This weekend found me and my sweetie on a road trip into the White Mountains of New Hampshire. It’s late fall, and while somewhere in the back of my mind I knew the leaves would be gone, I never quite understood what we were getting into. You see, it is nearly winter in northern NH. There was frost on the ground, ice in the streams, and snow on those mountaintops! People were even starting to put up Christmas decorations; I saw at least 2 decorated trees up in private homes!
We knew it would be cold, so we packed extra coats and gloves just in case, and I of course packed lots of knitting. Two of my current WIPs were lucky enough to make the trip:
This is the Easy Flame Lace Scarf from Knit and Tonic in Malabrigo.
This is a basic 3 x 1 ribbed sock in Cascade Fixation. Stretchy.
Like most knitters, I had every intention of spending a lot of time knitting in the car, while sitting by a roaring fire in the B&B, maybe even in a coffee shop or two. Well, I tried. I really did. I gave the lace scarf a good couple of rows in the car on the way up before giving in to openly staring at the beautiful scenery outside.
I decided to turn my attention toward sniffing out a LYS in one of the many charming towns we stopped through. There were plenty of indications that such a thing would exist here:
- It’s cold. Cold people need warm things on their bodies. Knitters like to make such things.
- Winter is long and dark. What better way to pass the time than knit?
- There were about 20 little coffee shops and bookstores in which a person could comfortably sit and knit.
- I kept seeing handknit items for sale in the cutesy boutiques around.
After an entire day of such observations, I still had seen nothing more promising than a Quilting supply store. And then I saw this:
I entered Flossie’s General Store and Emporium with a cautious hope that maybe here I would find what I had been looking for: boxes of interesting yarn. Sadly, there was none. They did have these, though.
Hand braided rag baskets and trivets and bowls Oh my! I thought they would make wonderful storage baskets for yarn and UFOs.
My mother in law makes rag rugs, and I took this picture hoping I could convince her to make me a basket. Does anyone have a pattern for something like this?
In closing, I didn’t find a LYS in the White Mountains. Like Big Foot, I’m sure they exist, I just haven’t seen any. Until I do, I will continue to have faith that people in New Hampshire are knitting with beautiful yarn.