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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

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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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!