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Road Trip to…..Red Sox Nation!

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Dear Ann,
I’ve been holding out on you. Next weekend I’m heading north to visit Red Sox cousins, and one of the cousins has kindly arranged for me to knit, chat, and sign books in the following yarn shops:
Saturday, May 22
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. A Loom With a View in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
1:30 – 3 p.m. The Fiber Loft in Harvard, Massachusetts.
Sunday, May 23
Noon-2p.m. Newbury Yarns, in Boston.
My traveling companion will be a boy in a Yankee hat, wearing a Yankee shirt and, if it’s chilly, a Yankee jacket. This is not meant to offend or to inflame local sentiment. It’s just that at this time of year he doesn’t have any other clothes. I apologize in advance; I’m sure the moms of 11 year old Red Sox fans completely understand and sympathize with my situation.
Hope to be able to put some commenters’ names with faces!
Love,
Kay

36 Comments

36 Comments

  1. Here is the fabric store. Natural fabrics, heavy on the British influence. Ring her up! Her name is Gay.

  2. Somehow my first comment did not appear…
    I am jealous of your trip to Red Sox Nation, land of my birth and home of many wonderful yarn stores. In the post above, I link to a friend’s brand-spanking-new fabric shop near Newton. I have not yet visited, but the owner and I lived through our child-bearing years as faculty at a New England boarding school and she is the one who taught me to sew.
    I wish I could be YOUR traveling companion. I have the clothes for RSN.

  3. and here is the link, for sure.
    Must lay off the afternoon Mojitos.
    http://www.tsrfinefabrics.com/

  4. Very excited that you’re coming to my neck of the woods. We’ll try to have warm weather so your son doesn’t have to wear a Yankees jacket. If you need a Red Sox sweatshirt that would fit an 11-year old boy, let me know — we’ve got loads (of Red Sox sweatshirts, only one 11 year old son).
    Thanks to you and other wonderful knit-bloggers, I’ve been inspired to launch my own: http://saltwaterhillknits.wordpress.com
    and have even ventured into Twitter @SaltwtrHillKnit
    (truncated by Twitters limits, alas!)
    Safe travels!

  5. So,so excited here, I’m going to Harvard to see you, it’s the closest of the 3 and a nice ride…. Beautiful part of MA Kay, hills, apple orchard, think Louisa May Alcott scenes….as for the boy in the Yankee gear…I totally understand, as do New Yorker’s when my husband goes there in his Red Sox stuff….don’t apologize,I raised 4 girls, one was Cinderella for a year…off we would go to the grocery store with her following me in a blue satin ball gown! Nice to say, I will see you soon!

  6. I’m so bummed… none of these locations are anywhere near me. :(

  7. I hope to see you in Newburyport!

  8. My 5th generation Red Sox fans and I (I am only Red Sox nation by marriage — GO CUBS!) visited the Big Apple a couple weeks ago. My four year old is in a phase where he has to wear his Sox hat 24/7. I was truly worried that he would be harrassed by some awful Yankees fan, but I was pleasantly surprised. We had a couple comments, all in fun, and when they heard he was 5th generation, in respect. I do so hope your young Yankees fan gets the same reception here. I just wish you were visiting my LYS, the Creative Stitch in Hingham.

  9. I have an 18yo girl who shares Joseph’s passion (‘tho her Yankee t’s and hats would be perhaps a bit glittery for his taste) and a husband who is a semi-rabid Red Sox fan. Play-off season can get pretty dicey around here with the sniping and the careful placement of the sports section of the paper! It is endlessly amusing for the rest of the residents of this abode.

  10. Oh, boy. I’ll have to see when I can come and meet you!

  11. I live around the corner from Newbury Yarns! This is fortuitous, because the only way my fiance would ever let* me go out to meet a knitting author seven days before our wedding when there is loads of wedding junk left to do is if that knitting author was hanging out just around the corner. Woot! (*I use the word “let” facetiously, of course, and only to build up his confidence.)

  12. Newburyport…years and eons ago, I was visiting in Greenland, New Hampshire, and an auntie took me on a day trip to Newburyport. Always wanted to go back (there must have been a nice quilt shop there at the time)…vague memories of some awesome ice cream shop,too…
    Have fun!
    LoveDiane

  13. This SO makes me want to drive all the way from Northern Maine to Boston! If you ever make it up to Maine let us know! Don’t worry about your son’s attire, my youngest wears a Yankee’s jacket that his aunt (the traitor!) bought him, and it’s not a big deal. :-) I just wear my Red Sox shirt to balance him out, LOL! Enjoy the trip, weather up here should be nice for you. :-)

  14. I just had to share with you wonderful ladies. A few months ago two things happened: I was a casualty of the recession and found you all, found the blog, found the books. I have been gearing up for the log cabin afghan, which looks like a good way to use stash, as well as those two cute washrags! In addition I just finished the citron shawl – which I looked into because I just kept following you. I love your generous attitude and realized today when I literally finished the shawl that this was a good thing to come from the layoff, so thank you. And as an aside I started a temporary job, which I’m enjoying, a few weeks ago, but knitting something new, not the same old thing, why I think it’s been years – you make it fresh and attainable. Thank you!

  15. I just had to share with you wonderful ladies. A few months ago two things happened: I was a casualty of the recession and found you all, found the blog, found the books. I have been gearing up for the log cabin afghan, which looks like a good way to use stash, as well as those two cute washrags! In addition I just finished the citron shawl – which I looked into because I just kept following you. I love your generous attitude and realized today when I literally finished the shawl that this was a good thing to come from the layoff, so thank you. And as an aside I started a temporary job, which I’m enjoying, a few weeks ago, but knitting something new, not the same old thing, why I think it’s been years – you make it fresh and attainable. Thank you!

  16. I just had to share with you wonderful ladies. A few months ago two things happened: I was a casualty of the recession and found you all, found the blog, found the books. I have been gearing up for the log cabin afghan, which looks like a good way to use stash, as well as those two cute washrags! In addition I just finished the citron shawl – which I looked into because I just kept following you. I love your generous attitude and realized today when I literally finished the shawl that this was a good thing to come from the layoff, so thank you. And as an aside I started a temporary job, which I’m enjoying, a few weeks ago, but knitting something new, not the same old thing, why I think it’s been years – you make it fresh and attainable. Thank you!

  17. If you get a chance, check out Windsor Button. Very cool shop – yarn, buttons, and tons of other craft stuff. Right across from the Common off Tremont and Temple. Have a great trip to Boston.

  18. We are going to be camping about 4 miles from Loom With A View in June! It isn’t about the yarn-buying, it is about the cultural experience. That’s what I keep telling my husband.

  19. This is so unfair! I don’t live there anymore and I miss youuuuuuuu.

  20. I would like to invite you and your companion to Gloucester, where the two of you will definitely fit in. For you, I offer my brother’s yarn store, Coveted Yarn. The website does not do justice to the character you will find there, but here it is…
    covetedyarn.com
    And for your companion, well, in Gloucester we have our own little celebrity, Frank from Gloucester. He wears his Yankees gear non-stop and has become an institution for his calls to our local sports station. He can often be found on a particular bench on Main Street, with his Yankees jacket and hat on and his little battery-operated radio blaring WEEI. One might question his celebrity but I tell you it is real. Last time I saw him at the market the manager of the bakery came out to have his photo taken with Frank.
    Here’s a bit about him…
    http://www.gloucestertimes.com/sports/x1036628013/Iacono-honored-by-sports-radio-station
    Anyway, if you come to Gloucester, you’ll be in good hands.

  21. My son is a recent transplant to Boston. Last week Derek Jeter came into the local Starbucks – Mark said no one harassed him, they just ignored him.

  22. Sporting the Interlocking N-Y (designed by Tiffany, of course) in Beantown is acceptable up to the age of 12. After that, you’re own your own, kiddo.
    Great yarn stores up there for sure! One of my faves is Yarns in the Farms, near Beverly. Have fun.

  23. And. . . they’ll be wicked psyched to see you!

  24. My 20 yr. old is never without his San Francisco Giants gear, so I completely sympathize with you. Enjoy your trip!

  25. i usedo live long time ago in waban outside of boston– some of my best memories are of fenway
    and the sox and of the yankee fans in the family
    and the infamous cleaveland indians sox yankees
    tribal warfares –that little girl loved her sox
    i learned to knit in school up there made my first afgahn squres for the red cross couldnt
    spell back then either

  26. I want the poster of the knitting driver! Cheers to your boy for being true to his team (although I lean to the Bo Sox side myself)!

  27. I second the suggestion to visit Windsor Button. Not only tons of buttons (and fascinating sewing notions) but lots of yarn, too.
    And you’ll be walking distance from the Swan Boats. A Boston classic, the Swan Boat.

  28. WOW, you are coming to Boston? Amazing. I shall have to find my way to one of your appearances. As for your Yankee boy, I do hope you have a body guard!!

  29. Hope the pair of you have a wonderful trip to MASS!!!

  30. We here in Red Sox Nation are very tolerant. Hope you had a pleasant experience.

  31. Too bad I can’t send him my World Championship sweatshirt I got last year! That would be the crowning “in your face” glory :-). Have a great weekend.

  32. One of my favorite Massachusetts museums is in Harvard. Fruitlands. A priceless legacy from a woman of great vision and insight. Also, the place where the Alcotts lived for one experimental winter. Also, the place where I once had an impromtu debate with a docent about whether Bronson Alcott was a brilliant educator or a selfish, self-righteous, irresponsible jerk.
    It’s a lovely location, with a view that almost lets you see the past.
    There are sculptures, a museum of native history, a Shaker house, and the house where the Alcotts stayed. I can’t promise, but there may be quilts.
    You might like it, too :)

  33. I own a cooy of the magazine that has that knitting driver on the cover! The framed magazine used to hang in my store (well, in the restroom…), Angel Hair Yarn Co. in Nashville, TN. In fact, it inspired the bumper stickers we sold for forever, “Save a Life; Don’t Knit & Drive!” :)

  34. Olive is just so adorable.

  35. Damn! This is great timing. I might even be able to convince myself to combine my trip into the City with the new pair of running shoes I so desperately need before my race.

  36. My son lives in Boston (West Roxbury to be exact). Sure wish I was THERE this weekend to see you. Alas, I am in Texas. Hot. Humid. Texas. Dang it (Texas talk). Guess I’ll have to drink another margarita. For comfort.