Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stone Mountain

For those of you who don't live in Berkeley, or don't knit/sew, or don't enjoy visiting fabric stores just to ogle the pretty things, you probably don't know about Stone Mountain. Le Sigh...how you are missing out. Stone Mountain is my favorite fabric and craft store in the area. There, I said it. It's my favorite. Why? Well, I'll tell you.

It's actually called Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics, and you should check out their website for the official details and such (or better yet, check them out in person if you're in the area!). But just know this: they are wonderfully lovely. They have an excellent supply of fabric, buttons (see slide show below), yarn, patterns, and any supply you might need for a project. They sell fabric scraps, have great discount yarn, and are super helpful. They have classes and events, and web-discounts and a really cool swatch service (can you say patchwork blanket?). Their website has a virtual tour, for those of you who can't make it in person to give you an idea of what they're all about (and to make you jealous). Just. So. Much. Goodness. Plus, they don't mind if you walk around the store taking pictures of everything. Bonus!

I've embedded a slide show of some of my favorite fabrics and such from my visit there today (while I was waiting for the dry cleaners to open, long story). I got to touch my first Noro yarn (Crazy Aunt Purl raves about this stuff), and boy is it yummy - too bad it's around $12 a skein. However, I walked away with some nubbly cotton yarn that was just too delicious to resist (see slide show), a little bundle of scrap fabric (awesome cotton polka dots - of course I have no project in mind yet) and that warm, cozy feeling you get after wandering around reams of fabric and bundles of yarn.

So check it out, and enjoy!

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