As I've mentioned before, I'm a knitter. Drinkers do pub crawls, and knitters do yarn crawls. Last weekend, my knitter friend Kat and I did our own two-state yarn crawl so that we could get me to Iowa and of course, shop!
First stop: The Sow's Ear in Verona, just outside of Madison. This is my favorite Madison-area yarn shop. Not only do they have a broad selection of yarn, but they have a full coffee shop and cafe as well. It was the perfect caffeine jolt that we needed for the Iowa trek.
|The Sow's Ear was once a house, but now it's the best yarn shop in town. I love its warm, welcoming look.|
|I really liked their yarn selection, and their salesperson Sarah was very friendly and helpful.|
|We were greeted by a full-stocked wall of rainbow yarn. Win!|
|They had a great selection of ultra-bulky yarn, complete with mega needles. Bulky yarn can get a bad reputation, but it's one of my personal favorites (the bulkier, the better!).|
|And like any good yarn shop, there were sheep-shaped knickknacks.|
|My yarn purchase: marled Cascade yarn. I'm a sucker for anything black and white.|
|Wikipedia says that this monument has been around for over 130 years. This is the second-generation Town Clock, as the first collapsed in the 1870s and killed three people. Eep!|
|My soup & salad lunch: yum!|
|de la Pear is a quaint yarn and gift shop in Mineral Point.|
|Rainbow wall of yarn: check!|
|Olive oil soaps from around the world? Yup, they've got 'em.|
|Gorgeous, vivid reds.|
After three shop visits in two states, our yarn crawl was complete. A Weird Al marathon on the way back, including all 11 minutes of "Trapped in the Drive Thru," was an excellent end to the trip:
Then, I got home and updated my map of states I've visited. Cheers to 31! And seriously, how did I manage to skip over Vermont?