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Whippletree Yarn Shop Closing It’s Doors


As many of you know the Whippletree Yarn Shop is the oldest yarn shop in Vermont. It is also one of the oldest in the country. So it is with great sadness that we will be closing the store on August 17, 2019.

In our 21 and 35 years we have met and served many people from all over the world. It has been a fascinating trip, but the course of our lives has changed and it is time for us to change trains.

We would be open to anyone interested in taking the reins and continuing this tradition.

Smile, relax and knit,

Andrea and Shelley



Get Back the Zeal

Unfinished projects cropped 30


I was assisting a fairly new knitter recently, helping her to bind off and sew in the ends. Then she put it on, saying it was the first piece she had ever finished.

Her excitement at her accomplishment reminded me of how we all once felt when we completed our projects, but have forgotten as the pile of the unfinished has grown in the corner.

Often I hear knitters say, “my sweater is finished, I just have to sew it together”, or a statement to that effect. And I think NO, finishing is part of knitting. Your piece is not done until it is wearable or useable.

My thought to regain that zeal, we address the pile, “Hello Pile”, then jump in with both feet or dip in a tepid toe and begin. If you need help with a project, here are some suggestions: come see us, give us a call or send an email, visit your local yarn shop, try the knitting group at the library or just “phone a friend”. But start working your way through that pile. Each successive achievement will make you feel better.

Of course, you will no longer have the age old excuse, “I can’t buy any more yarn. I have too many unfinished projects at home”. But I’m sure that can be easily rectified.

Smile, relax and knit,


Savor the Moment

Chess pieces edited, resized

It’s been a busy and fast summer here. Shelley and I both got in some family time and I had some minor surgery. I’m fine, everything is in working order.

Suddenly Fall has arrived, along with new yarns to be unpacked and put out. This process always involves rearranging part or all of the store; a brain teaser. For example: I unpacked one of our reordered yarns and it was in a pull skein, not the donut shape it had been before. Can’t go on a dowel, can’t go with all the other donut yarns of the same weight. Solution: move them all.

My way of going about this is to think it through, usually from the middle of the store. If this yarn goes to that wall, then that yarn can go there and so on, for as many moves as it takes. I am always reminded of the line from the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer. “Don’t move until you see it”. Still of course, like moving furniture, you never know if it works until it’s done.

As you settle into Autumn, trying to get school, sports, job and other activities all working harmoniously, we will be finding ideas for your game day and evening knitting. Sometimes our busy schedules can feel like a hassle, but many of these events are centered around family and friends. Take time to savor the moment.

Smile, relax and knit,




Speaking of weather!

Ski Sweater

I know it seems wrong to complain about our weather when our neighbors to our southeast are having their yarn packages delivered through the second story window, but really, does it have to be this cold?

I have a ski sweater that my mother knit me many years ago. I don’‛t wear it very often because it’s really warm. I’ve probably enjoyed that warmth more times this year than I have in the past five years.

My mother (in Florida) said she heard Boston’s snow referred to in Biblical proportions and didn’t realize there had been snow in the Bible. I said to be patient with the Weather Channel, they are running out of adjectives and adverbs. I just wish that when they get excited about a big storm and send everyone to the store for batteries, water and bread that I could get them to add yarn. After all if you’re going to be snowed in for a few days you don’‛t want to run out of knitting!

Smile, relax and knit,