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Knitting in South Africa: An Epic Adventure

Knitting in South Africa: An Epic Adventure

I just got back from a long vacation. It was glorious. Cape Town, South Africa, is a pain to get to, but once you’re there… oh, the joy. With gorgeous double ocean AND mountain vistas, tasty and cheap food, and interesting cultural and outdoorsy things […]

LYS (sorta) Review: Spinners Web, Nairobi, Kenya

LYS (sorta) Review: Spinners Web, Nairobi, Kenya

I’ve often complained that I have no Local Yarn Shop (LYS) in Nairobi, so you may be wondering how I’m doing this review. However, contrary to what you might expect from its name or its logo, Spinners Web is not strictly a yarn or fiber […]

LYS Review: Genuine Purl, Chattanooga, TN

LYS Review: Genuine Purl, Chattanooga, TN

Fair warning: this review is going to be biased. I’ve put off writing it for a long time because of the depth of my feeling, but here goes. Genuine Purl was my first Local Yarn Shop (LYS). I crocheted big rectangles before I ever knit, […]

2015 Yarn Crawls

2015 Yarn Crawls

Have you ever been on a yarn crawl? A wool walk? A shop hop? Insert other clever name here? I haven’t. I want to. However, the geography doesn’t work for me – I only know of one place to buy yarn in Kenya, so the […]

LYS Review: All Books, Chattanooga, TN

LYS Review: All Books, Chattanooga, TN

All Books has terrible reviews on Yelp. This is probably because the store has a split personality, both of which could probably be featured on an episode of hoarders. It’s definitely the weirdest local yarn shop (LYS) I’ve ever been in. All Books, as you […]

LYS Review: Knits by Nana, Baton Rouge, LA

LYS Review: Knits by Nana, Baton Rouge, LA

I just went back to Knits by Nana. I should be able to stop my review there, yes? It was good enough to go back. The end. But in case you want more… I felt like a doofus this October when it finally occurred to […]