If ever there was a month to devote oneself to knitting, it’s January.
Holiday guests should be long gone. The gardens are covered with snow and seed catalogs have only begun to trickle in.
Lucky for all the Hancock County knitters of scarves, blankets and hats, there are oodles of vibrant skeins to be had.
Shirley’s Gifts, Yarns and Crafts in Hancock has the largest supply of yarns in eastern Maine.
There are lots of yarns by Plymouth Yarn Co. We were enamored of a chunky multicolored yarn made by Plymouth for $6.49 a skein.
Shirley’s carries a wide selection of European yarns, including a wool yarn made in Iceland called Alafosslopi. That’s $9.49 a skein.
There is also a lovely soft pure Merino wool made in Peru by Malabrigo. Those skeins are $17.99.
And we found spools of hand painted yarns by Frolicking Feet for $30.
If you don’t see what you’re looking for ask. Shirley’s only has 10 percent of its yarn supply on display; the rest is in the stockroom.
Shirley’s also carries Serendipity Needles, made of white birch, which are topped with tiny polymer clay animals, fruits and other adornments. Those start at $19.50.
You can also find yarn at Marden’s, which is having a sale on Lion Brand Yarns right now, $1.99 a skein. There are lots of colors, including apple green and shocking pink.
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