I could have spent all day at Monarch Knitting.
I remember when I first came to Pacific Grove five years ago, they were in the same building but in a much smaller space. This past spring they moved into a bigger space in the same beautiful building and they have done an amazing job.
Yarn is organized by weight. They have beautiful samples and beautiful displays.
It’s full of light, laughter, and people who clearly love where they work. There is plenty of room to wander about without rubbing elbows with displays or other patrons.
There is so much natural light you have no trouble imaging the real hues of the color you are holding in your hand. It’s one of those stores where you walk in and immediately wish it was your LYS. I may or may not have priced houses in the area. It’s welcoming and invites you to explore and to touch the beautiful yarn. It makes you feel good about blowing your vacation budget.
I purchased a skein of Big Bad Wool that they had on display and a hat pattern to knit it in. I also bought a pullover pattern and will call them to buy more of the same yarn because it’s a wonderful blend of Alpaca and wool and best part, it’s superwash! They had on display the pullover as the sample and it had been washed and dried in the dryer. It looked just like it just came off the needles.
If you are visiting the San Francisco area then you must make the two hour drive to the Monterey Peninsula. Visit Monarch Knitting in Pacific Grove, wander along the Warf in Monterey, and stroll through Carmel-by-the-Sea. It’ll be worth every minute.
Ravelry ID: Carmelknits