On a cold Saturday morning, 18 Cape women come together in a cozy shop on Route 6A in Dennis, linked together by a common passion. Shedding jackets, they sit around a large table, and dive happily into a hobby that one calls, “the best therapy ever.” These women—ranging in age from mid-30s to late-80s—are die-hard knitters in the Ladybug Knitting Shop’s very popular knitting classes.
All year-round, the Ladybug’s classes provide camaraderie, comfort, and more than 40 years of knitting know-how in the capable hands of knitting teacher, Nancy Downey of Dennis. “No sign-up is necessary,” says Barbara Prue, the friendly owner of the shop since 1982. “People can just stop by.” For just $4 a class, knitters like Carol Crosby of Yarmouthport (who has knitted since she was 10) turn out beautiful sweaters, tiny baby booties, fashionable scarves for teenagers—even hand-knit dolls.
“I’ve been coming here for eight years,” says Ann Petrou. “As soon as we bought our house, I found the Ladybug.”–Susan Dewey
Knitting classes are held Tuesdays and Fridays from 1-3 p.m. and Saturdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. For information, go to www.ladybugknitting.com