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Mystic, CT Yarn Shop: Mystic River Yarns

10 December 2010
Mystic River Yarns in Mystic, CT

Mystic River Yarns in Mystic, CT - slightly hidden in Schooner Wharf, this yarn shop is worth hunting for.

Another road trip, another yarn shop pit stop! After Thanksgiving, our trip down I-95 brought us to Mystic, Conn. – to Mystic River Yarns. Friendly and cozy, this shop is where I bought my copy of Elizabeth Zimmermann‘s The Opinionated Knitter several years ago, and I have meant to come back and write about it ever since.

Just as when I was there last, the shop had three women gathered in its lounge area, knitting and chatting (maybe it’s a code requirement). I think it was a private lesson, but they were so relaxed with each other it was hard to tell. [I always think that’s a good sign for a lesson, but what do the rest of you think? Do you like a chatty teacher or one who’s all business?]

The shop has a welcoming air, from the “crochet-friendly yarn shop” decal on the window to the smile from the woman who rang me up and checked each of my skeins for the correct dye lot. They have a large range of Rowan products, from Big Wool to cotton wool to sock yarn, and a gorgeous half-wall of Brown Sheep skeins.  Their Berroco selection is They also carry Manos del Uruguay, which I love in a yarn shop; my first really finished project was a scarf in many, many colors of Manos. But most exciting of all was this:

Jamieson & Smith Yarn

Jamieson & Smith Real Shetland Wool - a holiday miracle!

Yes, that is what you think it is: a great big MASS of Jamieson & Smith Shetland wool. This was not even a quarter of the J&S that was there.  People, I almost died. I almost wet my pants! There, in quantities I hadn’t seen since the J&S tables at the (unfortunate for many) UK Knit Camp, was the knitter’s holy Grail: real Shetland wool, from Scotland…and some of it was 30 percent off.

Jamieson & Smith Real Shetland Wool

More J&S - Look at the Colors!

It goes without saying that I loaded up my little knapsack with skein after skein, and that my ongoing stash giveaway is even more necessary now. But, people, if you are in the area you should definitely stop by Mystic River Yarns.  They’re nice, they’re friendly…and some of that J&S is worth any drive.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn permalink
    10 December 2010 2:10 pm

    Too bad we’re not driving to New England this year! We’re flying…I’m dreading it! I’ll definitely be stopping next time we drive though!

  2. 20 December 2010 3:15 pm

    Wow — I would have filled an entire Santa sack with wool!

    “I always think that’s a good sign for a lesson, but what do the rest of you think? Do you like a chatty teacher or one who’s all business?”

    Relaxed, definitely. My LYS is like that — always so warm and comfortable. I’ve even been known to almost sit and knit before realizing it was a class . . . and knowing them, if I had, they never would have said a word.

    Laid back, with love, works every time.

    Best wishes for wonderful holiday knitting,
    Lee

  3. 23 December 2010 1:35 pm

    I vote for chatty teachers who know how to make students comfortable and still teach them a thing or two. Your post makes me wish I lived in New England again.

    Happy holidays!

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