Visit Patricia's, click those needles

The Jersey Journal


Tuesday, May 09, 2006


The moss green walls that lead down the steps into Patricia's Yarns in Hoboken provide the perfect entrance to a secret garden. A rainbow world of color, where yarns imported from around the world are packed into a shop so charming it makes you feel like you're on vacation far from the maddening crowd.

"People need to do something that's tactile," said Patricia Scribner, the sweet proprietor, describing how the art of knitting transformed from an old-fashioned hobby to the hottest trend, especially among multitask-oriented urbanites.

"It doesn't take up much space," she explained, "it's portable - you can knit on the go. Once you learn how to do it, it's relaxing. It allows you to focus on other things."

Take a look around Patricia's Yarns and you become a convert. The yarns are so lush and magnificent, you want to sit right down and knit up a storm!

They come in all weights and textures from quality companies like Manos del Uruguay, Dale of Norway and Schaefer Yarns, which hand-paints gorgeous wools in the Finger Lakes named in honor of memorable women like Toni Morrison, Rosa Parks and Indira Gandhi. The yarns at Patricia's range from $5.25 to $45.

She also carries everything from knitting and crochet needles to notions. You'll find patterns and books including "Stitch 'n Bitch: The Knitter's Handbook" and "Teen Knitting Club," unexpected finds like the world's most adorable buttons including smiling Cheshire Cats, google-eyed frogs and pretty polar bears.

You'll also be able to tell how certain yarns will translate into a sweater, scarf or stuffed animal by looking at Patricia's knitted samples, dotted throughout the store.

But the best news: Patricia, whose mom taught her to knit when she was 8 years old, teaches classes at the shop.

You can take Beginners Knitting ($95) or if you're more advanced learn how to knit a spring hat or a baby set in a specialty class ($40). Patricia also teaches privates ($50 per hour).

Patricia and her husband Adam, a science teacher who works at the Glenfield School in Montclair, live in Hoboken. They designed and built the interior of Patricia Yarns and opened the doors in August 2004.

"She put her heart and soul into the business," said Adam, commenting on how proud he is that Patricia left an unfulfilling position in finance to follow her passion. "Not many people can say what we say - even if we hit the lottery we wouldn't quit our jobs."


107 4th Street Hoboken NJ 07030
phone 201-217-YARN
fax 201-418-YARN

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