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A Stitch In Time

Bethel is a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, about sixty miles from New York City and it is home to Cannondale bicycles, Duracell batteries, Meg Ryan, PT Barnum and a yarn shop called A Stitch In Time!  Eva Donnelly is the owner and she has lived in Bethel for 25 years and owned the store for 6 years.

She says Bethel is a destination “little New England town”.  It is a quaint country town with great restaurants and has everything a person could need.  Eva says her store is a destination spot as well, with clientele coming into the store from Long Island and New York City mostly for the needlepoint materials.

The store started out selling needlepoint and cross stitch, and slowly worked into sales of knitting and yarns, which she said the customers were asking for.  Eva used to knit as a child with her Grandmother, but moved away from it, and is mostly doing needlepoint. 

Churchmouse Yarns & TeasThe store offers classes and workshops, and a Tuesday night knitting gathering where everyone all works on the same thing.  The Tuesday night gathering is free of charge and a social knitting time, BUT, everyone works on the same thing together.  The group currently is knitting the Pure & Simple Top Down V-Neck Pullover.  Eva enjoys knitting sweaters, shawls and socks.  Knitting socks on the magic loop is a favorite of her customers.  Eva loves market time, when she gets to go look at what is new on the yarn scene for the store and she especially loves the heather wools.

A Stitch In Time has a history of promoting charity work.  Every Christmas they do a mitten tree.  Patrons knit hats, scarves, socks and mittens for the tree and then all the items get donated to charity.  Last year the store gave over 200 items to local charities and shelters.  In August and September, the store encouraged knitters to knit helmet liners for the troops.  They are always knitting things for others!  The store has been written up in the Vogue Knitting magazine (2004 Holiday) and was noted for their teaching abilities.

Eva is having a lot of fun in Bethel Connecticut and is blessed with a great staff.  The next time you are in New England, look up A Stitch In Time.  They are always eager to meet new knitters and to offer their help to knitters in need!


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