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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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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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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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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.

Carpool Sign

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!