The Best Little Yarn Shop in Texas: Hill Country Weavers

When Hill Country Weavers opened on Austin's South Congress in Austin in the 1980s, "SoCo" had a reputation for being not so savory. Imagine selling yarn and looms to ladies in a neighborhood where motel rooms rent by the hour.

Today South Congress is a thriving retail boulevard lined with vintage shops, boutiques, bistros and the inevitable food trailer park, conveniently located across the street.

The small yellow bungalow housing HCW is crammed floor-to-ceiling with yarn, to-die-for knitting bags, notions, books and fibery accoutrement of all kinds. (There's also a nice porch where you can stash the non-knitting spouses.)

 This is one of the few shops to carry Jared Flood's much-to-be-desired yarn Shelter as well as the Lorna's Laces range in his new colorway Grand Street Ink (a deep juicy plum that makes you want to hand over the deed to your house for a chance to try it).

Did I mention that there's a lot of yarn here? Including The. Wall. Of. Noro.

And huge hunks of Manos!

I would have liked to see more Texas product here, but to be fair, I didn't launch an exhaustive search and neglected to ask. For all I know there may be Lone Star mohair shedding away in a cubby somewhere.

Still, it's obvious that HCW is one of the country's gems. For yarnies, it's a must-see. Be sure to pair your visit with a look around Uncommon Objects down the street, the coolest, hippest, shabbiest-chicest, Westeranalia-selling vintage mall ever.

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