Sperryville column for Jan. 12

Colors, creativity and other Knit Wit traits

“I am in this business because I love fiber . . . it has so many possibilities and it is amazing what you can make with it,” says Rebecca Abecassis, whose feelings are reflected in the richness of color, texture and clothing in her Knit Wit Yarn Shop.

There is no accident that this former classroom at the Sperryville School House, where her former Main Street shop moved at the start of the year, now offers classes and materials for creative learning and expression, with the help of local teachers and the products of local farms.

The array of colors and textures inspire people to want to learn how to knit and crochet. As customers look at skeins of sheep’s wool, alpaca and cashmere, she says they often comment that the yarn is so much more interesting and beautiful “than what grandma had to work with.” Customers come not just from Rappahannock County but also from Northern Virginia, Australia, Italy and England, to name a few.

Rebecca incorporates clothing and other items into the inventory and sees this as an “opportunity to help small companies and businesses and sell locally made products.” Some of the vendors are yarn by Linda and Lee Ann from Blue Ridge Farm in Amissville; Mt. Airy Farm in Marshall; Jennifer Heverly of Spirit Trail Fibers of Sperryville; Platinum Alpaca Farm in Culpeper and Western View Cashmere in Madison.

There is clothing, hats of all kinds, scarves, socks, jackets from reclaimed worsted wool, and coats. Handknit children’s sweaters by Cathie Shiff of Amissville’s Wit’s End Farm are just adorable. You can also find gourd ornaments from Peru, glass stars from Ghana, organic tea, organic soaps by Kathleen Hutcheson at Stag Hill Natural Soaps in Amissville, and one of my favorites – baskets of locks of wool that are so soft and of so many colors that I cannot resist just putting my hands in them every time I walk into the shop. Be sure to stop in when you are in Sperryville. For more information: knitwityarnshop@verizon.net

Yoga and wellness head to Stonewall Abbey

Susan Myers is so happy to have purchased the Stonewall Abbey as her new residence and business. She said that she has “felt so welcome by the community and feels very positive about what is happening is Sperryville.” Yoga classes will begin in March and will include classes in the Hatha yoga tradition, including Vinyasa yoga (power yoga), a therapeutic style called Svaroopa yoga (calming, relaxing, healing for the spine, releases stress and injuries) and Ashtanga yoga to be taught by Jason Holloway. Susan plans to offer one- to three-day yoga retreats. We look forward to the opening of this yoga studio in a few weeks.

Susan has a variety of certifications including Registered Yoga Teacher, Svaroopa Yoga Certified Teacher, Silver Sneakers and TRX. She also holds a Ph.D. in special education administration and supervision and worked in Rappahannock County in that capacity a few years ago. You can reach Susan at 540-987-8369 or 540-250-3828 (cell).

Birthday wishes

Our favorite dermatologist is having a birthday. We join his wife Barbara in sending Harold Berman our very best wishes for a happy and healthy birthday.