Fellow knitters, do you know about the Ravelry Road Trip Planner?
You enter in your starting point and then destination, along with how far off the route you are willing to drive to get to a yarn shop:
It then churns out a list of every yarn shop in the Ravelry database between your Point A and Point B:
It includes yarn shops that are at either end of the trip, which can be a pro or a con. For myself, starting out from Toronto, I’m well aware of the yarn shops that are here. But as I scrolled down through the list, there were so many that were really quite close to the route from Toronto to Sudbury (Sudbury is my hometown, for those keeping track!) that I was surprised that I hadn’t heard of them before. This can also be used for planning to visit yarn stores around vacation spots, and works for anywhere in the world. I entered in information for Melbourne to Sydney, Australia, just to see the results:
And it even works if you aren’t road tripping. I tried entering in the same location for the starting point and destination, and it worked just fine:
If you are looking for where this cool feature is, It’s sort of hidden under the ‘yarns’ tab, halfway down the left hand side of the page. You have to be looking for it, it’s not that easy to spot.
There you have it- A super easy new way to find yarn shops wherever you happen to going! Any one have any trips coming up? If so, give this a try!