Every month A Great Yarn transforms a different iconic Chatham image into yarn. One month it’s our famous piping plovers, who every summer build nests on the beaches of Monomoy peninsula. The next month it’s the Chatham Lighthouse, or maybe the Stage Harbor Lighthouse. During the past six months we turned the literary works of some of Chatham’s best authors – from Anne LeClaire to Lisa Genova to Sara Pennypacker — into beautiful and luxurious yarns.
Our July Chatham Yarn of the month paid tribute to Chatham writer Bernard Cornwell, author of over 60 novels, including the “Saxon Stories,” several of which formed the basis for the television series “The Last Kingdom.” The London Observer referred to the series as “like ‘Game of Thrones,’ but real.” July’s Bernard Cornwell yarn is exquisitely soft and luxurious, being composed of 70% alpaca, 20% silk and 10% cashmere. The yarn is fingering weight, and each skein contains 437 yards. We asked our favorite hand-dyer Shellee to come up with colors that replicated the dust jacket for Cornwell’s book “War of the Wolf,” and she nailed it. The yarn must have a dozen different shades of blue, from lapis to arctic to teal to peacock.
Starting August 1st our new six-month cycle will feature six of Chatham’s most famous churches. We’ll begin our new cycle with one of Chatham’s oldest churches, the First United Methodist Church, located on Main Street across from the Eldred Library. Built in 1849, it was the first church to be constructed in downtown Chatham. It is perhaps best known for the clock that resides in the steeple, which was installed in 1892. Our “First United Methodist Church” yarn will be an 8-ply DK weight yarn, made from 100% superwash merino. The yarn will replicate the creamy-white color of the church, but will also include the many shades of gray from the shadows that play on the church and the blush of the dawn sky.
If you would like any additional information about any of our Chatham Yarns, or would like to join our Chatham Yarn of the Month Club, please give us a call in the shop at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.