You all are undoubtedly sick of listening to me yammer on about crabcakes.
I was happy to find Salty Yarns in "old" Ocean City. I had been reading the owner's blog for a while, (more about her life and less about her shop, but it's her blog, so it's her prerogative) and you know that if I was only a couple of miles away, I'd absolutely be stopping in!
(Before I get started, please know that I asked permission before I took these pictures.)
The shop is pretty amazing. It's much larger than I would have thought - three good sized rooms. I remember visiting shops in Stone Harbor and Avalon and even in Cape May years ago, and they were very small. Like 1/3 the size of this shop. And it's crammed with stuff. Displays that are full to bursting. Two walls of fabric (7 ct. to 40 ct and lots of colors and hand dyeds) and a room of thread. Cottons, silks, overdyeds, synthetics, beads...it was an impressive collection of fibers.
Accessories and gadgetry out the wazoo. Loads of finishing supplies, including a wall unit stuffed with tons of frames of every size and shape. And another free standing display also stuffed with frames. And let me tell you...this shop had the latest stuff. She certainly has been paying attention to the pulse of the internet.
She also had a large display of Dimensions kits. A medium sized display of punch needle. Some Vera Bradley. Lots of Pine Mountain kits. And the requisite seashore/nautical/local flavor charts. Here are some of them. There is an impressive set of charts of houses and landmarks in Ocean City...I think 51 charts? I didn't photograph those, though.
The trick however, was finding stuff. When you first walk in, it's this mass of STUFF, and you have to work at it and stick with it to see exactly what's in there. I found myself wishing that I was there with a friend or two, because I think that more people would have unearthed interesting things that I know I missed seeing on my own. There's just no way that I saw all of the neat things in there. And even though I went twice, I completely lost track of time during both visits. Luckily, there were several nice comfy rockers on a shaded porch just outside the shop and Dave could sit and people-watch, so it wasn't terribly bad for him. Did I mention that the shop is right on the boardwalk? Lots of people to see!
So, I came home with the new BBD LF chart - the summer sampler. And two fall themed charts - the latest CEC design with the crows and pumpkins, and another simpler fall chart but the designer is escaping me right now. Fabric and threads for all. And some floss drops shaped like flip flops!
Now that I'm home, I've learned that there are three nice shops in that area! Besides Salty Yarns, there is a shop called The Spinning Wheel in Fenwick Island, and another shop in Bethany Beach called Sea Needles.
I think this calls for another trip...Anyone? Anyone?