Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, Seattle

Churchmouse Yarns & Teas

I never fail to visit Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, on Bainbridge Island, whenever I'm in Seattle.  Visiting yarn shops is particularly soothing, as we knitting types, know, but it was particularly so this time.  As I said in my previous post, the professional part of the trip was not a breeze, so being met at the door of Churchmouse with a glass of champagne brought an instant smile to my face!  The occasion was the celebration of the annual Puget Sound Yarn Crawl.  Had I done my research before hand, I would have found time to visit the other shops, and there are many in the area.  Each customer received a "passport" which each store stamped, and a free pattern.  

The store is beautiful.  The white paint and installations really bring out the beauty of the yarn they sell, as you can see below.  The photos are a combination of those taken on this trip and from a few years ago.  I particularly appreciate their collection of Habu, Socks that Rock, Koigu, Malabrigo, and Marianne Isager, which I've never seen anywhere else.  I'm sure you know her books, Knitting Out of Africa, Classic Knits, and Japanese Inspired Knits.

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The vestiges of  Olga's trunk show were also there, making the shop seem even more familiar.
Spotted at Churchmouse this weekend!

Next time I'll take photos of their button selection, needlepoint and tea sections.

I bought Churchmouse "Classics" Mohair Bias Loop for my travel project home, which one of the staff was wearing across her shoulders as in the picture at the top of the pattern below.


The pattern requires two skeins of Rowan Kidsilk Haze, but she had made hers by knitting the Kidsilk Haze with strand of Charles "Crystal."  The sequins are subtle, making the shawl particularly beautiful.



It requires a provisional cast on. One of the staff thoughtfully started it for me since she knew I was traveling and put it into my shopping bag. Nice, nice, nice!

And I couldn't resist these purple beauties:



The champagne, ambiance, and warm, welcoming staff humored me out of my snarly mood. I had a peaceful ferry ride back to the main land.  With interesting company I might add.  As at Nordstrom (see previous post), a perfect stranger sat down next to me to chat about my knitting project, and life in general.

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  1. LOVE the Mohair Bias Loop pattern - can't wait to see it on you!

    How fortunate that it worked out that you were there during the yarn crawl and that it helped your mood :-)

  2. I am jealous...What a lovely yarn shop. I recently discovered them via ravelry and I purchased a vintage crochet blanket kit which I am making.

  3. The purple Habu is absolutely beautiful. Hope to someday make it to Seattle & Churchmouse. Let's get together soon.

  4. OH!! Thank you for the great photos, I feel as if I was there! When I went to Seattle last year, I didn't go to B.Island. Now it will be a destination for me the next time I visit. What an awesome looking yarn store!



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