After a late-ish lunch one day in a nice cafe in Woodstock NY, in The Week Before Rhinebeck, Pete pulled out his knitting.
The waitress, a young woman, said she was a knitter too, so we took the opportunity to ask her why both
knitting shops which used to be in Woodstock had closed. She did not know, but, she said, she liked the yarn shop
in Tivoli better anyway.
That was all we needed, the quest had begun.
We did not know where Tivoli was, in relation to Woodstock, but she had given us rudimentary directions. We had a map. We had gas in the car and GPS.
Why, you ask, would three spinners
need to go yarn shopping a few days before Rhinebeck? Who knows. Can you think of a better
way to spend a sunny Autumn afternoon on the loose?
We set off.
We found the shop (hint: it was not really very close to Woodstock). We arrived after 5 pm. The sign on the door said the hours for Thursday were 5-7pm. Huzzah!
The small handwritten sign on the door said "Sorry, closed, be back later". Waaaaah.
But wait! Someone was inside! She was assiduously avoiding looking at us. We knocked. She avoided. We rattled the door. She avoided. We looked pitiful. She relented. She opened the door.
This was, indeed, fabulous yarn.
Nothing of the ordinary: only the exotic, unique and rare. Malabrigo. Artyarns, Blue Sky Alpacas, cashmeres, beaded silks, merinos, organic cottons, hand-dyes and more. A few books, a few accessories, magazines and trinkets, but mostly yarns.
We rewarded her relenting with purchases: Spiraluscious
(Ravelry link) in Blue Sky alpaca/silk.
Details in my projects on Ravelry (lambspin
); some information must be kept under wraps.
The Christmas knitting has begun.