The next time you’re at your favorite local yarn shop searching for that perfect skein, be sure to check out the books section. Did you know yarn shops carry more than just fiber and tools? Many of them carry books, too! When you pick up a book from a local yarn shop, not only are you saving money on shipping but you’re supporting local businesses and encouraging fiber arts in your hometown. What could be better?
This month, many knitting shops are celebrating Super Stitcher Double Stamp Month—which means you can get a free book twice as fast! You can read more about the Super Stitcher program (and double stamps). In honor of Super Stitcher Double Stamp Month, I visited one of my local shops—an adorable knitting shop in Everett, Washington, called Great Yarns! Ready to go shopping, yarn-lovers?
I found Great Yarns by using the ShopMartingale shop finder tool. The shop is situated in a busy little corner of Everett. The building is a renovated house, and so quaint.
Inside, I found four rooms stuffed with yarn, from floor to ceiling. A knitter’s or crocheter’s dream. Every color, weight, and texture imaginable. Part of the fun of knitting and crochet is just the fiber—wouldn’t you agree? The colors are so rich and the texture so soft, you could spend all your time admiring it. The owner of Great Yarns!, Fontelle, had just returned from a trade show and was in the process up unpacking even more yarn—I’m not sure where it will fit!
Wendy, one of the associates at Great Yarns!, showed me her favorite new color from Prism Yarns—a Rapport Layers skein in “Jasper” (pictured below). Beautiful! In addition to carrying many popular commercial yarns, Fontelle has a relationship with a local hand-dyer and sells skeins of her product in the shop. Yet another benefit of shopping local—finding great yarn not available elsewhere.
Downstairs I found Fontelle’s Bargain Basement—an area with discounted yarns, needles, books, patterns, and last season’s samples.
Every year, Fontelle clears out the Bargain Basement to host a mini retreat for knitters called Queen for a Day. Attendees get to spend the day working on projects, learning a new technique, and being pampered. Oh, count me in!
Fontelle explained that the purpose of Queen for a Day, and of her shop, is to encourage fiber arts and create a sense of camaraderie among knitters and crocheters. As a shop owner, she’s dedicated to helping people who want to knit—at all skill levels—whether they want to find the right fiber for a project, are looking for the right book to get started, or need help putting the finishing touches on a garment. Or who simply want to indulge in a day of knitting and pampering!
On my way out, I noticed this:
Cast On, Bind Off had just arrived, and Fontelle and Susan were already eager to try some of the stitches.
Thanks Wendy, Fontelle, and Susan for giving us a tour of your lovely shop!
Find out what great things your local yarn shop has to offer. From supplies and books to retreats and classes. Local knitting shops are great places to get help, meet other yarn-lovers, or just get seduced into spending the afternoon admiring the yarn (like I did!). If you’re not sure where to find a local shop, you can search for one using our shop locator.
Do you have a favorite local yarn shop? What do you love about your local shop—the selection, the friendly faces, the classes and groups? Tell us in the comments!
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