Friday, March 20, 2009

Montgomery Worsted Mill

As we are driving back from dropping my husband at the Newburg/Stewart Airport, Mom sees this sign for the Montgomery Mills and says, "I used to come here to buy yarn."

We pulled in and up over the hill was a very old building with an historical marker

We went in

There were wonderful snow white silks, wools, cottons ready for dying. Alpaca, blends, natural colors, tweeds and more. There were so many boxes of yarns I was a bit overwhelmed.
But I did find a delicious wool/alpaca DK blend in a gorgeous charcoal gray. They sell by the pound - 1 lb = 1330 yards. I think it will be enough for a simple cardigan.

I was so intrigued by this place, on the way to the airport the next day I stopped back in and asked if I could take a few pictures.

I was in a bit of a time crunch so I couldn't stay very long to talk to the folks there but definitely plan to stop in next trip and spend more time. I hope it is still there; this is an article on the mill and the dificulty of it's survival. If you would be interested in joining me in a Ravelry group for the Montgomery Mills, I would be happy to start one. Please email me, comment here, or leave a message in my Ravelry inbox - Cecioboe. Maybe we can make more people aware of this hidden gem.


Larjmarj said...

Wow, is that ever cool! You really did find a gem. I hate to hear about places like that struggling to survive. Needless to say a lot of our Michigan landmarks have bit the dust in our states "state". Hope they can find a way to keep going. BTW what do they charge per lb.?

Knittinreed said...

The wool/alpaca I bought was $38.00. I thought that was pretty good for 1330 yards.

lobstah said...

That looks like a fantastic place. It's a shame they don't sell their yarn online because I sure would buy some if they did.

zippiknits said...

What a beautiful, beautiful old mill, and it's in production! Some of these still exist here and there, in England I'm told, and in the States and Canada. Thanks for sharing this wonderful place.

Anonymous said...

it was a pleasure to come upon this, i am good friends with the owner of this mill and it is a beautiful and magical place. i will let the owner know of this and mention to him to sell his yarn online. thanks for making my night, shawn.