Last month, after reading an article by Rita Zekas in the Toronto Star titled "Great Escape", I was intrigued by the Main Street in Warkworth. The Professor and I decided to grab a piece of pie, a cup of tea, use the facilities and smile at the rabbits at "The Big Apple", and head up Hwy. 30 in search of soul soothing.
Of course I had long since misplaced the article, so hoped that once again, one of my getting lost forays would yield a happy accident. We were not disappointed. I did my usual 1 minute perusal of the scene and ended up at the beginning of the street in a knitting/tea shop "The Bee's Knees".
I'm always lured by fine knitting yarns and the charm of this little shop is captivating. Before long, Heather was expertly winding my yarn...........
while one after another of the most interesting women entered the shop.
Ellen was informing me of sites of all sorts of interest to knitters:
If all of that going on at once were not enough, several townspeople, merchants and a husband or two periodically entered the scene. One of them being mine...no, I'm not ready yet!!!
This is the little capelet that was on display in the shop. In the picture above, you can just see it's dark outline on the wire form. It is from the Vogue knitting magazine. I hope to be able to conquer the pattern and knit this little luxury for my Mom in her bed. She loves to watch me for awhile, and then she drifts off easily into slumber. There is something very relaxing, satisfying, and hopeful for both of us in this simple pursuit.
As for Warkworth, (yes it's where the federal prison is..but no one seems to pay any attention to that) you can reach it either coming from or going to Ottawa. From the 401 or Highway 7, it is a welcome stress-free detour, or just a fun day trip. I will make a point of dropping in as often as time allows. I need to get to the other side of the street!
I haven't begun to sing the praises of either the town or it's merchants. As I was leaving to take one more picture of the John Deere tractor parked on the main street, yet another "friend" emerged from her shop to tell me about the horse drawn carriage that is sometimes tethered in that spot while the little girls go in for an ice cream, or the two women who ride their mounts into town. The best thing is the illuminated Christmas parade. Better even than Macy's I'm told!