Colorful Stitches is a retail source for the handknitter and crocheter who wishes to knit or crochet with the best designer and natural fiber yarns and to be supported by the best creative design. Our physical store was built with the singular goal to inspire and assist knitters and crocheters of all abilities.
Our selection numbers at any one time over 8,000 yarns with every available natural fiber represented – qiviut, rabbit fur, cashmere, camel and buffalo down, yak, guanaco, alpaca, llama, angora, wool, mohair, silk, soy, bamboo, linen and cotton – and novelty yarns of rayon, viscose, nylon, organdy, chenille and metallic. Our machine washable wool and wool and cashmere blend yarns are available in every knitting gauge. We offer designer yarns and knitting kits from: Rowan, Rowan Classic, Jaeger, Colinette, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Jo Sharp, Berroco, Koigu, Classic Elite, Manos, Gedifra, Filatura di Crosa, S Charles, Tahki, Prism, Mountain Colors, Muench, Artyarns, Alchemy, Karabella, Lana Grossa, Misti International Alpaca, Blue Sky Alpacas, The Fibre Company, Malabrigo, Jacques Cartier/Windy Valley Muskox, Buffalo Gold Premium Fibers, Debby Ware and Hanne Falkenberg. We also scout out new companies whose yarns and kits will please and surprise our customers. We are the exclusive source for Earthtones Handspun Fibers.
For needles, we currently offer you Addi Turbo circulars with the nickel-coated shafts, Crystal Palace Bamboo single and double points, Classic Elite Palmwood single points and Bryspun Flexible Plastic single and double points. For crochet hooks we offer you Laurel Palmwood hooks and Clover Soft Touch. We can also provide you with all the other equipment you need to make and finish your project easily and successfully – even the tote bags you will need to keep your projects neat and nearby.
We appreciate how the perfect button finishes off your knitted or crocheted creation, whether you use it to close or decorate. We offer over 2,800 buttons made from such materials as shell, mother of pearl, wood, metal, Fimo, fabric, leather, glass, stone enamel, horn, resin, rubber, bakelite and beads. In addition to buttons, we offer other embellishments such as ribbons, some of which are vintage, feather tapes and boas, faux fur pompoms, beads, suede cording, and fur collars, cuffs and sew on strips.
We relish the thrill of leafing through the latest pattern books from yarn companies and designers. We also take comfort in knowing that there are numerous technique books and DVDs that will help us tackle unexpected difficulties or learn new skills. We offer all the current pattern collections from the companies whose yarns we sell as well as publishers’ continuing favorites and new releases. We also stock current issues of Vogue Knitting International, Knit 1, Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and Knitscene.
We are committed to offering the best instruction, whether in the formal setting of the classroom or informally in our Lenox store. During July and August and, if the weather permits into the Fall, you can join our SSK Group (Sit, Sip, Knit Group) which meets every Saturday afternoon on our porch for help on anything from learning to knit or crochet, to pattern reading, to mastering new techniques, or to finishing projects. One, two and three day classes with visiting designers are often offered during the Fall and late Spring. The schedule and description of our classes will be posted on our website under News & Classes.
Colorful Stitches is open Monday through Friday, 11:00 am to 5:30 pm, Saturday 11:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sunday 12 to 4:00 pm Eastern Time. We are closed on Tuesdays. During July and August we are open every day.
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How to Get to Colorful Stitches
Colorful Stitches is located at the rear of 48 Main Street in the historic village of Lenox in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts, a favorite year around tourist destination for cultural and sport activities. Lenox is easily accessible from Route 7 and the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90), the New York State Thruway (I-87) and Taconic Parkway. Lenox is less than 140 miles from both New York City and Boston. Located ten minutes north of the Massachusetts Turnpike, Lenox can be reached from the Boston area in about 2 1/2 hours, and from the New York metropolitan area in about 3 hours.
From the Taconic Parkway North take the exit for Route 23 East. Follow Route 23 until it merges with Route 7 North . Take Route 7 to Lenox. After exiting Stockbridge, turn left at the stop light onto Kemble Street. Follow Kemble Street to its end and turn left onto Walker Street. Follow Walker Street to Main Street.
From the Massachusetts Turnpike take Exit 2, Lee. Turn right off the exit ramp onto Route 20 West. Follow Route 20 for approximately 4 miles. Turn left at stop light onto Walker Street. Follow Walker Street to Main Street.
From the New York State Thruway North take I-90 to exit 2, Lee. Follow the above directions.
For further help with directions either phone us at 413-637-8206, or to email us, click on Contact Us.
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Lenox was a prosperous farming and mill town that was suddenly discovered by the famous and wealthy residents of Boston and New York in the mid 1800s. In 1845 Samuel Gray Ward, the Boston banker who financed the US purchase of Alaska, built a summer home in Lenox. Ward encouraged his friends to join him in summering in the beautiful rolling hills of the Berkshires. Soon construction began on several gigantic mansions which their wealthy residents called "cottages".
The most magnificent of them all was Shadowbrook, built for railroad baron Anson Phelps Stokes on 900 acres at the edge of Lenox. With 100 rooms, it was one of the largest homes in North America. Andrew Carnegie later bought the house, and died there in 1919. Sadly Shadowbrook later burned to the ground.
Another famous resident, whose cottage is being restored and is open to the public, is Edith Wharton. You can also visit Ventfort Hall, which now houses a museum dedicated to the "Guilded Age" of the Berkshires.
When the Guilded Age ended in the early 20th century, a new era began for Lenox. In 1937 the Boston Symphony Orchestra began offering concerts at its new summer home, the Tanglewood estate between Lenox and Stockbridge. In the succeeding six decades Tanglewood has become famous as one of the world’s leading music festivals, attracting more than 300,000 listeners each summer.
Recently Lenox added a nationally recognized theater arts festival and educational institution, Shakespeare and Company.
For more information about Lenox and the Berkshires visit www.berkshires.org or www.lenox.org