Saturday, April 17, 2010

Common Thread - a new yarn shop in Saratoga

Here is a February 2012 update about Common Thread, a Saratoga Springs, NY, knitting shop: They've moved.

New info is: 
Store Hours:

Mon-Wed 10-6
Thurs 10-8
Fri-Sat 10-6
Sun 11-4
508 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

From the North or South: Take Northway I-87 to exit 15. Turn onto Route
50 South toward downtown Saratoga. Bear left as Route 50 turns into Broadway.
We are located on the East Side of Broadway in the building just south of the
Saratoga Springs City Center.

For Saratoga ladies of a certain age and proclivity, Beekman Street was the place to be this Saturday afternoon. Above, owner Ashley Gardner warmly welcomed knitters and crocheters to her new store, Common Thread.

As store rents on Saratoga's Broadway continue to rise, Beekman Street has become an art district, a new home for galleries, shops, and bistros.

Common Thread fits right in here and Ms. Gardner has created a cosy and colorful shop.
Today, at the store's grand opening, customers browsed, sipped wine, and grazed on fancy hors d'oeuvres.

I chatted with friendly spinner Lin Woods of Saratoga Llamas, who tempted me with the thought of spinning lessons.
I was in the store about five minutes when I won the first door prize: a cheerful red box containing some lovely green baby alpaca wool and a pattern for a knitted scarf. Very nice gift.

I also picked out a couple of skeins of wool to buy for an on-going project at home ...

...and milled about as best I could in the growing crowd.

I, too, enjoyed a glass of wine and schmoozed a bit...

...and then decided it was time to move on and let the newcomers have some floor space.

As I left the shop, I was invited to take a small packet of yarn and participate in a fiber collage project.
Just down Beekman Street, textile artist Francelise Dawkins will be coordinating a session to complete this collage, "celebrating the common thread that ties us all together."
What shall I make with this, I wonder? Stay tuned.
In the meantime, you can contact Common Thread at Ask to be put on their newsletter email list.
The store will offer classes, open knitting nights, and more. See their hours and find directions, below.

Store Hours:

Monday 10-6
Tuesday 10-6
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 11-8
Friday 11-6
Saturday 10-6
Sunday 11-4

55 Beekman Street, Saratoga Springs, NY

From Broadway, go west on Congress Street (across from the entrance to Congress Park)
Go through two stop lights, then turn left at the first stop sign
Common Thread is on the second block on the right hand side.