I was going to title today’s blog Terry Went To Heaven, but that just didn’t sound right, so I changed it. But she sure felt like she was in heaven yesterday!
For a long time now she has wanted to go to The Mannings Handweaving School and Supply Center in East Berlin, Pennsylvania. For over 62 years it has been one of the best known and most highly respected resources for anybody interested in the fiber arts. Whether you’re a weaver, spinner, knitter, or crocheter, a trip to Mannings is like your birthday, Christmas morning, and Halloween all rolled into one.
Since it was only about 45 miles from the Hershey Thousand Trails preserve, we drove down to check the place out yesterday. It was everything Terry expected and more.
We’ve been fortunate in that our mobile lifestyle has allowed us to visit lots of yarn shops and fiber stores around the country, but none of them even comes close to The Mannings. There was room after room of yarns of every color, texture, and blend. It was like being inside a giant fiber rainbow.
They also had a wonderful assortment of looms, spinning wheels, and accessories for sale.
And then there were books, videos, patterns, crochet hooks, knitting needles, boat shuttles, and about a thousand other things no self-respecting fiber artist can do without. They also teach classes in every aspect of the fiber arts, and they are so popular that they usually fill up months in advance.
Terry hates taking me with her to places like this, because she’s frugal (cheap) and if she looks at something I tell her to buy it. The shop owners, on the other hand, LOVE to see me coming in the door! Between the two of us we ended up getting several cones of nice yarn, a couple of instructional DVDs, and some small accessories Terry needed.
When we pulled in, we had noticed a beautiful diesel coach parked next to a barn and I asked the young woman behind the counter about it. She said it belonged to the shop’s owners, Ron and Carol Woolcock. One thing led to another and I told her about our fulltime RV lifestyle and the Gypsy Journal and went out to the Explorer and brought in a copy. She said she knew Ron and Carol would want to see it because they love traveling in their RV.
A few minutes later Carol came into the front of the store and we introduced ourselves. She said she was happy to meet us and told us that one of their friends is a regular reader. Ron was upstairs working on a project but she called him to come down and we got to meet him, too. They are a very nice couple and we look forward to getting back to their place for another visit while we’re in the area. If I can drag Miss Terry back there. I wonder how hard that will be?
Yesterday morning we had a glitch in the links for our Free Drawing and some readers could not access it. Fortunately, I managed to get it fixed pretty quickly. I apologize for the inconvenience. This week’s prize is an audiobook of Maximum Security the third book in my friend Carol Ann Newsome’s excellent Dog Park mystery series. To enter, all you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link or on the Free Drawings tab at the top of this page and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – It’s really complicated to make something simple, but very simple to make something complicated.