Crazy crazy day on the tour, today. JulieMustKnit and I headed out to the northern most shops in the 2014 North Puget Sound LYS Crawl at 8 am as we wanted to be at the first shop, almost on the Canadian border at 10 am when the shop opened.
I am just going to dive right into the shops and the day.
Beach Basket Yarns & Gifts
7620 Birch Bay Dr.
Birch Bay, WA 98230
I really liked both the Knit pattern and the Crochet Pattern. They are both lace wraps. They are light and airy, and very summery. I might make one, or both of them.
There is plenty of parking off the street in front of the shop, and there is a nice coffee shop right next door.
Wear On Earth
504 Front St.
Lynden, WA 98264
Wear on Earth is in Lynden, WA, where you will find more than one Windmill. I am not kidding.
You know you have found the entrance to the yarn shop by the Yarn Bombing.
1780 Iowa St.
Bellingham, WA 98226
Outside the Apple Yarns shop, in Bellingham, we ran into CathieC, her loving husband, and her puppy!
This is a lovely, light filled shop. They carry a lot of Sweet Georgia Yarns, which is local for them.
There is ample off street parking in their parking lot.
NW Handspun Yarns
1401 Commercial St.
Bellingham, WA 98225
We shall recognize our LYS by their Yarn Bombs! Not only does this shop have a cute tree bombing,
but they have the above knit Dalek guarding their doorway. I had JulieMustKnit pose with the terrifying alien for me so you could see the scale.
We saw CathieC again in this store, and it was like a bit of an Eastside Stitchers' Party.
This store has such lovely yarns for sale. They have a great relationship with Huckleberry knits, one of my favorite local hand dyers, and always seem to have her yarn available.
They had a group of bobbin lace makers... making lace.
(Puzan! another cowl, pattern 7)
There is no parking lot for the shop, there is street parking or, we parked in a bank parking lot that was across the street and down one block.
Mrs. Hudson's Yarns and Teas
1106 Harris Ave #103
Bellingham, WA 98225
in Finnegan's Alley
This is a warm and welcoming shop.
They have a nice selection of the types of yarns we want to knit with, but also some sweet special yarns. I especially liked their Suri Elegance by the Alpaca Yarn Co. It just felt divine, and I loved the muted colors.
They had a nice supply of Swan's Island Lace yarn, which I had not seen in a store before.
La Jolla. And, a wonderful stranded colorwork sock pattern that uses Cascade Heritage Sock yarn (my go to solid sock yarn). I plan to make both patterns.
As we walked from the car to the shop, we passed another LYS shop that was not on the tour, The Wool Station. It was closed, and the employees were busy packing up the stock to move the store upstairs from its present location.
8712 271st St.
Stanwood, WA 98292
I just love this shop. The owner is Scandinavian, and the shop has the most wonderful stranded colorwork samples on display. If you want to knit with Dale of Norway yarns, this is your store.
Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard.
The free patterns both feature Dale of Norway yarns. The knitting pattern is a very cute baby blanket in Dale of Norway Baby Ull. The crochet pattern is a cowl in Dale of Norway Condor.
706 S First St
Mt. Vernon, WA 98273
We parked on the street around the corner from the shop.
The free pattern is hard to describe. Depending on how you button it up, it could be a cowl, wrap, shrug... Very versitile and inspirational.
(Puzan! Cowl Pattern 9)
719 Commercial Ave
Anacortes, WA 98221
The yarn that caught my eye this year was Jojoland.
Their free Crawl patterns are a really pretty reversible Knit cowl in Hikoo Rylie and a crochet mobius cowl in Malabrigo Silky Wool. I want to make the knit cowl for sure, and possibly the mobius, too.
(Puzan! cowl patterns 10 and 11)
Whidbey Isle Yarns Gifts & Teas
910 Pioneer Way #2
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
They have a bigger space.
If any shop shows off the personality of the owner, this shop does. There are wonderful handspun yarns for sale.
The featured patterns are the Katniss inspired Cowl (Hunger Games), which uses a super bulky yarn like Brown Sheep Lanaloft.
The other featured pattern is a really cute little purse in Kraemer Perfection Lights and Perfection Worsted. I hope to make both.
210 First Street
Langley, WA 98260
This was our last stop for the day. It has moved down the street a bit from where it used to be last year. The shop seems to be a bit bigger. They have a large selection of Mountain Colors. They have the same cheerful helpful staff.
Their free patterns were for 2 cowls. They are definitely something I would like to make.
(Puzan! cowl pattern 11)
That's all for today. I need some sleep before I finish up the crawl.
shaping the planet one shop at a time.
shaping the planet with skeins and skeins of