How does a new addiction/obsession begin? Very simply, really.
It was a planned knitter's group event. A yarn crawl. We picked four yarn/knitting shops in the same general area to visit and rate. (Yes, we had report card style rating sheets for each shop. Someday we can publish a guide to Yarn Shops in the Delaware Valley, but first we must visit them all!!)
We met at the bookstore at 10 am, piled into one vehicle (those Honda Pilot's do fit eight knitters,) and drove to our first shop on the crawl: The Stitch Inn (5788 Route 202 Lahaska, PA) just on the edge of Peddler's Village. We were the only shopper's there at the time, and we took over the store. I had been to this shop before, but it seems that they have expanded into a second room in the back that featured two large tables with good overhead lighting. Patterns and books were featured on one side of the room, some tote bags on another side, wool yarns on the third side, acrylic and sale yarns on the fourth wall. The main section of the shop was filled with a great variety of yarn, but not in visible quantities. If you wanted to knit a sweater, I would guess that they would have to order your yarn from the same dye lot, as there did not appear to be many balls/skeins of yarn in one color. We generally thought this was a great scarf shop--a huge variety of fun yarn for both novelty or wool scarves. They did have Rowan Calmer--it was the first time I ever touched the stuff. I now know why so many knitters use it, it felt wonderful! There was a decent selection of sale yarns and some sale patterns. The staff were helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable of their merchandise. There was no hard sell, they let us roam about without hovering. I was disappointed to not find any sock yarn, but I soon learned that not many shops stock it. Prices were competitive, if not slightly higher by a dollar or so. The owner stated that she has the oldest yarn shop in Bucks County. Overall rating: 2.5 out of 4. Cool place to hang out and knit, light and bright, spacious, friendly.
We took a break for lunch at this point, stopping at Hart's Tavern in Peddler's Village. Yum!
Onto the next stop: Twist Knitting & Spinning.