A place to knit and heal in Park Slope – CBS New York
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – String Thing Studio is not your grandmother’s yarn store.
“It’s probably you, your grandmother, and your 10-year-old niece’s yarn store,” owner Felicia Eve said. “We have lawyers. We have doctors. We have police officers.
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Felicia never imagined that she would make a career out of thread.
Podiatrist, she practiced for ten years. But when her mother Sharon Thomas passed away in 2015, the grief was overwhelming.
“I think I was a little numb. But I work through it all the time. It was sort of my life jacket. I would get up, take my kids to school, and sit on the sofa and knit. If I didn’t do anything else I would sit on this couch and knit. And then a friend of mine once said to me, “You need something. You need something to get you out of this funk. Your mother wouldn’t want you to do this. And she was right, ”she said.
String Thing has become that something.
Coincidentally, the shop bears the same initials as her late mother.
“She’s in every stitch of everything here,” Felicia said.
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For Felicia, knitting is a gateway to healing.
“It’s meditative. It’s praying, ”she said. “I love the click of my needles. I love the way the thread slides through my hands. “
She believes in its calming effects.
“From a doctor’s point of view, it produces a very calming hormone for people. So the pandemic has produced so many new knitters, crocheters and needle markers and you name it, ”she said. “People are using it like that, to be able to express that community suffering and desire that we all have right now.”
Prior to the pandemic, the store’s classes and events forged a strong bond within its knitting community. But even in the age of social distancing, first-time visitors often hang out with new friends.
“I’m really proud that this space has become this kind of gathering space for people,” she said. “They feel right at home when they come here.”
String Thing Studio
54 7th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11217
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