Last but not least I headed another few miles down the road and ended up at Knitorious. Knitorious looked small on the outside, but inside it was quite impressive. They have a great stock of yarn, all types, and several I had never seen before. It was also very well organized and incredibly eye appealing. In another room they had a nice sitting area and a wonderful pattern area to browse. It reminded me of going when I was little to a fabric shop with my grandmother and sitting looking at patterns. I only did that once or twice but the memory was ingrained firmly in my mind. I was greatly impressed by the store and unfortunatley I figured out it is the closest to my work and I could easily get there and back on my lunch hour for a knitting emergency! I bought a lovely pattern and yarn to make a cool shawl. The Swirl Shawl.
Once again the staff was lovely, left me alone when I wanted to be left alone, but there to help when I needed it. I also couldn’t help but over hear the woman I took to be the owner and a patron talking about their parrots. Apparently there is a connection in St. Louis between knitters and parrots.
Within a few mile circle on this trip last Friday I visited 4 very unique and 4 very fun stores. All different, all interesting, and all fitting a particular need in the knitting community. I think we are well endowed in St. Louis with knitting stores, as in a few hours I visited 4 really cool shops, and there are several more I didn’t visit on this one day including Hearthstone Knits and the Weaving Department. And these are just in the St. Louis more typical area, when you discover the outskirts like the Metro East and surronding countryside in Missouri, we have many many more. Now if we could just get an awesome fiber festival!
Thursday I taught a co-worker to knit. Monday I’m teaching her more, and there are a couple others who know want to learn however I question their integrity in their desire. But we’ll see.