Thursday, May 19, 2011

Shop Hoppin'

I heard about the Western Montana Yarn Shop Hop a few weeks ago on Ravelry and absolutely knew I wanted to do it! It's only going on through the month of May, and you have to visit six of the participating yarn stores and receive a stamp. There is a chance to win prizes when you turn your stamps in, but really, I just want to stretch my legs. And, it's a nice way to see and support different local yarn stores.

I've already gone to the two in Missoula: Loopy and Joseph's Coat.

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Downtown Helena

We both had a day off yesterday so we drove to Helena! There are two LYS there, Y'arnings and Mountain Spun. I had never been to downtown Helena and it was so neat! I love how their walking mall is completely by foot only (no cars!) and has tables, chairs, and sculptures. It's definitely tourist-based, but it still looks nice. There weren't very many people around so it was relaxing to just walk around.

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Y'arnings wasn't open, but the owner left a nice table with information and the stamp out.

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I love this yarn over the doorway to Y'arnings!

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Mountain Spun was beautiful! A really neat space. I bought some Cascade 220 orange yarn there, for the rainbow scarf I have planned in my head. I also received a free pattern from the owner, for being a part of the Shop Hop! It's a bolero-type shrug, and I'm pretty excited to knit it!

After we had reached our yarn destinations, we walked around the other stores. We bought three harmonicas at a cute store called Lasso the Moon, as well as a fuzzy thing for Berny.

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creepy doll...I would have thrown it away too

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And homage to my favorite old women.