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Featuring Yarns Etc… and Great Yarns

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Q: How did Yarns Etc… and Great Yarns come about and how long have you been in business?

A: Yarns Etc… was started in downtown Greensboro on January 2nd, 1995. We have just celebrated 18 years in business! Some of the long time knitters around here remember that I had been the manager of a yarn outlet near Greensboro for five years. When they decided to close I decided to open a store in Greensboro. It was a big space and we had lots of yarn as well as spinning and weaving supplies. When my family decided to move to Chapel Hill I started looking for a second location. I opened Yarns Etc… in Carrboro in 2001. I commuted between the two stores dragging yarn around with me wherever I went. In 2005 there was an opportunity for me to buy Great Yarns in Raleigh. I jumped right in and enjoyed being able to sell yarn in Raleigh too. In 2008, a space opened up next to the Whole Foods in Chapel Hill. Since Great Yarns was next to Whole Foods I knew it was a winning combination as far as a retail site. I also knew I would be very busy and couldn’t be stretched quite so thin anymore. I decided to close the Greensboro location after 14 years. My good friend, Tina Feir took over the space for her Store Gate City Yarns. So there are two stores under the Yarns Etc… umbrella. Both are very busy stores that have different atmospheres but share A LOT of fantastic yarns and inspiration for helping you create what your heart desires.

Q: What makes Yarns Etc… and Great Yarns unique?

A: There are several things that make us unique. One is our vast selection of yarn. We have so much yarn in every weight, every color, every price point. If there isn’t enough  in one store  we will have it in the other and can get it to you in a matter of days. I love yarn and still get just as excited when something new comes in as I did 18 years ago.

Another thing that makes us unique is our sales staff. Everyone on our staff at both stores has a passion about their handwork skills. They are always learning something new and want to share what they have learned with customers. Their enthusiasm  is passed on to the customers who want to learn new skills too. I think we have a total of 178 years of knitting experience and 75 years of crocheting experience between the 2 stores. That’s a lot of skills!

Q: What does Yarns Etc… and Great Yarns enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?

A: We have enjoyed participating in the Triangle  Yarn Crawl for the past few years. We love seeing old faces and meeting new ones. I love it when several ladies have gotten together and decided to make a day of it. They are all laughing and having a good time together while they plan their next projects. The Yarn Crawl gets people out and seeing new things, and enjoying a yarny day with friends, old and new. We are all so fortunate to live in an area that has so much to offer the fiber fanatic! The TYC is an excellent opportunity to get out in the Triangle and see what the stores are offering.

Yarns Etc… Location
99 South Elliott Road Suite #2
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
919-928-8810
Shop Hours
Tuesday – Friday 10a – 6p
Saturday 10a – 5p
Sunday 1p – 4p
Great Yarns Location
1208 Ridge Road
Raleigh, NC 27607
919-832-3599
Shop Hours
Monday – Friday 10a – 6p
Saturday 10a – 5p
Sunday 1p – 4p (Oct – March only)
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Featuring DownTown Knits

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Q: How did DownTown Knits come about and how long have you been in business? 

A: DTK has been in business for almost 3 years now. We have established ourselves as a community shop where people come daily to meet, shop, knit, and crochet. We like to describe DTK as your “knitting spot away from home!”  We have so many people that have met at DTK and have built lasting friendships! We’re very proud of that! This was the goal of our shop from the first day we opened our doors.

Q: What makes DownTown Knits unique?

A: Our shop provides an open, organized and welcoming atmosphere. We provide assistance regardless of the complexity of any project.  A meeting place that focuses on socializing with fellow fiber enthusiasts, and provide classes where students can come to learn new skills from the experts. Oh and of course, a wide range of yarns, needles and notions!

Q: What does DownTown Knits enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl? 

A: Simply stated; The TYC brings to us customers from all over the Triangle. It’s so much fun!

Q: Is there anything else DownTown Knits would like to share with TYC readers?

A: You can visit us on Facebook and check out our website for daily and weekly activities and classes. There is always something fun going on at DownTown Knits!

Location
122 North Salem Street
Apex, NC 27502
(919) 249-5638

Shop Hours
Monday: 10am – 4pm
Tuesday:  10am – 4pm & 6:30pm – 9pm
Wednesday:  10am – 4pm
Thursday:  10am – 4pm & 6:30pm – 9pm
Friday:  10am – 4pm & 6:30pm – 9pm
Saturday:  10am – 4pm
Sunday:  1pm – 4pm

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Featuring Hillsborough Yarn Shop

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Q: How did Hillsborough Yarn Shop come about and how long have you been in business?

A: When my youngest daughter entered her senior year of college, I was finally able to follow my passion and open a yarn shop. I held onto my “day job” as a biomedical engineer while I looked for the right space. Loving the town of Hillsborough, and knowing there was not yet a yarn shop there, I searched for that perfect space in its historic downtown and landed right on Churton Street. In October of 2006, I left my position as director and took a half-time position, allowing me to open the Hillsborough Yarn Shop. Since then, we’ve grown slowly but surely, added a new classroom, inventory space, acquired plenty of new yarn and friends, and hired a full-time employee. We celebrated our sixth year in business this past October, and look forward to celebrating many more!

Q: What makes Hillsborough Yarn Shop unique?

A: We’re a natural fibers shop, and we make every effort to support small yarn companies whose products and practices we admire. This means sustainably, thoughtfully produced yarns made of plant or animal fibers, often made in the U.S. It’s meaningful for me to know the artists who dye the yarn, and where they source their fiber. We’ve also grown more and more interested this past year in single breed wools, moving beyond the well known buttery-soft Merino wool to Bluefaced Leicester, Rambouillet, Polwarth, and Wensleydale wools. It’s been fun swatching these yarns and seeing the different qualities these different wools possess: some springy and elastic, some beautifully draping, some matte, and some lustrous. Beyond yarn, we are also proud to offer a wide range of interesting technique- and project-based classes for knitters and crocheters, and our emphasis on teaching and learning is as important as the fiber and tools we sell. We love seeing our clients succeed in their projects, so we’re happy to help make sense of pattern instructions and connect people with the techniques and resources they need for whatever they’re making.

Q: What does Hillsborough Yarn Shop enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?

A: We love getting to see new faces and meet the many knitters and crocheters that live in and around the Triangle, and we love that they have this chance to see all the different yarns that local shops carry. No one shop can have it all, but we’re all lucky to be in such a fiber-friendly part of the world, with so many choices available to us!

Q: Is there anything else Hillsborough Yarn Shop would like to share with TYC readers?

A: We’re always happy to make special orders with our existing distributors, so don’t hesitate to ask if there’s a particular color you’d like or a large quantity you need for a big project. Also, keep up with us on our blog, where we highlight the newest yarns, books, project ideas, and classes.

Location
114 South Churton Street
Hillsborough, NC 27278
(919) 732-2128

Shop Hours
Monday – Closed
Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5:30pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 1pm – 5pm

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Great Autumn Event

What a great Autumn 2012 Event we had!

Thanks to all of the yarn crawlers who made their way across the Triangle to visit our wonderful local yarn shops.

We enjoyed meeting everyone who attended the Crawl Kickoff at Warm ‘n Fuzzy bright and early Saturday morning. We had quite the spread with tasty breakfast treats donated by Blue Moon Bakery & Cafe  (the pumpkin bread was delicious!), mimosas from Lynda with Chambers Arts and more baked goods provided by crawl organizers. Attendees were greeted with a Triangle Yarn Crawl project bag and an extra raffle ticket if they were wearing pink in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Thanks to our wonderful yarn shops who put together great promotions, inspiring demonstrations, and raffle prizes full of goodies, which attracted over 65 crawl participants. Congratulations to all of our LYS Raffle Prize winners!

Admit Ewe Knit – Denise Johnson
Cozy – Becky Lenhart
DownTown Knits – TBA
Great Yarns – Ciara Healy
Hillsborough Yarn Shop – Melinda Quinn
The Twisted Knitter – Denise Johnson
Warm ‘n Fuzzy – Ai Li Lee
Yarn Tree Studio – Rachel Graham
Yarns Etc… – Celine Wiand

We were amazed to discover that twenty-six crawl participants completed the challenging journey of visiting all nine participating yarn shops in the hopes of winning the Special Drawing. Congratulations to Kelly Fillbrandt who won! The prize valued at $200+ included a very stylish black and white Thirty-One bag and catalog donated by Nicole C. Inside we have handspun yarn and a knitted scarf pattern from Henceforth Yarns, a zipper case for accessories from Carolina FiberFest, Cubics ergonomic needles by Knitter’s Pride, a colorful lamb print by Ken McNeill, and a beautiful silk needle case and more needles from Lantern Moon.

A huge thanks to our Sponsors, Rebecca Hart with Warm ‘n Fuzzy for hosting the Crawl Kickoff and TYC Organizers Michelle, Jessica, Gail & Martha who made this event possible. We couldn’t have pulled it off without their support. THANK YOU!

We hope you’ll join us for the upcoming Spring 2013 Event taking place March 23-24, 2013. More details to come so please stay tuned.

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Slight Snafu

Greetings Crawlers,

We realized yesterday that we had a slight snafu with the Eventbrite Crawl Passports (inadvertently left off Warm ‘n Fuzzy). Oops! All is fixed as of this morning. Phew! Everyone registered prior to 5pm October 4th should have received a second email confirmation in their inboxes. Please print and use this passport for the crawl.

We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

Happy Crawling!

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Crawl Inspiration

When I organized my first yarn crawl I decided to make an entire day out of the event. And what better way than to start off with a healthy breakfast to share with my fellow newbie crawlers. I designed a menu around breakfast items I enjoy the most like yogurt with fresh fruit and granola, lemon poppyseed muffins, pineapple coffee cake and more deliciousness.

Why not put together a special menu for your fellow crawlers and start your crawl weekend off right? Or join us for the Crawl Kickoff and put together a brunch menu for Sunday.

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Nowadays even more people are concerned about their impact on the Earth. We each do our own part by recycling, taking the bus, riding our bikes and carpooling to work and community events. Why not save money and have tons of fun by carpooling with friends during the next yarn crawl?

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Determine if you’ll split the cost. Sharing the driving among fellow crawlers eliminates the need for money to change hands especially if you rotate drivers for each yarn crawl. If not, decide how much each rider will pay. Be sure to consider gas and parking costs.

Agree on a driving schedule and departure time. Exchange cell phone numbers prior to the crawl. Be courteous by giving your carpool a call if you’re going to be late.

Decide where to meet and make sure it is convenient for everyone in your carpool.  If you can’t meet at someone’s home, try finding a central location to park.

Get permission to park if you decide to leave cars at a grocery store, shopping center, church or other public places. You could also use one of the many Park-and-Ride lots throughout the Triangle that carpoolers can use for free!

Quite a few Triangle Yarn Crawl enthusiasts visit all participating local yarn shops to experience what each shop has to offer including promotions, demonstrations, yarn selection, inspiring classes and more. Are you not quite up for an all-weekend trek across the Triangle and back – why not slow down for a bit? Bring your knitting or crochet along and take some time to rest your tired feet. Many of the Triangle yarn shops have comfy seating available for those individuals who want to take some time to enjoy the excitement while meeting new friends.

No matter how you decide to spend your yarn crawl weekend, be safe and have fun!