Last weekend The Animator went to PAX East in Boston for a fun-filled weekend of video games, video games, and more video games. The Animator's Wife and Little Lovely tagged along for the ride, while Osiris, Jesse, and I enjoyed a quiet, relaxing weekend to ourselves (Jesse is our current foster sister, for those of you who don't follow me on Twitter).
While exploring the city, The Animator's Wife thought it would be fun to check out the local yarn shops, and we believe we've found the best LYS for a crocheter to visit while in Boston.
The Store: Gather Here
Why It's Crochet-Friendly: This store is friendly, period. The Animator's Wife mentioned when she arrived there that she was from out of town, and one of the clerks took the time to point out all the locally spun and dyed yarns for sale out front (for souvenirs, of course). And while she was struggling to purchase her yarny goodness while simultaneously balancing an infant and a wallet, that same clerk offered to wind her yarn for her. This was a welcomed bonus, since The Animator's Wife's yarn ball winder broke a while ago and she hasn't gotten around to replacing it yet.
But it's also friendly specifically to crocheters. An email to the store revealed that all of the staff crochets, as evidenced by the crochet samples throughout the store. And they have a variety of crochet classes available for those new to crochet or looking to learn a new technique.
Why It's Travel-Friendly: No need to rent a car or even take a cab to this LYS. Gather Here is a mere half mile walk from the nearest T station (that's the Boston subway system). Even Little Lovely is tolerant enough of a walk that short, and she's the type to get bored rather quickly. Plus they're open seven days a week, so even if you're only in town for the weekend (like The Animator's Wife was), you should be able to make a quick stop in.
How to Get There: Take the Red Line on the T to Central Square Station. When you exit the subway system, walk up Massachusettes Ave toward Prospect St and make a right. Then walk a couple of blocks up to Broadway and make a left. Gather Here will be a few blocks up on the left at 370 Broadway.
Don't forget to pick up some souvenirs while you're there!