Best Wool - 2009
The Shabby Sheep
The first time we tried to find this place, we gave up. But on our second attempt, we were glad we had persevered. For knitters, crocheters and other fiber crafters, welcome to heaven. This darling cottage is stuffed full of charming displays (such as an old mail sorter and a china cabinet) stacked with sumptuous yarns. If you've never purchased yarn outside of a big-box craft store, boy, you are in for a treat. The Shabby Sheep stocks yarns you'll never find at the hobby chain, including alpaca, silk, mohair, linen, cashmere and, of course, wool. Our favorites included the kettle-dyed Manos del Uruguay line and the soft but sturdy Blue Sky Alpaca. With weights from wispy to dreadlocked, and accessories such as wooden knitting needles and gorgeous bags by Namaste, you may need to take up knitting full-time to use all the goodies you're bound to buy.