Field Trip

On Sunday my friend Kim invited me for a road trip to a teeny tiny local spot called Jordan Station. It’s in the middle of Niagara wine country here in Ontario and if I’m being completely honest, I’d never even heard of it before a few months ago when Sherry mentioned it as a place to check out.

Lo and behold, despite the rainy weekend, it was a nice little visit – yarn shop and fibre shop, and even a stop at a local cheesemaker before heading back out. I’d like to go back some time in the summer and combine it with a bit of winery tourism. After all, what else do you need if you’ve got knitting needs and wine taken care of?

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The Fibre Guy was our first stop. It’s a lovely spot – the first floor of a house filled as far as possible with spinning fibre, spinning supplies, and hand-dyed yarn. I think when I’m back there next I am going to have to take a closer look at the silk/seacell laceweight, because dang that looked pretty darned awesome.

But I did happen to get drawn in to some brilliant magenta roving which turned out to be on sale (go me), and there was no shortage of tempting things to browse at.

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Also, their dog Rusty will greet you like he was wondering why you took so long to get there.

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Just down the street was another little shop, a yarn and quilting supply store appropriately named Stitch. After a few minutes of browsing I immediately began to wish I lived closer because I’ll be the Stitch n’ Bitch nights are pretty awesome. The sitting and teaching area in the back also includes a fireplace.

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They carry a nice selection including Berroco, Malabrigo, Manos del Uruguay, Rowan, Americo, and many others. I wasn’t going to buy anything but then I saw the Ultra Alpaca, and that same brilliant magenta shade was amongst the selection, so I had to go for it. (One wonders at the stash colour urges and calendar progression…I wonder if it is spring fever that is pushing me towards the brilliant colours.)

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All in all, a fabulous excursion. Will have to be repeated!

Around these parts the sunshine has returned again in full force, and I’m starting to feel like spring might just be around the corner after all. Winter has been rather modest around these parts but all the same, the daylight hours are getting longer and the idea of spending time outside is that much more pleasant.

Happy knitting this fine Wednesday!

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14 responses to “Field Trip

  1. Jodi

    Wow, does that look like fun! Wine, yarn, and cheese… you can’t ask for much more. Maybe craftbrewed beer?

  2. hey – I was there on Friday! I picked up my “just for Sherri” colourway that John dyed for me. Wait till you see it! Oh and some funky alpaca/merino sock yarn in navy, yellow and white…..oh and a little think called qiviut/merino.

    Sigh

    You’re right – it’s a good thing we don’t live there. The fudge would do me in.

  3. Oooh, I saw that first place on Ted’s blog (knitterguy on Rav) and was thinking about going there when I visited my parents the weekend you gals were all up at Kim’s but then the weather was crap and…

    But 2 stores. Hmm. Might have to definitely add a trip to Jordan into future parental visit plans.

  4. Val

    Hmmm, I am going to be travelling that way in a few weeks, maybe we will have to stop in? Can you recommend a place to stay overnight close to the area? Its only about 6 hours from me, not exactly a drive to turn around and come back the same day…we are planning a few days in Toronto this summer and it would be a good day trip from there……

  5. My husband grew up near there and we used to g boating out of Jordan Harbour when we were dating. A LYS is a big improvement.

  6. Robyn

    I have been to Jordan Station a few times – I like the ice cream shop – they mix your flavourings and add-ins into ice cream on marble slabs in front of you and you can choose from several different waffle bowls/cones, etc – yum! Hubby doesn’t ‘let’ me go in to the fibre-y stores too often!

  7. Looks like so much fun! All those lovely things in one place, too!

  8. kateohkatie

    Trip looks great. Both shops seem to be oozing charm and coziness! My favorite kind :-)

  9. I wish I lived closer so that I could visit these charming shops. What a fun day. Sounds like you’re moving out of your “blue” mood to a magenta one. :)

  10. ladyoctavia

    You think the seasons are making you buy pink…..

  11. What a lovely trip. It amazes me that there are so many wonderful yarn shops tucked away!

  12. looks fantastic! It’s great to discover hidden gems that are so close to home.

  13. Am totally jealous. ;) There are actually several really nifty yarn shops in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area — I just don’t have the enablers to cruise around with. Need to get out more.

    If I am ever up in the area of/around Toronto, I have a list of places to visit due to your ramblings (verbal and actual). I appreciate that — not so sure what the Darling Husband will think, though! :D

  14. OMG. Stitch looks soooooooooooo fabulous!!