This past week I got to visit the yarn shop that is probably the farthest from my usual yarn beat that I will probably ever get to! (Unless there is a yarn shop on Key West, and I somehow get there at some point. But I think that’s unlikely.) Specifically, I was in the Tampa/St. Pete area in Florida visiting my Mom, brother and sister-in-law. They know my love for checking out the yarn shops wherever I go, so they took me to Roxy’s Yarns, which as far as we can tell is the yarn shop in their area.
Roxy’s is in a sort of nice strip mall with several other businesses in the heart of Tampa. It’s not a huge place, but is very well stocked. I was curious as to what kind of yarn a Florida yarn shop would have. Would they have mostly cotton? It’s hot down there! All my yarn-shop experience is northerly, from Pennsylvania to Alaska and Seattle, so I genuinely didn’t know. Well, as it turns out they are not that different from yarn shops I know and love. They were a little heavier on the cotton and silk yarns that what you might find in northerly yarn shops, but still had lots of wool as well. They had a great selection of Malabrigo and Madelinetosh, as well as a wide array of other yarns. They also had lots of needles and notions available. There were lots of tempting projects on display. They got my Mom with some cute kids’ hat kits – she had knit two and a half of them by the time my visit was over 🙂
For me the best find was yarn from The Fiber Seed. This is a Tampa-based yarn dyer, and the shop owner told me some of the selection there is exclusive to Roxy’s. Souvenir skeins? Yes please! Speaking of the owners – they are a lovely couple, neither of whom is named Roxy. Roxy is their beloved rescue puppy, whose picture you will see on their website. They offer classes and have a nice area to just visit and knit. So if you are in the Tampa area and want to visit a well-stocked, friendly yarn shop, stop at Roxy’s. You’ll be glad you did!
And a good time was had by all!