Wrap Up Party at Urban Yarns
Urban Yarns has quickly become one my favorite LYS for 3 very good reasons:
1. Staff / They are so fun, energetic, welcoming and friendly! They make it worth the stop :)
2. Stock / Anina knows her stuff, she keeps a good eye on what's trending in knitting and stocks her shop accordingly. Not only does she carry what's tried and true, Anina makes sure to stock the yarns we can't get enough of, one look at their selection of Madelinetosh and you'll see what I mean. They also carry a huge selection of Spud & Chloe and Blue Sky Alpacas!
3. Savvy / Anina and her staff are internet Savvy. They embrace Ravelry and the online knitting community as well as independent designers. The internet has changed the face of knitting and it can be so discouraging walking into a shop that doesn't embrace this fact. (I was actually treated like a nuisance at one LYS because I was using a pattern downloaded from the internet. I certainly don't consider Manu by Kate Davies any less of a pattern just because I've printed it from my computer at home!)
There was wine and cheese, and plenty of laughs going around. I'm glad I forgot my knitting in the car because it was nice to just chat and observe and check out what everyone was working on.