Saturday, March 25, 2006

Shopping for Yarn in Pebble Beach

My husband had a business trip to Pebble Beach so I tagged along. And even though I am on a strict yarn (and everything else purchase-able) diet for the next many months thanks to my car engine blowing up and needing a 10 thousand dollar (!!!!!) replacement, the trip was planned weeks before the car happs. Since I had already stalked out the local yarn sellers, I wasn't NOT going to see what the local stores had to offer just because a stupid car engine had a complete and fatal seizure.

We checked into the world-renowned Inn at Spanish Bay. Five-star hotel, blahbity blah, blah. Whatever. I'm a hotel snob, having stayed in some of the world's finest hotels due to a great job I had years ago, but IMHO, this hotel is completely overrated. Granted, we did not have an ocean view which does alter one's opinion, but even if we did, I would say that the view was spectacular, but the hotel? Nothing to write home about. Or for that matter, nothing to blog about, so that's all I'll say about the Inn at Spanish Bay.

Overrated hotels aside, the whole Pebble Beach/Carmel/Monterey area is beautiful. While my husband was busy working, I took a drive on the famous 17-mile drive, and even though I've done this drive before, I still find it as striking as ever. I left NY almost 13 years ago yet I still am in awe of the beauty of the West Coast.

One of the many lookout points of the 17-mile drive

Pebbles. Beach. Oh, I get it. Pebble Beach.

After my 17-mile drive (or most of it), it was time for yarn store visiting. First up was
Knitting by the Sea on 5th and Junipiero in downtown Carmel. It's a very small store that perfectly fits the whole aura of downtown Carmel. The woman in the shop was the owner and we chatted about many things yarn. She had a nice selection of yarns -- some I've seen before and some I hadn't.

Key for me when visiting a non-local yarn shop is to find something I haven't seen before. Otherwise, what's the point? "Oh, I got this Rowan in Carmel." Big whoop.

I spotted some
Elsebeth Lavold angora that was quite nice.

The green is kind of avocado. Clearly my photos need some work...

Since I didn't really have a pattern in mind -- and let's not forget that new engine purchase hanging over my head -- I bought a measly three skeins for a scarf. It's very soft and lofty, so I'm sure my scarf will be great. (And...if I really want to make something more, Knitting by the Sea will ship anywhere.)

Before heading to the next yarn store on my tour, I diverted off the "yarn only" concept and stopped in Concepts -- a jewelry and art store where my husband and I found my wedding band. I wanted to see if its designer, Barbara Heinrich, had anything new I could covet. Of course she did, and how annoying that it looks great with my existing rings? (It's the one on the far right on her site.) It's called "gears." And guess what? It's only $2835. I believe that's why it's called coveting...

OK. Back to stuff I can sort of afford.
Monarch Knitting and Quilt in downtown Pebble Beach.

The woman there was also really nice. This was a much larger store than the one in Carmel and had a wider selection. Again, only looking for stuff I hadn't seen anywhere else, I was attracted to this crazy mohair that reminded me of a Dalmation dog. With almost 300 yards to the skein (and a very within-my-budget $8.99), one ball will make a fun scarf.

Somewhere in one of Cruella de Ville's closets is a bunch of this stuff

I also spotted some Handpaint Wool from Plymouth Yarn. This was $12.99 and came with a free hat pattern. Being the hat whore that I am, I could not pass it up. A nice purpley/pink variegated yarn was now mine.

I made the hat on the drive home

Since I had a little extra yarn, Chance got a hat, too

I think I'll felt his little hat and stuff it with catnip. Something tells me that will get more use...


Inky said...

*SNORT* funny kitty picture.

I cannot believe you were in my neighborhood and did't let me know you were coming. Sheesh :)

stacyo said...

Geeze. I thought you were in the Santa Barbara area. What is wrong with me??

Inky said...

Sheesh I'm between Santa Barbara and Pebble Beach. Sheesh coulda met you somewhere. Sheesh. :)

Marissa said...

I love Chance's yulmulke - when did he turn Jewish? Great photos! Yarn whore.

Valerie said...

awesome hat. your's AND Chance's. :)

Melissa said...

I love, love, love the pic of the cat hat. Too cute. The dalmation yarn is awesome!
Looks like you had a great time.

Rain said...

It sounds like a lovely trip. Your coast pics are beautiful.

I love the Dalmatian yarn.

You hat is really pretty.

Kitty From Lung I-land! said...

The dalmatian yarn is to "dye" for! What a concept. Got to get me some of that -- if for only the attention I will get when wearing a scarf of that appeal. Talk about a hat "whore;" seems like here on the East Coast I'm the scarf "whore." Thank goodness spring is taking its time arriving. More opportunity to "scarf up" the outfits!
P.S. Great shots of the ocean!

Nik said...

your cat looks jewish with that hat on *hee* ( i see somebody beat me to it)

and I'm loving that other hat you knit.

Jo said...

And he looks like he loves that hat...

I didn't realize that is why it was called Pebble Beach (never having seen it in person), either.