Today we find ourselves in Columbus, at Yarn It & Haberdashery, a community resource for yarn and fiber lovers located at 1093 W. 1st Avenue in Grandview Heights, OH. Welcome!
FF&WY: Why/when/how did your shop come to be?
YI&D: I’ve always been into knitting and crochet since I was 8 and even focused on knitwear when I did fashion design at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. The big turning point for actually opening a store was after many years of working the craft circuit with my own handmade goods and going onto TLC’s Craft Wars hosted by Tori Spelling. You had to have some big catch for what you would do with the $10k prize money. Mine was to open a store. Although I didn’t win my episode I kept the dream alive and I did open my dream store several years later with the full support of my husband. I did a podcast with Tara Swiger about it here: https://taraswiger.com/podcast96/
FF&WY: What makes your shop unique?
YI&D: I like to think we are finely curated because we pay attention to what is around us and what is missing. We seek out brands and colors that other stores aren’t carrying in our area to bring a fresh breath of air to our local market. We are huge suckers for color so we are known for being a color store and getting people to think outside of the box. We don’t have all your typical classes either like some other stores. We encourage our beginners class to dive right into a project. We also let the teachers decide what to teach because if they’re passionate about their class or project it shows when they do their classes and makes for a happier environment. We have open knitting all the time and don’t have restrictions on using our store yarn or winding yarn not bought from us. We figure why close out a possible connection? We are also confident that once you come in you’ll find it very hard to leave without picking up something new.
FF&WY: If a visitor came from out of town, which places near you would you suggest that they visit?
YI&D: In Columbus, we have such a great mix of everything: art, music, indie scene, FOOD. We love our food here and have tons of great restaurants and food trucks. We have a cute shopping boutique area of all small businesses and art galleries called the Short North. Just down the street from our store we have a plethora of great restaurants ranging from pizza to fine dining, Mediterranean, Indian and Italian and traditional Chinese soup dumplings. Of course, they have to get our locally roasted coffee next door at Luck Bros Coffee. Where we are located is the perfect little retreat for a day, since you can get food, fiber and coffee with a place to sit and enjoy.
FF&WY: Do you have regular social meet-ups, like a knit night or KALs?
YI&D: We have several social events every month. We have our regulars that come in to sit and knit on Mondays and Thursdays. Sundays are a great random sit and knit day since most of the other yarn stores in the area are closed Sundays. The last Thursday of every month we run a UFO (Unfinished Objects) Club where we play a little lottery for all the people that finished their project that month. At the beginning of each quarter we pick 4 UFOs, write them down and laminate the paper and each month we do a different one. Everyone puts a $1 into the pot whether they finished it or not and the lottery winner gets the pot that month.
FF&WY: What’s your best “Yarn Emergency” story?
YI&D: I can’t think of any specific one but we have a lot of conferences that come through here and multiple times we’ve had ladies take Uber down to us to pick up a new project because they forgot their knitting at home.
FF&WY: What are the most popular patterns/yarn bases/colors among your customers right now?
YI&D: Stephen West is always hot in our store because we cater to the “neon realness” that he boosts. Fingering and sport have been our most popular weights and pretty much anything rainbow or neon gets snatched up pretty quickly.