Knitting, yes. Why do you laugh? Knitting's hip again, my friend. Urban knitters congregate nationwide, purling under the aegis of the Stitch 'n' Bitch movement, or just casting on as rogue elements fighting against the sweat-shop standard of clothing manufacture. Hell, Brian Gibson of Lightning Bolt knits his own costumes -- that's how hip knitting has become. But don't pick up the needles just for the hipster cachet: Do it for your soul. Grab a skein of wool and feel the scarf beating within. Envision yourself wrapped in a one-of-a-kind neckwarmer that grew under the tender ministrations of your own hands. Don't know where to start? Hearthstone Knits, that's where. This smallish shop is packed to the roof with yarn of all hues, stripes and quality. Whether you desire a bag of orange acrylic stuff to practice with or a pricey skein of imported angora with which you shall birth a decadent half-cape that would make Oscar Wilde envious, Hearthstone has it. The staff, knitters of no small skill, willingly answer questions and even offer a hand in a tight situation (time permitting; best to call ahead to see if someone will be available to help you attach that third sleeve to your spider sweater). Someday knitting may fall out of favor again -- but you'll be too busy making Christmas gifts for loved ones to notice or care. And Hearthstone Knits will be there for you.