For my birthday, I was taken by my daughter and my mom to Santa Barbara and Solvang area. I love the Central coast of California, and I love the weather, and the drive. Only a 2 hour drive from Los Angeles, and without traffic....it can be a nice get-away!
I have been wanting to go visit the knitting shops in Santa Barbara. It has been the elusive unicorn for me. Everytime I went to SB it was Monday, or a Holiday or...some other event going on like a parade, or fiesta...and so it was closed! BUT..this time, I was able to visit all the stores that I wanted to visit!
Loop & Leaf and Knit & Pearl Boutique were two shops I have been wanting to see. I love both of them, but if I had to choose a favorite, I guess it would be loop & leaf. I like the old house and the chairs under the tree. It is very serene... I will show you more photos later of the stores.
But, don't let me tell you that Knit & Pearl is very cozy too. It has the Spud & Chloe line that I love! She was telling me that there s a KAL coming soon for one of the tops I was looking at. If I could afford to get all that yarn for that project, I would've!!! :
This was Rasmussens in Solvang..very nice but you have to go upstairs to see their yarns. It is more geared towards the old fashion knitter, I think, not the trendy stuff, but I liked the NORO yarns...and there was Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, which I bought 2 skeins....I am making some fingerless gloves for Tori in the softest green. Very nice!
NOW...my last find is...Craft Essentials in Goleta...just north of Santa Barbara off Turnpike exit, is this cute simple craft store. Much like Michaels, and yet has some wonderful yarns! I am going to show you more of what they had inside! hmm...I really could've spent a lot of $$ here!!! This store is a full on craft store