally out of luck finding much in the way of wool-free yarns. But boy, was I wrong.
Right out in the middle of the first little room were some lovely cotton yarns like Sublime soy-cotton and Fiesta. I was tempted by the soft pastels, but before I could figure out which cotton yarn I might like, I spotted some Euroflax Louet. I'd barely had time to drool over the linen when I spotted the hanging hanks of Handmaiden Seasilk and some Fiddlesticks Lace Sensation and Janette said she had Tannis Silk too. "When in Canada, buy Canadian" I got thinking.
So when Janette casually mentioned she had Lanaknits Hemp I knew I MUST have some. I've been wanting to get some of their yarn for ages. It didn't hurt that they just happened to have a shade of mauve that is one of "my colors".
Janette (and the few other customers that we spoke to during our brief visit) made us feel quite at home and I loved their emphasis on Canadian-made yarns and all the wool-free options. Definitely we'll be heading back there another time.
So, if you are planning to go to a Shakespeare Theater Production this year, be sure to head out to Stratford early and check out Close Knits.
And if you have time for lunch, be sure to order the Morrocan Sandwich at Fellini's (on Ontario Street). It's just to die for!