Chicago

I spent the first part of this week in Chicago, which is rapidly rising to the top of my list of Favourite Cities. Whenever I'm there, everything just feels "right," especially when I'm riding the "L."

Of course, when one's accomodations are exquisite and several fabulous meals are consumed, it's difficult to find fault with anything. I managed to return with an even stronger love of amber glass globes and buttercream-coloured Fiestaware in addition to another few salient (and knitting-related) items.

No trip to downtown Chicago is complete (for me,) without a stop at Loopy Yarns. How can one not love a yarn store housed in an old train station?I want to marry their entire wall of Cascade 220 which, to me, is heaven. They carry every colourway. I limited myself to six choice skeins:They seem like quite a springy group, don't they? These are (probably) destined to be a felted bag that I'm currently designing.

I had the pleasure of riding the "L" over to Andersonville where I visited the Swedish American Museum's store. They had yarn on hand, as I had hoped they would. I departed, richer by four skeins of Sisu:...and a charming Dala horse bag, which turned out to be perfect for carrying yarn (which is always a good thing.) It really was a wonderful trip. Now I'm experiencing a sort of state of city-withdrawal. I hope to make it back to Chicago sometime in the summer.

16 comments:

Frida said...

I love that bag, but since I am Swedish, living in Sweden I could never get away with carrying that around. Dala horses, and anything with an elk on it, is reserved for tourists. ;)

Jodi said...

So glad to hear you enjoyed our city! Looks like you made the most of it. I had no idea that the Swedish American Museum had yarn -- the last time I visited I wasn't a knitter yet.

Next time you should check out Nina, a lovely yarn shop in Wicker Park. Plus there are great boutiques, cafes, and bars (including a speakeasy with amazing cocktails) right nearby.

Adriana said...

I adore Chicago! I was there in November and we went to Loopy too! I think I bought Kureyon. Next time I'll have to check out the Swedish American Museum. Luckily our friend is a knitter too :)

4badbill said...

You've inspired me to visit Chicago again. It isn't too far from here but I never go. It's time!!

JelliDonut said...

My DD has Northwestern on her shortlist. Would be a good excuse for me to visit Loopy!

Ms. Kimba said...

Oh! I used to live in Sweden, so when I seen this post my eyes lit up! I agree with Frida, Svenskarna cannot carry around Swedish labeled things like that, it would be too weird..haha

Love cascade 220, it's so lovely

Erin Wallace said...

I love Chicago. Love the people, the vibe, the food - just a great city.

French Press Knits said...

Oooh... those colors are wonderful! I had two sisters who went to school in Chicago, so I have spent a lot of time there. I always tell people that I know Chicago way better than Detroit (which is very true). I know how to get from place to place in Chicago. Detroit (which is only an hour away from me)...clueless!

LEO said...

Ah I'm so glad you liked it here! Loopy is definitely my LYS of choice. They have such great selection and the staff is always so kind and helpful. And I've heard about the Swedish American Museum and now that I know they sell yarn and adorable tote bags I'm going to have to check that out!

Ariane said...

I never went to Chicago. I know where to stop now if this city is ever on my path. Thanks for this info!
And by the way, I really like the yarn you picked out, especially the Sisu!

Ruth said...

Oh man! I was in Chicago last year, in Andersonville no less, and I had no idea the Swedish American museum did yarn :( *makes mental note for next time*

spillyjane said...

@Frida and @Ms. Kimba -- Thanks! It's much the same for us Canadians with things like maple sugar candies and hats with beavers and loons on them.

Also, I did see bags with what I thought at the time was moose on them in the shop. They must have been elk, after all.

Frida said...

I had to go look up the difference between a moose and an elk, in Europe, we don't make a difference, both elk and moose is a north american moose, but we call it an elk, confusing. :) So I then it was a moose I was referring to, in swedish we call it an älg.

Ms. Kimba said...

ah yes..älg:)
I checked it out once after I moved back to america...apparently they are cousins..but basically the same thing.

I have only seen moose once in my life...last year I was in Uddevalla and I seen more then I ever thought in my life, about 20 of them spread over a 3 day period. HUGE they are :)

BertandFelix said...

So glad you loved Chicago!! I moved here from NYC about 12 years ago and haven't looked back. It truely is a wonderful city!!

I wanted to buy a place in Andersonville (my last name is Anderson...and I lived in Sweden for a bit too). That is such a great neighborhood too. Anyway, I am going to go up the museum this weekend to buy your tote.

Ghislaine said...

Like the Dalahorsebag sooooo much.