This post has been a long two weeks coming.
My love for Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove California is no secret.
It's a yarn shop that sings to my knitterly soul.
It's open, airy, and full of beautiful natural light so you can see the true colors of the yarns.
Don't get me started on the yarns.
Twist my arm.
Their yarn selection is HUGE people.
They literally have something for every knitters taste and budget.
Not to mention pattern ideas for all of it.
I think you all know, I hit that basket of Madelinetosh hard.
Hard I tell you.
I raided it at least twice, maybe four times.
My current shawl project is utilizing that skein of vibrant blue in the front and another skein that I ferreted out like little gopher.
What makes Monarch the best though are the women who work there and Anne the owner.
They are friendly and knowledgeable about everything in the store and the knitting world.
They are the happiest people I've ever met.
Then again, look where they get to spend their days.
On our vacation in PG I must have been in the store at least five times. They were literally two blocks up and two blocks over from the sweet Little Adobe we were staying in.
Definitely dangerous proximity for me.
Between my mom and I, we bought so much yarn that it filled the top half of my suitcase.
I bought yarn to start four projects and I started three while I was there.
I think I touched every single thing in the store.
How sweet is this? Wee Liesl by Ysolda knit up in Liberty Wool.
I need to make this for a friend of mine who is having a baby girl this fall.
Oooh and lucky me, I have a gift certificate to Monarch.
Anne I'll be calling to make some purchases.
Not only is the selection amazing
The store beautiful.
Their displays and layout are what really make me happy.
I love a well laid out shop.
I travel to three places pretty consistently and try to visit as many yarn shops as I can each time I visit.
I have my LYS in Seattle with So Much Yarn.
My LYS when I visit my mom in Florida is A Good Yarn Sarasota. A two hour drive from mom's place.
My LYS in Minnesota is Knitting by the Lake in Excelsior.
When I travel to the Monterey Penninsula my LYS is
If you are in the area you must stop in at the shop.
Tell them Carmel sent you.
I would never steer you wrong.
Thank you again to Anne, Jenn, and all the ladies at the shop. I love seeing you all every year. I can't wait to return next June.