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The YarnPlaces featured places section highlights unique yarn shops, farms, and related yarn businesses and events that are of interest to the fiber arts community.

Easy Go Farm, Hillsboro, Oregon

easygofarmyarnToday’s interview is with the owner of Easy Go Farm, a lovely sheep and alpaca farm in Hillsboro, Oregon that welcomes visitors!

Can you tell us a little bit about your farm related to fiber arts? The type of animals and number of animals? Is there anything that makes your farm different from other farms?

We are owned by alpacas, sheep, barn cats, and about half a dozen hens and roosters who’ve managed to keep themselves away from maurading racoons.
My college roommate taught me to knit. I finished two sweaters, but have done nothing since then. My husband has taken classes in spinning, knitting, weaving, felting, dyeing, and probably some that I’ve forgotten – he figures if he’s going to talk the talk, he has to know how to walk the walk.
For me, love for the animals came first, followed by love for fleece.

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On The Lamb, Uxbridge, Ontario

onthelamb1This week’s interview is with the owner of On The Lamb in Uxbridge, Ontario, a wonderful LYS with great spirit. They do some terrific charity work and  I love how they came up with their name!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

We have a warm, welcoming independent knitting shop located in the heart of downtown Uxbridge. We reside in our very own 135 year old building, that offers plenty of character. Our teaching table is often surrounded by happy folks, laughing, giggling and sipping coffee. And sometimes knitting!

On The Lamb is a safe place for folks to continue to “Honour the Traditions” of those who have come before.

Because we have been blessed with so many wonderful things in our lives, we like to give back. We have some charity knitting programs: Knitted Knockers (knitted breast prosthesis for women who have had mastectomies,) Chemo Caps (we have donated over 400 to Sunnybrooke Hospital in Toronto, and Toques for Troops (a very popular program where we knit helmets for our troops overseas.)

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Madrid Knits! Knitting Group in Madrid, Spain

madridknits1Today’s interview is with Kim of the knitting group, Madrid Knits!, in Madrid, Spain.  It sounds like a great group of people, and they have extended an invitation for all travelers (who handicraft) to join them!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your group?

Madrid Knits! meets every Friday and one Saturday a month to knit and/or crochet while we unwind from our busy weeks. It was founded by a couple of friends in 2009 and started off small, but nowadays you can find up to twenty people there on any given Friday! We enjoy relaxing and both chatting with old friends and meeting new people while we knit, crochet, embroider, etc…and, of course, enjoy the delicious food and drinks available at the Starbucks that has graciously saved us a spot from the very beginning.

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AlAnn Ranch, Ash Fork, Arizona

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday’s interview is with the owner of AlAnn Ranch, in Ash Fork, Arizona. This is one of those knitter to shepherd stories, which I love. And the alpaca photos are wonderful!!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your farm related to fiber arts? The type of animals and number of animals? Is there anything that makes your farm different from other farms?

We are a family-run farm in the northern Arizona mountains. The Ranch is home to about 80 alpacas, llamas, Angora (mohair) goats, Great Pyrenees LGDs, Muscovy ducks, chickens and a few other critters. We shear our own animals and have 100% Arizona Grown products, including handspun yarns and rovings, batts, felt, and machined yarns, rugs, and other products as well. And we practice sustainable agriculture, rotational grazing, integrated pest management, and are completely off the grid – water, electricity, everything.

alannranch32. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and the history of your farm? How did you get interested in creating fibers for knitters? How did you come to fiber arts farming? Readers will love to hear your story – so tell it!

I’ve been a knitter and crocheter for many years and always had a fascination with spinning and weaving, but never tried them. When we decided to try making our rocky acres profitable, we looked at alpacas and fell in head first. We’ve never looked back and now also raise Angora goats for mohair to blend and spin.

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The Clinch River Yarn Company, Clinton, TN

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Clinch River Yarn Company

Our interview today is with Sandy, an owner of The Clinch River Yarn Company in Clinton, Tennessee. Read about how this mother-daughter team made their dreams come true!

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

The Clinch River Yarn Company is located in a 100+ year old house in historic Clinton, TN. Our retail space includes all the nooks and crannies that only an old house can offer, complete with original fireplaces and mantels, french doors and tall ceilings. Clinton, TN is a rural community northwest of Knoxville, is home to many family farms and is only a few miles from the Museum of Appalachia. Many of our customers own fiber-growing animals so we enjoy the opportunities of getting the full fiber experience of shearing, cleaning, carding, combing, and spinning wool, alpaca and llama. We love to involve our community in what we do, so we offer a variety of free events during the year, including our annual baby animal day, monthly spin-ins, and our charitable out-reach.

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Sandy and Robin, Mother-daughter owners of the Clinch River Yarn Company

My daughter, Robin and I own and operate The Clinch River Yarn Company. I was introduced to the fiber arts as a young girl in New England and was blessed to have a bright and creative daughter who suggested that we try our hand as business partners. We both loved knitting and crocheting so, after kicking around the idea for a few months, we rolled up our sleeves put together a business plan. We opened our doors in a small rental space in Clinton, TN in July, 2009. After 2-3 years of steady growth, we started dreaming about our ideal yarn shop location and soon found an old house close to the historic downtown area of Clinton. With the help of our loyal customers, CRYC was relocated to our new space in January, 2012. Since then, we have expanded our classes to include hand-dyeing yarns; the complete fiber experience – sheep to sweater; spinning; and most recently, weaving!

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3 Kittens Needle Art Yarn Shop, Mendota Heights, Minnesota

3kittens-photo3Today’s featured place is 3 Kittens Needle Art in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Our interview is with owner Laura Rasmussen.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop?

3 Kittens Needle Arts is one of the oldest yarn stores in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota. We sell yarn, needles, buttons (we’re known for our button wall), patterns/books, needlepoint canvases and threads. In addition, we offer classes in knitting, crochet and needlepoint, and we have finishing services for all three as well. We are located just south of St. Paul within 5 minutes of the airport.

2. How would you describe the atmosphere of the shop?

Our store is friendly and well-organized. We cater to knitter who likes Modern Classics.3kittens-photo2

3. How long have you been in business? Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to open a yarn shop?

The store has been around for 35+ years. My business partner, Julie, and I bought the store 5 years ago. Julie worked at the store while it was under the previous ownership. Julie was the needlepoint specialist. I have been knitting since 1983 and have taught classes for both the Minnesota Knitters Guild and another yarn store in the Twin Cities. Julie and I happen to have children the same ages who attended school together, so we’ve known each other for quite awhile. When Julie heard that the previous owner was interested in selling the store, she asked me if I would be interested in buying it with her. Six months later, we owned it!

4. Which yarns do you carry? Traditional yarns? Exotic or unusual yarns? Novelty yarns? Local farm yarns? Eco-friendly yarns?

We try to carry a variety of yarns, although I will say that the majority of our yarns are “traditional”, workhorse yarns. We have organic yarns in each weight category, plus we carry some unusual or exotic fibers – yak, qiviut, camel, bamboo, soy, etc. We have a few novelty yarns, but we are not known for our novelty yarn selection. In addition, we try to carry some small, independent hand-dyed yarns – for instance, Land O’ Lace, Sweet Georgia, Flock Sock – mostly in the lace and sock weights.

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Noble Alpaca Farm, Sheguiandah, Manitoulin Island, ON

noble_farm1Today we are featuring our first fiber farm- Noble Alpaca Farm on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. Our interview is with the owner.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your farm related to fiber arts? The type of animals and number of animals? Is there anything that makes your farm different from other farms?

At the Noble Alpaca Farm, we raise Alpacas for their luxurious fleece. We also raise Guardian Llamas for their protective capabilities.

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Friends & Fiber, LaGrange, KY

ff1Today’s featured place is Friends & Fiber, a LYS that sells not only beautiful yarns, but also the beautiful creations of its owners. They are located in LaGrange, KY. Our interview is with owner, Vicki Kinser.

1. Can you tell us a little bit about your shop? What is the atmosphere like? Is there anything that makes your shop different from other yarn shops?

Welcome to Historic LaGrange. Our shop is on Main Street in LaGrange, Kentucky. A working train track runs right down Main Street about 25 times a day. We have a large following of regular customers who love our shop and each other!
We carry a complete line of yarn for everyones projects. LOTS of knitted projects at the shop to inspire.

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Uniquities Yarn Shop – Vienna, Virginia

Today’s featured knitting place is Uniquities, a boutique yarn shop in Vienna, Virginia. Our interview is with Brenda FitzSimmons, the owner.

 Uniquities-photo2Can you tell us a little bit about your shop?

Our tag line is “Your Hand-Knitting and Spinning Supply Destination” and we try to live up to that name. In addition to a wide and varied yarn selection, we also carry prepared fibers for spinning as well as books, patterns, bags, and all the necessary tools (including spinning wheels and drum carders) for knitting, crochet, and spinning.  Our yarns range from basic to exotic and our knowledgeable staff is experienced in working with each customer to find the right choice for every budget and skill level. Continue reading “Uniquities Yarn Shop – Vienna, Virginia” »