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Attention: Knitters

There are knitters everywhere. On Thursday evenings at Panera’s in North Haven, Connecticut you can find a whole table full of gals knitting and chatting away about their various projects, having dinner, solving the world’s problems and finding their zen all at the same time.

If you’re a knitter like I am, you find this kind of scenario just glorious. Creating something handmade that is all your own. Knitters are notorious for doing for others. Much of the time they are making something for others. That’s how we roll.

As a little gift here’s a heart you can knit for that special someone.

Just to show you my knitting is very much alive and well, here’s a vase cover I did, yes I know a vase cover?

These artists have to find their yarn somewhere and one place to do that is at Saybrook Yarn, in yes, Old Saybrook, Connecticut. It’s right down the street from the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center. I serve on the theater’s board of trustees and don’t even get me started about how much I love that 250 seat venue, that’s for another post.

Anyway, at Saybrook Yarn you will find this to be a place that you will return to over and over. The owner and her employees are so friendly and so helpful. If you’ve dropped a stitch and it’s dropped down to who knows where, they’ll help you find it. The place is huge.

As I continue on with my Annie Mame blog, I will post about other yarn shops that I love in Connecticut, they have to be friendly or forget about it.

There are pattern books and needles and metallic threads in this shop. It’s just a great place to spend some time, hours really. It’s a soft cozy spot.

When you’ve had your fill of knitting for the day, don’t forget to spill out onto the streets of Old Saybrook, there’s a lot going on there, and again don’t forget to check out The Kate and it’s museum to the 4 time Academy Award winning actress.

Katharine Hepburn was a knitter. Hepburn called Old Saybrook her paradise.

Oh by the way, my favorite site on the web for finding thousands of knitting patterns for free is Knitting Pattern Central…it’s all right there for you, truly, you’ll find every pattern known to man or woman. Just as many crochet patterns as well.

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  1. evelynne Adams
    Posted March 21, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ann!
    I am a rabid knitter/crocheter and am always looking for a new yarn shop to prowl. I so agree with you about the friendly part. I have gone to many a shop and have been greeted by a clerk talking to another clerk and ignoring the fact I’ve even stopped in. Look forward to your findings! Evelynne

    • Annie Mame
      Posted March 21, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

      Evelynne, you need to check out Old Saybrook’s shop and also there’s a great one in Madison, called “Madison Wool.”

  2. Lisa Easter
    Posted April 17, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ann-
    When you find yourself in NW CT again, stop by “The Village Sheep” in Washington Depot. It is an amazing knitting/yarn store! You’ll probably be greeted by Nate the friendly “shop dog”. Owner Maggie Ohmen is gem!
    Happy stitching!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted April 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

      Lisa, tank you so much! I will drop in.

  3. Catie Reno
    Posted February 24, 2011 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    There is a great yarn store with everything you could ever need in Wallingford. It is called Country Yarns. The staff is always eager to help and friendly

  4. Posted September 24, 2011 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    I agree with catie Country Yarns is one of the best yarn shops in CT. I started out going to Yarns, Yarns, Yarns which was owned by Marlene and that is where I met Warren, now I sometimes go to the Yarn Basket to sit and knit. Ann you were very nice to my daughter Sheryl many years ago when she commented on a shrug you were wearing on the news she e-mailed you and told you I had liked your shrug and you immediately sent her the pattern which I knitted up and have worn many times. In case you don’t know about Knitter’s by XRX they are having a big expo at the Hartford Convention Center I think it is the 3rd week of Oct starting on a thursday and ending on a sunday it has over 150 vendors.

  5. Rose Ann
    Posted September 24, 2011 at 8:29 am | Permalink

    I agree with Catie, Country Yarns is one of the best yarn shops in CT do drop in when you have a chance. Ann you should try Knitter’s East which is held at the CT Convention Center in the 3rd week of Oct from thursday to sunday it is a knitters paradise you will everything for knitting and more it has over 150 vendors, it is a great way to spend a day or more.