The Knitting Nurse

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Ever Been to Churchmouse Yarn and Teas?

Churchmouse Yarn and Teas = Eyecandy for the knitter.

On Bainbridge Island a bit over an hour from me and a short ferry ride from downtown Seattle, Churchmouse can best be described as a cozy, more upscale yarn shop.  Though they sell some hard-working staples (Cascade 220, Brown Sheep products) they artfully display higher end yarns such as Rowan.

A bi-monthly trip I take to Silverdale to run errands for things I can’t find in my small town.  I loathe the trip to strip malls and big-box stores and am weaning myself off them.  A jaunt to Churchmouse was the carrot on the stick that day.

There’s no shortage of samples displayed.  Books and leaflets accompany displays to inspire.

Churchmouse has numerous patterns of their own design.

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The gals that work there are very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable.

A rack of cowls and scarves.  Having used 6 skeins up as of late I treated myself to one ball of Rowan Felted Tweed to add to two I have on hand to knit up a cowl displayed on this rack. They gave me the pattern as a freebie. (It’s the green, blue and gray striped number on the lower row.  Mine will be rust, teal and a sap-yellow color.)

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Churchmouse is a PNW distributer of Brooklyn Tweed’s  yarns Shelter and Loft.  I’ve been watching Jared Flood’s blog for years.  Quite the successful business he’s built. If you aren’t familliar with his wools and patterns I encourage you to peruse.  The look books are exquisite (he is a talented photographer).  They have a trunk show of the latest collection (BT Winter 2014).  The cabinet to the left of the garments holds a spectrum of Shelter.   I’ve several single skeins of his worsted weight Shelter in my stash.  The rustic yet wooly and lofty hand has me hooked.  I went weak-in-the-knees for the Landfall Coat.

 

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Tams made up in  Loft:

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Buttons in natural materials abound:

 

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Displays are thoughtful, colorful and just plain pretty.

 

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I’m not into tea shops.  But if you are, it seems they have a wide selection. I also noted embroidery supplies.

If you’re in the neighborhood or visiting Seattle, Bainbridge Island is a fun side trip and Churchmouse a fun stop.

 


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Knit Stuff…

Niece Lily can now wear the Elizabeth Zimmerman Baby Sweater on Two Needles I made for her baby shower.  Makes me all warm and fuzzy to see people/kids wearing and using what I knit them.

 

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Little Punkin’ had her first plane ride to FL to see grandma and grandpa. We Face Timed from the the beach.  I got a wave from Lil which just made my day.

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In May I’ll head to MN to see family.

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Almost finished with a hat called Alessa by Sylvi Design.  It’s really slouchy, I usually pick fitted beanies but the cloche-like style appealed to me. They yarn is Malabrigo Mecha (look at the color card I’ve linked to, mouth watering, I want a full sweater’s worth) a superwash bulky merino dream in a rusty orange called Volcan.   I knit the Peregrine shawl from it.  With time the hand’s softened even more.  It’s soft enough for knit undies.  Seriously.  Never tried ‘em but if I did, I’d want them made of this yarn.

 

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Two days ago I dove into the stash and set aside holiday gift projects.  I’m proud to say I’ve completed one.  Whoooo!  My New Years knitting resolutions specified one gift per two months with due dates of:  April 1, June 1, August 1, October 1, December 1.  I made April 1st in advance!  I love crossing things off lists.

Purse knitting project (funny I still call it that since I haven’t carried a real purse in ages, more of a messenger bag/backpack kind of gal these days) is a pair of simple worsted weight socks for Afghans for Afghans and my Nina project has stalled. Think I’ll churn out a sleeve tonight. Gotta love knitting at 3 stitches per inch.

 

 


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Spring Walking – Today’s Amble Through Town

Like a cat batting at a mouse, Mother Nature toys with us. Must’ve been over 50 today. A long walk through town I took under a clear, blue, sun-drenched sky.

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Weather report (and the friendly guy walking past me on the bike path with a small, rambunctious terrier) predict cold, windy,rainy weather moving in later this week.

One thing I’ve learned, being new to the PNW, is to run with these blue-bird days because they may not return for awhile.  This winter’s been abnormally warm and clear.

Today, I met a friend for a walk to the library. After catching up, we parted ways and I continued up to the Uptown portion of town to my favorite bakery (Pan D’Amore) for coffee and a cinnamon roll.

Signs of spring abound.

Ornamental rhododendrons are blooming, the wild ones are not.

 

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I think this is a camellia:

 

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Cherry blossoms give a heady scent to the air. I’m a total sucker for them.

 

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Here you can see some on the hillside above the lagoon.  The plume in the center is the paper mill.  The Olympic Mountains line the horizon.

 

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The clock tower on the Jefferson County Courthouse is still the tallest structure visible on Port Townsend’s skyline.

 

 

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Such a beautiful building.  When I went in for my plates and registration there was NO one waiting.  Real people answer the phone.  Can you imagine?  I was floored.

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Walked past one of the marinas on the way home.  My phone died.  I wasn’t able to snap pics of the boatyard and its smallest of sailboats to giant commercial fishing boats being repaired.

I also couldn’t photograph the blackbirds in the marsh, the busted up boat that’s entertained beach-playing kids for a year or the two eagles chattering and soaring above.  There’s a whole lot to take in during these walks.

I’ll continue to share my new backyard with you.  I’m rather fond of it.

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