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Design Contest

TYC Design Contest

Get those creative juices spinning.

Triangle Yarn Crawl is holding its first tote design contest! TYC will showcase the winner during the Autumn 2013 Event – Crawl Kickoff on Saturday, October 12. The winner will have his/her design printed on a tote, and will receive one tote and tons of recognition for their winning design.

Here’s a few details to review before you get started.

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
1)      Must contain “Triangle Yarn Crawl”.
2)      Must be yarn or fiber related.

HOW TO ENTER
1)      Submissions will only be accepted from August 21, 2013 to September 22, 2013.
2)      Email your submission triangleyarncrawl (at) gmail (dot) com along with the following:

  • First and Last Name
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number
  • Website URL, if applicable
  • Design Inspiration
  • JPEG or PDF files must be medium resolution and 1MB or less

To be eligible to enter and win, entrants must be 18 years of age or older. Submit up to two designs per person. Submit original designs only. The design must not contain copyrighted material. Attach entries as medium resolution JPEG or PDF files. Be prepared to submit the original Illustrator/Adobe Photoshop file in the case your artwork is chosen. Any artwork and writing submitted will not be returned, and becomes property of Triangle Yarn Crawl.

REVIEW & SELECTION
1)      Entries will be reviewed by Triangle Yarn Crawl organizers.
2)      Judging criteria includes: creativity, originality and content.
3)      Triangle Yarn Crawl organizers will select (3) designs to be uploaded to TYC’s Facebook profile by noon Tuesday, September 24.
4)      TYC’s Facebook followers will be given 72 hours to vote on their favorite design. The design with the most likes as of noon Friday, September 27, 2013.
5)      The winner will be notified on Friday, September 27, 2013 by email.
6)      Design file(s) for the winning design must be provided by Sunday, September 29, 2013.

May the best yarny design win!

General News

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!

Spring2013 Crawl Kickoff

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!

TYC Organizers

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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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

Brueggers

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Featuring The Twisted Knitter

The Twisted Knitter

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 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