Friday, November 02, 2007

Travelocity

I plan to be in Chicago the week of November 12th. Never been. Really looking forward to it even though technically I'll be there on business. However, I am getting in the weekend before to account for a little fun time, which does include a Blackhawks v. Red Wings game. Yay!!

Chicagoans? Yarn stores?

My next trip occurs after Turkey Day. San Francisco happens to be my destination at that time. A little business with a few vacation days added in for good measure.

I definitely gotta hit Lacis. More suggestions are definitely welcome. Lisa Solomon, are you around???

We have rescheduled our family vacation for this year twice already. It's just been too crazy to travel. However, I believe we will be in Australia and New Zealand in December. I am keeping my fingers and toes crossed...

Just needed thank you all for being so supportive of my crazy creations. You guys are THE BEST! Happy weekend!!

13 comments:

Miz K said...

Your travel plans sound wonderful - if you're ever in Switzerland, we would love to show you around! I'm thrilled to hear of your interest in NaNoWriMo - be sure to check out the webpage and sign up! (If you do so, please add me as a writing buddy "Miz K")

Have a great weekend and write write write!

lisa s said...

hey! i should be around - what are the dates you'll be here?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?

you definitely gotta hit lacis.
and my friend's store article pract
http://www.articlepract.com/

Mandi said...

I was in Chicago in June and visited Loopy Yarns. Nice store and nice folks. I didn't buy anything because I was traveling with a cranky husband and kiddo but I did get to pet some beautiful yarns. Perhaps you'll have more luck!

Jenn L said...

Are you staying in/near the Loop or are you in the burbs? I can recommend some suburban locations if the latter.

And SOOOOOOOO jealous that you're going to be at the game... although it's going to be the FIRST EVER home televised game. Now that Dollar Bill Wirtz has passed on, one of the first things his son did was to get home ice on the small screen!

Vorpal Knitter said...

oh, oh, OH! If you have time you can go to the Art Institute of Chicago! Or the Field Museum of Natural History! I spent so much lovely time in those two places when I was in college. I had a complete crush on impressionism in the early 80s, ah those were the days! I admit that isn't very yarny but that's what I think of when I think of Chicago. That and a Thai place on Illinois Ave. called Star of Siam.

Batty said...

I've heard good things about Chicago yarn! Have a great time!

Andy's Crafts said...

Wish I was here to meet you, but I am going to la Madre Patria to have Turkey or tapas de Chorizo lol!

Lynne E. said...

Check the store hours for Lacis before you make the trip across the Bay to Berkeley. At present, I think they are Mon-Sat, 12-6. You can get there via BART if you want--the store is in the block adjoining the Ashby BART station.

My favorite San Francisco yarn store is Greenwich Yarns in the Marina District (between Webster and Buchanan, near Lombard). GY is open on Sundays, closed on Wednesdays; generally open after 12 noon.

Artfibers is in downtown San Francisco near Union Square--specializes in "fashion" yarns, lots of European imports. I haven't been there in a long time, as the yarns were mostly too expensive to use for an entire garment, and suitable mostly for designer accents.

If you have a car when you visit Lacis, you might want to check out Stash on Solano Avenue in Berkeley/Albany (take Ashby west for a short distance to pick up Martin Luther King, and keep driving across Berkeley until the street becomes The Alameda and intersects with Solano one block past Marin, turn left on Solano, and Stash is in the block after Andronico's market). Stash is basically my local yarn shop--it has lots and lots of books, and a decent selection of "designer" yarns (Rowan, Malabrigo, Habu Textiles, Dale of Norway, etc.).

Beth Anne said...

There are some good LYS in the area. Loopy Yarns in the south Loop is one to check out if you are just in the city. If you can travel a little outside, you have to go to Chix With Stix. http://www.chixwithstixknitting.com/
Here is a link to the Windy City Knitting Guild's list of LYS.
http://www.windycityknittingguild.com/knitshops.htm

Yarn Tails said...

I wish I lived in Chicago, but I dont. An hour or so away. There is so many wonderful places to see there. Have a GREAT time!

Rina said...

I love Imagiknit -- http://imagiknit.com/ -- in San Francisco. A bit pricey, but I love the selection and they're not anti-crochet snobs.

Anonymous said...

Does anyone know the name for that foldy baskety stashy thing? My mom has one, but it's broken... and I've always wanted one for myself. What's it actually called?
-V

Lynne E. said...

One name for the fold-out basket is "accordian basket".