A Party at Oxford Yarn Store
I’ve been meaning to write to you all about Oxford Yarn Store for a long time. Like, for a year, because that’s how long they’ve been open. I found out about their opening from a flyer posted in North Oxford, which made the whole thing seem like the crazy fantasy of the sleep-deprived mother of a four-month-old. So I was pleasantly surprised to pop over to North Parade last year and see that the flyer’s claims were true (and I was not as far gone as I’d feared): a yarn shop had arrived in Oxford.
I think I mentioned that there wasn’t a dedicated yarn shop in town when we moved here. This was good for my pocket and for the stash-reduction project, but of course not for my soul. So I might have been a little over-excited when I met Karen last year. I took lots and lots of pictures, and kind of told her my life story.
She handled my fangirl-level enthusiasm with grace, even offering to have a launch party for Silver Screen Knits when it came out–a pretty nice thing, since she didn’t know me from a hole in the wall. And last Friday was the day.
Karen and the fabulous James planned an amazing party for Silver Screen Knits, Volume One, with people dressing up and champagne and discounts on the book as well as on yarn purchased to knit the designs in the book. [That discount is good through Saturday 11/15, so pop on down there if you haven’t yet.]
One of the great things about this party was that it introduced me to more Oxford knitters. I’ve gotten to know some through Twitter and the Great London Yarn Crawl, but since so far I have been too shy to go to any knitting groups I haven’t met as many as I knew back in the States.
OYS has a really wonderful group of customers. Every time I am there, people come in and Karen knows them by name and remembers what they are working on. There are several knit clubs that meet in the shop each week, and when I have been there with the clubs their members have been friendly and inclusive. This is one of those shops you know will be around for a good long time.
Karen made a lovely toast to me and I sat there feeling super-embarrassed, and then everyone shopped and chatted and drank champagne. Due to Little Miss Feisty’s habits, I haven’t been out on a Friday night in quite some time, so this was a really exciting day for me…made more exciting by all the yarn I got to pet and dream about, and the people who came by to have me sign their book and to ask me about the various patterns.
All of the samples for the book are at the shop right now, so this is a great opportunity to take a look at the products of the patterns close-up. The fabulous Liz, one of the tech editors for the book, admitted to us that she tried on all of the samples while editing, and confirmed what I have long suspected: that both the Humphrey Bogart pullover and the James Dean cardigan make excellent women’s sweaters as well. Anyone in Oxford want to model them for a photo shoot?
Now that the party’s over, I find myself dreaming of all kinds of yarn I saw in the shop that night: Colinette, Manos, Artesano, and especially the beautiful Jamieson’s pictured above. I think it’s time for some colorwork hand mitts, don’t you? What would you make in the Jamieson’s, and what color?