We start our road trip going north up 91 from Bratt.
The first stop on our cross-country-and-back-again journey is Must Love Yarn in Shelburne, VT!
Kelly, Angela, and Jennifer met at a knitting group that started five years ago, and generously took the time to share with us their story of how Must Love Yarn in Shelburne, VT came to be. Thanks so much, ladies!
FF&WY: Why/when/how did your shop come to be?
MLY: A few years ago, two local yarn stores in our area went out of business and a number of us from our knitting group began talking about how we really needed a new yarn store in the area. We talked about it off and on for quite some time, but finally we got very serious about it last year and things really started taking shape, and here we are!
FF&WY: What makes your shop unique?
MLY: Our shop is unique to many stores because we try to carry a lot of local and regional yarns, as well as small indie yarn companies. We have products from as close as the next town south, Charlotte, as well as Colchester, West Dover, Monkton, Middlesex, St. Albans, Stowe, Brattleboro, Waitsfield and a few others! We love supporting small, local companies and trying to help them grow their business as we grow ours. We are in an area frequented by tourists and people traveling to the area for business, and they really enjoy being able to take a piece of Vermont home with them, in the form of yarn, or fiber arts related products.
FF&WY: Do you have regular social meet-ups, like a knit night or KALs?
MLY: The fiber arts community is so important to us, so besides holding classes and workshops we also have two social knit/fiber arts groups that meet weekly. One group meets Wednesdays 5pm-7pm and the other is Sundays from 1pm-3pm. There are a number of our customers who attend both groups, and some who can only come one day or the other. There are knitters, crocheters and spinners of all different abilities who come together to share their stories and skills with one another, and one thing is certain, we always have a great time!
I love this blurb on their About Us page, as it really sings to the beauty of shared passions bringing people together to create something bigger than themselves. We applaud your entrepreneurial spirit!
“Three women, all with very different lives, careers and stories, brought together by our love of knitting. We had each thought about the logistics of opening a yarn store, but on our own couldn’t find the time and resources to make it a reality. After a bit of talking, we realized that three heads were better than one, and that together, we could really make this work. So after lots of planning we put things into motion and here we are!”
Thanks again, Must Love Yarn, for being the 1st pin placed on our map! Okay, technically it’s #2, since #1 is our studio location in Brattleboro, VT. For those of you who want to visit Must Love Yarn, the store is located at 2538 Shelburne Rd., Suite 1, Shelburne, VT. You can also give them a buzz 802-448-3780, or even order online via their website, where you can find our Queen of Hearts MCN yarn, as well as our Cheshire Cat fingering Mini Skein Packs!
And thank you, readers, for joining us on this adventure. Happy knitting!