Bob Kelly, owner of Hunt Country Yarns in The Plains, VA, is an educator at heart. His eyes light up as he explains how he got started as a knitter and the story of his 15 years as a yarn shop owner. Originally from the Bay Area near San Francisco, he learned to knit at age 10 from his uncle, who told him, “you never know when you might need to knit a pair of socks”. This skill has served him well, when later as a starving college student, he decided to make sweaters as Christmas gifts for everyone in his family, from a “Yankee Knitter” pattern, with which some readers may be familiar. He also, like me, has a technical background in the computer field,
where he discovered that knitting is an excellent pastime while working a help-desk, or waiting for programs to run. He has run a scuba shop, and has a Masters in Education, and a B.A. in Graphic Design, and has taught college level photography courses. In addition to knitting, spinning and weaving, he has a freshwater aquarium, and a small Quaker Parrot at home, named Georgie, who loves to talk and laugh alot. Bob is the founder of a special trade-only email list that has been in existence almost as long as the internet, the Skeins list. Hunt Country is the only shop in my territory featured on interstate highway “wayfinding” direction signs (in both directions)! This way, you will never get lost trying to visit. The Plains is also home to several memorable restaurants and shops. The shop website is http://www.skeins.com, Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hunt-Country-Yarns/55108061733?fref=ts, and on Ravelry, you can find them at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/hunt-country-yarns
See this cutie! One of our sales reps decided to try out the Dr Zhivago hat by CiD Hanscom Designs. Made with just one skein Passion Fur Yarn and the pattern is found on Ravelry. It just happens that her model was this adorable little guy who braved wearing the hat for long enough to snap the pictures! What a trooper!
This installment of the holiday knitting guide brings us to a casual, quick knit scarf yarn, Passion Nette. I like to think of this one as your everyday scarf yarn. This cotton/acrylic blend has a relaxed drape and a soft, natural feel against your skin. It’s available in 8 versatile colors that will coordinate with anything in your wardrobe.
The Knitting Corner of Virginia Beach has been in business since 1948 and this is their second location, having started out in the Ghent section of Norfolk, Virginia. Sue Von Ohlsen, owner since 2008, is a Certified Master Knitter with a serious beading habit. Sue seems, like me, to have a wild side, and this suspicion was confirmed when one of her customers, Kim, referred to her as “off the chain.” Okay, there is more to Sue than meets to eye, lest anyone think yarn shop owners are dull. Sue’s beadwork has been on display at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and is part of the permanent “Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef” owned by the Institute for Figuring in Los Angeles, California. She also has several awards and a Beadwork magazine cover to her name as well. The Knitting Corner boasts a massive wall of Encore, pictured below, as well as a tremendous selection of “other” yarns, of course I am partial to Encore. Friendly help is always available, and plenty of inspiration is on tap. The shopping center, Kemps River Center on Kemps River Drive, is referred to as crafter’s central because it also has a quilt shop, bead shop, stained glass shop and embroidery shop all located in the same strip. Make a day of it! Oh, Starbucks is right nearby, too!
If you happen to be in Charleston, South Carolina, be sure to stop by and see the gang at Knit.
Gay and her daughter Mollie opened the store just about 7 years ago to share their love of knitting with the community. There is an open knit night on Wednesdays for you to come, relax, chat, sip and knit. Visit the Knit website for shop hours and classes.
Miss Brooke finding her spot on the couch
Your needles an hooks will be so happy when you bring home some of the goodies from one of their many well stocked walls of yarn!
Oodles of Encore!
Coffee Beenz Coordination!
Gorgeous Baby Alpaca Grande!
Miss Brooke wanted to show off the Encore wall
Besides all of the beautiful yarn, there are some pretty fabulous people in this shop to help you with all of your yarn needs.
Faye and Christine
Christine and her goodies. I spy Plymouth needles!
This is the first episode of my travelling search for the most interesting and beautiful yarn shops in the Southeast. Feel free to comment or make suggestions for a future story on your favorite shop!
Andrea Riddle, illustrator, wife and mother of two amazing girls, opened her shop, “The Yarn Club” in Virginia Beach, in March of 2011. It is jammed to the rafters with beautiful yarns from all over. Andrea is rightfully proud of her status as “the largest selection of hand dyed yarns” in the area. I would venture to say it is one of the largest selections of hand dyed yarns, anywhere. The store is filled with large name companies and many small companies and Indi-dyers. Be sure to go and see for yourself. Like me, Andrea has had many different careers in the past, but I find it very interesting that her family has raised soft-shell crabs, a licensed aquaculture business, right on their property. In addition to their daughters, she and her husband Jeff are also raising many pets, including an adorable bearded dragon, named Lizzy. The Yarn Club has several great instructors: Debbie, Kiki, Hazel and Chuck, and offers a full schedule of classes at www.yarnclubknits.com, and a really rockin knit nite, Thursdays. I have a feeling this shop attracts quite a few of the hip knitters of VA Beach. The shop is also active on Ravelry at http://www.ravelry.com/groups/the-yarn-club-inc and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/Theyarnclub. Everyone is welcome to join them any time in the store or online.
Passion Ice is the yarn of the day! If you have any kind of Holiday party to attend this yarn is a must have. The metallic sparkle that runs throughout is perfect for your dressy occasions and everyday wear. Available in 5 shimmery colors. It’s an easy knit with a 7 stitch cast on and you are done in no time.
With only 75 days until Christmas and 58 days until the start of Hanukkah, it’s time to start that knitting and crocheting. Follow our blog over the next several days for quick and easy projects for everyone!
Today we will cover Joy Ruffle. With this great ruffle yarn, available in 4 solid colors and 6 multicolored shades, you can have a scarf made in a night. It will make the perfect teacher, coworker, hairdresser, or babysitter gift. I made tons of ruffle scarves for the last Holiday season and tied them around the gifts for the gals in my family.
Check out some free patterns you can use with this gorgeous yarn on Ravelry!
Don’t tell the boss but I am spilling the beans today. I just happened to be stretching my legs(OK, I was snooping, but let’s keep that between us) and found myself in our design/sample room. This is the place where all the magic happens. After all the trips have been taken and all the trade shows have been attended, this is the spot where the best of the best end up to be test knitted and designed into something beautiful.
I was excited to see a few things but what really caught my eye was the vivid and fun colors in the Grignasco line. NEON! I managed to get a shot of the fluorescent fabulousness in the Kid Seta line and wanted to share. Ask your yarn shop today about these great colors. Yarn shops-call your reps! You have to see these!
Photographs by Paul Amato for LVARepresents.com; Rose Callahan; Jack Deutsch and Marcus Tullis
Cropped Turtleneck Designer: Mari Lynn Patrick For sizes: X-Small (Small, Medium, Large) Yarn Information: Plymouth Yarn Company Worsted Merino Superwash Amounts: 3 (4, 4, 4) hanks in #43 teal green
Hot Water Bottle Cozy Designer: Annabelle Speer For sizes: One size Yarn Information: Plymouth Yarn Company Encore Worsted Tweed Amounts: 2 skeins in #1237 Oatmeal
Afghan Designer: Mary Beth Temple For sizes: 43 x 43″ Yarn Information: Plymouth Yarn Company Galway Worsted Amounts: 5 skeins in #722 oatmeal, 3 skeins in #750 green heather, 1 skein in #756 gold heather
Sparkle Wristers Designer: Vanessa Putt For sizes: One size Yarn Information: Plymouth Yarn Company Gold Rush Amounts: 1 cone each in #36 blue and #5 silver