Day 6 started out with finally finding a good white chocolate mocha. I was going through withdraws and really missing Cutter’s Point & my daily dose of William Patricks.
After getting my coffee, we loaded up and set out for Wall Drugs. If you have ever driven through South Dakota you can’t miss it. The signs and billboards start from miles and miles away. I wish I would have taken some photos, some of them were pretty funny. This western theme town was fun but we didn’t stay long. Lots of people and very touristy, we went, we saw, we left… onto the Badlands of SD.
The Badlands were awesome. A little long but worth it. It was like a mini grand canyon, the rock formations were amazing and we saw a bunch of prairie dogs and a long horned sheep.
Unfortunately, our timing was awful so I missed out on stopping at any yar
Day 5 started out amazing with a trip to Mountain Meadows Fiber Mill. They were kind enough to give us a tour of the mill. It’s so exciting to see how the wool is processed, spun and dyed. This was the highlight of my trip so far. I guess if you are a knitter or crocheter you totally get why. Their wool is all naturally processed from the soaps & oils to the dye. They even recycle their water through a system the owners son created. It was amazing.
Do you think I could leave without any of this beautiful yarn?
I don’t think so! You can see and feel this beautiful yarn yourself. It will be one of our new fall lines coming soon 😊
After stopping for a picnic lunch in an adorable little town, we wen to Crazy Woman Merchantile… how can you resist not stopping with a name like that? They didn’t have much yarn so I decided to get a little cross stitch kit. And, since it was a gift shop too, I found a few gifts. Hey, Christmas will be here before we know it. South Dakota and Mt. Rushmore here we come.
Mt. Rushmore was pretty cool. It’s so amazing to see those faces carved in stone. It was quick, not really much to do but take photos. I think we spent more time in the gift shop, lol. I’m happy we were able to stop so the kids could see it.
Day 3 & 4 in Yellowstone, Wyoming. The last photo is the most gorgeous view on top of a mountain outside of Lovell. As I was driving we saw a sign saying the climb was steep, usual right? Wrong… this was the steepest climb I’ve ever been on, it was so scary. Good thing they had a rest stop half way up or I might not have made it, lol. The entire drive through Wyoming was really nice. I think between Yellowstone and our stop in Buffalo, we saw more animals than we did the whole time in Yellowstone.
Day 3 started out with a drive to Bozeman and a stop at the first yarn shop of the day, Stix. While my family walked around then patiently waited for me, I shopped for yarn and had a really hard time trying to decide what to get. This adorable shop had a great selection of local yarn, including bison. Of course I couldn’t resist, I just had to HAVE it. That was the easy part! The hard part was deciding what locally hand-dyed yarn to get. I can’t show pictures just yet, it will spoil the surprise.
Next stop was Yarn Scout, which was only a few minutes away. Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of the outside but this shop was great. I did however manage to take a photo of her massive button collection. Wow!
After staying at a nice hotel in Moscow Idaho, we woke bright and early for a 9:00 tour of WSU in Pullman. I forgot how long it takes for 4 people to get ready with only 1 bathroom, lol.
WSU was a really nice campus and our tour guide was fantastic. We got to walk across the football field, go into some classrooms, see dorms and all the historic buildings. Pullman seems like a really fun town too.
After having ice cream at Fernidads on campus, we headed to Coeur D’Alene ID in search of a yarn shop. The one we stopped at, KnitKnit, just opened in April and it was the cutest little shop.
I loved the industrial look of the shop inside and out, especially the roll up door.
I found some beautiful Hedgehog Fibers yarn that I will be using to start my traveling sock using the Pucker Sock pattern off Ravelry (a free pattern). I also found some local yarn and a cute mug which I will show later. On to Missoula for dinner at Cracker Barrel and Butte for some sleep. Stay tuned for Day 3.
Day 1 of our road trip was uneventful yet eventful, if that makes sense. We didn’t do anything exciting but we did get stuck in an entertaining 2 hour, 22 mile back-up near Cle Elum due to a car accident. While sitting on the highway we got a few good laughs. People were getting impatient and trying to drive down the shoulder while others tried to block them. I imagine there were a few hand gestures going on. We saw a few people answer the call of nature, people standing on top of their cars and others walking up and down the side of the highway. Once we were detoured off the highway, it was clear sailing to Pullman and our hotel in Moscow Idaho. Off to bed for an early morning call at WSU.
I was very disappointed I wasn’t able to make it to Yarn Folks in Ellensburg because of the back-up. I’m hoping we go through Spokane on the way home so I can hit Paradise Fibers. I have been wanting to go forever!
I am finally taking a vacation with my family and I am so excited. First I want to thank my mom and dad for house/dog sitting so we could make this trip.
Yes, while on this trip I plan to hit some yarn shops and have a little bit of knitting fun. I am going to start a pair of Traveling Socks so check back often on my progress (or perhaps knit a pair with me), which shops I hit and what fun things I find. I’m really excited… off we go!
If you would like to join me in a Traveling Socks knit-along (KAL), I have set up a forum on Ravelry, just go to the Rainy Day Yarns group. I am starting out on day one with knitting the toe of my sock in a yarn from my shop. I will continue swapping colors as I hit different shops in (hopefully) every state, and stripping them or creating some fun pattern. If you decide to join in I will have some fun prizes to giveaway when I get back. You must join our Ravelry page and post pictures of your progress or simply note information on your socks. In order to win a prize, I will need to see photos of your socks either on Ravelry, Facebook or email. You can use whatever yarn you want, simply note what yarns and what shops they are from. Be creative, there may be a prize for that too!
This KAL will run from July 10th-August 1st. You don’t need to complete a pair of socks to win a prize, you just need to be started on your own project. This KAL is open to anyone in the US.
Join us this Saturday, June 18th (10-5), for the annual World Wide Knit (or crochet) In Public Day. Bring a chair, your lunch or snacks, some friends and enjoy a fun day of knitting or crochet in public with us (dessert and drinks provided). We will be sitting inside and/or outside the shop. With a purchase of $10 or more on regular priced items, you will get to spin our prize wheel for special discounts or fun prizes (one spin per person). And, everyone who attends will be entered into our drawing for a beautiful shawl kit. Rain or shine we hope you will join us for this fun event!
It’s time for the annual spring PNW Yarn Crawl and we are so excited. Doors open at 9:00 am starting Thursday, April 28. Don’t miss out on all the fun! We have a few surprises in store for you at Rainy Day Yarns. Hope to see you there! And, don’t forget to download your passport at www.pnwyarncrawl.com.
Rainy Day Yarns has a surprise for you! Our popular surprise bags are bag for a limited time and in limited quantity, available from Feb. 1-13 only while supplies last. No other discounts apply. Find a luck Valentine’s ducky in your bag and you will receive a special discount on your next purchase.
Surprise bags not your thing? Purchase a gift card between Feb. 1-13 at a 15% discount. It’s the perfect time to treat yourself, a friend or a loved one to a fun Valentine’s Day gift.
Happy Valentine’s Day from Sherri & Heather!