Wednesday, May 7, 2014

2014 South Sound Yarn Crawl, Part 2


I'm continuing the report of the 2014 South Sound Yarn Crawl.  If you read my post from Monday, you will know that this yarn crawl includes 9 shops all around South Puget Sound.  I went on the Crawl with 3 of my Eastside Stitchers buddies, JulieMustKnit, Wajio, and WireKnitter.  We started early Saturday morning and finished all 9 stores that day.  My Monday post includes the first 4 stores: Amanda's Art Yarn, Debbie Macomber's A Good Yarn Shop, Rainy Day Yarns, and Allyn Knit Shop.

Fancy Image Yarn
591 Southeast Arcadia Road
Shelton, WA 98584

This amazing shop is tucked away in the trees in Shelton.  As I wrote in my first post, each shop on this tour reflects the personality of it's owner.  This shop just screams, "COLOR."  The power was out in Shelton, or at least in the section that was near the shop.  The traffic lights were out on the turns coming up to the shop.  There were no lights on in the shop when we entered. 
The lack of artificial light didn't seem to dim the shop as the yarn in side seemed to light up the shop all on it's own.  This shop carries Fancy Image Hand DyedYarn, almost exclusively.
There are a few other basic yarns, to fill out the collection, but the shop is really a showcase for this beautiful local yarn.  There are many many bases.
All dyed in the richest saturated colors.  It was simply a joy to the eyes.  We especially loved the Seahawk's colorways.
The amazing staff worked through the power outage cheerfully, making sales the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.  This shop is only open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, but you can always order on-line.

Canvas Works
525 Columbia St. SW
Olympia, WA, 98501
19.7  mi, 25 min

ha ha ha That photo of the capitol building in Olympia is from last year's tour.  It rained this year, and as I was driving, I didn't have a chance to take photos from the car.

The shop drew gasps of delight from our group.  The rooms are two stories high, with large windows all around, filling the space with light, even on a gray rainy day.

This shop boasts a strong selection of great upscale standard yarns.  These are the kinds of yarns you want to use for most of your best projects.  They have a large selection of Mountain Colors Yarns, and the featured yarn was a Mountain Colors Yarn that was specially dyed for their shop for the 2014 Yarn Crawl.

They also sell fabric,
and have a coffee shop.
With all of these wonderful features, what do they think is their strongest point?  The staff.  People often have questions, they might need to ask about a pattern, a stitch yarn substitution, etc.  They are always willing to help. 
This, and well just about everything else about this welcoming shop, makes it a gathering place for knitters of all levels.

Ok, the Round 4 Pattern for Sock Madness is out, and I'm working every day this week, so I will continue my posts about the Yarn Crawl with the last 3 shops tomorrow.

shaping the planet with a wealth of places to shop for yarn.
Canvas Works also carries fiber for felting projects

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