A Weaver’s Heaven

 Posted by at 12:51 am  Nick's Blog
Aug 072014

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.

Yarn display

They also had a wonderful assortment of looms, spinning wheels, and accessories for sale.

Floor loom

Spinning wheels

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? Smile 

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  9 Responses to “A Weaver’s Heaven”

  1. I’d like to go to Heaven too, Nick and Terry …. thank you so much for posting this info! I’ll try to talk Barbara into meandering that direction!!

  2. You should have reminded her she now as a check from the government.

  3. What a difference in attitude between these people, and the workshop she went to that she had to leave cause owneri was hateful about the rv lifestyle!

  4. What a perfect title….and how special for Terry!!

  5. I had to smile at your comments about telling Miss Terry to buy what she wanted (as she’s so frugal). My husband always used to do the same. For himself he wanted nothing but for me, if I looked at it twice, he was ready to buy it for me. When you go back, I hope you can convince Miss Terry to get more weaving supplies while she can. Or, at the very least, find out if they can mail supplies to her.

  6. Thanks for telling us about Mannings. We are at Hershey TT and the power is out here so it is the prefect excuse for a day trip for this fiberholoic.

  7. So happy you renamed the piece, the first one would have sent me into a panic and a phone call to you. Wow that is one shop I would love to go to even though I am not talented in that department. We are in Oak Grove Missouri and survived some of the most violent storms since NE. No damage done but lightening seem to strike so close we just knew it hit one of the other rigs, thank heavens it did not. Nice this morning so hopefully no more storms.

  8. We are at the Gettysburg Farm Outdoor World and after reading you blog today went to Mannings. It was everything you said and more. And you didn’t mention the kittys playing outside! I told Richard we should move our camper over there and park next to theirs. He said that would cost him more than an overnight WalMart stop!!!!

  9. I just looked at the schedule of classes Manning’s offers and was really impressed. When we go to Hershey in September a trip to Manning’s is on my list. Thanks for telling us about it. Now if you could just get my husband to be as generous as you are! He’s a real penny pincher 🙂

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