November 3rd, 2021
On My Radar

Mercantile at GrayBarns

Since we moved to Bedford, lots of folks have recommended the Tavern at GrayBarns in Silvermine, Connecticut. We went for lunch recently and the food was delicious. Afterward, we crossed the street to check out Mercantile at GrayBarns, a market and café, and GrayGoods to shop gorgeous housewares. While there, I signed up for an arm knitting class with one of the owners, Nikki Glazer.

I’ve always insisted on handmade gifts from my girls, so, I thought this year I’d make them each something — a chunky throw blanket. And lo and behold, I made one (pictured top left in my kitchen). Last evening, we sat around a large farm table in Mercantile and Nikki taught us how to arm knit. It’s cool to learn something new, and rewarding to have left with a completed blanket. Thank you, Nikki.

  • I love that! What material is it?

    DebbieNovember 3rd, 2021  4:41 PM

  • Merino wool. Very forgiving for a non-knitter…

    PrestonNovember 3rd, 2021  4:46 PM

  • Love it , next up a scarf!

    SusanNovember 3rd, 2021  5:04 PM

  • I have to say it certainly looks like you’re a knitter, the blanket is gorgeous. Ahem……not sure what arm knitting is.
    The place looks delightful.

    SueMNovember 3rd, 2021  5:07 PM

  • I love this post! My cousin rented out The Inn at GrayBarns for the bridal party to get ready for her wedding a few years ago. We had an outdoor dinner reservation at The Tavern for our wedding anniversary this past summer, but unfortunately had to cancel due to inclement weather. I will absolutely be looking into the arm knit classes, and the girls will definitely appreciate the fruits of your labor! Marcheline Isabelle

    MarchelineNovember 3rd, 2021  5:17 PM

  • No idea what ‘arm knitting’ is but I like it! You had me at whatever that beige and red blanket is though…

    disneyrollergirlNovember 3rd, 2021  5:42 PM

  • Is this the former Silvermine Tavern? We used to go there a lot when I was a kid. The dining room looks familiar. How nice that it’s seeing a revival!

    JoannaWNYCNovember 3rd, 2021  5:48 PM

  • It is the former Silvermine Tavern. I used to go there with my college boyfriend when we visited his parents in New Canaan.

    PrestonNovember 3rd, 2021  5:51 PM

  • Love the blanket! I have wanted to try arm knitting; the chunky yarn has so much texture. A link to a tutorial on arm knitting, as well as yarn source ( I have no connection to this website).

    RebeccaNovember 3rd, 2021  7:29 PM

  • Thank you for this excellent tutorial, Rebecca.

    PrestonNovember 3rd, 2021  7:49 PM

  • I hav even interested in trying arm knitting and didn’t find a resource for good wool! Thanks Rebecca. Preston will you do a post on your home? I’d love to see more of your comfy living areas.

    Betsy AmesNovember 3rd, 2021  9:57 PM

  • Looks lovely!

    That's Not My AgeNovember 5th, 2021  6:45 AM


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