a dillydallyknitter: Tiptoeing Through the Tulips...

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Tiptoeing Through the Tulips...

...In Hand Knit Socks Of Course.
Or, What I Did Over the Easter Weekend

This past weekend I flew up to Washington to visit my sister. My Mom had flown up two days earlier so it was a girl's weekend. On Friday we took a day trip out to Mt.Vernon, Washington to see the tulips in bloom. My mother and I pride ourselves on always managing to bring sunshine with us when we visit Washington and Friday was no exception. It was a GORGEOUS and sunny warm day and perfect for tulip viewing:

My April Socktopia sock had to make an appearance:
The bands of colors stretching across the fields were amazing:

On Saturday the weather was not so sunny so we drove to Seattle to do some shopping. On the way I'd say things like, "Oh, I think 'The Weaving Works' is located in this area" and my mother and muggle sister happily obliged by agreeing to not just one but THREE yarn store "just a peek" stops.

My mini shop reviews:

The Weaving Works is a great shop. If I was a local, I'd be tempted to hang out there. A lot. I really liked the yarn selection and, if I lived in Seattle, I might be inclined to try my hand at a basket weaving class. My Mom asked for a pair of socks so we picked out a Jitterbug by Colinette skein of sock yarn and I bought some Tofusties for the Soctopia challenge sock. My sister commented that no one offered to help her and that put her off a little.

Our next stop was Tricoter. This store was very nice but the yarns are sorted by colors. My Mom liked the presentation it made (and it is very pretty) but I found it confusing. We were asked if we needed assistance by everyone there (almost to the point of "too much" help). I also got the sense that they are more about putting together "project" knitting for their customers vs. a good old fashioned let me wander the bins and and pet the yarn kind of shop.

Our last stop was So Much Yarn in downtown Seattle (I think it was near the Belltown area but don't quote me). This was a very cozy shop shop and the two women working there were very friendly (the perfect balance between being at the ready to help and hanging back enough to let me shop). I'd been wanting to try the Panda Cotton so I bought 2 skeins there and some Lantern Moon Sox Stix because you never know when you'll need more sock needles.

On Sunday we went to brunch at a place called Salty's on Alki Beach. Again the weather was wonderful and we were treated to a beautiful view of the Seattle waterfront. The food was delicious and, of course, I ate too much. I have to mention that this restaurant had the friendliest staff. Everyone, the hostesses, the valet, the waiter and they guy who made my omelet was so friendly that it made the overall experience even better. (We suspect that they may be Canadian) I definitely want to go back!

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At 11:45 AM, Blogger sgeddes said...

SOunds like a great trip. I'm going to visit my mom next week - I don't have any sisters.

The tulips are beautiful!

At 12:07 PM, Blogger Zonda said...

Wow! Sounds like a great time! Just think, you may have touched some yarn I did a month ago!! Weeeeeeeeee! ;) When I was at Tricouter, they offered to design a sweater to fit my ampleness in the front..um..er no thanks! Beautiful Tulip pictures! :)

At 12:36 PM, Blogger Bezzie said...

Wow! Look at those tulip pics!

You'd better do some good Jitterbug and Panda porn soon!

Hm, that sounds perverse to a non knitter doesn't it?

At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great weekend! Love the sock and tulip pictures!! Mmmmmm...jitterbug!! Can't wait to see what colorway you picked :)

At 6:45 PM, Blogger Casey said...

I miss you already! :(

At 2:59 PM, Blogger Knitting Bandit said...

Great store reviews! Gorgeous pictures!

At 1:56 AM, Blogger Carolyn said...

Great photos. Sounds like you had a fabulous trip.


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