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Grand Opening New Yarn/Fabric Shop

Knitnut | Posted in Knitting and Crochet on

For all of you in the Toledo, OH area my new Yarn shop will be open on 10/25 and I hope you will come to visit.

We are stocking yarn AND fashion fabric with patterns from independent sewing designers like LaFred, Petite Plus, etc.  We will also carry an incredible line of buttons, and some awesome custom made fiber-art clothing and accessories.

Hopefully, we can provide something unique for the fiber artists in our area!

Look forward to seeing you.






  1. JeanM | | #1

    Congratulations and good luck!  I love hearing:  New yarn shop opening or New fabric store opening, words we so seldom hear these days.

    All of us need to patronize our local craft, yarn, fabric stores, especially these days.  If we don't there may not be any to patronize in a few years.



  2. katina | | #2

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best.


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    VKStitcher | | #3

    I wish you the best with your new shop, it sounds like you have a great selection.  If I lived closer, I'd stop in for sure--but Toledo is a bit of a drive from NC!  :-)

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      Knitnut | | #4

      The internet and mail order is a wonderful thing!  Perhaps when my site is up and running, I'll see some you placing orders!


      Thank you all for your kind word of encouragement.

      1. Ceeayche | | #5

        Congratulations!!!  I'm more into sewing.... but new yarn shop get's the ideas flowing for crocheted edging on a piece of wool I inherited.

        Happy sales!

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          Knitnut | | #6

          Thank you for your remarks.  The knitters are coming out of the woodwork like crazy but the sewing crowd is a bit harder to find - which is why I located my shop right next to Hancock Fabrics.


          I actually prefer to sew but can't take it with me to the couch, in the car, etc. like knitting.  I'm hoping my area sewers will find my small selection of fabrics to be excellent and more than that - that they find the independent designer sewing patters to be fun, easy and exciting.  I've seen lots of made-up garments by Great Copy, LaFred, etc. and they are very cool patterns.  I think those patterns are great for new sewers and are inspiring from the beginning.

  4. Josefly | | #7

    Congratulations on your upcoming opening. I wish you every success, and lots of fun providing a resource for all us fiber addicts!

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      Knitnut | | #10

      Josefly - I think you may have offered some comments to me in Jan-March 08 when I was trying to sew bridesmaids gowns for my daughter's wedding - I recall your name!  Thanks for taking the time to make a comment.  I am so excited about my new venture and I'm hoping to attract many fiber - nuts!



      1. Josefly | | #11

        I remember! I don't remember hearing, though, what you decided to do with the dresses - did you end up making slips, or decide to underline the satin, to make the skirts flare out? I bet the wedding was beautiful. And now a new shop - wonderful. You don't take on small projects, do you?

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          Knitnut | | #12

          The dresses were stunning if I do say so  myself BUT they looked much better in person than in photos.  I'll try to attach one.  I made slips with netting and sewed them into the waistbands of each skirt.  The slips held the satin away from the legs and gave some structure to the small train in the back.  They really should have been made out of a much heavier weight satin to support that full skirt.

          So - the shiny satin didn't crease or wrinkle and the girls got a ton of compliments, BUT in the photos the shiny satin came off odd - showing shadows and not really complimenting as much as they were in real life. 

          Yes - my shop is FANTASTIC!  Lots of knitters and sewing nuts.  La Fred just sent me a trunk show of her patters that we sell and people are going nuts over them.

          Thanks for the reply - I hope i attached a photo successfully. 

          1. Josefly | | #13

            Your document downloaded, after a warning that it might include an application. When I tried to open the downloaded doc, it appeared to reproduce itself, without opening. A wonderful thing to have the LaFred trunk show. It's so good to see patterns all made up. That's one of the things I love about going to the Sewing Expo - seeing the designs modeled, and having access to the patterns immediately. I'm so glad for you that all's going well.

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            Knitnut | | #14

            Sorry about that.  My photo was too large to upload so I put a copy onto a Word document and that seemed to work.  Obviously not.  I'll see if i can find a way to post that gown later. 

          3. Josefly | | #15

            The problem was mine, then. When my hard drive got fried a few months ago, I lost Word. However, I have a new Office package I'm about to install, and that'll make it possible for me to read your document. I should've realized...

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            Knitnut | | #18

            I redid the document in an older version of Word.  can you see this one?

          5. Josefly | | #19

            I got only a blank page. No doubt the problem is with me, though. I'll re-install Word and see what happens.

          6. damascusannie | | #21

            I was able to open the first document in Neooffice (I have a Mac) but not the second one in the older Word version. Pretty dress and from that angle, the model looks like a twin to my youngest daughter--it was spooky--for a minute I thought I was seeing Rachel! Be sure to let us know when you are ready for on-line shopping. I buy about 90% of my knitting supplies on-line since the nearest yarn shop is a 45 minute drive in a town that I never go to for any other reason. It takes less time to shop from my desk than to drive to the shop and back, and the gas money I save usually more than covers the shipping and handling.

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            Knitnut | | #22

            Thank you so much!  I will keep you posted.  Even though my site is not up and running - I'm starting to get calls and orders from all over as my name/shop is being listed on web sites by the yarn companies.

            Right now, I've got a 15% sale on LaFred patterns, and a very nice sale on Anny Blatt and Bouton D'or yarn for the trunk show this weekend.  If you are familiar with those items, and have a need, send me a personal email at my shop :  [email protected]




          8. katina | | #32

            Hi Jackie

            Do you stock La Gran by Classic Elite?


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            Knitnut | | #33

            I have it on order for January.  Is there a special color/amount that you are looking for?

            Feel free to contact me at my office email:  [email protected] for a faster reply.  I normally don't get to this board until around midnight.

          10. katina | | #35

            Thanks! Will do

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            Knitnut | | #34

            DUH - I'm STUPID - I apologize - I do not have that yarn and it is not on order as per my prior message.  Is there anything else I can help with?  I'm anxious to get my website up and running so the cyber customers can see my stock easier.  Thanks for the inquiry.  I am not carrying Classic Elite yarns at this time.  PS - you can still email to me directly though :)

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            ThreadKoe | | #20

            The dress is lovely, esp the matching handbag.   Nice work!  Cathy

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            Knitnut | | #23

            You'll love this.  My daughter, who has never sewn in her life was learning to sew by helping me with these gowns.  It was her idea to take the left over satin and make the bags.  she got the pattern from the internet, bought some flashy dangly sequin trim and made them herself while I was sewing the gowns.  She is quite proud of herself for making her bridesmaids these little gifts.  I was amazed at her determination and her skills for this being the only thing she's made since 7th grade boxer shorts!

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            ThreadKoe | | #24

            Double Wonderful then!  A unique and handmade, heartfelt bridesmaid gift.  How perfect!  Cathy

          15. Josefly | | #25

            Omigosh, Knitnut. I finally got my Word reloaded, and I saw the photo. The dress is gorgeous, just gorgeous. Well done! And the bag, too.

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            Knitnut | | #29

            Hey!  So nice that you could see it after helping me along the way with those gowns. I did find a fix for the gaping front bodice but in all of these gowns, the shoulders were so wide apart that (even after some repositioning of the straps) we had to tape them on.  the pattern shows them sitting half on/half off the shoulder - nice photo concept - doesn't work in real life without the tape.

            My next project is to start sewing up LaFred patterns for my new shop - her trunk show has sold more patterns than I imagined as the garments have such great fit and style.  Now I have to send it back to her and the shop will be bare! 

          17. Josefly | | #30

            That is an ambitious project. How many patterns are you planning to do?The dress, I say again, is just so pretty. The silver color is elegant. Thank goodness for body tape, yes? But it doesn't show at all. It's funny to me how light works with fabric, especially in photos. I've seen photos where you could see straight through the fabric to the underwear, not at all obvious in real life.

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            Knitnut | | #31

            Well - the trunk show has about 20 garments, but only about 5 of them have been of real interest to my clients.

            I'll start with the newest coat - Artemis Coat I think it's called; the Athena and Athena Two blouses and probably the dress & cape.  I think I may hire out some of them to local seamstresses just to get the items into the shop more quickly.  After all - it is almost Christmas. . . and I'm working from 9 - 9 each day.  Not complaining - actually loving having the shop and seeing so many knitters and sewing enthusiasts enjoying themselves - I just need about 2 hours a day - to my self to sew - when I'm not tired.

            I'll let you know how I make out and will post photos.  Have a great Thanksgiving.

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            rodezzy2 | | #26

            Good job, the dress is very pretty and the young lady is too!

          20. Ceeayche | | #27

            First congratulations on progress on your store and the upcoming website.  I'm not a knitter per se, but you never know when you need to crochet some trim for an outfit!  So I'm looking forward to browsing when you open your online door.

            The dress is very pretty.  Amazing you're getting all of this done at the same time!  I like the icy blue.

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            Knitnut | | #28

            Thanks for the compliment.  Actually - the color is silver - almost dead on but again, in the photos, the light played up certain colors and showed the seams much more than I ever thought because they were not evident in real life.


            I'll keep you posted on the web store.  Jackie

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            ThreadKoe | | #16

            The same thing happened to me.  There is a program add on for Word that will save it into PDF format that you can get from the microsoft site.    I am finding it very helpful to have here.  Cathy

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            Knitnut | | #17

            Thank you.  I have a PDF converter at work.  I'll try to do it there and see if I can then post.

  5. busybee | | #8

    Congratulations ! I really hope you will do well. Have you a web-site - will we be able to buy on-line ?

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      Knitnut | | #9

      Ah - yes you will - as soon as I can get my website up and running.  Before that gets going - I am taking orders by email from yarn/pattern manufactures that are listing me on their sites, like LaFred, Petite Plus patterns, Trendsetter Yarns, Debbie Bliss, etc.


      I'll keep you posted when the real deal gets going on the web.

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