I just love how things go sometimes. The knitting community is so accepting, fearless, and sociable. As many of you may know, in addition to this great website that has all the yarn shops in the country at your fingertips, we also have a facebook page, and a Ravelry group. Two ladies that are members of our Ravelry group, met up in California during the month of February. Anyway, here’s how it went.
Well, hello again! We here at America’s Knitting like to celebrate the brick and mortar business of the local yarn shop! As most of you may already know, America’s Knitting is celebrating 10 years this year. Ten years of helping knitters find local yarn shops wherever they may be in the United States. Are they traveling for business, pleasure, family obligation or possibly relocating? We pride ourselves on having not only a complete listing of shops, but an accurate listing of shops. We routinely check in on shops just to make sure they are still owned by the same people and in the same place. We also have peeps out there informing us of updates all the time.
America’s Knitting also has a Facebook page, we are on Instagram, and yes, we even have a Ravelry group. Our Ravelry group is moderated by Diana Cripe. Diana recently took a trip to Lynden, Washington. YES, there is a yarn shop in Lynden, Washington; it’s called Wear On Earth! Here is what Diana had to say about the business, and here are her photos…
Wear On Earth has the cutest little classroom setting for classes, and does a lot of great things, like a group that knits scarves for veterans. The business has a website that has a lot of information about this. It is a great place because it is also a clothing consignment shop and the motto of the shop is: Save on Clothes, Splurge on Yarn!
The owners name is Elva Fisel and she was very nice and informative. She even yarn bombed the pillar in the front of the store, outside.
Thank you Diana for thinking of America’s Knitting while you were in Lynden, Washington!
If you have a yarn shop in your town, we’d love to know more about it, and see some pictures of the store. Please feel free to take a few snaps, write a few lines and email them over to me. I will post a short story right here. Stay tuned for our new website coming in 2018!
** remember, you can always click on any of these photos taken by Diana Cripe to see their larger forms **
I’ve been on a ‘StayCation’ of sorts all this week. My husband and I are both self employed and work together. Wes was off on a kayaking trip up in the Broken Islands, so I took the week off, to just enjoy being at home with our dog. Well, this is why people go away, because while you are at home, you really aren’t on vacation. With that, Monday, I had to go pick up material for one of our jobs (bathroom remodel). So, I thought….darn it, I’m going to check out a yarn shop I have never been to before.
Town Square Fabric & Yarn, is located in Burien, Washington! I know people, who have visited this shop before, and now I have visited this shop. It’s a quaint shop, located in a sweet part of town with lots of small businesses around, and parking on the street. You’ll notice, in their name that ‘Fabric’ has top billing, when in fact, the store is probably 80% yarn. The owner, Cindy, was in, and we had the opportunity to visit, and I had the opportunity to wander about and take some pitcures.
Like most yarn shops, lots of samples and displays, but what drew my attention was her stock of Lopi yarn, and patterns. I’ve been looking for this, and you don’t always see that brand in my area. Other notable brands I saw; Heritage Yarns, Kauni, Alegria, Cascade Yarns, Queensland, Imperial and Raven Frog Fibers. The store has a nice table too, where you can sit and go through patterns, and put a project together or attend a class.
The store was preparing for a class on shadow knitting with Bobbi Daniels out of Alaska. See the ’12’ scarf to the right? That is shadow knitting, and this scarf doesn’t just have the number 12 on it, it’s a Seattle Seahawk scarf. The number 12 signifies the 12th man on the field, the fan! Did I just geek out that much?? Back to yarn…. I did purchase a Lopi pattern book and some Lopi yarn for a sweater. It was fun to sit at Cindy’s table and browse through the Lopi patterns and look at Lopi colors. It’s a highly recommended practice while on vacation or staycation.
In closing, Cindy told me that she is considering phasing out the fabric to make room for MORE yarn. Yarn is where it’s at, so I guess knitting is alive and well in Burien! Town Square Fabric & Yarn is on facebook, and as with all of our photos, please click on any of them to see their larger forms.
If you are traveling for work or pleasure, please use our website to locate a yarn shop near you. All of the shops are connected to Google Maps, so you can have direction to any shop. Our website is mobile friendly, so you can use our website in your car and on all of your devices. You can visit a shops website from our listings, and you can also call the store from our website.
Also, if you would like to see a spotlight of your LYS, please contact me! We would love to shine a light on their business. Happy travels and happy knitting~
I always think it’s sort of weird when I see a small town have two yarn shops. You always wonder if the local population can support two. Well, that is the case in Sequim, Washington — there are two yarn shops; Local Yarn Shop & A Dropped Stitch. This post is about Local Yarn Shop.
My husband & I and our dog, do quite a bit of hiking through the Olympics and the local surrounding areas. We were passing through Sequim, Washington…and I told my husband that there was a new yarn shop in Sequim. He asked me if I wanted to stop in, “CAPTAIN OBVIOUS” (as my friend Cheri would say)!!
It was quiet when I was in there. The gal working the shop was sitting on the loveseat knitting away on a gray October day. It was a compact store, but I saw lots of lovelies. I introduced myself, and asked if I could take some snaps for the website. She said yes, and we had some good conversation while I snapped away.
The store is right on the main street with windows to let in all kinds of good natural light. They had a spot for classes and get togethers, a sale area that looks like there is always some yarn on discount in the store at all times, and tons of colorful yarns to touch, dream of what you would knit up if it were yours, and of course purchase.
I didn’t make a purchase this visit. But I loved stopping in and looking it all over. Sometimes that can take great restraint to simply window shop, and other times, it’s nice to know you can visit your LYS, have fun, and simply look. Drop in on your LYS during the holidays, I bet they have it decorated just for you!