New road stop

Driving to Austin last weekend, I had to read aloud a sign to comprehend: “Yarnorama, 2 blocks.” My husband turned around, and we found the store tucked away just off Highway 290, about 40 miles outside of Austin. I didn’t have a camera, so words will have to suffice.

The first thing I thought of was a barn, but only because of the big spacious room you enter. There’s lots of light coming from above, and the room is lined with spinning fiber and cones of yarn for weaving. In the middle are dozens of looms and spinning wheels, some of them occupied by local crafters. To the left is another room jam-packed full of yarn. Yarn of all kinds, all brands, I was blown away. There were brands I never heard of, brands I heard of but had never seen in person, and a bunch of old favorites. There were also good selections of locally dyed yarn, locally milled yarn and local handspun. Behind the cash register were two English angora bunnies (Coco and Chanel) that the owner spins from.

It’s wonderful to see a store that offers the entire process in one place without overemphasizing any of it. A lot of time knitting/crochet stores try to offer a little for spinners, and I’m sure that’s appreciated. Some spinning/weaving stores throw a little yarn in the back, and that’s nice to pick through sometimes. This store, however, had wonderful offerings for all crafts. There was so much depth to the offerings.

If you’re ever driving by that way, I highly recommend stopping by to say hi! They were incredibly friendly. I even got to see a weaver’s first product: a beautiful table runner.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Kristen
    Aug 07, 2009 @ 20:13:02

    Yarnorama is seriously one of my favorite shops, for all the reasons you listed above. The owner is actually the one who showed me how to properly use my drop spindle. I love that they carry locally produced yarn and fiber. I always try to stop in there when we’re travelling to/from Austin and Round Rock.

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