No 2010 LYS tour for me

The 2010 LYS Tour was this weekend (May 20-23). 25 yarn shops (25!) in 4 days. I didn’t go. I’d gone last year and the year before, but between work and house stuff this weekend, I just couldn’t make the time.
Instead, I lived vicariously through myself from 2008 and 2009:
I didn’t miss it all, though. I did manage to swing by Cultured Purls on the way home from work Friday, and made a quick hop to the Knitterythe Yarn Stash, and Renaissance Yarns Friday night. At least I got a taste of it, and a few free patterns to boot!

2009 LYS Tour, Day 3

500 miles, and I’m done!
Today I hit the suburbs, what I called last year my "ring around Seattle." Yes, technically some of the stores are still Seattle, but it’s a big place, you know?
Cultured Purls, Issaquah
This one was easy. I drive through Issaquah almost every day on my way to and from work, so I like to stop in on occasion. So glad they got on the tour this year. The free pattern for the tour was for knit fingerless gloves, in Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.
Another very lovely store. The free pattern was a choice between a knit Drop Stitch Market Bag or a flower scarf, both in SWTC Tofutsies. I chose the bag, and a skein of blue Tofutsies.
Main Street Yarn, Mill Creek
A hop, skip, and a jump up to Mill Creek to this great store. The free pattern is for Shedir Fingerless Gloves, in Rowan Calmer. They also had some great substitution yarn, Rowan Felted Tweed and an alpaca yarn that escapes me at the moment. Duh.
This shop smells so good, I’m convinced it’s part of a nefarious plan to keep us there buying yarn. The plan is working. Two free patterns: knit Ultra Pleasure fingerless mitts in Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine, and crochet felted Spring Tea Cozy in Kauni sock. I bought some Kauni (again) in a pink/purple colorway. I think I’ll make a felted laptop tote with it instead.
Seattle Yarn, Seattle
Over to West Seattle. So much yarn there! Their free pattern was for a Perfect Face Cloth in Louisa Harding Mulberry Silk. Mmmm.
Down to Burien. I love this shop. The free pattern was a crochet jewelry bag in Zitron Savanna and knit felted clog slippers in Cascade Eco Wool. I got the Savanna in a deep purple color.
All Points Yarn, Des Moines (not on tour)
This shop isn’t on the tour, but I met Morgan at Alpacapalooza this year, and told him I’d be by while on the tour, which also coincided with his shop’s anniversary. When I got his newsletter about some new knitter’s looms (like I need another fiber toy, but whatev), I decided it was a sign that I should stop by for sure. Well, Morgan decided to take off to Oregon for a show this weekend, and took his looms with him! Harumph! Now I’ll just have to go back! :P
The Knittery, Renton
Another great little shop that’s been around for, like, ever. I had a quick chat, and was witness to a new knitter’s first completed project, a lovely yellow cap. Congrats! The free pattern was a choice between a knit lace sampler scarf in Classic Elite Silky Alpaca, or a sock (I think!) in… something else. They were almost out of the Silky Alpaca, but I got some in black. They also had some great substitutions.
Last but not least, my home LYS. I turned my passport in to some fanfare (admittedly of my own making!). They had some knit chickens on display for a local contest, and, what do you know, one of them was mine! They were all so cute and creative, it was hard to choose one to vote for (and no, I didn’t vote for my own). The free pattern was for a pair of knit fingerless Evergreen Mitts in a great new yarn I hadn’t seen before: Punta Yarns Merisoft. I bought some in a bright pink colorway.
Man, was it gorgeous today. The sun was out, I took the tops off my car, vroom vroom bask bask bask. What can be better than sunshine and good yarn?
So, it was another successful year, I think. I’m bushed. I’m so glad I have tomorrow to rest!

2009 LYS Tour, Day 2

Ok, day 2. Today I focused on the Seattle stores, getting to 8 tour stores, plus 1 that wasn’t on the list. I did Seattle on day 3 last year, but this time I decided to switch it up.
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Bainbridge Island
The ferry ride over to Bainbridge Island is such a treat. This store takes the longest time to get to and back, but boy, is it worth it. The free pattern was knit Turkish Bed Socks in Koigu KPPPM. I was sidetracked by a lovely linen stitch scarf and ended up with some Misti Alpaca sock yarn instead.
So Much Yarn, Seattle (not on tour)
This is another shop that didn’t make the list this year. As I heard it, they weren’t sure they’d be open at the time. They moved, and their new location is great, tucked above Whole Foods near Pike Place Market. They did have free patterns in honor of the tour: a knit baby jacket in Pagewood Farms Yukon, a knit baby hat & booties in Cascade Superwash 220 Handpaint, and a feather-and-fan scarf in… darn, I forget. I got some of the Pagewood Farms Yukon yarn in a fun "Mardi Gras" colorway.
Hilltop Yarn, Seattle
Now up to Queen Anne. The free pattern here is a choice of crochet fingerless mitts in Hazel Knits Artisan Sock yarn and a knit neckwarmer in. I chose the mitts, and bought some Hazel Knits Artisan DK yarn in a stunning blue.
Onward to Ballard! The free pattrns were for a knit felted octopus in SWTC Karaoke and a crocheted phone case in Jo Sharp DK Cotton.
East now to Fiber Gallery. The pattern here is for a knit Starry Lace Beret in Dream in Color Starry. Sparkly!
This is an awesome shop. I try to get by every time I’m in Wallingford, which isn’t often enough. The free pattern here was for a knit lacy cravat in Elsebeth Lavold Hempathy. There was a crochet scarf pattern in Noro Kureyon sock, also. What’s really nice about this shop is that they provide a list of substitute yarns, to make it easy to choose the right yarn. I like Hempathy, though, so I bought some in red. I also broke down and bought some Trophy cupcakes down the hall. Yum.
Weaving Works, Seattle
So much fiber here! The free pattern was for a knit cashmere lace hood in Jade Sapphire Mongolian Cashmere 2-ply. Luxurious.
I really dig this shop, too. The free pattern was for a cute knit Happy Garter Jacket in JJ’s Montage Collection 10-ply. It was so cute, I had to get some, in the Lollipop colorway.
Tricoter, Seattle
This was the last shop of the tour for me last year. I was their first finisher, and they remembered me! Such great people here. The free pattern was for a special LYS ’09 knit scarf, with a chart to emboss "LYS 09" in seed stitch on the scarf. The yarn is Socks that Rock by Blue Moon, in an exclusive Tricoter LYS 2009 colorway. So cool.
That’s it for Seattle proper. Suburbs are next.

2009 LYS Tour, Day 1

It’s time for the 2009 LYS Tour! I wasn’t sure I was going to do it this year, because I knew I’d end up buying more yarn. But I started it anyway, and I’ve already bought more yarn. Sigh. I’m not going to fight it.
The tour runs today through Sunday. I managed to hit 7 stores today, plus one that wasn’t on the tour. My schedule today was virtually the same as it was last year, starting with stores to the north.
Great Yarns, Everett
I started my journey north with a stop in Everett. The free pattern was for a prayer shawl, one knit and one crochet, in Marble Chunky yarn. I ended up purchasing some of the Marble Chunky in a purple colorway.
Beach Basket Yarns, Birch Bay
Next, I booked it straight to Blaine. On the coast is Birch Bay, a lovely little resort village, with a great little yarn shop right on the bay. I have to admit, I groaned when I saw how far it was, but now I’m glad I went. The patterns there were for a knit boucle cowl in JJ’s Mystique Mohair, and a crochet scarf in Super Ten Butterfly Cotton. I bought neither yarn, but did get some Zitron Trekking Fach.
J&J Needle Art, Bellingham (not on tour)
Since I traveled all that way, I stopped in at the shop. J&J wasn’t on the tour this year, but it was nice to see Jeaninne and Joseph again, and we had a nice chat. Since they weren’t on the tour, there wasn’t a free pattern, but I left with some lovely Plymouth Baby Alpaca Brush yarn and a baby pattern book.
Apple Yarns, Bellingham
I’m glad to see Apple Yarns on the list this year. They didn’t get on the list in time last year, but I visted them then anyway. This year, it was official. Their free pattern was Totally Seamless Booties (knit) and Last Minute Cowl (crochet). I couldn’t resist, and bought some Huckleberry Knits Trilliom Superwash worsted in a bright green colorway.
NW Handspun, Bellingham
I really like this shop. And, since I started spinning last year, a whole new purchasing opportunity has opened up to me. The free pattern was for a knit Ditty Bag in Plymouth Boku. I bought some handpainted BFL fiber for my spinning wheel instead. I also bought the 2009 LYS Tour binder, which is a branded 3-ring binder with 23 page protectors in it to save all the free patterns from the shops. Great idea, really.
Knot Just Yarn, Burlington
This is a great shop, too. The free pattern was for knit Dragonskin Legwarmers in Dream in Color Classy. I ended up with some Kauni sock yarn. Can’t resist those colorways!
Ana-Cross Stitch, Anacortes
I really like Anacortes for some reason. Makes me wonder why I hardly ever go there! The free pattern was for a knit Ear Flap Hat, in Classic Worsted Tapestry. I couldn’t help feeling up most of the yarn in the store. So yummy.
WildFibers, Mount Vernon
Last stop for the day was in Mount Vernon. Cool shop, as always, and the free pattern was for knit Eclectic Mitts in SWTC Tofutsies. I’ve been meaning to try Tofutsies, and they have so many colors to choose from. I ended up with two skeins and a sock book for my trouble.
The north stores taken care of, I’ll be moving on to Seattle in the morning.

2008 LYS Tour

This weekend was the 2008 LYS Tour in the Puget Sound region! I didn’t do last year’s event, but this year I jumped right in and went to all 24 stores on the tour, in 3 days. Go me!


On Day 1, I headed north to Bellingham, then worked my way south. The day started out overcast, but by the time I hit Lake Samish, the sun came out and it was gorgeous. The trip took a whole tank of gas (go go 8-cylinder muscle car!). The shops I visted were:
Great Yarns, Everett
My first stop, what a nice shop! The free pattern there was for a beaded sock, and they had a fun little scavenger hunt game to find all the samples marked as one skein. I only found 10, but there were actually around 20. Apparently I’m not a good scavenger! They gave me a little treat bag for the effort, a ball of Lana Grossa Qui. Thanks, Great Yarns!
Apple Yarns, Bellingham
After Everett, I drove up to Bellingham. Apple Yarns wasn’t on the tour list, but as long as I was there, I decided to stop in. I’m glad I did. Apple Yarns is a bright, airy store, and the people were very friendly. They had a free pattern for a hat, and I bought a skein of Sheep Shop Yarn in a fiery yellow-red varigated colorway. Lovely!
J&J Needle Art, Bellingham
Still in Bellingham, I headed over to J&J. The ladies there spent a lot of time with me discussing yarns and projects. I picked up their pattern and some yarn for a wine/water bottle cover. The proprietor’s husband showed off some of his needlepoint designs.
NW Handspun, Bellingham
And downtown, finally, to NW Handspun. I love this store! Lots of lovely yarns, and an area upstairs dedicated to spinning and weaving. The free pattern was for a little beanie in Cascade Fixation. So cute! And, I fell in love with Manos del Uruguay Silk Blend, which I haven’t tried yet. So naturally I had to get some of that.
Knot Just Yarn, Burlington
Back down I-5 a bit to Burlington. I like this store a lot, too, and they had some of my "i’m from ravelry" stickers out! Their free pattern was a felted Malabrigo bag. Had to get some of that Malabrigo!
Ana-Cross Stitch, Anacortes
And out for a side trip to Anacortes. The scarf they had for their pattern was gorgeous. I ended up buying some Noro Transitions yarn that was on sale, but in hindsight I think I should have gotten some of the featured yarn. Darn!
WildFibers, Mount Vernon
This was a neat store. Their pattern was for a floppy beanie in Rowan Felted Tweed. Picked some of that up, plus a skein of Soxie and two balls of Kidsilk Haze for a really beautiful seed stitch scarf they had on display.
After Wild Fibers, I headed home. Boy was I beat!


I called Day 2 my "Ring around Seattle." I hit the shops around the periphery of the city. Up I-405, and down I-5. Nice day, not too hot, not too cold. Juuuuuust right.
Hilltop East, Bellevue
First stop of the day was on the East side. I hadn’t been to Hilltop East in a while, and it was just as nice as I remembered. The free pattern was for a pretty lace shawl.
Main Street Yarn, Mill Creek
After a brief search for a decent price on gas (yeah, right!), I stopped at Main Street Yarn. Another bright, airy shop, with lots of yarn to choose from. Their pattern was for a ripple scarf that could be done with a variety of sock yarns. I chose Colinette Jitterbug in their beautiful Jay blue and green colorway.
Now this is a unique shop. They’re situated in a "live to work" community, with residences on one side of the street and shops on the other. The free pattern was for a little purse in Frog Tree Alpaca or Elsebeth Lavold Silky Tweed. I chose a skein of rust-colored Silky Tweed.
Spin a Yarn, Edmonds
Another great little shop, and hey, who can argue with a free cookie? The pattern was for a Kureyon Sock shawl. Nice. I have some Kureyon sock yarn already, so I picked up a beautiful blue skein of Jitterbug. (This was the display color for Main Street’s scarf, but they’d run out of it there. I just had to get it!).
This is easily the best-smelling shop of the lot. They told me it was because they were baking cookies. Again with the cookies. The free pattern was for a pair of socks in Claudia Hand Painted Fingering. You know, I haven’t really knit socks before, but after this trip, I’m going to have to start.
Seattle Yarn, Seattle
Now down to West Seattle. I’d gotten a late start today, and went through downtown right at the exact wrong time for traffic. Augh. Nice store though, stuffed to the gills with yarn, yarn, yarn! They had two free patterns: a knitted baseball and crocheted earrings.
Ooh, I like this store. And they’re so friendly! Their pattern was a knitted flowered lariat. A skein of Zitron Trekking Handart leapt into my hands while I was there so I had to take it home.
The Knittery, Renton
I hadn’t been to the Knittery for years, but I knew exactly where it was. The free pattern was for a cabled bag, but somehow I ended up with more sock yarn, a gorgeous skein of Araucania Ranco Multy. Hey, me! I don’t knit socks! Or… I didn’t!
And now to my "home" LYS! Happy to see Nancy and William, as always. Their pattern was for a cute washcloth in Mirasol Sampa. I got some in a pretty baby blue.
And, that’s it for Day 2. I was spent! At least I was close to home at the end.


Oh man, was it hot. After the first couple of stops, I took the tops off my car and cruised from store to store. Felt like summer!
Churchmouse Yarns & Teas, Bainbridge Island
My plan was to hit the ferry first thing. I almost didn’t get parked in time, but I just barely made it on the boat. I was going to knit on the ferry, but it was just too nice out, so I stood up front and basked in the sun and wind. After the ferry arrived, it was a quick walk to the shop, and I was in heaven. It really is a lovely store. Their pattern was for some fingerless gloves in Manos Silk Blend. Got some of that, then I stumbled on a beautiful Baby Surprise Jacket sample in Koigu KPPPM. So I had to get that too. And I got a cute little free tape measure to boot!
So Much Yarn, Seattle
Back on the ferry, I didn’t knit again. I just sat and relaxed. After getting off the ferry, I walked up to So Much Yarn. I’ve done that walk before, from the waterfront up the steep hill to the shop, but it was a killer this time because of the heat. I had to sit a while in the air-conditioned shop before I felt up to experiencing what they had to offer. Their free pattern was for a scarf and for socks. Why did I do the socks, again? Oh, that’s right, it’s beacuse they were in Dream in Color Smooshy. Couldn’t pass that up.
Hilltop Yarn, Seattle
Back to the car ($16 for a little over 3 hours parking!) and up to Queen Anne Hill. Hilltop is so nice, and they had 5 or so patterns to choose from. I picked the Seattle Salmon and some Blue Sky Dyed Cotton in shell pink.
Up to Ballard. There was a Norwegian street festival going on, but I managed to get up there without too much hassle. The free pattern was for a little felted (or not!) purse. I picked up some Reynolds Santana for that.
Fiber Gallery, Seattle
East to the Fiber Gallery. They had a cute little baby sweater as the free pattern. There was some blue and brown Malabrigo Merino Worsted yarn that was crying for me to take it home, so I did.
This neat store is in an old schoolhouse. The Wallingford shopping center is pretty cool. The free pattern was for a neck warmer, but I ended up with some Filatura Baby Kid Extra for a felted scarf they had on display as a store pattern. It was gorgeous, and the yarn was on sale! Can’t beat that!
This was a neat place. They had lots of yarn, plus other fiber. The free pattern was for a felted tea cozy or a bamboo discloth. I opted for the dishcloth, and got a skein green SWTC Bamboo to make it with.
Acorn Street, Seattle
In the home stretch! I headed over to Acorn Street, but I didn’t see any streets near there named Acorn. They had a felted bag on as their free pattern, made with Alpine 14 Ply. The skein is huge! I picked up some up in purple.
Tricoter, Seattle
And last but not least, I ended my tour at Tricoter. I was the first person to complete the tour at their store, and they were so excited to make that last stamp! Their free pattern was for a beautiful shawl in Filatura Superior. I got some in green for that, plus some Blue Moon Leticia for good measure. Now, when I got home, I discovered an extra lavender ball of Superior had squirrelled itself away in my bag, so I’m going to have to take it back. Sorry, little lavender beauty, I can’t keep you. You’re not mine!
After some time at the last shop, I finally headed home for good. I was tired, but man, was it worth it. Thanks to the organizers and all the shop owners! I’d count this tour as a success!