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Anwyn Yarn

Fostering artistic inspiration in the heart of Portsmouth Village

by lindy mechefske Meriel Taylor knits in grocery store lineups. She carries small projects like socks in her purse so that she never wastes a moment, no matter where she is. ?Knitting makes me patient,? she says. Meriel believes in the healing and therapeutic powers of knitting and spinning. So much so that a couple of years ago, faced with some decisions about her future, the mother of three teenagers decided she wanted to build a communal space dedicated to fibre arts. The result is Anwyn Yarn, located in a community building co-operative at the corner of Mowat and King streets in Portsmouth Village. Anwyn, which is Welsh for fair and lovely, pays homage to Meriel?s Welsh background. Anwyn Yarn is a store front selling yarn, knitting needles and spinning wheels, and a classroom and studio space for workshops, including knitting, wool dyeing and spinning. Meriel also rents equipment and makes the studio available to various community groups. ?I really want this to be a working community space; a welcoming place for people to gather,? she says. The shop boasts a handsome craft table ? the centrepiece for classes and workshops. There?s also a large red couch and lap quilt for those who prefer. In the kitchen, colourful skeins of yarns, dyed with colours from nature, hang from drying racks. The walls are graced with local art. With its large windows, woven baskets of soft, nubby yarn in vibrant shades and glass jars of natural dyes, Anwyn Yarn is a soothing visual and tactile feast. ?I wanted to create a place that felt welcoming and safe ? with a positive energy that fosters both artistic inspiration and relationships,? says Meriel. ANWYN YARN 613-766-1422 facebook.com/anwynyarn anwynyarn.com photos by tim forbes 10 INTERIORS | KINGSTONLIFE.CA | 2014

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