Thursday, September 24, 2009

Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins in Boulder, CO

Of course, given a day on my own, I needed to visit somewhere with yarn! I chose Shuttles, Spindles & Skeins as my first stop in Boulder.

I did get to do a side by side comparison of the Flip and Cricket looms. My niece, E, is interested in a small loom after our fun weaving at the beach this summer. The Cricket is high on her list.

They had a Toika Liisa set up, so I took pictures just to have more Toika information available.

Right now I don't really do anything to group or store my heddles - and I don't have those lengthwise strings tied around the shafts on my loom at home.

I wonder if the vertical pieces next to the treadles are treadle spacers or if they're some kind of treadle locks. (Again, my loom doesn't have parts like this!)

Here's a shot of the tie-up from the back of the loom. I'm hoping this photo will give me courage as I expand the number of shafts on my loom at home. It looks like they're doing the same tie-up method I am. This is the first time I've seen that in real life! (Well, except for the two shafts I've set up on my loom.)

I didn't do a great job photographing the store. I got distracted after I looked at the looms. They have one room with looms, classroom space, and weaving yarn. Plus, a second room (the main room of the shop) full of all kinds of glorious yarn. It's a big yarn selection with a good mixture of both east coast and west coast brands of yarn. (How do I know there are brands from either coast?? I've purchased yarn on vacation in California before, and had trouble finding additional skeins in the east.) Yak, cashmere, silk, bamboo, cotton, wool, and more.

I must have been distracted by the shop dog, who had just been rescued from some difficult conditions. She was a sweetie. That's my excuse for not remembering to take photos in the very large room of yarn that makes up the store!! They also have a nice reading nook for looking at patterns, and all kinds of knitting and weaving tools and accessories.

I did have a little trouble finding the store, once I was in the plaza where it's located. I took this exterior picture in case you decide to visit!


Delighted Hands said...

What a way to spend the day-I can understand how you would be distracted with all the looms......

Jennifer said...

I would have been distracted also by so many things. It is interesting that there are still things that aren't distributed nationwide - with the world of WalMart one begins to believe everything is available everywhere!