Archive for August, 2008
THE GOOD NEWS:
I finally made it to the legendary Button Button.
I kept seeing handknit sweaters and admiring the great, perfect buttons and I kept hearing “I got them in Vancouver (hmmph)
Seattle’s not a button town”.
What does that mean???
I wondered what a ‘button town’ was.
Is it filthy with button shops like Starbucks in Seattle
Do they sell buttons *in* their Starbucks???
How many button shops can a city support?
I began asking more specifically and learned that everyone was talking about ONE particular button shop in Vancouver: Button Button.
Wow. I took pictures, but they can’t do it justice.
An incredible variety of buttons and so many of them.
Shelves, trays, DRAWERS full of buttons.
that drawer thing is full of vintage buttons
and it isn’t the drawer thingy
So many buttons, so little time.
It was our ‘family’ vacation; spending two hours in a button shop and missing the 12:55 ferry to Nanaimo was not to be suffered.
I will have to go back with an open mind and plenty of time. I want to look at ALL the buttons.
Two hours probably won’t be enough
THE BAD NEWS:
Button Button is “leaving at the end of August”.
New Location: “don’t know, but somewhere”.
I know! it’s August NOW!
She is taking email addresses to let us know where she ends up.
The family did suffer a bit of yarn shopping later in Victoria, though. I waited as long as I could and then casually said “uhhhhh, I’m going to swing by the yarn store…” and started walking toward Beehive Wool Shop. I have been enjoying the Butterfly Super 10 cotton I bought last time so much, I decided I ought to get more.
Butterfly Super 10 cotton color 3829
(I know it looks like the same as 3834, but it’s not!)
DD requested a scarf with a texture pattern. A Soft Scarf. I’m a sucker for a request from my yarn-suffering family.
Misti Alpaca Worsted (in 100g hanks!) color SFN 10
Beehive Wool Shop in Victoria: a great yarn shop, with tons of
bee-uuu-tee-ful yarns. It’s an eyeful just walking in the door. They have things I never see in Seattle, like the Butterfly Super 10 and Misti Alpaca Worsted in 100g hanks.
On top of it all, they are super nice and helpful. When I said DD wanted “something cream colored and soft”, yarn suddenly began appearing in her hands for a squeeze; I think they pulled a ball or hank of every single cream colored yarn in the store and were ready to start making phone calls!
DD went all puppy-faced when she touched the Misti and that was that.
Things I love about vacation:
no computer (surprise!)
Tofino: Ocean, beach, crab dinner, Ocean Village Beach Resort, The Schooner Restaurant, NW Coast Indian Art, no tv, no telephone, no computer, no radio = reading, knitting, poker, beach-time, family-time.
time well spent
crab dinner at the cabin
Ocean Village Beach Resort cabins
Victoria, B.C. Inner Harbor
The Black Ball Ferry (MV Coho)
I’m ready to go back!