A perfect friday goes like this... wake - coffee - shower - sunshine - - - antique shop - puerto rican food lunch - more antiqueing - finish with a sneak peek of a not yet open yarn shop. Can anything top that?
Not for me! Well one thing, the whole family by my side!
American NeedleWorks is setting up shop in the most delicious location. Head to toe exposed brick and tall ceilings greet you as you enter. It's like stepping out of the ghetto and into heaven itself. The owner is a little slice of heaven too - with his short stature, big smile, and mild southern drawl, Jim and his partner are fixing up, decorating, and designing what they call a "work in progress". Everything placed just so, you can tell that it's a labor of true love. All dreams are. Scrumptious yarns - hand dyed, locally made, and soft for the petting are piled in old baskets and shelving that's as busy as a nest of bees. I wanted to lounge there, hang there, and just chat with Jim all afternoon. I love people. They inspire me with their stories, their dreams, and their common bond of creativity.
Jim was exuberant... telling of arms stretched surfboard balance of trying to ride the waves of emotion that comes with opening a new business brings. "I'm nervous, I'm excited, I'm overwhelmed, and I'm optimistic he said"... I told him all great things are tough and nerve racking in the beginning, that it wouldn't be worth it if it wasn't. He liked that, called me a philosopher... and I smiled.
Thursday nights starting June 27th right in the heart of downtown Middletown N.Y. all are welcome to "sit and knit" where you can enjoy a threaded evening of yarn, tea, and nom noms. Not to mention only for $12, and not to double mention the great company of other yarn lovers you will socialize with. Jim has taken on some talented teachers and hopes that his shop will catch on locally - hard and fast. I have a strong feeling it will!
Jim was humble and shy when I asked to take his picture, afterwards he commented on the messy shirt he was wearing - his paint shirt, and I said "Oh no bother on that shirt, its perfect attire for someone working on their dream!".
So, my yarn friends of Orange County New York, get ready and get excited cause this shop is the answer we have been waiting for! No longer will we have to settle for Lionbrand or Redheart! American NeedleWorks is located at 10 North Street in Middletown New York.
Say hi to Jim, and ell him Ashlie sent you!