BF (who is thinking about changing his nickname to Knotty Boy) and I took an afternoon drive over to Fairfield, CT to visit Debi Haehl and her brand new store with the catchy name "Knottygirl Knit & Yarn Club" . What can I say? The store was charming and absolutely lovely. I bought some Squiggle and Cascade Fixation - both in purple - (to make another Jazzed Up Denim Jacket) and Debi threw in a cute little retractable tape measure with the knottygirl logo on it. Ooh! I love freebies!
I didn't take any pictures in the store, but the store is so inviting that you just want to plop down on one of those big comfy sofas up front and knit in some of the gorgeous Cascade, Manos and other natural luxurious fibers she carries in merino, silk and cashmere.
Debi was a pure delight to meet. She has so much enthusiasm for knitting and crocheting. She graciously helped 2 other customers while we were there with such patience and a radiating joy for what she does. I can hardly wait to go back and sit and knit awhile.
Some of the fantastic decorating accents in Debi's shop include:
- my favorite - a pink and white blown glass "knitting bag" which is actually a display to hold the knitting needles;
- a pink antique washer tank with the knottygirl log emblazened on the side;
- basketry from a Vietnamese women's coop; and
- those lovely brown and pink knottygirl t-shirts. (I gotta have one!)
While knottygirl doesn't have the largest selection of yarns (don't go looking for any acrylic yarns here), it does have the largest dose of pure charm and atmosphere that I've seen in a knitting store in a long time. I hope you'll stop by and say hello.
ADDED PLUS - Right next door to the knitting store is an awesome antique shop (I am thinking about buying that library card file for sorting all my knitting needles!) and a high end consignment store (think Prada and fashion). You can make an enchanted afternoon of your outing by hitting all three stores in one fell swoop. Just watch your wallet, or you might end the day without a cent left to your name.