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YDT Shop #10 – Harps & Thistles

The Harps & Thistles Yarn Emporium was shop #10 on my Yarn Discovery Tour. At the outset, I decided that 10 shops would be enough for this year, so this was also my final stop. The Emporium’s dinosaur is a good representative of the whimsical nature of the store. It’s filled with a large selection of colorful yarns. The end …

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YDT Shop #9 – Long Tail Knits

  It was stop #9 on my Yarn Discovery Tour, and judging by the happy knitters gathered around the table I am not alone in really liking Long Tail Knits. Owner Jeannine Hausch was welcoming and very knowledgeable. As she showed me around the shop’s yarns and spinning supplies, I was impressed by some special lines she carries. For one …

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YDT Shop #8 – The Designing Woman

 It was easy to find The Designing Woman in Fairlawn. It was stop #8 on my whirlwind Yarn Discovery Tour. I was amazed by the number of manufacturers represented there. For pattern junkies like me, there are also binders filled with all kinds of patterns. It would be impossible not to find a project and the yarn to go with it …

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YDT Shop #7 – Cornerstone Yarns

Shop #7 on my Yarn Discovery Tour reminds me of a phrase I love – “small but mighty”. Cornerstone Yarns is a little shop with a fun array of yarns in Brecksville.  I enjoyed meeting Kathryn, the owner, whose many beautiful shop samples reflect her decades of knitting experience. I always enjoy meeting knitters who have such a depth of knowledge. Cornerstone carries …

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YDT Shop #6 – Crochet Innovations

While crochet may be the emphasis in expertise for stop #6 on my Yarn Discovery Tour, there are plenty of delightful yarns to be found for any yarn lover at Crochet Innovations. I like that the yarns are arranged by fiber. As a designer one of my first considerations in matching yarn to a new design is to find the right …

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YDT #5 – A Milestone – The Artful Yarn

The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls was shop #5 on my Yarn Discovery Tour. It’s the closest store to where I live, and feels like “home”. Part of my affection for the store is that when I had my trunk show and taught a class the owner and staff made me feel so welcome. Their enthusiasm and kindnesses made both events fun for …

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YDT Shop #4 – River Colors Studio

Stop #4 on the Yarn Discovery Tour took me to Cleveland’s west side. River Colors Studio is an amazing place. It’s enormous, with an astounding range of yarns. This picture doesn’t begin to convey how big the store is; there’s a whole additional room in the front. I can always find what I’m looking for here. From high-end to lower …

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YDT Shop #3 – Fiber Addiction

Don’t you love the name of this store? Fiber Addiction, as well as being an accurate description of the knitting obsession, is a nice new store in Chardon, Ohio. I love meeting yarns that are new to me. I hadn’t seen the Queensland Collection brand before. The store has a terrific selection of these yarns, in many enticing colors. They …

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YDT Shop #2 – The Flaming Ice Cube

 My stop #2 on the Yarn Discovery Tour was in the Boardman/Canfield area near Youngstown. When I first looked up The Flaming Ice Cube on the internet, I thought, “Huh? I thought this was supposed to be a yarn shop, but here’s information about cafés. What gives?” Well, was I ever in for a wonderful surprise. While the downtown Cleveland location is …

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YDT Shop #1 – Knit Wits

My first stop on the Yarn Discovery Tour was Knit Wits in Salem, Ohio. When I stopped in there was a table surrounded by friends knitting together and sharing lunch. I loved the camaraderie and was made to feel welcome. A display showed off some lovely shawls, including some from the StevenBe trunk show. The shop was very excited to have Steven …

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NE Ohio Yarn Discovery Tour 2016

Every year the knitting and crochet community in northeast Ohio puts on a fantastic “yarn crawl” called the Yarn Discovery Tour. Even though the Tour runs through September 24th, I wonder whether I’ll be able to complete the lofty goal of visiting all 15 shops. So much yarn…so little time… There are many thoughtful details that have gone into organizing …

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Yarn Discovery Tour

Passport in hand, I’ll soon go on the Yarn Discovery Tour,  learning more about the yarn shops in my new(ish) domicile in Northeast Ohio. I purchased my “Passport” from The Artful Yarn in Chagrin Falls. Any of the 15 shops participating in the Tour sell the Passports. The list is impressive! Even given more than two weeks for the Tour, I wonder whether I’ll make it …