Need something a bit smaller? Head straight for the Pippa Hat accented with Fluribunda Flower Accent from Sublime #656. It takes two balls of Sublime Lustrous Extra Fine Merino DK and sports a lot of style. Pair it with another two balls to make the Furla Scarf, and you’ll weather Chicago’s killer winter in warm and spiffy style.
Personally, I always like to follow a good yarn shopping experience with a good cupcake. And lucky for you, I know just the place:
Tiny Dog Cupcake
I seriously regret that I was not here on a Saturday or Sunday morning to try out the “Famous Cupcake Brunch” with must-sample flavors like maple bacon and “cupttatas” (which is what happens when a cupcake and a frittata get together) in flavors like spinach and cheese. Throw in free coffee and wifi and I can’t imagine a better way to start a weekend day.
Cupcakes know no such bounds, however, and I sampled several on my weekday afternoon visit. I loved that the cupcakes came in regular, “big dog,” and “tiny” sizes perfect for tasting multiple flavors. The chocolate silk is as good as it sounds, but the lemon was outstanding (yes, really, I loved a non-chocolate flavor!). The salty caramel was good, too, but the first two were my favorites. Add some really fine coffee to round out the experience...and like most cupcake joints, this is a very fun place to people-watch.
In addition to my two fave eating establishments mentioned earlier, there are two other Evanston institutions not to be missed:
Blind Faith Cafe
When’s the last time you found yourself in a really good fabric store? If for you it’s been years (like it has been for me), you owe yourself a trip to:
Evanston, Illinois 60202
Long the go-to haunt for costume construction from my theater-major days, Vogue is probably one of the last great brick-and-mortar fabric stores around. Evanston is their flagship store, and you could easily kill and entire day wandering their stock to touch and feel all the fabric-y goodness. I can’t shop for yarn and fabric on the internet--I’ve got to TOUCH the stuff, and this place is perfect for tactile shoppers like me. I love their slogan: “Enabling Fabraholics since 1945.” They even offer group tours! The remnant room was always my favorite hangout...some true bargains to be had in there.
There you have it...a fiber-filled frolic on Chicago’s North Shore. Old home week for me, new adventures for you!