Wooly Wednesday: LYS in Review

I love their mascot.

I love their mascot.

LYS in Review: Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop

126 Quincy St.

Port Townsend, WA 98368



When we started on this “traveling RN adventure” our first stop was near Seattle. We had an amazing time exploring all of the Pacific Northwest. One of our favourite towns we discovered was Port Townsend.

Port Townsend is located on the Olympic Peninsula. It has a rugged beauty with Victorian houses and a vibrant downtown. One of my best discoveries there is the Bazaar Girls Yarn Shop and Fiber Emporium.

Who doesn't like a wall of yarn?!

Who doesn’t like a wall of yarn?!

The shop is well stocked with a variety of yarn, most of which I would classify as higher-end. Be Sweet, Sublime, and Debbie Bliss are just a few that come to mind. They also carried locally made yarn and gorgeous fiber for spinning. If you need to brush up on your skills they have an extensive class schedule and everyone in the shop was very welcoming and friendly.

Beautiful sock weight yarn. Love the colors.

Beautiful sock weight yarn. Love the colors.

For those traveling with non knitters they do have other locally made items such as jewelry, buttons, etc. If nothing else, they can sit outside and look out on the beautiful view from the shop’s seating area. I very much wanted to come back and knit there but sadly I was only able to make it to the shop once.

Imagine this being your view while knitting.

Imagine this being your view while knitting.

Even if you aren’t into yarn Port Townsend is worth the drive. There are beautiful beaches, hand crafted beer, a history museum, and live music. It is a fun stop.

Local beer.

Local beer.

Have any of you been to this shop? What Christmas gifts are you working on right now?




Memorial Day

Supposedly its Memorial Day Weekend…..I say “supposedly” because it is down right chilly here next to Seattle! I am originally from Kansas and by Memorial Day Weekend it was already consistently in the 80s and 90s- already hot and dry. It feels like autumn here.

Every year during Memorial Day Weekend we would hop in the family vehicle and head out to spend some time with relatives. We would visit with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and people I wasn’t real sure who they were but I knew we were related somehow. In between the visits we would visit the cemeteries where relatives were laid to rest and carefully place flowers around the headstones, making sure the gravesites were neat and in order.

You would think this would all be boring to a kid but honestly I enjoyed it. Not only was it a chance to see family we didn’t usually get to see but it was also a chance to learn about some of the people who had lived before us. I learned things about my deceased relatives that might not have otherwise come up in conversation. To me Memorial Day was about taking time to honor all those who went before- military and civilian.

This year I am too far away to go with my dad to put out flowers but I am comforted knowing someone is doing it. My sister, who is a Marine, is also unable to assist but is participating in one of the many military ceremonies of remembrance around the country. I am…well, writing this blog post I suppose.

So with Memorial Day in mind, I am sharing this picture with you. My mom had come out to the front porch to wave goodbye to me as I headed back to Kansas City. She is standing next to the Marine flag which was hanging in honor of my sister.

Eileen Ruth Grauer

My mom seeing me off.

She has been gone for almost six years now but going out to her headstone every Memorial Day is still hard. But also somehow cathartic. Not that I think the deceased are hanging around the cemetery but it gives you a chance to honor and remember them. I hope to make it out there the next time I am home.

I hope you all had a great weekend and took a minute to remember those who have gone before you.


Giving into that wanderlust…

“Settling down….putting down roots….for a lot of people there seems to be a desire or even a need to cultivate a connection to a place. I am not one of those people. I like to keep my options open… Do I want to live in a small picturesque town? Out in the country with beautiful natural scenery? In a bustling city with great public transportation? The possibilities are endless and having to decide is terrifying.

So, instead of settling down, my husband and I have chose to hit the road and check out this great country of ours. We started out from Kansas City and drove to our first stop Bremerton, WA. Very long drive but a lot of it was beautiful. My favorite memory is driving into Oregon for the first time on I-84. Gentle rolling hills slowly gave way to the breathtaking Colombia River Canyon. The area would be beautiful any time but we just happened to hit the canyon as the sun was starting to set. The whole area was flooded with this warm, molten gold color. The warm light danced off of the ripples in the water, and tree covered hills and mountains cast large shadows over the road. It was so striking it didn’t even occur to me to try to take pictures of it but even if it had I feel like the moment would have been impossible to capture.

We have been in the beautiful state of Washington for just over a week and we are loving it! We have made quick trips to Seattle, Bainbridge Island, Port Townsend, and we are getting ready to head out to a cabin in the woods just outside of the Olympic National Forest. I can’t wait to share all these places with all of you!

Have an amazing, adventurous weekend!