I was passing by Cottage Yarns today in South San Francisco so of course I had to stop in. I loved the front garden with patio in behind.
One of the things that amazes me most about yarn stores is how DIFFERENT they all are. When I stepped in the front door of this old church building now turned into a line of storefronts I was a little taken aback.
(My first view in the door was quite a contrast to some of the other yarn shops I've been to recently)
SO MUCH yarn it was a bit overwhelming. It sort of reminded me of some of those flash your stash photos on Ravelry.
ALL the yarn was in clear plastic bags and there were laminated sheets hanging at each shelf's end to tell you the prices of yarns found in that block. The shelves were very tightly spaced -- just enough room to walk between them.
Interspersed were lots and lots of books and individual patterns and pattern collections. Needles and notions were behind the cash desk at the back. The store clerk told me they carry 700 different yarns (and I believe her). She also said they specialize in luxury wool yarns.
After I explained that I was allergic to wool she pointed me to this section in the photo above and said, "We just have cotton and it's all on this shelf." But I found that hard to believe so I did wander around and in addition to a fair variety of cotton yarns I also found linen, various novelty yarns, a whole shelf of bamboo, some cotton/acrylic blends, wool free baby yarn, Cascade Fixation and even Milk Whey by Kollage. And what is nice is that they have large quantities of every color they carry.
It was clear that the clerk prefers you tell her what you are looking for and she will find it for you. But of course I didn't know what I was looking for. I so rarely do when I go into a yarn shop. Mostly I just want to see if any yarn calls out to me.
I like to touch my yarn, to pair colors side by side, to finger the fiber and hold it for awhile. Maybe I'll go back some time when I have a particular project in mind.
What about you? Could you shop for yarn in a store set up like this?