MRS. HUDSON’S YARNS AND TEAS
1106 Harris Avenue, Suite 103
Bellingham, WA 98225
360-543-5883 • mrshudsons.com
In the northwest corner of Washington State, in fact, the most northwest corner of the continental United States as well, lies Bellingham, Washington. This town of more than 80,000 people is actually closer to Vancouver, the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia, than it is to the state capital at Olympia. But for Georgia native Callie MacLachlan, there’s no other place she would rather have opened her yarn shop, Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns and Teas.
“Honestly, I hate hot weather,” Callie confesses. Years ago she visited Washington while on vacation and decided to stay. “It’s a beautiful part of the country. I just love it up here.”
The name of Callie’s shop, Mrs. Hudson’s Yarns & Tea, was inspired by the Sherlock Holmes book series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mrs. Hudson, TeaTime readers may recall, was the famous sleuth’s landlady. “Knitting and drinking tea were such Victorian activities,” Callie explains. “I’m sure that, being a good Victorian woman, Mrs. Hudson would have done both.”
Since the shop opened in March 2012, tea has been as much a part of Mrs. Hudson’s as yarn. “Tea is such a natural fit with knitting,” Callie says. “It’s another one of those activities that is warm and cozy.” The shop stocks a variety of British teas, including Taylors of Harrogate, Twinings, and Typhoo, as well as the MarketSpice brand of teas from Seattle’s Pike Place Market. At knitting classes or when regular groups of knitters meet at Mrs. Hudson’s Yarn & Teas on Wednesday afternoons and Friday evenings, Callie brews samples of tea for her guests to taste, and everyone bonds over a cup.
“It’s nice to be able to interact with other people who share your passion,” she says. “You feel their pain when someone makes a mistake because you understand how many hours they’ve worked on a project.” Customers drop in throughout the day to spend time with the shop’s staff and knit with them for a half hour or so. “It’s a nice, relaxing thing to do,” Callie says.