Today, I went to one of my favorite places on earth: The Woolery
This shop is actually my Mom's local yarn shop, but I drive there just because the people and the atmosphere are worth every minute of the drive.
This shop is near and dear to my heart. The people here are wonderful, the selection is great, and there's always something going on. I can always find what I need here, whether it's company, a pattern, or a skein (or four) of yarn.
The owner, Deb, kindly let me take some pictures today to try to convey the scope of the shop. Deb's site is linked above, and in my "Places I go," bar. Check it out for some more great shots of the place. It's like the bar Cheers, only with less drinking and more laughter. As always, you can click on the pictures to make them bigger.
The heart of any shop will be the owner. I think that you have to be a truly good and generous person to open and run a yarn shop, and Deb only proves the point. I don't know if the yarn magic overcomes her, but I've never seen Deb be anything but capable and kind, even under pressure. This is "our" Deb:
Of course, I had to get a few things to knit the next shawls with. These are for folk who cannot tolerate animal fibers. There's cotton, silk, bamboo and hemp in this grouping:
While I was there, I was lucky enough to run into Meredith Burtt of Burtt Bagley Bags. A true local artisan, Meredith has even been featured in Yankee Magazine!
Her work has wonderful character, and it's very high quality. You can see that she loves what she's doing, and you will love it too.
Luckily Meredith was carrying one of her little bags in a neutral, and she let me get a picture to show off some of its character. As an aside, the bags are lined, and they have really fantastic pockets inside. I just thought to get an external shot, but isn't it super cute?
Thanks again to the lovely folks at The Woolery, and to Meredith Burtt for letting me put this up and share with everyone! I hope you all get a chance to go, it's worth it.