Let me begin by saying that, looking back on the last few days, DC is probably the most beautiful city I've ever been in, and beautiful in so many ways. The architecture is mind boggling, but I was taken in by all the trees. Trees everywhere. The Rock Creek area and Embassy Row were my favorites, but I'm getting ahead of the story.
Coming into DC on Friday afternoon we ended up lost in the projects because I put the wrong address into the GPS. Little things like NW and NE in DC are not little things. We got back on track and by the time we found the hotel, (Hilton Garden Inn...very, very nice), figured out how to valet park the car, who to tip and what side the elevators were on made it to the room I was very tempted to lock the door and just stay there until our flight left again on Sunday. I am NOT a big city girl and DC is a BIG city. I can confess this without too much embarrassment. Big cities are not for everyone and I am not everyone.
After a few minutes in a comfy chair and a chance to regroup, we decided to head over to Alexandria and visit the yarn store that was recommended to us by two different people, and yarnies...go there. Seriously.
Fiber Space is in old town Alexandria maybe 20 minutes from downtown DC. Not far from a Metro stop. Parking on the street. Be prepared to sit in traffic, but that's ok because there is a lot to look at. I was fascinated by the row houses...there was one the width of the door. Being nosey, I wanted to see the inside of each one. Anyway, we found the shop without any trouble and in we went. Wow. It's fairly large with a great little seating area by the front window. Everyone was friendly without stalking. The store is organized by yarn weight, which I though was freaking genius. Above each yarn was a label that told about the fiber, the price of a skein and then the price of 1000 yards so you can kind of do the math of a project with the general cost in mind. Again, genius. After a walk around I decided on a couple of things from Neighborhood Fiber Co. She is a local dyer that names her colors after DC neighborhoods. When I buy yarn on a vacation I usually try and get something I can't get at home, so this was perfect.
I got the Studio sock in 3 colors, Sheridan Circle, Easterwood, and L'Enfasnt - OOAK with the intention of making Color Affection.
I have no idea to make with the 4 skeins of Lauraville that had to come home with me, but I love it SO much. I spent so much $$ that I got two tote bags and a t-shirt...in my size! Everything in this store was done right. I'm so glad I got a chance to go there and thanks to Trina and Jamie for the tip!
On the way back to the hotel we stopped at the Jefferson Memorial, parked and walked along the tidal basin. The cherry blossoms were beginning to bloom and we were closing in on twilight.
Next: Day 2...the Cathedral and the Zoo.