Well, it's finally over! Our Puget Sound LYS Tour had 25 participating shops this year, and my car group covered all 25 is less than the 4 days allowed! We did them all in 3 days! Oy! I was not the driver, thank heavens. Our driver had a GPS unit, and that little gadget is worth it's weight in diamonds!!!
I now understand why some people call things like this a YARN CRAWL.
Because that's what you're doing by the end of each day, and certainly by the end of the last day!
I've never been so pooped.
I spent a lot of money, but am happy with every dollar's worth. I found 2 shops that I will frequent again and again, and that's saying a lot for a gal that usually prefers .com shopping!
My top ranking shop was a ferry ride away, on Bainbridge Island. Churchmouse Yarns & Teas!
And, IMO, they presented THE BEST free pattern
of all. The "Two-Way Ruffled Scarf"! Can be worn alone,
or doubled with it's sister scarf, one inside the other!
Rowan Kidsilk Haze, one ball per scarf. It's awesome! A free handout for LYS participants, one from each shop!
There was one shop on the LYS Tour that was the foulest, rankest, moldiest shop I've ever stepped foot in. I was rather shocked, no, I take that back: I was very shocked. However, the shop owner and staff were pleasant people. Our car group gave her shop a good combing over, and a couple of them made purchases. I didn't. I had a headache from the sight and smell of the shop. Her free pattern was fabulous, her own design. I would have purchased the yarn for it, but she was out.
Here is my all time favorite top ranking shop! Ranking first because of yarn and accessories selection; lighting; layout; customer service; generous space; and overall ambiance! It smelled good in here!
And here is the shop that gets my ARTISTIC AWARD, for their window!
(the quote is wonderful! that's why I give it 5 stars for Artistic!)
Can you see me in the reflection? Couldn't be helped! Their window was clean!