Saturday, September 10, 2011

"The number one reason knitters knit is because they are so smart that they need knitting to make boring things interesting. Knitters are so compellingly clever that they simply can't tolerate boredom. It takes more to engage and entertain this kind of human, and they need an outlet or they get into trouble.” ~ Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

When I was young, my friend Abigail's grandmother taught me the basics of knitting.  I remember that I mastered cables early on and knit nothing but rows and rows of cables - I was so intrigued by my ability to create these wonderful trails with yarn!  I continued my interest straight through college, but once motherhood and teaching came on to the scene, knitting kind of fell by the way-side, as often happens to leisure pursuits when "grown-up" life takes over.  At about the same time that my son left for college, a knitting group was established at our local library.  The timing was perfect.  Now, several years later, this collection of knitters, who had not known one-another before, are all fast friends, supporting each other in our fiber pursuits, and also in our day-to-day joys and struggles.  I mentioned in my first post that many of these women are not only creative, but very entrepreneurial.  Some have their own blogs and on-line shops, one has a soap-making company, and joyously, another has opened her own yarn store!  It has been  many years since our town has had a LYS (Local Yarn Store) and our excitement is immeasurable!  I recognize that "immeasurable excitement" for yarn, needles, hooks, and knitting paraphernalia  may seem foreign to some, but to a knitter, it's like being in a candy store where you are encouraged to taste everything! When you walk into a yarn store, you touch, you squeeze, you sniff - all the signs of a true "yarn harlot".  Today was the Grand Opening of our new LYS,  Spun Right Round!!!!  Welcome Renee!

Renee is as friendly, colorful and inviting as her shop!
Colors galore! 
In every available space!
Chock full of fabulous fiber!

My decorating contribution.
In addition to knitting supplies, Renee is one of the few places in Central New York to carry supplies for spinners.

Renee is also carrying a line of bags by Blue Q.  They are delightfully whimsical!

A delighted door-prize  recipient.  She actually squealed in delight!

Knitting paraphernalia and doodads!  I love them all!
Welcome Renee and Spun Right Round - we are so excited to finally have you here!
And in closing for today, and for tomorrow ~~~~

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  1. Wow, what a great shop (I see lots of things, I want to knit). And what a blessing to have a wonderful group to knit w/. Clarice

  2. The shop is just wonderful - thanks for taking the time to swing by, Clarice!

  3. Kudos to you Tracy for covering every angle of Spun Right Round's Grand Opening Celebration! Renee looked magnificent, and the shop was colorful and inspirational. Steph rocked the spinning demo. We're lucky to have such a fun-filled yarn and fiber shop in Cortland!