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Yarn Shop Crawl, day 3

October23

Today was my day for visiting yarn shops in the Boston area to promote my designs. The first stop of the morning was at Black Sheep Knitting Co. in Needham, MA. This shop was recommended by Pam at Westport Yarns. A smaller shop, Black Sheep was busy when I arrived. They offer classes most days and one was in progress so I didn’t take any photos. Surrounded by historical buildings, Black Sheep Knitting Co. has a fantastic atmosphere.

Newbury Yarns

Newbury Yarns

From there I traveled to Newbury Yarns in the heart of Boston. Nestled below street level in an upscale shopping area, Aldrich Robinson has created an oasis of calm and yarn in the busy city. Newbury Yarns has just moved from the space next door and are still settling in but that hasn’t stopped local knitters from inhabiting the well-lit table in the back of the shop. Most of the samples at the front of the shop are of Aldrich’s designs.

Another Yarn, Winchester, MA

Another Yarn

Next stop was at Another Yarn in Winchester, MA. The shop is tucked away in a small plaza, next to Pairings Wine and Food (who have some great cheeses – a few followed me to my hotel). Another Yarn is an open shop with lots of seating and a wide selection of yarns and books. I found a “new to me” lace stitch dictionary that I was happy to pick up to tuck into my knitting bag.

From there it was off to Sit ‘n Knit in Melrose, MA. Tuck into a row of shops across from the commuter train station, this little shop has a vintage feel. The main room contains the commercial yarns and the back room features yarns for baby garments.

The Woolpack

The Woolpack

The Woolpack in Acton, MA was next on the list and is quite a busy shop. I received a warm welcome from both the staff and customers and managed to knit a few more rows on my Rhinebeck sweater while there. It was difficult to tear myself away from the cozy atmosphere but I still had one more stop for the day.

The final shop was Spotted Sheep Yarn Shoppe in Goffstown, NH where I finally managed to find some lace weight Lobsterpot cashmere. I arrived a few minutes before the shop closed for the day but Margaret (co-owner) was welcoming and I managed a quick browse through the nooks and corners in this split-level shop.

It was a long but very rewarding day.

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