On Saturday, Blogless Sharon and Martha and I headed to Coggeshall Farm in Bristol, RI for their first ever Wool Fair. It was a gray and drizzly day but our moods were bright and sunny — we were off in search of fiber and we were together – that’s what really makes days like this worth while.
The event was quite small but I think it has marvelous potential. We saw Lisa and Cindy and Donna was there as a vendor. My purchases were meager but I did manage to find a spindle, some cheery lime green roving, and a “rambo” bump. Good stuff, truly.
After the festival we headed into Bristol center for lunch. We found a nice pub and had burgers and beer and then wandered around Bristol for a bit. It was relaxing and fun to explore some place new to all of us. But then we went somewhere that wasn’t new to me, only new to Sharon and Martha. Those of you familiar with the area will be able to guess where we went – Sakonnet Purls.
Sakonnet Purls is a wonderful yarn shop in charming Tiverton, RI. And it’s huge, as yarn shops go. It’s not huge like WEBS but it’s pretty darn big. They’ve got lots and lots of Rowan, including a whole wall of kidsilk crack – and there’s Noro and Malabrigo and Claudia’s Handpaint and and and. It’s a bit overwhelming, just ask Martha. There’s also a “sale shed” full of yarn, all for $4/ball. I actually pulled out the camera while we were in there.
Only a sale on Debbie Bliss can cause smiles like those.
We had spied a coffee shop on our way to the yarn store so after we left we headed there for lattes and a bit of knitting. It was the perfect way to end our day, I’ll tell you. Chatting, sipping coffee and knitting with friends, it just doesn’t get any better than that.