Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Center Harbor, NH

Do you know what is located in Center Harbor, New Hampshire?

Can you read the sign above my head? That's right! Patternworks!! I'm standing on the wooden walkway of Senter's Marketplace preparing to go down the stairs and to my left to get here (click on the picture to enlarge it):

They have a sign right as you walk in the door asking that you not take any pictures of the inside of the shop. And I respect that so I'll just have to tell you what I found inside.

Immediately to my left was a corner filled with sock making supplies - needles, books, and yarns. I picked up a set of Crystal Palace 6" double points in US size 3. I was a little surprised that they didn't carry any dpns in the 5" length. They had 4" Addis and 7" Brittanys and the 6" Crystal Palace but no 5's. As for sock yarn, I saw Regia 4 fach, Tofutsies, Jawoll, and a few others that I forget right now.

The store is set up in several rooms and each room seems to have a general theme. There was worsted weight yarns in the first room to the right. This room also held Addis in all sizes. I went through this room to a little hallway that held chunky weight yarn. I was looking for Encore Chunky to make the Oregon Vest by Oat Couture. I found 5 skeins of a pretty garnet color but I needed at least 6. I asked one of the 3 sales clerks if there was any more of that color. She went upstairs to check for me and came down with two more skeins. I decided to take all seven skeins to be safe.

The room after the chunky hallway seemed to be DK, sport, and baby yarns. There was a lot of different cottons and cotton blends in there. Each room also had books and patterns that went along with the yarns. From the sport weight room, I went back to the first room which, in addition to the sock yarn, had a corner devoted to felting, some lace weight yarns, and another display of yarn that I forget.

While I was waiting for the clerk to bring down the Encore, I noticed a very pretty teapot cozy sitting on display. Next to it was a copy of One Skein Wonders. I asked another clerk if the cozy pattern was in this book. Sure enough it was. It was done in Knit One, Crochet Too "Paint Box" in a very pretty muted colorway. The clerk took me to the worsted room and showed me the display of "Paint Box" and I picked up a skein in a brown, rust colorway. I have a copy of One Skein Wonders at home and I'll make the teapot cozy for my daughter.

All throughout the store there are baskets and shelves of sale yarns. I restrained myself quite well but I did pick up a pretty pink/white marl in Plymouth "Galway" to use for charity mittens.

And that was the extent of my purchases at Patternworks. Mainly because my husband was waiting outside the store and I didn't want overdo it. The store was a little smaller than I expected but was still a good size. The displays are neat and well organized, the rooms are very bright and not cluttered, and the sales staff was very friendly and helpful.

I haven't taken any pictures of the yarn I bought yet. The campsite is a little shady and it was pouring the day we went to Center Harbor. I'd like to go back before we leave and if we do, I'll take pictures of the whole marketplace area. Keepsake Quilting is there and a rather large cross-stitch/needlework store that I didn't even go into.

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At 3:04 PM, Blogger Ruinwen said...

How cool is that? Glad you had fun can't wait to see what you bought... :)

At 1:33 PM, Blogger KnitNana said...

Wow. I KNEW you'd just have to make that a stop! I'm green!

At 10:45 AM, Anonymous AmyS said...

Hi Sue! I'm just now catching up with blogs. Can you believe we drove straight through Center Harbor last year?! I was pretty bummed, but your virtual tour was great! Glad you had a good time.

At 11:47 AM, Blogger Christine said...

Looks like you had fun!!

At 1:58 PM, Anonymous said...

Did you stop at Hart's Turkey Farm for a meal?


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