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A New Yarn Shop Opens in Washington State- Kandi’s Yarn Closet

kandisyarnshopCrochet enthusiast Kandi Peterson opened Kandi’s Yarn Closet in Moses Lake, Washington just before the holidays. Her shop aims to carry everything knit and  crochet, as well as some beading supplies. Classes are reasonably priced at $10 and so far include Basic Knitting and Basic Crochet. See Kandi’s Yarn Closet Facebook page for more information. We love to see new LYSs opening here at YarnPlaces.com- we wish Kandi’s Yarn Closet the best of luck!!

New Yarn Shop in Mission Viejo, California- Yarn Del Sol!

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This photo alone makes me want to catch the first flight to California!

Today we’d like to announce the opening of a new yarn shop in Mission Viejo, California: Yarn Del Sol just had their Grand Opening on Saturday, and from what I can see on their Facebook page, it looks like they carry some really luscious yarns!

The shop is located at 24471 Alicia Parkway #2, Mission Viejo, California; hours are Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 8:30 pm, Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Sun: 11:00 am – 5:30 pm. If you’re in the area, stop by to say hello and welcome them to the community! Continue reading “New Yarn Shop in Mission Viejo, California- Yarn Del Sol!” »

A New Yarn Shop for Las Vegas! Unwind Knitting Opens This Weekend.

unwindknittingA new yarn shop, Unwind Knitting, is opening this weekend at 300 N Las Vegas Blvd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Stop by to meet owner Brenda Johannessen, and take advantage of the 20% grand opening discount on yarns.  Also on hand will be Wilhelmine Peers is an internationally recognized fiber artist, designer, colorist, and stylist. Shop hours are Mon – Sat: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm and Sun: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

See Unwind Knitting’s page on Facebook for a preview of yarns and additional information. Best of luck to Brenda and Unwind Knitting!!

Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Begins Saturday, Aug 10.

hotaugyarncrawlThe Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl, a 2-week, 9-shop yarn crawl begins this Saturday in Northern Colorado and Southern Wyoming. If you’d like to participate, go to any one of the nine shops on the tour and get a passport (and a shopping tote while supplies last). The tour is self-guided which means you can visit as many or few shops as you like. At each shop on the tour, be sure to enter the raffle for a $50 gift certificate at that shop. If you complete the entire tour, and acquire stamps from all nine stores, you are then eligible for one of three grand prizes- just turn your passport at your last stop and cross your fingers! Continue reading “Hot August Knits Yarn Crawl Begins Saturday, Aug 10.” »

The I-75 Yarn Crawl is this Weekend in Ohio and Kentucky!

I-75saveThe annual I-75 Yarn Crawl is happening this weekend, Aug 8-10 along the I-75 Corridor in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

It works like this. First you purchase a Passport booklet for $5, which contains maps and coupons for all the Yarn Crawl shops. The first 250 passports sold will also come with a Yarn Crawl tote bag. During the crawl, you may go to as many or few shops as you like, but be sure to get your passport stamped at each shop you visit. Stamps earn you the right to participate in various raffles and more stamps = bigger and better raffles.  We have prepared an Interactive Map of the I-75 Yarn Crawl for your use with a little information about each shop. You can get started by ordering a passport through the I-75 Yarn Crawl Website. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of fun!

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Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA

yarnco3Today’s interview is with Cindy, owner of Alamitos Bay Yarn Shop in Long Beach, CA, a LYS with a great selection of yarns, a wonderful sense of community and weekly knitting cruises to boot (how fun is that?).

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?

Alamitos Bay Yarn Company is located on Alamitos Bay in Long Beach, CA. where knitters and crocheters from all over So. California enjoy our weekly “Knit & Cruises” from spring through early fall. Imagine, two hours of cruising in an electric boat, enjoying lunch and wine while knitting and/or crocheting with your friends. Pure heaven!

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The Chicago Yarn Crawl: 30 LYSs Big!

chicagoyarncrawlThere’s a huge yarn crawl of 30 LYSs happening in the Chicago area this coming week.  Each participating store is offering a one time 10% discount on purchases ( excluding sale items, needles and classes ), a store exclusive pattern and a raffle for a gift worth $100. In addition there will be three raffles for grand prizes- one for folks who have visited at least five stores; one for those who have visited ten stores and one for those who make it to fifteen of the thirty stores. Participants pick up a passport at the first store they visit and get it stamped at each store they visit.

The Chicago Yarn Crawl runs Saturday, August 3 through Sunday, August 11, 2013. The drawing for grand prizes is August 25.  We have created a Chicago Yarn Crawl Map with info on each store for your use!

And for those of you in other parts of the country, see our Yarn and Fiber Events Map for what’s happening near you.

Two Favorite LYSs Close in Iowa

crazygirlWe are sad to report that two locations of Crazy Girl Yarn Shop in Iowa have closed: one in Cedar Falls, and one in Coralville. Owner Leslie Matheson, who had put her life savings into these yarn shops, reports that sales were down 50% last year. She attributes the drop in sales to rising internet sales.

Leslie plans to stay active in the knitting community. She vows to continue the popular Crazy Girl wine and knit night (details to follow), and she intends to start a local chapter of the The Knitting Guild of America. Leslie will keep in touch with the knit/crochet community through her Facebook Page.  We wish her the best!

Pridie Collection- Boutique Yarn Shop, Peterborough, Ontario

pridieToday’s interview is with Christina Pridie, knitwear designer and owner of the Pridie Collection- Boutique Yarn Shop in Peterborough, Ontario. Christina’s designs are available on Ravelry.

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 Pridie Collection – Boutique Yarn Shop is a quaint little place that is filled with eye candy everywhere you look. There is tables and chairs inside and outside to ssk (sit, sip and knit) a while. We have a self serve station where you can purchase hot & cold beverages to suit your stay. We teach classes in both knitting and crocheting for the beginner to advanced levels. We also do some charity knitting where our customers get involved making mittens for the kids in the Public Schools and also chemo hats for The Canadian Cancer Society. Everyday is a stitch in but we also host a Knitting Bee every Thursday afternoon and evening for those who like a scheduled day and time. Everyone has a great time, especially me.

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