30 December 2014

old friends ~ Melissa

Guess where I finally got to visit today?
 
 
Even the street signs are charming in this small town.
 
 
If I had a bucket list, I would fill it up with return visits!

my husband thought one stop shopping for 'Liquor, Hay & Feed, and Hardware' was hilarious ~ ...boys :)
 
The minute I stepped in the door it felt like home.  People were nice.  Every. Single. Soul.  I spent as much time chatting as shopping!


Remember my Muker Mitts ?  Tif spied them in my basket and asked if she could photograph them!  See, Tif is an embroiderer and had seen my mittens before but not in person.  We live in such a big yet small crafting community...let's see if you can follow this fun story.  Tolt's proprietress, Anna, had seen my mittens on Ravelry.  Anna is in my 'friends' and unbeknownst to me is the owner of Tolt ~ how did I miss that?  Anyway, she had sent Tif a picture of my mittens when I posted them since Tif is a stitcher and Anna wanted her to see them.  Today while I was chatting with Tif, she looked down into my basket and saw THE mitts!  She was so excited to tell Anna that my 'mitts had visited Tolt' that she asked if she could take a photo to send to Anna since she was not at the shop today.  Of course!!

 
So, there they are!  My proud mittens getting photographed in front of Tolt's famous chalkboard!  So proud :)
 
 (you should check out Tif's blog ~ I've added it to the sidebar ~ she's 'Dottie Angel'...and then once you get there follow her link to her instagram account ~ jawdropping amazing stuff!!)
 
 
I made one slow pass around the store.

 
Looked at and squished everything.  Ahhh.....



 
Checked out every nook and cranny and peeked in every basket.
 
 
And finally took out my shopping list and made some decisions. 

 
And that's all for today ~ you'll have to wait to see what's inside because I'm tired and it's getting too dark to take nice photos.
 
And what came home with me is definitely worthy of nice photos!
 
Melissa

39 comments:

  1. take me there, friend. xo mimi

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    1. haha ~ I actually thought of you on the drive back and thought 'this is a place where I need to bring Mimi once she's home'

      it's a date ~ do you want to do beach/driftwood/knitting first or Tolt ~ your choice!

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  2. beach/driftwood/knitting, please. i need to smell the ocean for a good long while first to ready myself for the wonders that await beyond the shore. i'm keeping a long list of things to do, i can tell you that. ;)

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    1. done and done ~ now you just need to get here :)

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  3. oh how wonderful. love tolt and can't wait to go back. it was so full of happy knitters when i was there, seeing everything was a challenge (i didn't) but oh so lovely that shop is. how cool tif recognized your mittens! you are so right, everything and everyone, just magic.

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    1. hands down the nicest shop I've visited ~ and that says a lot since there are so many nice shops in our area

      I told them about our Girls in Sheep Clothing knitalongs and that you had knit with us one year ~ they remember you from your visit, Lori :)

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  4. oops, i forgot to say your mittens are beautiful!

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    1. thanks ~ I was lucky to have clear blue skies and icy cold temps when we left for the trip this morning or I wouldn't have thought to grab them on my way out the door!

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  5. That is one beautiful yarn shop. I can't wait to see what goodies you left with.

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    1. It is so worth the drive ~ their online shop doesn't do them justice ~ it's gorgeous and so much more in person!

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  6. What an inspiring post! I wish I could have joined you.

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    1. sadly I did way more damage to the pocketbook than you did at your last lys trip, Kelly! my work bonus and all my Christmas money is gone but well spent...

      but it was worth it ~ I can't wait to go back!!

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    2. Absolutely worth it! You've got to feed your dreams.

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  7. WOW! Sounds like a great time, your mittens look very honored.. Hands down the best ? That is really
    saying something.. sounds like Sam will have to take me.. Anxious to see what is in the bags :) Bet is is
    wonderful.

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    1. I know ~ hard to believe but I think I may love it more than Churchmouse. Tolt has so many yarns that you can't find anywhere else, as well as a lot of local stock which I am thrilled about. And the staff ~ Miss Antisocial (that would be me) could have stayed and talked all day ... if Jason wasn't with me I may have stayed til closing!!

      Sam SHOULD take you...and soon!

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    2. Really more than chrurchmouse?

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    3. I know ~ I feel a little guilty admitting that but yes, if you take stock and staff both into consideration, definitely Tolt

      thoughts?

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    4. It's up there with Churchmouse, no ferry ride/fee,more $$$ for yarn, super friendly people at Tolt and they did notice and photo your super cute mittens! We need to plan a GISC trip?

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  8. Tolt -- allee enjoyed this post. What fun! I bet Carolyn would like to visit this shop -- for sure. Thanks for sharing your mitten story. Cool photo. of chalkboard and your mitts.

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    1. you two should make a date and go ~ you're so funny when you're together and I bet you would have such a fun visit!

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    2. Carolyn needs to quite working so we can play everyday. What's up with that? :)

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    3. We ought to. I love the Carnation area. Would be a lovely drive. (sorry... deleted this from general reply section. Meant to "reply" to your comment -- duh.)

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    4. Hi Penny, nice to see/read you~ Happy New Year!

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    5. Hey Kelli, you too. Happy New Year! Have fun with your KAL people. Wish I could join in, but I'm still working on the Streusal. LOL

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  9. I wish oh wish I was there with you!! I would have drooled over all the possibilities!!

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    1. we could have wiped the drool off each other's chins, Karen ~ everything there is droolworthy

      there was so much to choose from!!

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    2. Drool, chins, that's funny~ kinda gross but funny

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  10. Funny! I was there with my daughter yesterday too! It was my third visit and I adore this store. I wish I had known about your KAL before my visit but that might just be a reason to return!

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    1. we must have just missed you ~ we were there quite a while (actually...I wonder if you were leaving right as we got there now that I think about it)

      let me know if you decide to join us...you're definitely always welcome!!

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    2. I replied on the KAL post - I am going to knit the Ashby. Thanks for the warm welcome

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    3. you're so welcome, Juliann ~ welcome welcome welcome!!

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  11. Looks like a great store to get lost in. I wish we had a yarn shoppe!
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Hi, Dixie! Happy New Year to you as well. We are so lucky ~ we not only have 'a' yarn shop in our area...we have dozens.

      Doesn't seem quite fair, does it?

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  12. Oh I am so jealous!!! I feel like I have been there through all of people pictures from Instagram! I would love to go there one day. How exciting to have famous mitts :)

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    1. I like being anonymous and unnoticed but it makes my heart swell to have my knitting noticed :)

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  13. My new favorite LYS! (I also like it better than Churchmouse.) Let me know the next time you head out to Carnation; I'd love to meet up in person at Tolt.

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    1. will do, Julie (although lately any time I do anything it's spur of the minute!)

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