The October Guild meeting featured presentations from three member yarn shops and information about the benefits of local shopping.
The Wool Cabin
New store owner KayeLynn Van Wagonen is brim-full of energy and enthusiasm for her new yarn shop! With an extensive class listing, and some new yarns coming in to blend with the Wool Cabin traditional fare, she’s hit the ground running. What’s more, the store is increasingly showcasing local talent: dyers, teachers, and lovely tools from local potters and craftspeople. Kudos to Suzette and Alison for such a smooth shop ownership transfer! Learn more at the Wool Cabin website.
Wasatch and Wool
Margaux Kelleher brought some lovely knit samples showing off new yarns with sparkles, wonderful softness, and unique textures, many from sources off the beaten track. She’s encouraging local knitters to support local designers and learn new skills with her eighteen-month-long Knitting Pentathlon. Register with Wasatch and Wool, purchase your yarn through them, complete projects in the five Pentathlon categories by December 2017, and win the awesome W&W swag bag! Subscribe to the shop newsletter for all the details and info about open knitting opportunities at the yarn shop in Park City.
Verla Younker brought baskets of shop samples, featuring local designers, local dyers, and classes by local teachers. This yarn shop is carrying patterns by local designers like Katy Carrol and Mary Triplett and organizing knit-alongs. Furthermore, they are excited to be hosting Greenwood Fiberworks and Greensleeves Spindles annual trunk show November 5th. Watch the shop blog and Facebook page for the latest news.
It was fascinating to see the ways that these three yarn shops are employing local talent to further strengthen our thriving knitting community. They all spoke about helping clients with patterns, sourcing additional skeins of yarn for a project (even from the original lot, no less!), and the satisfaction of going the extra mile to put together the right pattern and yarn for customers. Yes, Utah’s local yarn shops are a knowledge resource that adds value!