The holiday’s have come and gone, the days are short, the kids are back in school, and HELLO, it’s winter. Libbie & I hit the road for a custom planned shop hop of 6 stores. America’s Knitting has all the yarn shops in the country listed on the ‘Yarn Shops’ tab of the website, all 1,174 of them. I estimate that a strong 2/3rds of these stores have their own websites and most of them can be found on Facebook.
Beach Basket Yarns, in Birch Bay (Blaine) Washington is one of the shops that I would call ‘old school’. They don’t have a website, but they do have a Facebook page. I think in todays world, that may be all you need?? Not everyone is on Facebook, not everyone is on Ravelry…seems hard to imagine, but it’s true, not everyone has a cell phone, not everyone has a smart phone.
Mary, the owner of Beach Basket Yarns, was quite surprised when Libbie & I showed up. We didn’t give her a heads up, we just made a plan and took to the road. After we were in the store for a minute, Mary says….”if I knew you were coming, I’d a baked you a cake”…..and we all started laughing! I would describe the store as beachy eclectic. She has yarn everywhere literally with a good selection, or as Libbie would say, “something for everyone”! The store has cute little canvas projects page with the store name on them, she has custom photograph cards from a local photographer that are amazing and Beach Basket Yarns offers beginning knitting every Saturday morning for an hour before the store opens FOR FREE! I think this is a brilliant idea, because beginners need everything — they don’t have any yarn, they don’t own needles, and they haven’t acquired any patterns or books or notions. So the free lesson is just is what is needed to get them off and going.
I picked up some Cascade Yarns Cascade Kid Seta in the most gorgeous shade of blue, and Libbie treated herself to some Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky, fresh out of the box; Mary hadn’t even had a chance to get it priced and out on the shelf yet. There is a shop dog named Mindy Sue that is beyond adorable and can do a ‘high five’…..cute! The store had, what I would call a steady stream of customers, and we did our best to take a few pics to try and capture the essence of the store for you. It was so rainy and dreadful that day, that we didn’t make it to the beach. But, I may just grab my doggie and take another trip up on the first gorgeously warm spring day, just to visit Birch Bay, Mary, Mindy Sue and Beach Basket Yarns~