I went with a small group yesterday and we had a pretty darned efficient shop crawl (er, research expedition): 6 yarn stores in 6 hours. Of all the interesting things that we saw and thought, the one that's sticking with me now is this: when, at the end of the day, we asked each other the following questions --
Which did you like best?
Where would you shop if you lived here?
Where would you want to work if you lived here?
If you could own any of them, which would it be?
--though there was some agreement about the answer to any one question, the answers were significantly different from one question to another. That is, for any of us, the place we'd want to shop (the place we'd call "our" knitting shop, if anyone asked), wasn't necessarily the one we'd choose if someone said, "Any one of these can be your shop. Just pick."
I don't know what to make of that. But I find it really interesting.
Anyway, we're back now. Sorry for any difficulty yesterday.