Opening November 28 2014

Phew...opening a shop is hard work. I opened the doors at A Yarn Story a little under a month ago and it's been a whirlwind few weeks. From the date I got a 'yes' on the premises to the opening date was only about six weeks and since the shop is focusing on hand dyed yarns from independent dyers, that is not really enough time to get orders ready and shipped out. I have some amazing suppliers though, who worked exceptionally hard and did the improbable to deliver their yarns for opening day. I want to say a big "THANK YOU!" you are amazing and I am so happy to be carrying your products.

A Yarn Story is an idea that started to form in my head just over a year ago and while the concept has changed over the last few months the principle idea was that I wanted to offer a shop full of beautiful yarns in gorgeous colors that would inspire peolple to create their own story with yarn. Many of us knit and crochet for others, whether for gifts or charity or by request, there is story behind every project created and I find that really amazing. Handmade items are something we see more and more rarely these days and so when we take the time to sit down and create something with our hands it is out of love and the desire to make something special

A Yarn Story's shelves are stocked with lush yarns from near and far. I'll be doing a blog series highlighting each yarn over the next few months. But for now a little teaser of what is in the shop will have to do. Currently on the shelves are yarns from Malabrigo, Sweet Georgia Yarns, Shibui Knits, CashmereRed Hedgehog Fibres, The Uncommon Thread and Kettle Yarn Co. Next week we'll see the addition of Skein as well. There are also some fantastic spinning fibres from Sweet Georgia, Malabrigo and Porpoise Fur. On the habedashery side you can find KnitPro, Clover and Chiaogoo needles and notions. Additionally there are some special gift items in the form of intricate clay stitch markers from Abso-Knitting-Lutely, vintage knitting inspired jewellery from Yellow Bear Wares and greeting cards from Tilly Flop Designs. And last but not least we have a whole range of Soak Wash products for all you handwashes and delicates. Oh and of course there are patterns to browse!

Classes will be starting January, so keep an eye on the website for more information about that. A stich n' bitch group will be held in The Shed cafe every Tuesday from 10 -12 pm starting Dec. 2nd as well, so please come join us for that if you can.

Before I finish this first official blog post, I want to say thank you to a few people, including Jacqui from This Is Knit in Dublin (if you are ever in Dublin you must go check out the shop), my sister Maya, my Mom and Dad, several friends including Jasmin, Christina, Lennart and Sarah and not to get too cheesey but last certainly not least, my boyfriend and partner in everything Ian - none of this would have been possible without your encouragement and support.

Thanks for reading and please do stop by in person or online and come start your own Yarn Story.

-Carmen