Sunday, March 15, 2009
Hub Mills Store, Lowell MA
A bonus in my visit to Western Avenue Artists' Studios in Lowell, Mass. is that the Hub Mills Store is located on the fourth floor of the same mill building. No longer a 'real' factory store (as no yarn is actually made here), the shop is nevertheless a treasure trove of discontinued and closeout yarns by Classic Elite.
They also carry a full range of fiber paraphernalia, including patterns, needles, stitch markers and felting supplies. Knowledgeable staff are friendly, yet not intrusive as you're left to explore the shelves and bins for bargain booty.
Knit and crochet freeformers can find one-of-a-kind skeins in many textures and fiber blends to enhance their collections. I found this silk & mohair blend to bring on our summer Mediterranean cruise with Prudence Mapstone...it has the watery/vibrant/soft look I'm dreaming about for cruise projects. Also scored some Beatrice wool blend for a pair of socks for the latest Afghans for Afghans appeal.
I've been searching for two years for a not-too-springy sportweight yarn in black that will substitute for Aunt Lydia's Shimmer (which doesn't come in black), to crochet a lacy skirt. Finally, I found this Classic Elite Silk at a great price and seized nine balls of it:
Eager to start on the skirt, it took me three tries to get the gauge adjusted, but since then it's gone fast! I'll post a final pic shortly, after it's fitted to it's owner's waist size.