The fiber-loving folks among our readers have spoken: Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea Shop in Saugerties is the region’s favorite yarn store.
As crafty souls well know, a yarn shop is about much more than the stacks of soft, lustrous skeins in every hue. A good yarn shop is a center for its own artistic community, a place people can go when they’re stuck on a tricky bit, feeling freshly inspired, seeking ideas, or eager to share their newest completed piece with people who’ll understand how much love and agony it took.
Perfect Blend owner Mary Ebel gets it. Nothing brings her greater joy than discovering a new and beautiful yarn for the shop. Customers rave online about discovering the latest treasures amid an array that mixes the works of local hand-dyers and imported exotica, along with an on-point selection of necessary notions, kits, magazines, and tote bags. The yarn selection includes mohair and cashmere, alpaca, merino wool, cotton, and blends, and Ebel even offers yarn swatches. A play on words that spans both offerings, Perfect Blend also sells bags of loose leaf tea and accessories like teapots, infusers, and mugs as well as a small selection of local provisions.
There’s always something new at Perfect Blend, and Ebel and her team are happy to guide you to the perfect choice for your project and chat about it over a mug of tea or coffee.
Never worked with fiber, but think you might like to try? You’ll get a warm welcome and all the help you need. “Mary has an intuitive sense of where you should begin; she provides excellent guidance along with plenty of tea and conversation,” says a newbie on Facebook. “Excited over my first project.”
Perfect Blend is participating in the 2022 Hudson Valley Yarn Trail Crawl, happening through August 20, one of 17 yarn shops on the self-guided itinerary. And as soon as pandemic precautions finally allow, the in-person gatherings that fiber fans love will resume: “yarn tastings,” trunk shows, book signings, knit-alongs and crochet-alongs, and classes; still pending at this writing. Tea will flow and the laughter, likewise. Stay tuned.