After futzing around for months trying to figure out which fabulous aran to make for my Betrothed -- including a short-lived, design my own top down aran fantasy period -- the lure of Na Craga became irresistible. Really,... could you ask for a more straightforward, manly sweater? I think not! But if you need some convincing, check Annie's April 15th post, or over at Mary Beth's for manly, Na Craga-clad men in action!
So after a bit of color consultation with my guy, I poked around the Web, hit a couple of yarn shops, and found the color I'd been looking for at the new Santa Cruz LYS -- The Swift Stitch. It's a cute, smallish shop tucked into a little business complex on Swift Street (just off Mission Street) on the Westside. They carry Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Manos, Cascade, Crystal Palace, some GGH, Addi's (woohoo!), and a variety of novelty yarns.
The Swift Stitch didn't have quite the amount of Cascade 220 I needed for Na Craga, but offered (yes, offered) to order it up for me. This was early on a Saturday afternoon. THREE HOURS LATER, I got a message letting me know that they my order had been submitted to Cascade, and it was expected to arrive around mid-week. And it did. On Wednesday. The LYS called me, even, to let me know it was waiting. Shocking, but true. And when I swung by the shop to pick up my order, they didn't offer me a discount for buying one bag plus (or $100+) of yarn, however they did charge me actual retail price (no markup!), which is refreshing for these parts.
Yay for decent customer service!