I had the names and addresses of two yarn stores in Honolulu but never had a chance to check them out. Today we were driving around Kona checking out some of the tourist spots before heading north to the place we are staying. I also had the names and addresses of two yarn stores here on the Big Island and one of them happened to be between us and the house we were headed to. Bonus, it was raining again so it was the perfect time to check it out!
Island Yarn and Art Supplies is located in a rather industrial looking complex (in fact it is next to a auto body shop).
The first floor is full of art supplies of all kind and then upstairs is the knitting area and what a pleasant surprise! It was full of yarn, mostly organized by color and included 3 tables to knit at (or in my case study Ravelry to determine what I could make with the yarn I was finding!)
There was an entire wall of Malabrigo and an adorable old bookshelf filled with more Habu than one could ask for!
I loved the display on top which included a large mason jar filled with old spools of thread.
Plus the colors of the Habu up there are amazing!!!
On one of the tables was a basket of hand dyed yarns, all of which were done in Hawaiian colors with Hawaiian names – they were gorgeous!
This basket was all sock weight. I later found a basket of bulky and bought a skein in “Lava Flow” which I thought was great for the area since were in the middle of nothing but lava fields. She also had some hand made buttons from a crafter who uses local wood to make them. They were very cool!
I was chatting with the owner while checking out and she is the one who dyes the yarns and all of her yarns have Hawaiian themed names. She calls the yarn Pu’olo Yarn. On the label it says the definition of pu’olo is a bundle of wonderful things – I couldn’t agree more!