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Crafts & Camaraderie: Knitters Get Inspired At Nancy O Shop In Ridgefield

Knitting class at Nancy O in Ridgefield.  From left, instructor Missy Holmes, Marianne Zarnik and Beth Dull
Knitting class at Nancy O in Ridgefield. From left, instructor Missy Holmes, Marianne Zarnik and Beth Dull Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Women have a blast while knitting at Nancy O in Ridgefield.
Women have a blast while knitting at Nancy O in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Benan Ozkaynak shows off her pastel colored baby blanket
Benan Ozkaynak shows off her pastel colored baby blanket Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Beth Dull is knitting a wool cashmere sweater for herself
Beth Dull is knitting a wool cashmere sweater for herself Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Marianne Zarnik of New Canaan said the knitting class is a "sisterhood."
Marianne Zarnik of New Canaan said the knitting class is a "sisterhood." Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox
Women form friendships through knitting at Nancy O in Ridgefield.
Women form friendships through knitting at Nancy O in Ridgefield. Photo Credit: Sandra Diamond Fox

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. — The Nancy O yarn and clothing shop located in a historic house in Ridgefield is more than just a place to buy craft supplies.

The shop — lined with shelf after shelf filled with colorful skeins of yarn — also offers knitting classes five days a week. Participants can work on a craft, enjoy conversations — and make lasting friendships.

A regular group of eight women always look forward to the cozy atmosphere of their Thursday morning class, led by instructor Missy Holmes.

The group's senior member, Marianne Zarnik of New Canaan, referred to herself as the “mother of the class” and called it a sisterhood.

What do they talk about when they get together? Anne McDermott of Ridgefield wouldn't divulge the details.

“What's said in knitting stays in knitting," she said.

For more information on Nancy O, at 23 Catoonah St, Ridgefield, call 203-431-2266, click here for the website and here for the Facebook page.

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