Thursday, November 17, 2011

Road Trip

Today I decided to take  a little road trip to the town of Okotoks, Alberta, a short distance south of Calgary.  Fun word to say.  Okotoks.  It's a nice place with a view of the mountains.  I did some sightseeing and ate some excellent homemade, greasy French fries, made just the way I like them at Mr. Spud Cafe.  Of course, every trip requires a visit to a yarn store if there is one.  I found Shuttleworks, Ltd. outside the city in a rural area where highways 2 and 2A meet.

The store is located in a large building attached to a house. 

They cater to knitters, crocheters, but even more, to spinners and weavers.  They have a lot of yarn from Brown Sheep, the only Brown Sheep yarn I've seen since arriving in Canada.  I don't think that I saw this much variety in shops in Denver.  I was good and resisted all yarns, but what tempted me the most were cones of Shetland-style 2-ply fingering yarn from Harrisville.  I thought that the price of $23.00 for an 8-ounce cone was quite good.  There were lots of books, needles, hooks and dyes.

There was lots of equipment for spinners.  I don't know much about spinning but it appeared to me that there was quite a bit of variety.  I saw some very fine gauge cottons that weavers would like. 

All in all it was a nice shop and Okotoks is a pleasant, quiet little city.

1 comment:

MarilynB said...

My husband and I spent a night there in 2004 on our way home from a travel trailer trip to Alaska. Very peaceful little place as I remember. Missed the yarn shop if it was there then.