Catskill Adventure – Mountain Yarns

Peaceful knitting on the deck in Margaretville,NY

Peaceful knitting on the deck in Margaretville,NY

Friends of ours have a cabin in the woods in upstate New York near the town of Margaretville. Surrounded by trees, it’s a wonderful respite from the statuesque buildings of Manhattan.

The wrap around porch has inviting chairs that allow visitors to take in the natural beauty while reading, surfing or knitting. It could star in one of those Verizon Wireless ads since it’s in the center of a mobile dead zone.Don’t worry –our friends have gotten a landline for communications and internet access to stay connected.

My girl friend was excited that we were visiting since she wanted to show me “Mountain Yarns” which is a great yarn, knitting and weaving store nestled inside of a larger building of boutiques.

The owner, Tina Harp, is a multi-talented fiber artist who spins, weaves and knits. The store spills out into a cafe area where visitors can purchase homemade baked goods and coffee.

Welcome to Mountain Yarns

Welcome to Mountain Yarns

For Sale - hand woven goods

For Sale - hand woven goods

Cashmere Lace Shawl - Hand Made with Love

Cashmere Lace Shawl - Hand Made with Love

Old fashioned knitting needles and accessories

Old fashioned knitting needles and accessories

Hand weaving in progress at Mountain Yarns

Hand weaving in progress at Mountain Yarns

Tina Harp of Mountain Yarns and Store Mascot

Tina Harp of Mountain Yarns and Store Mascot

The shop isn’t for crafters only. Tina has filled it with hand made items for purchase as well as yarns and other materials. In particular, there was a collection of hand woven guest towels and scarves. The centerpiece was a circular lace shawl in cashmere lace weight. 

I was enticed by the collection of knitting tools from yesteryear at yesterday’s prices. I love the older plastic circular needles which are difficult to find, even on eBay. So I stocked up on one of every size as well as some tiny crochet hooks and other accessories.

My girlfriend  spent her time weaving since she’s taking lessons and needed more time to finish a piece that she was working on. 

If you’re in the neighborhood, Mountain Yarns is a treat and well worth the visit.   

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief

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