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River City Yarns…THE place to be.

August 6, 2008

Greetings from Edmonton, fellow knitters.  We’ve shopped and I’ve dropped and decided to blog a bit before supper on Bourban Street in the West Edmonton Mall.  We’ve knit and knit.  I have to say, though, that the best part of the trip was stopping by River City Yarns once again.

There was a new supply of Socks that Rock and both Jeanette (in the picture above) are bringing home a new skein.  I picked up another book, Folk Knitting in Eastonia by Nancy Bush, and a custom made swift (pictures to come).  This little shop is wonderful.  It is packed full of must haves.  However, if you can find it Walmart, you won’t find it on the shelves here.  There is the room of sock yarn of all fibres.  Hand painted and carefully delivered.  One can find all the hard to finds here.

There is wool, locally produced alpaca, silk (pure silk and blends), Addi Turbo needles, glass needles, every notion you can think of, and – this is the best of all – a wonderfully helpful and friendly staff who’s combined knitterly knowledge rivals any other LYS I’ve visitied.  Yes, I love this little shop and even designed our family vacation around my second in person visit to the store.

It still amazes me that the West Edmonton Mall does not house a LYS.  It is home to every other store you can think of.  Many many restaurantes and multiple food courts.  But no LYS.  There are theme parks, theme rooms, books shops, and funky little fashion houses.  It is home to an exciting and fun water park (complete with water slides of doom and a wave pool that makes one think of a tropical island beach).  However, no LYS lives here.  I wonder who one would talk to to remedy that…

But we did knit…

Nicole knitting in the car on the way to Edmonton.

Nicole and Jeanette knitting in her room before the Edmonton drive (Jeanette is knitting socks on 2 circs and Nicole is knitting a trippy mitten).

Jeanette and Nicole Knitting in the hotel room.

And the blog wouldn’t be complete without a shot of Candy, the Sea Lion, performing for the crowd.

See you all when we make our way back to Saskatoon!

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