My winter vacation in Tacoma WA. has been full of yarn shops (and rain). I don’t know if you folks are familiar with Shop Hops or Shop Crawls but here and in CA about once a year LYS’s get together and plan a weekend were you visit participating shops and pick up a new yarn and pattern created just for the occasion. They have a drawing if you fill your “passpost” with stamps from all the shops you are entered in a drawing to win a gift certificate to the participating shop of your choice worth about $500.00. This is a pictorial of the shops I’ve visited so far this week in Washington.
Today we only did one shop as I can honestly say I’m tired of driving!
The shop Kent Washington is a very nice shop in an upscale outdoor mall. Thank goodness David was with me (as he has been on all the trips) or I might not have found this one. It’s not on the main street of the center but on the back side of building 417. Again, they carry mostly the same yarns I can get at home so I did’nt buy yarn. I did purchase a pattern by Lisa Ellis called Barista Mitts. Three different cable patterns.
A real mecca of yarn that I wanted to see was Churchmouse Yarn and Tea on Bainbridge Island, WA. I was not disappointed. This lovely, warm friendly shop was all I wanted it to be. I bought a pattern that was part of their Yarn Crawl 2010.
A real surprise find was Amanda’s Art-Yarn in Poulsbo. I hadn’t planned on going to this shop but we decided to check out the “Historic Downtown” (that’s what the sign said on the highway). I went into a quilt shop to ask for directions to the shop (Quilters are nice people too!) and was directed across the street and up stairs. What a gem. Amanda (a former Santa Cruz, CA gal) was friendly as can be. She designs patterns and many of the shop samples were her designs (pattern convieniently located next to yarn and FO)
A well lit, friendly shop with lots of great yarn, Debbie Macomber’s A Good Yarn Shop was a must see on this trip. One of my rules when visiting LYS’s away from home is to buy yarns and patterns I can’t buy at my LYS’s at home. Debbies shop carried many yarns that we have at home. Her own yarns, which she donates the sales to help children around the world, were lovely but not in colors I would use (they’ve sold out of many colors).
Unraveled Yarn in Federal Way was a return visit this year. I met Sharla (Sharlar on Ravelry) who is a budding designer. When she saw me admiring a FO on display she came over and told me she had designed the pattern. I told her I had some yarn at home that would work well for the pattern and she kindly gave me the pattern. I’ll be sure to send her a copy of my FO.
Weaving works in Seattle is a staple in the knitting community of Seattle. My SIL suggested we visit this shop. I bought some lovely Stacey Charles yarn (on sale no less).
The Yellow House Yarns in Puyallup, WA opened Feb 1st, 2011. Lovely yarns, lots of “sit and knit”