The annual South Bay Knitters retreat was this weekend, so on Friday, on the way to the retreat center for most people, we went on a yarn crawl to visit the Santa Cruz area shops.
First off, the Yarn Place in Capitola.
A stop for lunch at Gayle's Bakery across the street.
Second shop is Chic's with Sticks in Santa Cruz. This is a new shop and for most of us it's our first visit. Owner Cathy opened the shop early for our group and offered us a 10% discount. Her sweet grand daughter climbed on the table and showed us how to cast on.
Fae was drafted as temporary tutor and knitting doctor while the young lady admired her crocheted leaf scarf.
Third store is Swift Stitch on the west side of Santa Cruz. The store was having a big sale, 20% off total purchase if you pay by credit card, or 25% off pay by cash or check.
I took advantage of the deal and bought four skeins of hand dyed merino wool called Hacho (from Peru). With almost 550 yards, I think this will become a small shawl or a lacy vest.
Last stop was The Golden Fleece, at the base of Highway 9. By now the troop had scattered, some went for icecream and some finished early and went to Cost Plus across the street or the coffee shop. The shop has not agreed with me much since they moved almost two years ago, so my credit card stayed intact.