After I emigrated, my parents moved out to the suburban countryside to live the good life. It isn’t quite the middle of nowhere, especially in American terms, but is a small-town place with an abundance of dirt roads and livestock. Downtown Seattle is around 50 minutes away if the traffic is good. Before we arrived, I decided to do a little research and see if the Ravelry folk had any recommendations for yarn-based fun. Imagine my surprise when I received multiple hardy recommendations for Tolt Yarn and Wool, a new shop in Carnation, just a stone’s throw from my parent’s home.
It is fabulous.
I mean really great. I went along for knit-night and it was busy and friendly. Carnation is no metropolis, but Tolt has created a beautiful space that people are happy to travel to spend time in.
There were many of the familiar brands, no lack of European yarn, but most exciting were the many lovely local dyers and spinners I hadn’t heard of, and would like to get to know. I bought some lovely Bumblebirch fingering-weight yarn that will becoming a shawl to reckon with soon. Or maybe a light little cardigan. Or maybe something else. Bumblebirch is a Portland, OR based indie yarn dyer with a lovely range of colours and all the traditionally lux bases.
So, next time you find yourself in the greater Seattle area, Tolt Yarn and Wool is my hearty recommendation.