A family trip to Bermuda for spring break gave me the chance to visit The Black Purl, a lovely yarn shop in the city of Hamilton. The store owner, Cindy Ashton, has re-opened one of only two yarn shops on the island and has created a very welcoming, warm environment for the knitters on the island.
The shop is located in downtown Hamilton off the Shore Road in the shopping district facing the beautiful turquoise ocean. Tucked down a cobblestone alley in a historic building, the shop is exactly the kind of cozy shop that makes you want to sit and visit. A few regulars where in the shop when I visited for my interview on the VeryPink Knits podcast, sharing some of the historical knowledge of the building.
My initial curiosity was to find out what knitters like to make when you live in a warm climate. However, Bermuda is a sub-tropical island meaning it's not always flip-flop weather. It was a bit chilly and rainy while we visited (the off-season travel deals are why we visited in March!), so a light scarf or shawl would be welcomed. I was also interested if there was any knitting influence from the UK since the island is a British commonwealth. In the end, it turns out the Internet brings us all closer now, so even a place without a strong knitting history can create it's own yarn-loving culture.
Cindy told me she has a lot of tourists stop in the shop, so along with locally-dyed yarn, the shop features some locally-crafted items including cedar knitting needles. Cedar has been an important wood to Bermudians since the island was inhabited as it was the primary wood used to build ships which helped the island's economy as far back as the 1700s. Handmade bags and stitch markers also make great souvenirs.
If Bermuda is in your travel future, I hope you visit The Black Purl and pick up some beautiful yarn, locally made items, or just stay an meet some Bermudaful knitters.