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Great Turnout for Spring 2013 Crawl

What a great turnout for the Spring 2013 Crawl! Thanks to all of the yarn crawlers who made their way across the Triangle to visit our wonderful local yarn shops. The combination of The Hunt and the very tempting Grand Prize encouraged an outstanding number of crawl participants estimated at 80 to complete the challenging journey of visiting all nine participating yarn shops.

A quick shout out to those ladies who came all the way from Virginia Beach – We hope you enjoyed yourselves!

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We enjoyed meeting everyone who attended the Crawl Kickoff at Great Yarns bright and early Saturday morning. The first 20 attendees were greeted with a Triangle Yarn Crawl project bag and an extra raffle ticket for door prizes. We had a variety of bagels from Bruegger’s Bagels and pinwheels from Whole Foods of Raleigh and more baked goods provided by yarn crawl organizers. Here’s the doughnut muffin recipe for those of you who loved them.

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Our local designers Mari Chiba of Mari Knits and Rohn Strong of Strong and Stone made The Hunt possible. We hope everyone enjoyed searching for the stuffed TYC symbols hidden throughout the shops and figuring out the three word phrase. Be sure to redeem your Ravelry coupon code before it expires on Sunday, March 31st.

Thanks to our wonderful yarn shops who put together great promotions and raffle prizes full of goodies, and to Cascade Yarns for donating additional raffle prizes. Congratulations to all of our LYS Raffle Prize winners!  We apologize in advance if we’ve misspelled your name.

Admit Ewe Knit – Deborah Jennette
Cozy – Erin Chapman
DownTown Knits – Christin Sapikowski
Great Yarns – Donna Gilbert, Barbara Odgers, Katherine Cherry
Hillsborough Yarn Shop – Lisa Doherty
The Twisted Knitter – LeGrande Smith, Becky Bollinger, Deborah Reardon, Erin Chipman, Jane Carter, Samm Miller
Warm ‘n Fuzzy – Michelle Behymer
Yarn Tree Studio – Jannette Ammonf, Melissa Zipilowski, Mary Peace Brown
Yarns Etc. – Angie Reedy, Ann Crews, Bee Adams

With support from our great sponsors, we put together quite an impressive Grand Prize made up of beautiful patterns and yarns from Avillion Farm, Berroco, The Fibre Company, SweetGeorgia, Quince & Co. and Swans Island along with neat project bags and a very cute zippered pouch from Namaste, a beautiful clay yarn bowl from my mother-in-law Barb (the first of it’s kind), and handknit-friendly soap from Soakwash. Congratulations to Brenda Wills who won!

A huge thanks to our Sponsors, especially sustaining sponsors like Carolina FiberFest and all nine Triangle-area yarn shops, and TYC Organizers Michelle, Jessica, Gail, Nicole and Lauren who made this event possible. We couldn’t have pulled it off without their support. THANK YOU!

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Do you have questions, comments, ideas about the Triangle Yarn Crawl? Share them via our Contact page and we’ll respond as quickly as possible.

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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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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.