SMKG hits the road for 'Shop Hop'

Jul 10, 2014
Photo by: Donated SHOP HOP — Members of the Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild enjoy refreshments and discounts at Purl's Yarn Emporium in Asheville.

The Smoky Mountain Knitting Guild hit the road Saturday, June 21, for its first annual Shop Hop.  Plans for the event began several months ago under the direction of the Guild’s program chair, Crystal Plemmons.

In a posh tour bus from Young Transportation in Asheville, 26 guild members were chauffeured to four of the area’s prime yarn shops, with a stopover for lunch.  Time on the bus between each shop included drawings for prizes provided by shops on the itinerary, and, of course, time for knitting and fellowship.  The shops generously granted the group discounts that day, had coffee and cookies on hand, and ramped up their staff to accommodate the surge of buyers.

The Shop Hop began with Friends & Fiberworks in Candler and progressed to Purl’s Yarn Emporium on Wall Street in Asheville. The group then rode to Black Mountain for lunch at the Trailhead Restaurant and then the Black Mountain Yarn Shop next door. The final stop of the day was north Asheville’s newly-relocated Knitting Diva,  inside the Reynolds Mountain development on Merrimon Avenue.

Norm Nelson, the guild’s founder and guide for the day, kept everyone on schedule and made sure no one was left behind.  Laden with bags and bundles, patterns and high hopes for countless projects to come, the group arrived back in Waynesville, counting the event a success and a must-have for next year’s calendar.