Sunday, May 20, 2012

Puget Sound LYS Tour Day 4 Final Day!

Yes, I did it.  I visited 21 LYS (local yarn shops) in 4 days and completed the 2012 Puget Sound LYS Tour or as my husband, the Doc, likes to call it, "the pub crawl thing."

Every 7 shops, participants received a stitch marker, and at the 21st one, we got an extra marker (the last one) with the Tour logo, and a shawl pin.

Stop 1  Serial Knitters, Kirkland WA

Yes, we stopped in at Serial Knitters, our most LYS, again.  We had a new person with us today, Tara, and since neither she, nor Ellyol had been able to visit Serial Knitter during the crawl, we decided to give them a visit.  Ellyol was particularly happy to stop by because Allifer had made up the featured crochet pattern with the featured yarn from Serial Knitter, a pair of lace fingerless mitts, and finished them in the car on the crawl yesterday, and well, they were so cute and so fast and the price was so reasonable that Ellyol wanted to make a pair, also.

While we were there, MiriamK came in with her daughter who had WON!  one of the daily drawings.  It was so exciting.

Stop 2 Acorn Street Shop, Seattle WA

After Serial Knitters, we headed over the 520 Floating Bridge (which is now a toll bridge ugh!)

to the University District or U District of Seattle and Acorn Street Shop.

By now the weather had gone gloomy, which is very normal here in May, and it was cold and drizzling.  But, we are used to it, so we just pressed on.  This was a really delightful shop.  Again, like most shops, it was a small space, but they had a very nice selection.

They had a huge wall of Cascade which will come in handy when I learn colorwork.

The thing I liked the most was their sock yarn (of course!).  They carry Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock yarn.  I actually didn't know that you could buy this yarn in a store, I thought you had to get it online.  It is so wonderful to be able to see the colors in person.

Also, they had another brand of sock yarn that was new to me:  Merino Mia. by Prism Yarn.  The colors were just gorgeous.

This yarn shop is very close and I don't have to drive over the 520 and pay the toll, I can head to the 90 bridge instead, adding maybe 10 minutes to the drive, and saving some money which I will of course spend on yarn.!

We made a quick stop back at Tea Cozy Yarns in Ballard so GwenS could pick up her prize from the Friday Drawing, then headed to the Bainbridge Island Ferry and our last Tour stop.

Stop 3 Churchmouse Yarn & Teas, Bainbridge Island  WA

The ferry ride was gray and foggy, but it was Tara's very first time on one of our state ferries.

What did we do during the ferry ride?  Knit and crochet, of course. 

At every shop today, I said to my group, "Yellow Sock Yarn, Yellow Sock Yarn, do not let me buy anything BUT Yellow Sock Yarn."

Churchmouse Yarns is actually a pretty famous tourist stop, and there is a reason for that.  It is a wonderful shop.  It is packed with yarn, cross stitch thread, patterns, etc, everything you need, attractively arranged, with cozy chairs, a table to work at, great windows for natural light, and very helpful friendly knowledgeable staff.

Their featured patterns, cowls for both knit and crochet, used Rowan Kidsilk Haze in a reasonable price (with a 10% LYS Tour discount all the shops had), and was just beautiful.

I broke.

I had to have it.

I bought 2 skeins, a solid in a soft maroon, and a matching stripe in maroon and grey.  I also bought a gorgeous ball of a delicate light lavender merino lace weight yarn.  I hope to use it for my 2012 Advent Calendar scarf.

At this last stop, Allifer, GwenS, and I finished the 21 shops.  So the great staff rang a bell for us, gave us our stitch markers and shawl pin,

And then, gave us each a glass of champagne, to celebrate.

Cheers!  to Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.  Cheers!  Allifer, GwenS, Ellyol, and Tara.  Cheers! Chockelet.  Cheers!  to all of the people who visited at least 1 shop in our gorgeous Puget Sound area these last 4 days, and Cheers!  to the 21 stores who hosted us.  It was a wonderful experience.  I can't wait to go back and spend more time at your lovely stores.

Time to cast on some new projects.

Stay safe and well.

Shaping the planet a whole bunch of new projects at a time

Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, Tea Room

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