Sunday, May 18, 2014

2014 North Puget Sound LYS Crawl, Day 4: FINISHED!


JulieMustKnit and I finished visiting all 25 stores in the 2014 North Puget Sound LYS Crawl today.  We were joined by Skeinherder as we visited the last 3 shops on the Crawl.
Seattle Yarn
5633 California Ave SW
Seattle, WA 98136

This is a wonderful shop.  It is quite large, and has a huge selection of great yarns.  There are wonderful big windows in the front, bringing in the light.
This shop is able to carry a lot of each brand and base, and enough of each color that you could easily buy what you needed for a sweater.
They have a huge selection of cotton yarns, linen, and hemp.

I asked the owner if that was a seasonal thing, and she explained that she has some regular patrons with wool allergies, and so she made sure to have a good selection on hand for them.  That is true LYS service.  This shop is big enough, that she can have a large selection of these non-wool yarns, but still have a great selection of wool yarns, as well.

The free patterns were a Knit cowl that uses Autumn Wind Hand Dyed Print by Lotus. And, a lacy Crochet Shawl that is hooked in Araucania Azco Izis.

I liked the cowl more than the shawl.

There is a small parking lot in front of the store.

(Puzan!  cowl pattern 12)

So Much Yarn
1525 First Ave. #4
Seattle, WA 98101

 So Much Yarn has moved to a new space right across the street from the Pike Place Market.  (I will now promote my children's book, Salt and Pepper at the Pike Place Market).

The new store is bigger and has so much light! 
They still have a wonderful selection of yarns.

Their pattern is a Knit cowl and uses Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock Yarn.
We parked off Western Ave. in the Market parking lot ($3 for 1 hour). 

From there it was a short drive to the Bainbridge Island Ferry and our last stop at...

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas
118 Madrone Ln
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
This shop was as lovely and welcoming, as usual.  They have such a lovely staff, and everyone was helpful and seemed as fresh as though it was Day 1 of the Crawl.

They have a wonderful selection of terrific yarns, but it is also something about how they group and display the yarns.
They have a section for the Teas of the "Yarn & Teas," as well as other lovely gift items for sale.
They keep their wonderful Churchmouse patterns in the store
Their designers have a way of making a pattern that is achievable for a beginning knitter, yet fun for someone more advanced.  And the project is sure to be classic enough that you can wear it year after year.  This year's free patterns for the crawl were no exception.  Both patterns are for lovely scarves.  The Knit pattern uses two colors of Isager Alpaca Merino 2, and the Crochet pattern uses one or two skeins of Misti Alpaca Hand Paint Sock yarn.  I plan to make both.
If you finish the Crawl at Churchmouse, they ring a bell and celebrate with champagne.  Skeinherder finished with 9 shops, so she is in for one of the large drawings, and of course, JulieMustKnit and I did the whole insane thing.

I hope my posts about this crawl encourage you to try the crawl yourself, next year.  It is tons of fun, and you can really see how lucky we are to live in Washington where we have the most amazing Local Yarn Shops.

shaping the planet with champagne.

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