Monday, April 21, 2014

Congratulations and Thank You!

Thank you, everyone, for making the 2014 Shop Hop truly amazing! Stay tuned for donation totals but until then, here's what you've all been waiting for...the prize winners!
I'm a winner? Oh my!

Shop Hop 2014 Grand Prize Winner:
Kelly Moesler

Second Chance Drawing Winners:
Barbara Johnston
Dana Foy

Individual Shop Grand Prize Winners:
Mary Tkach
Judi Niemi
Diane Seguin
Michelle Hoff
Kate Daly
Julie Amana
Debbie McManus
Pat Turany
July Isberg
Sara Mattson
Diane Hagloff
Karen Loheit
Leah Paul
Mary Brown
Sue Campbell
Kelly Fasching
Cathryn Egolf-Jensen

VIP Grand Prize Winner:
Janis Rueters

VIP Runners Up:
Susan Steffen
Virginia Hreha

Congratulations to our prize winners!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Skeins in Minnetonka invites the unique knitter in you to their shop for the 2014 hop.

It's all about color.
We love color and have lots of it.  Hand dyed silk ribbon and buttons can embellish and make your knitting into something special.

It's been a long winter so we are all ready for spring flowers.
The First Rite of Spring: EMBRACE COLOR
This years shop hop project was inspired by the azalea gardens at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Last year we auctioned our yarn bombed chair for a local food shelf.  

This year we have done a chair and more…Stop by with your friends for a photo op.  


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

VIP Pass: Now With Extra Value!

The shops have reached a consensus--if you are a VIP Pass holder, you will have until April 28th to get to the shops you don't make it to during the hop and pick up your bead! Now every VIP will have a complete abacus bracelet!

Remember to drop in to your participating LYS by April 6th to get on the list!

Monday, March 31, 2014

All About Yarn” is in its ninth year of business and located just off Hwy 10, taking the Foley Blvd exit. My name is Roxanne, the proud owner of our Coon Rapids-based shoppe.,,most people call me Rox at the shop and when you visit and check us out as part of the 2014 Shop Hop or any other time, I think you’ll find an exceptionally friendly, warm and helpful environment. We have a beautiful fireplace setting in the center of the shop where classes are held daily and fiber enthusiasts like your self can sit and enjoy.

I am very much a “hands on owner” as I teach what I believe to be a unique type of class called “Pick your own Project” which take place each day (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and (6 p.m. to 8 p.m.) as well as Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon and I consider them to be a highlight of the shop. Each class is like a mini social group in which many long-term friendships have been developed...and whether you become a new member or have been coming for years, teaching help is provided on as many projects as you desire.
Not only does All About Yarn feature a huge selection of yarns, needles and accessories but we have lots of samples too. I also send out a “Weekly Update” full of  “Show & Tell” photos and pattern links that you can register for on my website or “like” All About Yarn on Facebook as I also post it there.

This year’s theme for the hop is a scenic landmark and local color. I chose a view from our family cabin, which represents Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. The fun will be to see how each shop’s selection is incorporated into a special yarn and pattern of their choosing.

I am very excited to be part of the 2014 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop, April 10-13 for the second year and I look forward to meeting each of you! If you have never been to All About Yarn, I know you will enjoy your visit, as each shop has something new and different to offer our.

It is definitely “ALL ABOUT YARN” up here in Coon Rapids. I welcome you and hope you become a shop regular!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Unwind Yarn Shop

As a full service yarn shop in the South Metro, we encourage people to stop in and “unwind”. Our store has a full list of classes and an expert staff to help you with your yarn needs. We are also happy to help you “unwind” that ball of yarn.

Check out our website, or faster yet Like Us on Facebook to find out the latest on what’s happening.

As a proud knitter from the Twin Cities there are so many great festivals and outdoor cafes to go to (especially in the summer). To be able to view the river & the architecture is what makes the Cities great. After thinking about the Twins Cities architecture, we naturally thought of the Stone Arch Bridge. Just as the Stone Arch Bridge is a staple piece of architecture in the Twins Cities so is our store as a yarn shop in the South Metro.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Needlework Unlimited

Hi, my name is Amy. I am writing to you from the pulling table at Needlework Unlimited. This has been my “home” store for many years – when I lived in Uptown, when I lived in Northeast, and even when I moved to Robbinsdale a couple of years ago.

I participated in (and completed) my first yarn shop hop last year. It was incredible to see and experience all of the stores – I had no idea there were so many fantastic shops all over the Twin Cities.

I made a couple of lunchtime excursions to visit some of the stores with coworkers of mine. During one of the quick shop tours, I brought them to Needlework Unlimited and pointed out all of my favorite things about the store: the colorful wall of yarn, the giant “SOCKS” sign (made out of socks), all of the luxury fibers (isn’t cashmere wonderful?) and the fantastic samples everywhere, of course.

The yarn shop hop was so much fun. I took photos at each shop, and tried to buy a little bit of something everywhere (souvenirs, of course). I’ll confess that I didn’t have the best stash at home, but the shop hop really opened my eyes to quality fibers and impressive patterns. It renewed my excitement to knit!

A few days later, I got a call from Laura telling me that I won the shop’s first place prize. (In fact, I still have the voicemail message.) I was SO THRILLED! I can’t even describe how
 overwhelmed with excitement I was. So even though it was the middle of the workday, I grabbed my coworkers again and drove as quickly as possible back to the shop.

Amazing – Wonderful – Spectacular! I love Needlework Unlimited and I love the yarn shop hop!

The other great part? While I was in the store picking up all of my wonderful prizes, I got to meet Laura and Paul (he took the photo) and Karen. I told them about how I daydream about working in a yarn store on super stressful days at work. And a few months later? Here I am: an employee! I am so proud to be a part of the Needlework Unlimited crew and I am looking forward to experiencing the yarn shop hop from a different perspective this year.

Enjoy the hop, and we can’t wait to see you!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Fudwick Pilwinkle invites you to visit his LYS, Linden Yarn & Textiles

For this year's shop hop theme of Minnesota Landmarks, we've decided to take you to a virtual outpost of a physical space located a giant's stone throw from downtown Minneapolis. 

With web access, anyone in the world can visit any time they seek respitehumor, and/or the beauty of the natural and ethereal worlds alike by following the Urban Enchantment Blog. Here you will see more of his realm and travels. They say pictures are worth a thousand words. That's good because Fudwick has much to say with his iron lips. 

Fudwick Meets the Buddha in ChrisRKnits' Garden
We hope you visit us at Linden Yarn & Textiles,Inc. during the shop hop. We've been inspired by the colors of Fudwick's Garden and think you will be as well. Plus, Fudwick may stop by for a visit. You won't want to miss that.