I told you that I would share about a knitting-related story that happened during our trip. Last year (February 2017) I wrote here on the blog about our annual trip to visit my mom in Florida. A kind reader left a comment on one of my posts and told me there was a great yarn shop I should check out while I was in Florida sometime. I made a mental note of what she told me- A Good Yarn, in Sarasota – but since we always visited the other coast, I wasn’t sure when I would get a chance to go there. It just so happened that we visited the Gulf side this year and not only that, but we had plans to go up the coast and pass right by Sarasota. I took that as a sign that it was meant to be for us to visit A Good Yarn, and my mom was all for swinging by on our road trip that day.
We walked in and started looking at all the sample knits, yarn, and inspiration everywhere. (I realized, when looking through these pictures, that I didn’t take a picture of something while I was in the yarn shop… Yarn!) I loved the sign that read This Is My Happy Place, and… how cute are those knitting narwhals?! I was looking through some knitting books when I spotted some buttons Jeff made in sassafras wood on the cover of Kindred Knits by Susan B. Anderson, and let out a little squeal of excitement and said “Mom, look at this!” (If you scroll through the pictures in that link to the book, you’ll also see an adorable pink sweater with two buttons that Jeff made in black walnut wood. It was so fun to see, I couldn’t wait to show Jeff.)
My mom and I were delighted to see a pattern that we had been looking for, on display there. We had gone in specifically looking for it, so that was a great coincidence to see the sample knit and be able to purchase the pattern right along with the yarn. And then… the best coincidence of all happened. You know that blog reader from Florida who told me to visit A Good Yarn in the first place? She came walking through the door, stopped in her tracks when she saw me (recognizing me from my pictures here), and introduced herself. (I’m so used to what sometimes feels like writing to myself in this space, that I’m still surprised when I meet someone in-person who reads my words here!)
I was so delighted to meet her, and we couldn’t believe the chances of being there at the same time (especially because she lived on the other side of the state.) I had only mentioned getting ready for a trip, but hadn’t said anything about Florida yet on the blog, so imagine her surprise to see me all the way in Florida at her favorite yarn shop no less. And being there on the same day at the same time? I love the synchronicity, what a small world! (Hello Daune, thanks so much for the recommendation to visit A Good Yarn. It was fun to get to meet you in person!)
I could have stayed there for hours, looking around at everything, but the shop was closing for the day and Bracken (who normally enjoys going to yarn shops with me) just wanted to be outdoors and kept begging for us to go outside already. Oh, they had an ocean themed display at the shop with crocheted and knitted items, and said that anyone was welcome to make something to add to it. How fun is that? Oh, and another fun thing? When we left that day, I noticed that our bag had little bits of yarn sticking out from under the tag. I loved it, so I took a picture of that too. I’m so glad that Daune recommended visiting, and that my mom was up for a yarn shop adventure, because I so enjoyed going to A Good Yarn. What do I want to do when I travel across the country? Visit yarn shops, of course! And if I lived nearby, I’d be checking out their wonderful classes!