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October 27, 2009

One of my local yarn shops is closing today.  For good.

This stinks on several levels:

– Small businesses are continuing to struggle in this economy.

– Good yarn shops are hard to find and support.

– It’s another sign of the homogenization of Harvard Square.

– The people were uniformly nice and helpful.  So much so, in fact, that my non-knitting male cousin, who’d been in there twice to buy me gift certificates, said upon hearing the news “That stinks – they were really nice”.

I visited the shop for the last time on Saturday, and managed to score a couple of luxury fibers at a discount.  Which was bittersweet – great score, but sad to know it was the last time I’d be petting yarn there.

For that matter, we’re running out of yarn shops in general.  This can be chalked up to the number of online vendors selling yarn, which isn’t a bad thing in and of itself; it makes me sad that there can’t be a happy medium, though.

So a moment of silence, please, for Woolcott and Company.  Sean (owner) says that he’s got a few things up his sleeve; I’m steadily sending good vibes his way.


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