This weekend was the annual LYS Tour in the Seattle area. There were 24 stores in the tour (out of about 55 in the area). Each store had a daily drawing, a free one skein pattern, and a 10% discount on the yarn used for the free pattern.
I made it to 13 of the stores. I had no expectations of doing all 24. So I didn't feel rushed like some people I've read about on Ravelry.
I didn't buy yarn for all the free patterns. A couple of stores had projects that use $30+ skeins which I think is ridiculous. The stores that used $5 - $10 skeins were my favorites but I did buy some Malibrigo at Knot Just Yarn because I really like their pattern for a felted drawstring bag and who can say no to 10% discount on Malibrigo!?!
Below are the stores, patterns, and yarns. The yarns with a star * are yarns I purchased.
Thursday: 2 stores - I had to work on Thursday so I took a long lunch and went to
The Yarn Stash In Burien (pattern: Lariat with flowers, yarn: Urban Silk*).
After work, I went to Seattle Knitting Co(pattern: Knit Baseball, yarn: Lion Brand Organic Cotton*).
Friday: 6 stores - I took the afternoon off and hit 3 stores in Seattle plus 3 outlying stores. They were: Tricoter Knitting(pattern: Diamond Lace Scarf w/Ruffle Edge, yarn: Filatura Di Corsa (at $30, I did not buy this)), Acorn Street Shop (pattern: Felted Sprint Bag, yarn: Alpine 14 ply wool), Weaving Works (pattern: Crochet Dish Towel, yarn: Southwest Trading Company "Bamboo"), Hilltop Yarn East in Bellevue (pattern: Tulip Lace Shawl, yarn: Alpaca With a Twist), Renaissance Yarns in Kent (pattern: Trellis Lace WashCloth, yarn: Sublime Organic Cotton*), and The Knittery in Renton(pattern: Cable Round Bag, yarn: Cascade 220*)
Saturday: I picked up Charity and Ialiuxh and we drove up to Bellingham and did a total of 6 of the north stores: J&J Needle Arts(pattern, Water Bottle Bag, yarn: Noro Kureyon*)
and NW Handspun(pattern: Fixation Hat, yarn: Cascade Fixation) in Bellinghham, Ana-Cross Stitch in Anacortes (pattern: Fluffy Stole, yarn: Bulky Handsupn Yarn (another $30 skein..pass), Knot Just Yarn in Burlington(pattern: Felted Drawstring Bag, yarn Malabrigo*),
and Wild Fibers in Mount Vernon (pattern: Laura's Floppy Beanie, yarn: Rowan Felted Tweed (They also had their 2007 pattern for a Fixation Headband, yarn: Cascade Fixation*).
In addition to the yarns I purchased for the one skein projects I also bought some sale yarn at Hilltop East. They had Lambs Pride Worsted on sale 1/2 price. I bought 8 skeins. I plan on making a felted bag.
At NW Handspun I bought a skein of Blue Heron Yarns Rayon/Metallic in Raspberry. I think I'm going to make a shawl with this but I'm going to look on Ravelry for other ideas too.
At Ana's Cross Stitch I purchased 6 balls of Debbie Bliss SoHo at 30% off.
Also, while we were in Bellingham we went to Farmers' Market and I purchased a skein of Spincycle Yarns BFL Wool and a pattern for some cable armwarmers. The colorway is called Ursus Horribilis in honor of the grizzly bears. 10% of the price of the yarn went to a grizzly bear protection organization.
The fourth day of the tour was today (Sunday) but I didn't go to any more of the stores. I think 3 days of yarn store shopping is enough!
I had a blast and now I have enough yarn for one skein knitting projects to keep me busy until next year!