Stitchy Women' reopens

Mary Lee Harris purchased the popular Poultney knitting center three days after the owners shut the doors on the popular shop. She has a grand re-opening scheduled for Feb. 24. Marlee Mason and Sue Publicover started the business in 2004 because of their love of the art of knitting and provide a place where other knitters could get yarn and accessories. This was also a place to sit and knit with others.They had maintained Stitchy Women on a part-time basis while they kept their full-time careers. Both women agreed that the stress of juggling multiple jobs and families was too much and made the decision to put their business hobby to rest in January. Stichy Womens customers come from as far away as Montpelier, Glens Falls, and the Upper Valley region to get their supplies. New owner, Mary Lee Harris, a Vermont native and Castleton resident, recently retired after 45 years as an accountant. She was considering opening a crafts shop to occupy her newfound free time. Her daughter, Brenda Fleming, told her about Stitchy Women's closing and suggested she buy the business. Harris started knitting in 1961 when she made a sweater for her husband in the service. An experienced businesswoman, Harris has been crafting handmade slippers since 1970, which she wholesales to specialty boutiques around the country. She said Stitchy Women will be the first shop in Vermont to carry these slippers, which have been sought after by numerous celebrities, including Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, and Betty Ford. (Harris said Sally Struthers wore the slippers on the 1970s television situation comedy, "All in the Family", during her pregnancy. She has always been interested in sewing, knitting, crocheting, and crafts.) Stitchy Women is located at 66 Depot St. in Poultney, across from Shaw's. Harris is still restocking but is open for business four days a week: Wednesday and Friday, 10-5; Thursday, 10-8; and Saturday, 10-4. For more information, call (802) 287-4114.

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