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"Travel Blog: Cruising Alaska's Inside Passage"
Author:  planetpurl
Glaciers, the Tongass National Rainforest, gold rush towns and yarn, my friend, yarn!
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Juneau, Alaska [Back to Blog]


As close as we came
to the yarn

At Alaska's capital city, we watched from our cabin's balcony as the rush hour traffic (seaplanes lined up one after the other) took off.  Crazy.  Juneau is the largest city on the cruise ship circuit, with a population of about 30,000.  With all those people and the long, dark winters, you'd think Juneau could have a yarn shop on every corner.  Ooh, that must be what heaven is like..... 

Anyway, Juneau is home to one yarn shop, but it's a very short walk from the cruise ship docks.  Skeins Fine Yarns is located on the second floor of a little shopping arcade.  I wish I could tell you what the shopping experience was like, but apparently the posted hours are a bit, hmmm, flexible?  I double checked with one of the other shopkeepers in the arcade and was told that this wasn't an unusual event.  The shop was supposed to open at 9, which is late for a cruise ship town as the ships start letting off passengers between 7 and 8 in the morning and most pull up anchor and head out by 3 or 4.  The shops tend to keep the cruise ship hours as that's obviously when the most customers are around.  We stopped by the shop at 9 and waited a few minutes while we watched several other customers walk up the stairs, check the door and walk away.  We checked back at 9:15 and still closed.  We checked back at 9:30 and still dark and other people leaving after waiting around.  We waited another 10 minutes and gave up. 

Through the window, though I spotted a lot of the major brands like Noro and Rowan.  I can't tell you if they had anything uniue or local, but if you go, and I definitely suggest calling ahead to avoid wasting any precious shore time, let us know what you think!

Skeins Fine Yarn
175 S Franklin St
Juneau, AK 99801-1304
(907) 463-5678
10/11/2009 1 comments | add comment
mrswave | 07/01/2010
I found Skeins Fine Yarn. She finally opened around 11:00. She had the qiviut, however, I found the store messie and hard to find anything else of interest.
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