Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A Yarn Of A Different Kind.

While down in West Cork for the literary festival, I came across a wool shop called, Bantry Yarns & Tea Room. Now anyone who knows me, knows I love to crochet, knit, and cross-stitch etc. It is a favourite hobby of mine.
I was thrilled to find this shop as craft shops in my opinion, are a dying breed. The shop was stocked to the rafters with wool, needles, patterns and all things crafty.
The owner, another Mary welcomed us, I was in the company of writer, Mary Angland. I had to purchase, I couldn't possibly not, I was in Heaven. Even though the heavens had opened up outside and the rain was torrential.
Like its name suggests, one can also have a cup of tea and slice of cake while sitting to knit/crochet and of course chatting.

While chatting, we got speaking to a lady named, Carina. She asked if I could highlight a condition she has, called Dystonia. This is a movement disorder in which a person's muscles contract uncontrollably. She explained how it has impacted on her life and to listen to her story was an honour. Her throat muscles are affected which in turn impacts on her speech. Also her eyes involuntary close and she has to wait until the spasm passes before they open again. This can happen at any time, even walking down the street. What she has discovered is when her hands are occupied as in knitting, her eyes do not close. Carina explained there is not much shared about this crippling disease and would like to see it highlighted more.
After purchasing some wool and finishing our chat with both Mary, the shop owner and Carina, we went on our way.

You can find out more about Bantry Yarns & Tea Room on Face Book.

Also to read more about Dystonia, the link to their page on Face Book is,


  1. Lovely piece. You were nearly impossible to draw out of shop. I even found place fascinating and anyone who knows me definitely knows wool, crochet, knitting and God forbid, sewing, hold no attraction for me, having never recovers from the trauma of knitting the 6th class jumper back in the day🤣It looked grand except- the body of it would fit a baby elephant and the neck wouldn't go around a mouse! I nearly choked myself trying it on in toilet and had to be rescued by the teacher🤒😲so I salute you, Mary Bradford. Listening to Carina's story was quite upsetting.

    1. As always, Nonie, it's great to hear from you.

  2. I so enjoyed meeting Mary a fellow yarn person. I love knitting and crocheting always have and I am so grateful for this tool now when dystonia (the third most common movement disorder, comes after Parkinson)struck very shortly into retirement thirteen years ago. I love Bantry yarns is is a yarn heaven and Mary (the owner) is the kindest, helpfullest and funniest person. I just love hanging out there. If ever in Bantry it is a must visit place.

    1. Thank you for dropping by, it was a pleasure speaking with you, Carina.