Saturday, May 1, 2010

Washington Yarn

It's been one of those mornings. It is supposed to be easy to get wifi in the lobby of the hotel. Easy if my computer hadn't throw a temper tantrum and refused to do anything right until I shut it off and turned it back on again. And the free way to connect - let's just say you have to figure out to do it and the wording doesn't make it easy. But finally, finally, I was able to get on line and post my blog.

Yesterday I went to Old Town Alexandria as planned. I was pleasantly surprised that it was as easy to get to as hyped. Three subway stops and a free trolley ride and I was there. Not only was the trolley ride free, but so were the booklet about and the map of the area as well.

There are a number of old buildings that can be toured. I chose just to go through the Apothecary. It was just me and the tour guide who also mans the gift shop. It turns out they not only made up medicines for their customers, they produced them and sold them to other places. Part of the tour included the work room where they made pills and various concoctions they sold. It turns out what I read in a tour book about the glass globes in the window having different colored water in them to warn people of epidemics of things like yellow fever and plague isn’t true. The globes of colored water were just for decoration.

From there I got down to business and found the two yarn stores in the area. It’s a chance to me the owners and tell them about my books and check out their wares. I’ve noticed the stores each seem to have their own personality and different types of yarn. And I rarely leave empty handed.

No different yesterday. How could I pass up the apricot alpaca blend yarn that was on sale? And the handmade multi colored crochet hook at the second store had my name on it.

Some people are sex tourists. Me, I’m a yarn tourist.


Joanna Campbell Slan said...

I wish I could have been with you! Glad it was an easy trip.

Linda O. Johnston said...

I'm a book tourist, Betty! Sounds as if you're having a great time in D.C. I'd love to be there, too.

Terri Thayer said...

Books make great souvenirs. As does fabric. I can look at a piece and remember buying it in Sedona or Harvard Square.

Love Old Town. There used to be lovely quilt shop there.

Terri Thayer said...

Oh, and by the way, I so would have gone with you on that side trip.

Mason Canyon said...

Sounds like the yarn shopping was great.

Thoughts in Progress

Julie said...

A few years ago we did Washington and Williamsburg on vacation, staying in Alexandria. We walked the length of King Street, as well as some others nearby, and I came away with books, yarn and jewelry. A trifecta! Glad you enjoyed it--I'd like to go back!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad to find out that I'm not the only "book tourist" or one that picks up books and fabric and scrapbook supplies wherever I do manage to go! I, too, can remember where many of my supplies came from just by looking at it.

Sorry I'm late joining you. I thought the parts of the story were coming once a week, not daily! I'm catching up.