Okay, gentle readers, here are some pics of my Seattle experience.
It begins with my visit to Jeff and Amanda, and of course, Alexander. He’s a very pretty little boy. And his mommy, as it turns out, is a pretty darn good knitter. She made him a couple of items out of an old vintage knitting book that she’s got, including an adorable bunting and a very cute hat, coat and bootie set she made out of silk. Really, really nice stuff. After seeing it, I was humbled to present the Baby Albert coat.
Speaking of the Baby Albert, it wasn’t done until it had a couple of buttons on it. And for those, Amanda took me to Hilltop Yarn & Needlepoint in the Queen Anne district. Amanda’s sister Alicia and her husband Jake accompanied us, as did Alex. The had a stirring collection of yarn (yes, I was stirred) and some really cute buttons, including some little mille-feuille ladybug buttons that I ended up buying. Unfortunately, the owner wasn’t around, and the lady behind the counter didn’t feel comfortable giving me permission to take pictures inside, so I only got the exterior. But in all other things, they were most accommodating. I could have spent hours in there, and they had some really nice chairs for knitting in.
The next morning, I hopped the ferry over to Bainbridge and checked out The Churchmouse. Yet another really great yarn store. They had a wide selection, not as sensual as the yarns in Hilltop (if you knit, you know what I mean), but really good. This is where my checkbook betrayed me by showing up in my shoulder bag. Damn it. I got a lot of Manos de Uruguay and now I’m looking for a long vest pattern.
The Churchmouse is not just a yarn store. They’ve also got a great selection of teas. And they’re also very solicitous of their customers. As I sat working on a hat that I’d started on the ferry, the owner’s husband came up to me and offered me an Earl Grey bon-bon. Wow. Mouth fun in a foil wrapper. I also chatted with Dixie, who was teaching a kid’s knitting class along with her daughter. Before I left, I perused the button selection just to make sure I’d gotten the right ones for Alex’s coat. They didn’t have anything quite as apropos as the ladybugs, but they did have these great puppy buttons. If I ever actually do a dog sweater, I’m ordering a dozen of these from them.
Most of the rest of the trip was spent in non-knitting activity. I saw a lot of memorable things in downtown Seattle, including:
- Big gulls
- lots of cyclists
- a very tasty bowl of clam chowder
- a street violinist with dreadlocks
- a pair of shoplifters running from security
- my friends
After I hooked up with my old college pals, I’m afraid the scope of activities progressed beyond the scope of this weblog. Suffice it to say that we all had a wonderful time with no resulting convictions.