Oh dear, what am I going to do without my porch shadows. But while I still have them - aren't these needles pretty?
Pulling them out of their envelope made me think, not for the first time, how much I appreciate being able to buy knitting tools online. I mean, it's pathetic because I live in Toronto which is pretty much a yarny Land of Plenty, but I don't live near a yarn store at home and won't even after I move downtown. Near-er, but not 'near'. So even though I believe it is very very important to support small local shops paying rent on proper bricks and mortar premises, and try to do so as much as possible... sometimes I just have to order from someplace a little more distant.
What I like about the Addi shop is that it is very specific (hello, Addi needles!) and exhaustive (they have all of them.)
|'take us to your bulky yarn, won't you? we are here to knit the top of many hats.'|
But what I like about Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is that just visiting the website feels like about as much as 75% what visiting the actual store on its charming island would be like. Maybe more, if you get a bit seasick and wouldn't enjoy the ferry ride.
I have bought a few small things from Churchmouse that aren't pattern downloads, just to have that tangible sense of knit-shopping holiday, and I can tell you:
It really does work. No matter what I'm knitting, when I open this little tin in which I've stashed my darning needles and several Churchmouse stitch markers (these things are fantastic by the way, in case you are looking for a slick seamless variety), I feel like a very talented textile artist playing house.
It's a great feeling, and it's so very nice not to have had to put on boots or ride public transit to enjoy it!
Do you have a favourite online shop or knitting tool to share?