On the Road--Montpelier, Vermont

Montpelier is a friendly place, but to make it even better, you'll find "Vermont's friendliest yarn shop" there: The Knitting Studio.

Enter, and you might think it's a tiny shop, but keep going to find an Alice-in-Wonderland-like hallway to the rest of the shop.

All the way in the back is a wonderful workroom, and an incredible variety of yarns:
And in another area is a selection of lovely local yarns:
In the front of the shop I discovered something I've never seen before--mink yarn! Seriously!

You can have your "mink stole" without having to slay any little mink animals. We can all feel better about that. The yarn is as soft as you can imagine, and not very expensive.

And to make my visit even more special, I discovered I got a discount on my entire purchase because it was my birthday!

Right next door is one of my favorite places to visit--the New England Culinary Institute's restaurants. Fancy dinners upstairs, casual pub meals downstairs, and everything in between on street level. There's always something fabulous on the menu. I highly recommend the superb Sunday brunch. But plan ahead if you want to do both--The Knitting Studio is closed on Sundays.

Montpelier might be the capital city, but it feels like being in a small town--a really cool small town.

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