We did, in all this traveling, manage to squeeze in a few yarn shops along the way.
The first was Cast Away Yarns in Santa Rosa. 4 Skeins of Cascade Taos came home with us, along with a great conversation with the cashier about Santa Rosa and why it was great to live there. This shop is in the historic railroad square, and is adorably charming with a good selection of yarns, and a cute little dog snoozing in the front window.
Next we headed up to Seattle where we found Bad Woman Yarns. The owner is extremely knowledgeable and the selection is amazingly rich with plenty on sale. For some reason though, nothing was speaking to me that day, though I know some dark blue Berocco in a cabled yarn came home with us.
We then headed over to Weaving Works in Seattle where I was happy to see some actual spinning things, including a fair amount of roving (I resisted the temptation).. I fell for some dark gray alpaca yarn in the weaving section, and also some Alta Moda cashmere in blue. So soft!
At Cannon Beach, we visited Coastal Yarns again, and I found my Blue Moon Fiber Arts Twisted, and some Noro Chimaren in the clearance area.
In La Connor WA, we found Jennings Yarn and Needlecraft where another clearance skein of Noro came home, along with a bunch of Plymouth yarns for a planned sweater.
Finally, one of the last days, we headed to Kirkland and Serial Knitters Yarn Shop. This was a find from Stitch and Pitch the night before, and I wanted to see the store in person. This was either a good thing or a bad thing depending on the point of view. It's a great shop with quite a few local and small dyers. We ended up with some dyed cotten, a skein of Mariners fingering weight yarn, some Three Irish Girls THIRTY FIVE PERCENT OFF!!! and some more alpaca is a gorgeous blue.
And lest I forget, a family friend gave us another one of her famous care packages, and in there happened to be 2 skeins of Alpaca in a gorgeous forest green!
Of course the irony behind all of this is that we had practically no time to knit or spin on this trip, and only a couple projects even got started, and a few inches done. Instead we just kept cramming more yarn into the nooks and crannies of the car. Oh well, one never can really have enough yarn. After all, we may have another winter in the Frozen Tundra coming up, and we must be prepared...