How perfect to have my yarn housed in Beannacht Books, kitty-corner to LYS, while the shop is under construction. I had forgotten that my first love affair with yarn began while I was working in Chapter and Verse in Bristol, England. It was an academic book store, so in the summer, my colleagues taught me how to knit sweaters (I didn’t make hats, scarves, or mittens until many years later). There was a to-die-for yarn store right across the street and that is where I bought my Rowan Yarn and Kaffe Fasset patterns. Those were the days of drop shoulders and oversized sweaters…the eighties. I have made a laptop case from fulling one unfinished Kaffe Fasset sweater. I still have the turquoise Lopi sweater (very popular color at that time!) and haul it out on appropriate wintry days. I regret donating two sweaters to a local second-hand shop, not because of the yarn, but the cool buttons I had used. I still have the fair-isle vest I knit for my father, fulled and fitted for me now that he has passed away. All these fond memories of the book store and my colleagues and the pubs are flooding back as I sit here with a view of yarn and books. Come join me in the cozy sitting area. My shop hours are the same: 10-5 Tuesday through Saturday and I’m selling both yarn and books!
Seven of us gathered this past Thursday for our first lunch-time book club discussion of Circling the Sun. Whilst the overall response to the book was lukewarm, the discussion was lively and our interest in the life of Beryl Markham was piqued. In addition, our lunch from Cold Mountain Cafe was a welcome treat. We decided to meet next month on St. Patrick’s day at noon to discuss My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante and translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein. The New Yorker review, “Women on the Verge,” by James Wood, typically wordy and sending me to the dictionary several times, will whet your appetite for not just this recent work, but her earlier novels as well. Join us on the 17th!