Last year my friend Pat and I hit 8 yarn stores in one day for the Local Yarn Store annual tour, and we were exhausted (not to mention our bank accounts!)! So this year we decided to go for quality and distance rather than quantity. We started out at 8:00 AM for Bainbridge Island and Churchmouse Yarns and Teas. To get there is no easy feat — you can’t get there from here unless you drive the insanely busy Interstate 5 into the heart of Seattle and catch the ferry. So we did!
We have always loved their patterns, newsletter and online store, but seeing them in person was awesome. So warm and inviting, so professional, so helpful, and the yarn was awesome. Each LYS gives away a free pattern and offers the yarn at a discount, so of course Pat and I had to buy the yarn for the free patterns. (These will be available on their website at 6:00 PM, Sunday, May 18th.)
Then back on the ferry, drive through downtown Seattle again to the 520 floating bridge and on up to the town of Carnation in the Cascade foothills. The next yarn shop was Tolt Yarn and Wool, a new shop just opened last November. Our expectations weren’t very high for a new, little yarn shop in this teeny, tiny town, but when we walked through the door, our jaws dropped! The place was at one and the same time vibrant, rustic, homey and sophisticated! The staff was young, knowledgeable, eager and enthusiastic. We fell in love with Tolt Yarn and Wool!
Their free pattern was Rutherford, a simply beautiful hat knit in their own hand-dyed yarn, Big Sister by Yoth Yarns. Luscious!
Heading north out of Carnation (after a stop at Starbucks for some late afternoon caffeine!), we wound our way to Route 2, Interstate 5, Bellingham and Iowa Street to our “home store,” Apple Yarns. A great place to hang out, browse the yarn displays and chat with friends, kinda like the yarn shop version of “Cheers.” We often go on yarn buying binges at this store! Their free pattern this year is a wonderful hat designed by Claudia that is so PNW — an ear-flap hat with an umbrella motif! AND, she designed it in both a knit and a crochet version — in addition to taking this photo of Pat and me!!
Armed with three new patterns and the yarn to create them, Pat and I celebrated another great LYS Tour — 11 hours, 276 miles and 3 yarn shops later! Can’t wait until next year’s tour!