We were off again for another road trip around the island.
Our first stop was Boutique de Laine in Oak Harbour. It’s in a lovely little strip of stores amid a residential area. The shop is bright and airy and lovely to spend time in! The owner was friendly and helpful without being overbearing. I found little samples of Eucalan which I had been hoping for along with some buttons, a pattern for an entrelac bag and Berroco Folio on sale! It is so soft!
Mom says it’s bright, nicely laid out and she liked how the yarn was well organized in plastic boxes. The owner was pleasant but not in your face and yet still interested in you. It was a pleasant experience. Even better, everything was soft!
We stopped for a quick coffee/tea in a pretty patio garden and then carried on.
Our next stop was Knotty by Nature. My mom and I both agree that this store was interesting. It definitely catered to spinners and weavers and “earthy” people. I have to admit, I won’t make the trip just for it again.
At this point I was starving so we made it way to the Fan Tan Cafe which is in downtown Victoria, in Chinatown, two blocks from Douglas and Blanchard. This place looks a little dodgy on the outside but is quite sleek inside. My mom and I shared the GF Funn Noodles dish with prawns and it was amazing!
I was super excited about finding gluten free Chinese food as Chinese food was the one meal we went out for each year when I was a kid, but I haven’t found any I could eat since discovering my allergies. This was an excellent stop and I would recommend it to anyone looking for gf Chinese food.
We then went back to Beehive Wool Shop. This is in the neatest building that has a tower you can see for several blocks. The store is quite large with a wide selection of local and international yarns. They were advertising their sale and had several yarns 30% off. I found it interesting that their needles were kept behind the cash desk, though I did notice they had an extensive selection of needles!
My mom says that two of the personnel were super helpful and very knowledgeable. They helped without being in your face. The store was airy.
After this stop, we ran over five blocks and down one to another store called Button and Needlework. This store is the place to go if you need buttons. They had an incredible variety and a lot of beautiful cross stitch items, in addition to knitting items. The store is smaller and darker than some knitting stores, but came across cozy rather than dank. It had some awesome yarns, a small sale section and was well organized.
My mom says she would definitely go back to this store and she loved the variety of buttons.
This may be my new favourite part of town- gluten free Chinese food, two knitting stores and an amazing new and used bookstore within a five block radius, sweet!!
After this we stopped in and visited my brother, sister in law, niece and nephew. It was so great to get hugs and a nice cup of tea! I also managed to grab a shower here so I feel so much better!
It was a quiet evening and I got all my new yarns put into my Ravelry stash along with the new book I bought yesterday, The Knitter’s Handy Guide to Top Down Sweaters.
Well that’s it for me. I am trying to schedule this to go up at 2am/6am so we will see if it works.