Kateri and her mom Julie took me to Village Wools, in Albuquerque. Aren't they so mother-daughter-y and cute?!? They are both knitters; Julie has fallen down the slippery slope and is also a spinner, shhhh.
I couldn't find a yarn store in ABQ during my last trip and couldn't find it, because it is in a strange parallel universe sort of commercial quasi-strip-mall compound thing outside of normal maps. But now that I have been, there, holy cow! This is not even 50% of the space.
It is so big you can run around like a crazy person and no one bothers you. Just look at this separate ginorm room devoted to weaving classes. (See what I mean by spinning = gateway drug to weaving?)
Usually I struggle to get "local" yarn at the LYS's I visit. This time, the selection was overwhelming.
Also, I had just purchased so much local yarn in Taos. So I ended up getting "regular" yarn instead: a lovely variegated green laceweight from U-knitted nations (Pagewood Farms, in CA) and a gigantic (950 yards) skein of copper-orange from Madelinetosh.
Despite getting multiple packages shipped home, I still had way too much souvenirage this trip to fit into my luggage. So I just had to get a new bag to carry everything home.
What an awesome knitting bag! It's by Latern Moon, which I have not purchased in the past, but now I am a huge fan. In addition to the great black-and-white fabric on the outside and the robin's egg blue fabric on the inside, and the adjustable cloth straps, there are four huge pockets built in between the layers all around the sides, to organize and to hold, til death do us part. The green yarn is in one of the side pockets.
What a super-wonderful spree! Even the sheep and churro dolls by the checkout seem cheery.