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Featuring Cozy

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Q: How did Cozy come about and how long have you been in business?
A: Deb Nickell, co-owner, Cozy opened 9/8/2001, and I never say that date that I don’t think about what happened a few days later. The store that was in our location prior to Cozy was Fiberspace. It was owned by my dear friend and now Cozy employee, Lise Ebel. Fiberspace sold many things related to fiber including yarn, and Margaret Urban was the yarn manager there as well. I think of the yarn department at Cozy as our legacy from Fiberspace and it would not be as successful as it is without Margaret. I was ready to retire in 2011 but luckily for me, and for Cozy, my friend Emily Wexler decided to become a co-owner. She had been the store manager for many years and knows the business backwards and forwards. We recently celebrated our first anniversary as partners.
Q: What makes Cozy unique?
A: Deb Nickell, The inspiration for Cozy was a handful of small businesses in other cities that had diverse merchandise in one store. None were exactly like Cozy, and Cozy has certainly evolved in its 11 year history. Though we have an eclectic array of merchandise, from yarn to shoes, I think the thing that makes us stand out is our employees. There are 10 of us now, and we have worked together for many years. We love what we do, and all love to knit and/or crochet…and enjoy our Danskos!
Q: What does Cozy enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?
A: Margaret Urban, I love the opportunity to meet new people during the yarn crawls! We might not have the most yarn, but we love the way the yarn department fits in with the rest of the shop. I often refer to Cozy as “a sort of chick department store.” (Not that we don’t value our male customers who knit and crochet, but where else can you find yarn, great clothing, local jewelry, shoes, accessories, and clever gifts all in one great location?)
Q: Is there anything else Cozy would like to share with TYC readers?

A: Margaret Urban, We have free help hours six days a week. Of course we give priority to those who are working with our materials, but if it’s quiet we’re happy to take a look at your other projects.

Location
770 9th Street
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-3400

Shop Hours
Monday–Friday 11 am–7 pm
Saturday 10 am–6 pm
Sunday 12 noon–5 pm

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Carolina FiberFest

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Join us for the 7th Annual Carolina FiberFest

Carolina FiberFest takes place April 5-7th at the Sanford Lions Club Fairgrounds. This great fiber arts event features classes, demonstrations, sheep shearing and herding, Saturday children’s day, and shopping at more than 40 vendors for yarn, roving, fleeces, specialty items, gifts and more.

Carolina FiberFest is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit CarolinaFiberFest.org

Schedule of Events

Saturday, April 6th – Event Hours 10am-5pm

Time Description
10am-5pm Children’s Day, sponsored by Triangle Weaver’s Guild
10am-2pm Fleece to Shawl, sponsored by Twisted Threads Fiber Guild
10:30am World War Knitting by Rohn Strong
11am Sheep Herding by Dave Thomas’ Working Border Collies
12pm Sheep Shearing by David Sweeny
12:30pm Shaker Knitting by Rohn Strong
1pm Sheep Herding by Dave Thomas’ Working Border Collies
1:30pm Selecting the Right Fleece for Your Project by Elaina Kenyon
2pm Sheep Shearing by David Sweeny
3pm Finished Objects Fashion Show

 Sunday, April 7th – Event Hours 10am-4pm

Time Description
12pm Getting Started with Fiber Animals: Finding What Fits Your Homestead and Goals by Elaina Kenyon
1pm Behind the Scenes of Professional Knitwear Design with Mari Chiba
2pm Sheep Shearing by David Sweeny
2-4pm Ravelry Revelry hosted by Yarn Tree Studio

Lions Club Fairgrounds
505 North 7th Street
Sanford, NC 27330

Friday, April 5 4 pm – 6 pm (Classes & Marketplace)
Saturday, April 6 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, April 7 10 am – 4 pm

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Crawl Kickoff Spring 2013

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Get a head start on your crawl weekend during the Crawl Kickoff taking place at Great Yarns on Saturday, March 23rd from 9-10am.

Mingle with fellow crawlers. Share your crawl wish list. Fuel your crawl weekend with baked goods, coffee and more. And we’ll have surprises for those who attend.

Great Yarns staff will be available to show crawlers around the shop, answer questions and help with purchases.

We’ll have the Grand Prize on display so get your sneak peak in and  see if you’re up for the challenge. Just remember to have your Crawl Passport stamped at all nine participating yarn shops and turn it in at the last shop you visit to be automatically entered into the drawing.

We’d like to thank Bruegger’s Bagels and Whole Foods for providing yummy breakfast treats. Visit them this weekend and say thanks!

We hope to see you there!

Whole Foods Raleigh

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Featuring The Twisted Knitter

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Q: How did The Twisted Knitter come about and how long have you been in business?

A: The Twisted Knitter was born on May 31st, 2011, about 3 years earlier than originally planned.  I had always said that when both of our kids were out of high school that I would love to open up a yarn shop in Mebane. My collection of yarn, patterns and dyes were slowly taking over our house. So, when the store front on Clay Street in downtown Mebane dropped into my lap, it was an opportunity that my husband and I could not pass up. I could have never have dreamed that the number of knitters and crocheters in Mebane would come out in droves!! Come this Memorial Day, 2013, The Twisted Knitter will be open for 2 years!

Q: What makes The Twisted Knitter unique?

A: What makes The Twisted Knitter unique you ask…I dye my own brand of yarn. You won’t find The Twisted Knitter yarn anywhere else but here at the shop. The majority of my yarn base is sock and sport weight, but I have an assortment of other weights that I can dye as well. I also do custom dyeing as well. I also put a skein of The Twisted Knitter yarn, specifically dyed for the TYC  in the TYC goodie bag.

The Twisted Knitter

Q: What does The Twisted Knitter enjoy most about participating in the Triangle Yarn Crawl?

A: I really enjoy meeting and talking to all of the “crawlers,” the ones that are returning and the new ones, as they come into town.
Q: Is there anything else The Twisted Knitter would like to share with TYC readers?
A: I am really looking forward to seeing everyone on the 23rd and 24th of March. If you are ever in town, stop by and knit for a while!
Location
117 West Clay Street
Mebane, NC 27302
(919) 563-2468
Shop Hours
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 10am – 4pm, 6:30pm – 8pm (Knit night)
Wednesday: 10am – 5pm
Thursday: 10 – 5pm
Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday: 10am – 4pm
Sunday: Closed*
*The Twisted Knitter will be open on Sunday, March 24th for the Spring Yarn Crawl from 1pm – 4pm.
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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