Monday, November 03, 2008


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.


Blogger judy said...

how can three spinners look pitiful while (most likely) trying desperately not to giggle, I'm sure you were all goading each other, Sounds like so much fun.

Looks luscious.

4:53 PM  
Blogger Tina Martinez said...

Whoah! Delurking to say that you were about 15 minutes from my house! Judy is an awesome gal, the shop is gorgeous and she was my first wholesale/real yarn store customer. Woot!

It is a beautiful, if tiny, little shop. Glad you enjoyed. :)

5:00 PM  
Blogger Spindlers2 said...

What can I say? It was indeed a fabulous yarn shop. I bought yarn. Rhinebeck was another day.

There are, of course, no yarn or fibre shops whatsoever in Yorkshire.

Would you like to buy a bridge?


4:01 AM  
Blogger Julie said...

I think we all are a little crazy when it comes to yarn and fiber!!

6:09 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Crazy? Heck with global warming one never knows when we might have another 100 year flood and not be able to leave our homes and when we do find that all the LYS have been soaked to the bone and contents rendered useless.

More is *always* good!

7:27 AM  
Blogger Candy Duell said...

I was in one of the shops (right before they closed), and he told me they do so much better on the internet than in the store. Actually they were having a big sale when I was there.

4:54 AM  

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