Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Trip to Mecca aka WEBS.

Rays of light from heaven? COULD BE.

A trip to WEBS Yarn Store that is. 
AKA America's Yarn Store 
AKA the biggest yarn store you're ever likely to see in your lifetime. 
The place is legen........dary amongst knitters. For real. 

They even own the yarn.com domain. (How early did you have to get in on the internet craze to grab THAT?!?)  I've always meant to go there but it's in a part of Massachusetts I don't go to very often and over an hour away so it never happened until recently when we were in the area for something else.

This is about one third of the regular shop area.

And the verdict? It really is legendary. lol
From the size, from the sheer amount of employees buzz buzz buzzing around filling web orders..........the size.
It was so busy I didn't feel comfortable taking a picture inside the regular part of the store because there was no way to snap a pic without, literally, getting 6-7 strangers in the pic as well. I wasn't comfortable with that (knowing I was probably going to post it online) so I snagged this one off the web instead. There is so much yarn in the front room it's staggering. And overwhelming. I really think they might sell yarn from EVERY SINGLE KIND of premium/artisan seller out there. It's sheer crazytown makings. And that's before you get to the BACK OF THE STORE, which is.............
....A HUGE FREAKING WAREHOUSE.
With shopping carts. 0_o
Totally, totally BANANAS. It's enough to give you the vapors.

And you'll be totally shocked to learn that I only purchased this little purple knitting bag and one pattern booklet.

Well, that plus the yarn stuffed inside the bag. *ahem*

These are destined for socks for my mother though...

...because she loves purple (as do I) and it's hard to find purple sock yarn WITHOUT it being paired with blue. Always, always with the blue! I get the whole blue-violet thing but how about some purple yarn that's just.....*gasp*.......PURPLE? At least one of these fits that, and the other is, thankfully, devoid of blue for a change so clearly I had to buy them. :)

The other yarn is just a little something for a little scarf...moving along......nothing to see here..


It was fun trip but I don't think I will be going back for a long time. It's waaaaaaay too dangerous awesome and my heart might not be able to take being exposed to all those mountains of yummy yarn that I can NOT resist buying that awesomeness. Might have to be a once a year thing for me. :)



Oh boy. I found these pics on my computer this week - already 'shopped and ready to post. They are from a couple days before Irene hit and we had no power, etc. and I TOTALLY forgot I had them and a whole post in mind for them. So this is a MUCH delayed post but I went through all that work with the pictures so...................ENJOY! :)

16 comments:

Dee said...

Oooooooooooooooooooo...someday I'll get there. It LOOKS wonderful.

You made some mighty cute purchases.

P.S. I went to TWO yarn stores in Jacksonville last weekend and didn't buy anything. Surprised the pants off the DH.

Annie said...

I didn't even realize Webs was a bricks and mortar store. I thought it was only online. What a treasure trove! Very dangerous to live close to it. From the sour grapes end of things, you are lucky you have to drive so far to get there.

(The vapors? Are you channeling some mid-Victorian maiden? -;)

Margaret said...

Oh yes, I've been there too! lol! It's definitely yarn mecca. Amazing place -- especially when you realize there's that whole back area full of yarn. You were extremely good! I don't think I was that good. In fact I know I wasn't. lol! On the other hand, I don't know when I'll ever get there again soooo.... :D

Catherine said...

Wow! I am amazed that is all you bought! Are you sure you didn't forget to show anything? ;)

Dani - tkdchick said...

If I were a knitter I would consider that place lethal!!

Sylvia said...

Wow, so cool!! It started my day off right, since I am headed to the Schoppel yarn factory today!! Don't think it will quiet as impressive as WEBS, but should be lots of fun anyways.

ViviBijoux said...

welcome to yarn heaven...is there such a place for fabric and quilting? because I would happily die there...lol smile, Virginie vivibijoux.com

Carol said...

Wow! What a store--sure wish there was a cross stitch store like that :)

I'd say you used great restraint in your purchasing, Melanie! Very pretty yarn...

geeky Heather said...

ROTFL at the rays from heaven!! I've shopped at their "booth" (read: vast yarn-covered floor space) at Stitches South, and that's bad enough. I do understand leaving with that small amount of yarn, though. When there's so many options I will get overwhelmed and end up not getting anything!

Leslie said...

Holy mother of yarn!! Wow! I bet you were going crazy with all of the choices. What a fun place!!
Have a great friday.

Siobhan said...

WOW!! I'm going to have to show my knitting & crocheting daughters this post--they will wet their pants with envy. Love the stash that you picked up!

Delusional Knitter said...

Awesome. WEBs is probably 1 - 1 1/2 hrs from me. Never been there ... thought maybe it didn't really exist, too good to be true, LOL!

Judy S said...

WOWZER! I remember when Webs was just a teeny little store...! Will definitely be haunting the store when I move back to Western MA!

Thanks for an awesome post - I felt giddy right along with you!

Charlene said...

Melanie, my dear, you are looking at this all wrong. So, WEBS is an hour plus away. If you consider it your LYS, it changes your whole perspective. You go for the trunk shows, you go for the sales, you pop over when you have a special project. There's plenty to do in Northampton (best fish tacos ever!) to make it worth a (relatively) quick Saturday morning trip. And the more you go, the less overwhelmed you get. Why I was there last week and only bought two skeins that weren't on my list. I'm an hour away, and my yarn buddy is nearly two, but we make it regularly, sometime even after work. It's all about perspective...

Julie said...

It's a good job it's not in the UK, my cash is safe LOL

Pumpkin said...

You must have been in HEA-VEN! Holy cow that's quite the store. I'm surprised you had that much restraint ;o)