I did lots of sightseeing and, of course, I had to visit a yarn shop - well, I actually visited two. The first one I visited is in Oakland - A Verb For Keeping Warm.
They carry yarn, dyeing materials, fabric, magazines and more.
Dyeing is a big part of what the store is known for. It's done in the yard behind the shop.
I believe that the owner is the dyer. She dyed all of these swatches using cochineal. It's hard to believe you can get so many variations in a color.
One of the main reasons that I wanted to visit this shop was to get a skein of their hand-dyed yarn for my Travel Afghan. I always try to pick something that is unique to the place I'm visiting and this is an ideal choice, and a very nice yarn..
They've named this weight and fiber combination "Annapurna". This particular skein is a limited edition colorway, dyed with cochineal. Even the dye date is on the label: 2.19.17, a recent vintage.
The details are: 80% Superwash merino, 10% cashmere, 10% nylon. 385 yards/4 oz, fingering weight. I'm looking forward to adding it to my travel afghan.
The second shop that I visited today is Avenue Yarns in Albany, CA., a very nice shop that I'll write about another time.
Tomorrow is Day #1 of three of the workshop with Janine Bajus. I'm looking forward to it.