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Puget Sound LYS Tour Saturday

Saturday dawned bright and early, as it is wont to do in the Pacific Northwest. I, however, did not rise with the sun, but instead slept in, and didn’t get rolling until after noon. It was a good thing that I only planned to visit three shops Saturday, because I really needed that break. Here was my plan for the day:

The distance was about the same as the previous day, but with only three stops the pace felt much more doable. I got a bit of an earlier start than originally planned, however, because the border lineup was reported to be an hour and a half. When I got to the border, though, it turned out the wait was only 20 minutes. Yay! More time for yarn! Less time sitting in my car going nowhere! I was pleased.

I drove around a bunch of water and then out onto Fidalgo Island (which I’m not convinced is an Island, but who am I to argue?), around Fidalgo Bay, and up to Anacortes. So much water! And sun! Very pretty drive. Again, I was pleased. I did not take many pictures of the scenery, because I felt it would be irresponsible to take photos while driving, but imagine a really pretty view of water with sunshine. It was like that.

Ana-Cross Stitch (Anacortes):

I loved the needlepoint here. There were some absolutely gorgeous pieces that looked like watercolor sunsets in the Pacific Northwest. Folks were friendly, and I liked the combination of yarn and cross-stitch materials. Their pattern was for “Anabeth’s Majestic Rockin’ Donetello” knit in Pollyanna. The sample was cute, and I liked the beading on it. Overall, a very nice shop.

Cross stitch supplies

I like the wall display here

Watercolor cross stitch

Next up was Coupeville Yarn, which I will talk about, but first I need to talk about Deception Pass. I don’t think I’d ever seen Deception Pass before, and if I had I certainly didn’t remember it. The view was absolutely breathtaking. I didn’t stop for pictures, but a quick Google Image Search will give you a pretty good idea.

Here’s one image, just to give you the idea. Stolen from http://www.anacorteskayaktours.com/explore-anacortes/deception-pass.php

Jaw-droppingly beautiful. And then onward to more yarn!

Coupeville Yarn (Coupeville):

This was my 14th shop! Meaning I got a second stitch marker, and that I was 2/3 through the tour. I really liked the pattern for a tweed stitch bag in Cascade Yarns Covington, and was sorely tempted to buy the yarn for the project. I kept to my strict budget and didn’t, though. Maybe next time!

Inside the shop

Knitty Purls (Langley):

After more driving in the sunshine with gorgeous scenery all around me, I got to Knitty Purls somewhere between 5 and 5:30 PM. The town is super cute, and the yarn store matches. The woman there was very friendly, and we chatted a bit. They dyed their own yarn for the tour, which I think is really cool. The colorway and pattern were both called Rhododendron, which is Washington’s state flower. The pattern and yarn worked well together to evoke the image of a rhododendron. I also go to see the Mountain Colors interpretation of last year’s yarn, which was also locally inspired (I’m forgetting the name now.)

 

 

 

Rhododendron sock and yarn

Just some of their yarn offerings

Last year’s sock pattern and yarn (as interpreted by Mountain Colors)

 

Completely exhausted, I made it to the ferry in Clinton and was in Mukilteo by 6:30 PM. Filled up my gas tank, went home, started writing about my adventures, and slept until the start of Sunday’s touring. Which will be yet another blog post, so keep an eye out for that.

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Puget Sound LYS Tour 2012 Friday Part 2

So we left our intrepid protagonist (er, me) at Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon. From there I headed to Knot Just Yarn in Burlington.

First off, this may just be the cutest door ever. Second, I absolutely loved their pattern: a slouchy beret knit in Stonehenge Sepherd’s Wool, which is made in the US. I was pretty tempted to get some, because these hats looked so good! I may decide to work this project yet, and if so, I’ll definitely go back to Knot Just Yarn to do it. I loved how friendly folks there were, and their focus on local/US products was cool. Also seen here: a really cute start to a cowl in Heritage Silk and Zauberball. And… on to the pictures!

Aforementioned cool cowl

Obligatory blurry general shop photo

Gorgeous locally made shawl pins.

NW Handspun Yarns (Bellingham):

The downstairs here was nice, and there were lots of cool locally produced yarns (yay!) But the real treat here was the loft upstairs. There was a gorgeous table and seating area perfect for a knitting circle, tons of fiber for spinning, and *tons* of sale yarn. I got myself a skein of 100% Romney (I don’t have the label with me right now, but I promise I’ll photograph it and post it later) in a colorway that can only be described as “on fire.” Their pattern offering was a “Serendipitous Shawl Collar Scarf” knit in Spincycle worsted yarn. Knit up with this yarn, the colorways and ridges worked beautifully together. I think I’m going to have to do a separate post with pictures of all the patterns if they go up on Ravelry. I, of course, forgot to take pictures of them all figuring “I have the pattern.”

Spincycle Yarn

This basket was on the stairs. I’m not sure why, but it really tickled me to see “local clean soft fiber” as the tag.

Beautiful work space!

I’m not a spinner, but this looks like *so much fun*

Apple Yarns (Bellingham):

First off, I loved the yarn-bombed tree! Second, I loved the quotes on the window and on all the walls. Everything about this shop was bright in a really fun way (not overwhelming.) The space felt very open, which was nice, and the owner was very friendly and chatty. She was really knowledgeable and excited about local yarns, and wanted to hear all about the other places I’d been and had great things to say about all of them. I loved how positive she was, it really made the shop seem welcoming and fun. Their pattern offering was “Park City Socks” knit in SweetGeorgia Yarns Tough Love Sock (link is for the Ravelry page.) What a pretty pattern. I will definitely be using this.

I’m starting off with this picture because I think it really shows the sense of fun that this shop has. A quote from Albus Dumbledore in the bathroom. Win.

Shop layout. I am having the hardest time picking which photos to use for this place. The lighting was so good, I got a bunch of really nice shots.

Work-space, a quote, and more yarn

Beach Basket Yarns (Birch Bay):

This was a cute shop, with a great view. I got there at 7:55, and was delighted to feel welcomed rather than feeling like I was imposing by showing up at the last minute. Thank you for that! This was a delightful way to finish my day, especially getting to see the bay at dusk. Their pattern offering was “French Beenz” knit in Plymouth’s Coffee Beenz (it’s a mug cozy.) Very cute, especially with the buttons they used. I also got to see some gorgeous colorwork with Kauni here. I will almost certainly need to go back, since by the time I’d made it there I was pretty exhausted and probably didn’t catch all of what they had.

 

 

 

Kauni colorwork

Wall of yarn!

Dusk on the Bay. Wouldn’t this be a lovely spot to sit and knit and watch the sun set?

And thus ended Friday’s adventure (well, after I crossed the border and got to where I was sleeping around 9 PM.) Saturday’s adventure was only three shops, but it’s definitely its own full post.

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Puget Sound LYS Tour 2012 Thursday

Thursday around 10:30 AM I saw this on my Facebook feed, “Sitting in my car knitting waiting for the first yarn shop to open.” Now, I know about the Puget Sound Local Yarn Store Tour, and had missed it every year to date. I hadn’t paid attention to this year’s dates, being busy with school and such (hence the dearth of posts lately.) But seeing this post, I immediately realized that the LYS Tour must be starting, Googled this years’ information, and started to plan to see if I could make it to some of the shops.

I realized that after my class, I had an hour and a half to get lunch before going to get an oil change for my car. So I stopped by The Fiber Gallery, and got to see their new location for the first time, and walked out with a wonderful wool/silk blend yarn from their sale section. Not being in the swing of things yet, I managed to walk out without a copy of their pattern for this year, and now I can’t remember what it is! A mistake not to be repeated. Then I hopped over to The Tea Cozy Yarn Shop, which I’d never been to before. The chairs set up along 14th for the Norwegian Constitution Day parade were a fun flashback to growing up in Ballard.¬†The Tea Cozy is such a lovely shop! I’m really excited to know about this place, and will definitely be back. Their shop pattern is for two cute stuffed bunnies made in Cascade Superwash.

After running my afternoon errands, I had an hour before I was supposed to meet up with a friend for dinner, so of course I had to see if I could get to another shop. I decided on Acorn Street, which was where I bought the Kauni I used for a Revontuli shawl years ago. This time I left with a skein of yarn made from corn fibers, which I’m excited to get to play with. Their pattern was for a traveling rib cowl knit in Silk Garden, which was gorgeous. I had just enough time after that to get to dinner on time, so instead I stopped by Bad Woman Yarns in Wallingford. Their pattern is for a reversible chevron cowl, knit in Tosh Sport, which looks like it could be a fun little knit. I managed to escape without being sucked in to Trophy Cupcakes (this time…) Luckily my friend is forgiving and didn’t mind that I was a bit late for dinner. Having just visited four shops, I decided “how hard can it be?” and started planning the rest of the weekend.

The four circled shops are the ones I visited on Thursday

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