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May 30, 2009

From Susan — As Promised

Filed under: Updates — lv2knit @ 12:47 pm

Yesterday was the first day of the Twin Cities Shop Hop.  I met up with five of my favorite peeps at 9:30 am outside Amazing Threads to embark on our trek.  We took my car — I was the driver and Kim was my navigator.  She had the assistance of my brand new Garmin GPS.  Ms. Garmin was gentle and fairly accurate, though we did suspect her of drinking heavily sometime during the trip!

We cruised through seven shops in this order: A Sheepy Yarn Shop (White Bear), The Yarnery (St. Paul), 3 Kittens (Mendota Heights), Zandy’s (Burnsville), Needlework Unlimited (Minneapolis), Coldwater Collaborative (Excelsior), and ended where we started: Amazing Threads (Maple Grove).  All by 4 pm! 

I brought my camera but forgot to take pictures most of the time.  We did have our waitress snap a pic of the Thursdays at Four crew during lunch:

Shop Hop Thursdays at Four Peeps
From left to right: Kim, Mary, Rosanne, Linda, Me, Emily
Missing, but not forgotten: Deb, Deirdre, Diane, Ellie, Pat, Rosemary

Here is a picture of the new 3 Kittens location:

Shop Hop New 3 Kittens by you.

The shop is located in a newly minted “Main Street.”  Mayberry meets city planner.  It is a very nice little area, and the store is chockful of beautiful yarn and fun knitting accessories.

I remembered to take an action shot at Needlework Unlimited:

Shop Hop Needlework Unlimited by you.

We ran into many of the same people as we moved store to store, including Beth and Jeanne from the amulet bag class!  It was great fun to see all of the yarns and people and be part of the festive atmosphere. 

At each shop, you had to get your passport stamped to be eligible for the main prize drawing.  They also had a free pattern give-away at each shop.  If you spent $5 or contributed to the food shelf, you also received a summer-themed charm.  We loaded up the car with canned goods just in case!  We either shopped or donated our way to all seven charms:

Shop Hop by you.

What did I buy?  Not too much.  I did load up on $1 patterns and bought a Debbie Bliss knitting magazine:

Shop Hop 005 by you.

All in all, a really fun day with great friends.  Thanks to all of my peeps for a wonderful time!


  1. Thanks for letting me live vicariously through this post! Sounds like a blast.

    Comment by twinsetellen — May 30, 2009 @ 10:04 pm

  2. More pictures of fun knitting people and places please!

    Comment by Kathy B. — May 31, 2009 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Oh, I’m charmed by the charms! What a fun idea! 🙂

    Comment by Kym — June 1, 2009 @ 8:19 am

  4. It looks like a wonderful time! I find it very cool to have been to those same shops. 🙂


    Comment by Romi — June 12, 2009 @ 4:57 pm

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