There is a lovely small yarn store on Solarno in Berkeley called Stash. Carries all sorts of essentials, like Cascade and Harrisville. The people are wonderfully friendly and the sit and knit area is really comfortable.
Article Practical in Oakland has lace yarns, choices and choices. It also has more pretties. Not the basics. I think the two store inadvertently complement each other well.
I will not talk of spending hours in Bead stores nor Jo-Anns Fabrics with an old army friend.
Other than that, I am at my same two knitting projects, Ms Maus is not feeling well, the suitcases are packed and I am for bed.