Seattle Spinning, Knitting, and Weaving – Suggestions, Please!

Seattle here I come!
Olympia and Seattle here I come!


This week I’m teaching at the  Northwest Regional Spinners Association Conference in Olympia, Washington.

It’s going to be an outstanding conference with a big list of creative teachers, an outstanding keynote speaker, and , of course, all of the visionary spinners attending. I’m ready to teach and to soak up all innovative thinking at the event.





Kinokuniya – where are the pens and stationery?

I am very grateful to my friend Lisa who has invited me to stay with her in Seattle for a few days after the conference. I haven’t been to Seattle since the 90’s, and I’d love to know what you suggest I do while I’m there.

My friend Lisa is an amazing weaver and spinner. Guess what my brain will be full of when I come home?

Right now the only thing on my list is a trip to Kinokuniya, the Seattle location is giant and there are pens and stationary.

What fiber, food and generally soaking up the atmosphere spots do you recommend for two days in Seattle?


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website

6 thoughts on “Seattle Spinning, Knitting, and Weaving – Suggestions, Please!

  1. Andrea

    Churchmouse Yarns & Teas on Bainbridge Island, Tolt Yarns in Carnation, for sure. For food, a Tom Douglas restaurant (I recommend Palace Kitchen). Enjoy!

  2. floribunda

    for breakfast: Morsel (on University Way near UW) for the most amazing biscuit-based breakfast sandwiches! Also Acorn Street yarn shop

  3. Bruce Glassford

    Heading out that way tomorrow for a couple of days – looking forward to seeing MJ Yarns studio myself. (He’s been at the Pike Place Market most weekends, but apparently not this weekend or next, so going to go visit directly).

  4. Meredith MC

    Mason Dixon Knitting recently did a profile of what to do in Seattle. You should check it out.

  5. Pam

    Riding the ferry to Churchmouse Yarn and Teas is a fun field trip. Drink some local coffee. I love breakfast (or lunch) at the 5 Spot on Queen Anne Hill. While you’re there, take a detour to Kerry Park for one of the best (free) views in Seattle. Or if it’s a clear day, splurge on the Space Needle.

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