When Mary Weishaar opened her new yarn shop in Chatham last March, film crews had long since wrapped up filming scenes for "The Finest Hours." The Disney movie depicting the true story of the U.S. Coast Guard's most successful small boat rescue mission in history, was partially shot in Chatham and it featured dozens of Cape Codders acting as "extras" in the background of the film. Yours truly was one of the extras and I can honestly say I have rarely been so cold as I was those 15 hour days which began at 1 pm and concluded around 4 or 5 each morning in December of 2014--all while wearing flimsy period clothing trucked in from Hollywood. I could have used a warm hat, scarf and gloves!
Which brings us back to the yarn. "A Great Yarn" co-owner Weishaar was impressed with the local buzz about the film, so she commissioned a textile artist in North Carolina to create a collection of yarn in various weights of silk, wool and cashmere. The inspiration for the colors and the end product can be seen in the video below.
One aspect you can't appreciate in the video is how the yarn feels. It is scrumptious and you'll want to own some even if you don't knit, if only to feel the luxury of it. On second thought, maybe this will propel me to finally learn how to knit.