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Good-bye Purl By the Sea-Another Local Yarn Store Closes

Overcast weather on Montauk beach

Overcast weather on Montauk beach

Despite the forecasts for heavy rain, my husband and I took off Friday and headed out to Montauk for one last visit to Purl By the Sea before Nora Franzetti closed its doors. Ever since we first discovered Purl By the Sea nestled behind the main drag in Montauk, it’s been the bright spot in our visits to the beach. It’s always been welcoming and friendly circle of knitters. Women who live in the area combined with those who vacation there regularly. Further, it had a great assortment of yarns including low priced work horses such as Lamb’s Pride as well as unusual high end specialty yarns. To add to the allure, Nora kept an amazing selection of knitting books.

The vibe in this store is wonderful and it’s closing is real loss to the knitting community. I feel very lucky to consider myself a part of this circle of women. They were very welcoming to my husband who tended to quietly take up residence on their husband’s rocker in the back corner.

We thought that we would be able to beat the rain. But by the time we got to the beach, it started drizzling and after an hour of camping out beneath our rain gear, we decided to head for Purl By the Sea.

Since it was our last visit, we spent most of the day there. It was the beginning of the 50% off sale and stuff was flyingout of the store.

I bought the last two Barbara Walker stitchonaries (Volumes 3 and 4). I also bought a 47 inch Addi in case I make another Hemlock Ring Blanket. Of course, I couldn’t resist at least one more addition to my stash. I bought a few hanks of Blue Sky Baby Alpaca to make a scarf which should be very soft!

Since the weekday trains back to Manhattan are scarce. We walked around Montauk in the light rain and headed back to the beach for a last look at the cloudy sky.

We treated ourselves to East by North East, a fancy local restaurant, which serves pan Asian cuisine. It was a nice way to cap off the day. Of course, our train didn’t get back into Manhattan until about 2.00am…

Submitted by Knitted Yarns Editor-in-Chief


Mom’s Black Lace Scarf Progresses

Before starting the black lace scarf for my mother, I spent a lot of time going through my various knitting books focused on lace shawls and stitch guides. Since I was going to be knitting in black, I wanted an easy pattern that only needed a few rows of pattern.

I started out assuming that my mom wanted a relatively wide scarf like the one that I’m making for my sister in grey. While we were at her house, I showed her two of the options. One was a wide version of the Ribbon Lace Scarf that I’m making for my sister and  the other was a razor shell pattern from Barbara Walker’s A Treasury of Knitting Patterns, which was narrower.

To my surprise, she liked the narrower razor shell pattern. It is a traditional Shetland pattern which makes a nice stripe pattern. It has the great advantage of being a one row pattern and the size of the pattern can be modified depending on the width that you want. What’s nice is how the edge forms a nice scallop pattern.

Mom's Black Lace Scarf - Razor Stitch Up Close

Mom's Black Lace Scarf - Razor Stitch Up Close