Hey Everyone — So, last weekend, I took a trip down south (south Washington) to visit a couple of yarn shops. Teva, at Loose Ends Fiber Arts had been asking me to come and visit her store. Working full time, working America’s Knitting, knitting and walking my dog keeps me pretty busy, but my husband Wes & I thought we’d take a drive last weekend down south, to check out her store.
Loose Ends is in the town of Centralia, Washington, which is south of Olympia, Washington’s state capital. We had a dry but chilly day for our drive, but I knit in the car while Wes drove. We brought Mae with us, and she got a nice little walk in with Wes while I visit the yarn shop. Loose Ends is located in the original downtown area with parking on the street. They call the area, the antique district as there are lots of antique shops, for your antiquing pleasure.
When I arrived, the store had a couple of customers, and the owner, Teva, was in. She quickly greeted me and I introduced myself. It was a surprise visit, as I didn’t even know I was going to be making the trip when I got up that morning. I guess I could have called when I was on the way down….but I just thought of that, so it was a surprise. She was happy to see me and meet me. She was busy with her customers, a mother/daughter knitting team. She was winding their purchases, so I just looked around and took pictures.
My first observation was that she carried lots of Cascade Yarns. That’s not really surprising, as this is a local company to Washington state, and their line of yarns is vast and wide. But, I also saw Noro, Madeline Tosh, Juniper Moon Farm, Malabrigo and Universal Yarns. The second thing that I noticed, was that another customer had come in. The prices were very good. I know that there is suggested retail on things, but the owner does have some discretion on what they want to charge for things, and what goes on sale, or if they need to charge more for things, depending upon their overhead that has to be covered every month.
I saw, what Teva called the ‘fiber room’. That is where she keeps the roving, fiber, top…..I’m not a spinner so I don’t know the lingo or what I’m talking about – but she had a room for it. Also, in the back was a room with a table where she holds knit night and classes. Before I left, a group of young gals came in to shop as well. It was a busy Saturday at the store.
While I was there, I purchased some self striping sock yarn (I’ve never knit with that kind of yarn before, I’m excited), and a Valentine card. Teva had the cutest cards in store for Valentines Day. I could tell Teva was a very comfortable, friendly gal that could quickly become your friend.
If you are headed to Centralia to go to Great Wolf Lodge, the outlet stores, or possibly Dicks Brewing…or maybe you’re on your way to Portland, Oregon. Stop in to Loose Ends Fiber Shop — you have to have lunch anyway. Teva has really good prices on yarn, and the vintage feel of downtown is so relaxing. You won’t be sorry! Loose Ends Fiber Arts is on Facebook and Instagram, so follow her and her store~
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