One of my favorite cities in Texas is none other than Austin. Austin is our state capitol and home to the University of Texas Longhorns. Austin hosts the Austin City Limits music festival (just ACL for the locals) and the South by Southwest (sxsw) music and film extravaganza. For the young – and young at heart – there’s the nightlife on 6th Street. Go antiquing on South Congress (SoCo) and watch the bats come out at dusk from underneath the South Congress Avenue bridge. There is no end to the things that Keep Austin Weird!
A place as groovy as Austin is bound to have some awesome yarn stores. Here are three that are sure to please.
At Gauge, I ran into a fellow knitting enthusiast who showed me around the shop. She didn’t even work there! As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by this pompom mobile.
The shop has all the expected cubbies full of colorful yarn.
I liked this crocheted cacti!
Gauge has a nice back room where you can sit and knit. A class was in session so I quietly perused the sock yarn options.
This display featured hand-dyed yarns from nearby Georgetown, Texas. The colors just popped!
The next stop was Me & Ewe, a combination yarn and fabric store.
Me & Ewe is located in a cute cottage with bright yellow and aqua trim – very Austin. The front room is full of lovely yarn.
Adjoining the main room is a smaller alcove where you ring up your purchases. Hanging along the entryway were these adorable, handmade Barbie clothes. It turns out that when a customer found out she was having a baby, she began meticulously hand-knitting a closet full of dress-up clothes for her future daughter to play with. Alas, the daughter never quite got into dolls and the wardrobe was mostly unused. It is now lovingly in display at the shop.
There are two more rooms in the cottage dedicated to fabrics – lots and lots of fabrics. I loved the modern prints.
The third yarn store is not actually in Austin, but about 40 miles east in Paige, Texas. It is absolutely worth the side-trip.
Yarnorama is a fiber-enthusiast’s dream. They carry looms and threads for weaving, …
…wheels and fiber for spinning, …
…and plenty of yarn for knitting and crocheting.
There was so much to see and touch, I didn’t even know where to start!
I also stopped in at Hill Country Weavers, one of my fave yarn stores ever. Because I had been many times, I didn’t linger and do not have photos to share, except for this one.
Need I say more?
8 thoughts on “Austin Yarn Shops”
Argh! I was in Austin last week for work! Where was this amazing post then? (I ran around Town Lake though, so I can’t complain too much…)
I love Austin 🙂
Wonderful trip and visits to stunning places. The one is more prettier than the other. I am soooo jealous!! The absolute joys of visiting a yarn store and being there, touching and feeling and smelling all the goodness. 🙂 Thank you for sharing these, and all the gorgeous photos as well. I love it and appreciate your blog extremely.
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I went to Yarnorama in Paige today thanks to this post — I go through Paige all the time but did not know the shop was there. It was everything you said and I was so glad I stopped! I was in Austin too but did not get to the other shops — I did get to see my grandson though. 🙂 I plan to go back to Yarnorama but I will try to get to those other shops too on my next visit.
I am so glad! I could get happily get lost in there.
They were so nice, I am so glad I went!