Having finished the beaded shawl (all 158 rows of it), I felt incomplete without having some ginormous knitting project to work on. Enter Main Street Yarn. (#19 on the LYS tour - Yes! I'm still talking about it. It was one of the most fun things I've done all year!) Main Street is one of the two stores I consider my "home" stores, although now I have a whole set of new reasons to love it.
The first, is that they have this AMAZING and ADORABLE heart blankie pattern that I just fell in love with. I picked up the Cascade 220 yarn above to make one for our baby and they went out of their way to print up the pattern for free - and then even emailed me the corrections when one row had a mistake in it! I can't wait to show you the progress of this blankie. If it knits up as fast as I think it will, the pattern will quickly become a favorite for baby shower gifts.
The second reason I now love Main Street is that they are under new management. Before I went to this store just for the yarn. Their staff used to be awful - just rude and snooty. I'd gone it to ask questions before, and left feeling shot down and stupid. My husband even kept asking why I would even bother going back... but I'm so glad I did!
Debrah is the new owner and she is *SO* helpful, friendly, and sweet. Her employees are awesome too. They went out WAAAY out of their way to make me feel at home in the store, even answering my email question promptly during the craziness of LYS. I went in today to sign up for their surprise Knit-Along, and got to talking with Debrah. She said that as new owner, her #1 goal is to make Main Street the most hospitable yarn store in the Seattle area. I'd say they are doing a great job - and I will definitely be going back!