Back aboard while you delight in the wonderful array of yarns you found at North Light Fibers, set a course for Wakefield, Rhode Island. Wakefield has a little something for everyone including the foodies, fiber lovers and cyclist among us. It is on the South County Bike Path, also referred to as the Williams C.
Back aboard while you delight in the wonderful array of yarns you found at North Light Fibers, set a course for Wakefield, Rhode Island. Wakefield has a little something for everyone including the foodies, fiber lovers and cyclist among us. It is on the South County Bike Path, also referred to as the Williams C. O’Neill Bike Path, a pleasant easy riding seven mile paved path along a former rail bed. Not a cyclist? The path is open to all non-motorized vehicles so bring your skateboard, walking shoes or rollerblades to get in a little exercise on your excursion.
Our fiber haven in town, Two Dots, is in the back of the Kenyon Building at 344 Main Street. The two shops facing Main Street are a restaurant, El Fuego, and the local food co-operative, South County Food Co-Op. The co-op has a wide selection of gluten-free delectables, including dark chocolate java beans — which I bought a quarter pound of to snack on later.
Two Dots is a cute shop featuring a wide range of yarns including Plymouth, Ella Rae, Lion Brand, Ice, Cascade, and Noro. Before you stock up on the commercial lines you must stop and feel the locally sourced alpaca and wool Two Dots’ owner, Karen Marchetti, hand dyes in small batches. The supplier of the raw material for these creative hand dyes is Lisa DeWetter’s Green Rivers Alpacas in neighboring Exeter Rhode Island. The fibers from Green River Alapcas spun by Twist of Fate Spinnery in Portland, Connecticut then sent to Marchetti for dyeing. A limited amount of natural color yarn is always on hand for those who may prefer it.
The long staple of Lisa’s stock makes for a soft hand when you knit up this fiber in any weight. Need a little bling? Twist of Fate Spinnery has a light fingering weight version to which they add a bit of sparkle to enhance the halo of the alpaca as it dances in the light.
Marchetti’s commitment to the community is apparent through out the shop where she sells various items made by local artisans, kits to benefit local charities and the programs she sponsors through donations in her community. She sells a tea cup kit to benefit the Childhood Lead Action Project, a lead poisoning prevention agency. Another of her favorite charities is Friday’s Dog Rescue and a jar by the register reminds patrons to give when they can to dogs in need.
Running the galley or hoisting the sails on the trip but still need to pick up a few hand made gifts for the folks back at home? Marchetti has a selection of Serendipity hand embellished needles, shawls, hats, and custom designed crochet edged t-shirts sure to please the people on your gift list.
Marchetti has owned this charming shop for two years and is a subscriber to the concept that if you help somebody, you can learn from them too. According to Marchetti, the best part about owning a yarn shop is the community involvement and the reward of seeing her customers create thing they can wear and enjoy. “Trends may come and go but we stick with what people need and want,” Marchetti said.
Classes and private instruction are available on topics including knitting basics, crochet basics, broomstick lace, socks, and entralac. The knitting and crochet club meet twice a week; on Friday morning and Tuesday evening. 10% yarn discount for those 62 and over on Wednesdays.
344 Main Street
Stone Cove Marina
134 Salt Pond Rd.
Wakefield, RI 02879