Sunday, June 14, 2009

Kinokuniya, Seattle

I actually made it to Seattle despite my employer's every bureaucratic effort to prevent it. That's a bit of an exaggeration, maybe, but it seemed so at the time! I went there for work, but stayed on my own dime over Memorial Day weekend. Seattle is one of my favorite cities for many reasons, not least of which are all the wonderful yarn stores. As soon as my delegation returned to Europe, I rented a Zipcar Saturday morning (thanks for turning me on to Zipcar, Deb!) and, with my friend GPS, headed to Kinokuniya Bookstore, Little Knits, and Hilltop Yarn in the Queen Anne district. I spent Sunday on Bainbridge Island at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas.

Kinokuniya is cool Japanese bookstore in Seattle's International District. It appears to have every book and magazine published in Japan including a healthy selection of knitting and other craft books.


I picked up Vivian Hoxbro's Advanced Domino-Knitting and Three Crochet Plants by Knot.
I haven't been able to find an English-language version of Advanced Domino-Knitting, but it has enough English in it to decipher the patterns, and like other Japanese craft books, it has excellent charts. I've posted photos of a few projects I haven't seen on Ravelry.

From Three Crochet Plants:

Kinokuniya is attached to Uwajimaya, a very large Japanese grocery store.


I bought lots of green tea,


then headed for Little Knits in West Seattle.


  1. ah, the ole Uwajimaya! =^_^= Glad to see you had fun! I was just in the bookstore at the end of April. Def let me know when/if u end up in town again. It's looking like I'll be situated more over toward the eastern half of the state for nursing school soon.

  2. Thanks for the trip review!
    Wow such interesting Japanese projects!!

    Really hate you didn't get to meet up with Anna while you were there. Hopefully next time!

  3. Those japanese crafting books seems to have many great projects.

  4. Thanks for the trip review!

  5. Okay, this is perfect timing for me to read about your Seattle visit! I'm going in a few months(my first trip there)and I soooo appreciate your list of favorite yarn shops there. I can't wait to go to the Japanese shop and pick up some crocheting magazines!

  6. Domino knitting? I've never heard of it before but it looks like you can make some cute stuff.



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