Doing a little Spring Break vacationing, and found ourselves in beautiful Winter Haven, in the midst of an Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl!
Of course I wanted to touch bases with the eminent Four Purls shop that I’ve grown to love so much in my sojourns to central Florida. Here’s a little peek at the stash-enhancing coup I accomplished:

Yarn Four Purls

Yarn Crawl Haul from Four

Clockwise, from top: Berocco Remix (100% recycled fibers of nylon, cotton, acrylic, silk and linen); pink and white Bella Chenille super-bulky for some more hats from the new beanie book; Zen Garden Black-tie Affair super wash merino and cashmere lace yarn in “Soprano” (they told me that colors for these skeins were named by Four Purls personnel!!); Berocco Elements in light gold and purplish; Noro Noburi in spring-like colors; Twin Mommy Hand-dyed Peruvian Highland Wool in color way Georgia (hand-dyed locally). It was a modest haul this time, but I was excited! Four Purls has moved from across the street, their shop is gorgeous and inviting, and they’re doing some mail-order now, too!

I had to check out some notions:

Yarn notions

Nifty little gadgets

On the way home, we stopped at another LYS I’ve been wanting to visit for such a long time, but it’s about an hour and a half or so away, The Yarn Lady.

The Yarn Lady shop

The Yarn Lady

Oh, what a lovely shop! I was treated with helpful camaraderie and invited to come to some of their upcoming classes and events for knitting, weaving and spinning. A large table in the back seated about 8 knitters who were in the middle of an animated conversation. Looks like lots of kindred knitting spirits are living in the vicinity of that yarn shop!


Yarn Lady haul

The Yarn Lady did not participate in the Orange Blossom Yarn Crawl this year. But I found some unique stash there, namely (clockwise from upper right in photo) Interlacements Rayon Chenille in colorway Tapestry; wooden shawl pin and circle holder (DH says it would be tricky to turn something so small and pointed on a lathe; wonder who made it?); and two skeins of The Fiber Seed seed lace superfine merino wool, hand dyed locally here in Tampa, in colors Cobalt and Kumquat. The Kumquat also has some silk fiber. She looked me in the eye and asked me if I do lace knitting. I had to admit, I have not. I joined a mystery KAL a couple of years ago and was about to start on a lace shawl, but the casting on of hundreds of stitches to start out, was too daunting. Wonder if I could start out with a lace doll’s shawl?