LYS Goodies

Both of my LYSs have donated prizes for the blogiversary raffle—without my even having asked for them! As a way of saying thank you (and, I hope, of whetting your appetite for the great prizes) I thought I’d devote one entry this week to each of them.

First up: Article Pract, my Oakland LYS.

Coming soon: The Golden Fleece, my Santa Cruz LYS.

Melissa and I found Article Pract by luck a bit over a year ago when we were heading for dinner at a favorite Ethiopian Restaurant, Asmara. As you might imagine, we experienced a sudden detour and wound up at the restaurant rather later than we’d expected.

You can see what drew me inside…
Article Pract storefront
… the sock yarns are just to the left of the door, all sorts of hand-dyeds in glorious colors that reduce knitters to gibbering, fiber-petting fools.

On the right are Rowan and Louisa Harding, with Curious Creek further to the back. On the left are Malabrigo, Manos, and much, much more.
Article Pract interior
If you look toward the far end of the store, you’ll see the hallway into the back room, where the (yum!) yarn tastings are held.

Besides carrying delicious yarns, Article Pract has one of the best selections I’ve ever seen of knitting bags, many of them locally-crafted.

My favorite things about Article Pract?
• The owner, Christine, who is kind, generous, and smart. (Check out her blog, A Fist Full of Stitches.)
• The yarn tastings, which are held monthly (on the second Sunday). For just $10, you get samples of ten or so yarns, sometimes by a single manufacturer, sometimes of a similar weight or fiber content, along with a one-time 25% off coupon good for the featured yarns and related patterns. Christine, who is a wonderful cook, provides snacks and drinks. You can sit, eat, knit up your samples, and wander the shop to look at alternate colorways for the yarns. It all adds up to an hour-and-a-half of convivial company, tactile pleasure, and shopping thrills.

And here’s the Article Pract contribution to the blogiversary raffle…
Hemp knitting kit from Article Pract
… a Get to Know Hemp Knitting Kit that includes four skeins of hemp yarn, a pair of patterns (for a washcloth and a scarf), needles, a hemp project bag, and a larger tote.

P.S. The shop’s name? It’s a spoonerism for Practical Art!

February 11 2008 03:16 pm | Blogiversary Raffle

4 Responses to “LYS Goodies”

  1. Susan B on 11 Feb 2008 at 4:43 pm #

    OOOOHhhhh, lots of eye candy……..hehehe. That is one awesome looking yarn shop!!!!!!!

  2. clarabelle on 12 Feb 2008 at 12:08 am #

    Wow, fantastic stuff! Lucky you, to have such a gorgeous shop nearby…

  3. AlisonH on 12 Feb 2008 at 10:23 am #

    You’re a local! I have so got to go check out that store sometime. One of these days…

  4. Lella on 14 Feb 2008 at 3:56 pm #

    What a beautiful LYS! I’ve been in Golden Fleece, but not this one. Wow! I’ll be nosing about, yarn sniffing, one of these days. We have nothing even close to it here, Black Sheep is about the closest thing.

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