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Art Fibers

My tour guide Joy, wisely provided me with the address, hours of operation and directions for Art Fibers, and it was the first place I went when I arrived in San Francisco.

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What I liked the best about this yarn shop, was that I didn't know what to expect.  While all yarn shops are a delight in their own way (even if they're filled with scary patterns and tons of acrylic--you can still pretend it's like a wax museum or a throw-back to the sixties) this one was filled with shelves of yarns that I had never seen before.

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I was instantly drawn to this way filled with ribbon and sari silk with all the bright shiny colours.  It was funny that I looked there first, because it's not the yarn I like to knit with.

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Another nifty thing about this shop is that there is a swatching area--a circle of chairs, boxes of their yarns and needles--and you're invited to sit and swatch whatever you like to give it a test run.  If you like, a free custom pattern can be made using your measurments and gauge--a very cool service. So of course, I did that for a while and took notes and compared, and had fun with new fibers.  I also learned that this yarn that I was always intrigued with, was a total bitch for me to knit up--better than learning it after it arrives in the mail.  A

The hard part was deciding what to buy.  I already had some Art Fiber yarn in my stash from Jenna, in my usual palette of blues and purples, so I decided to stretch myself and try textures and colours I hadn't used much before.  I decided to do a sampler shawl/scarf with the help of Kira the manager who eased me into a green palette by making me pick all the green yarns that caught my eye and then we added and substracted until we came up with this.

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If it wasn't so hot I'd be knitting it up now, but there's a lot of brushed silk and furry alpaca in there.  It's definitely a cool weather project.   I do keep pulling it out and looking at it, it's so very pretty.

Now, off to find my air conditioner (it's under a large pile of stuff in the basement).  I'm with Stephanie on this one--sorry Rick, I'll find another way to conserve, it's freakin' hot out.

Comments

*drool*

I second the *drool*...wow, what a haul :-) and a swatching area too...I'm IN AWE.

Lovely green-ness. I am completely in love with Artfibers.

Glad you enjoyed SF! It's a great city. I'm dying to go to ArtFibers, and when I'm off work next week, it's the first place I"m heading. Even though the CGOA/TKGA conference is just across the bay in Oakland next week, I'm justifiying the trip to ArtFibers because they won't be exhibiting in the marketplace.

I LOVE those yarns. The ribbon is really pretty. I wish one of my lys's would have a swatching area, it's such a great idea. When I open my yarn store I'll definitely do that :)

I have only ever oogled Artfibers online, would love to go see and touch them!

I'm with you on the A/C!

Good haul!

Is that chai? Is there Chai there?
I love the Chai. Oh. Yes.

Wowie -- it looks like you'll be knitting an outfit for next year's Mermaid Parade!

Oooh, I think I see a ball of Kyoto there. It is SOOOO nice to knit up. I am doing a scarf with a herringbone pattern with it right now. Mmmmm, yum

Oh, yum. I need some of that ribbon for a wrap I'm making! :)

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