Tolt“, a destination yarn shop located in Carnation, Washington.  Their address is 4509 Tolt Ave., so there you go.   A name derived from the Tolt River.  The town story goes, the town was originally called Tolt, then was changed to Carnation, then back to Tolt, then back to Carnation.  Whew, let’s just talk about yarn!

The store has been open for a couple of years now, and I just made it out for a visit this passed Sunday.  Carmel & I went on a little mini shop hop of our own to kick off the new year.  In my head, I had a barn type image for the store.  I knew that they carried highly sought after, high end yarns.

I was wrong about the barn.  Having slowly walked through the store taking it all in, it has an organic, yet upscale, northwest mercantile feel to the experience.  I don’t know that mercantile is even quite right… how about mercantile with a Ralph Lauren essence to it.  Yep, I don’t know if it was the lighting or the chandelier or both.  These things only translate to pleasing design, not snobbery.  The staff was very pleasant and welcoming and accommodating.

With all the brands that  scream American exceptionalism like YOTH, Quince & Co., Cestari, Imperial Yarn, Brooklyn Tweed yarns, Green Mountain Spinnery, and their own collaboration yarn Snoqualmie Valley Yarn benefitting Seattle Children’s Hospital, you’ll find Lettlopi, Baa Ram Ewe, and many other yarns of your dreams.  Can I just mention how difficult it is to take in the store, searching for that great picture to take, yet noticing yarns you’ve heard about, and really wanting to touch, check out the colors, and let the mind wander to knitting, and projects.  Now back to work!

I ended up with a few skeins of Quince & Co and a couple of Fringe Supply bags.  Carmel treated herself to some Cestari Traditional 2 Ply.  I look forward to another trip in the future because I’ve been dreaming of some Imperial Yarn Columbia – the colors – be still my heart, Tufted Primrose!  Thank you Tolt for allowing me some pictures.  Until next time!*you can click on any image to see a larger version



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