Yesterday I went out for a tea lunch with my tea and knitting friend. We visited a new tea shop, Tea with an Accent, in Yardley, Pennsylvania. Tea with an Accent used to be called The Pink Petal Tearoom. It was sold to the current owner, a delightful British woman named Sharon (who also knits!). She redid the shop completely and made it her own. It was very elegantly decorated and extremely relaxing to dine there. We both had the Victorian tea, which consisted of a cheddar vegetable soup, a signature salad (red and green leaf lettuce, pears, pecans, bleu cheese, and a vinagrette dressing--yum!), four tea sandwiches (smoked turkey with rasberry relish on wheat, cucumber on white bread, olive pate on rye, and chicken salad on raisin bread,) a fresh baked, heart shaped, orange/cranberry scone served with lemon curd, strawberry preserves, and cream. A pot of tea was included--I had the harvest blend that was a black tea with apple and cinnamon added. The meal was excellent. The breads were fresh, the presentation was beautiful, the service was incredible! We shared a mini dessert plate, which we thought was going to be small, but the owner made it up for us and it was overflowing with fresh baked treats. We both decided that this was the best tea shop we have been to and are already planning to visit again later this summer. I highly recommend it if you are in the area.
After tea, we visited three local yarn shops--ones we had never checked out before. First on the agenda was Y-Knot Knit on Stony Hill Road in Yardley (no website yet.) This is a relatively new shop--3 months old--that is housed in an old house-turned store front. They need a better sign out side, but that is my only criticism. Their yarn selection was excellent! They probably had every single color of Cascade 220 and it was very neatly arranged (I tend to use Cascade 220 for my felting projects--I like how it felts.) Despite the shop being broken down into multiple rooms, I did not feel cramped like in some small shops. The staff was very friendly and they were conducting a kid's class on making frou-frou flip flops. Prices were better than some shops I've been to and I would definitely make the trip here to shop again. I bought my secret pal some nifty treats, but resisted buying anything for me.
The second shop we hit was Knit Haven on Sycamore Street in Newtown. This was a beautiful shop full of mostly high priced yarns and lots of novelty yarn/fibers. They had several AbFab kits hanging from the ceiling in an unusual display. There was a big basket of Latern Moon needles, which I love but haven't yet splurged--they are a bit pricey for me. They did not have basic plain wool out, at least I did not see any. There was an assortment of books and patterns out for perusal. I did not buy anything and I don't know that I would have a need to go back there. Their prices seemed a bit high.
Our final stop was at Knit Together on Almshouse Road in Richboro. This is a little shop hidden in a shopping center. They were having a summer sale--much of the lighter weight yarns were 50% off! I bought some linen/cotton yarn from Maggie's Ireland collection. I am thinking of using it for the wash cloths in the Knitter's Stash book. Despite being a small shop, there was a lot of yarn crammed in. The sweet shop owner showed us several of her knitted samples as well as told us about some of the upcoming winter trends she saw at the lastest show she went to (apparently fringe is going to be big.) The shop was a bit disorganized--they just had so much stuff everywhere! Luckily we were the only ones there--I can't imagine what it would be like if it was crowded.
I am amazed at how many local shops I have in my general area. My favorite is still the Tangled Web in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia. Besides the staff and owner being incredibly nice, I like how the shop is set up and the varieties of yarn that they carry. Plus they have incredible sales!