And the Grand Prize Winner is . . .

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Early in the morning on Friday, April 17th we (all 17 Yarn Shop Hop owners) gathered weary and excited for our regular monthly meeting to dissect, discuss and review all the “goings-on” of the 2015 Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop. All said and done the shop hop was a success. Raising $37,500 to help local charities and food shelves, promoting local … Read More

Congratulations and Way to go Fiber Folks!

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Wow, what a hop. Now, after all the numbers have been tallied and prize winners have been drawn and notified, we are very proud to announce how much was donated to our local food shelves! $37,500 yes that is  $37,500 Crazy good! Record breaking! Outstandingly generous! Thank you Fiber Community for your remarkable generosity. We are so proud to be … Read More

A First Look at Some of the Shop Hop Yarn!

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We got a first glance at most of the Shop Hop Yarn this week. Here’s a little teaser for you! Did we mention he official hashtag for the hop is #MNYarnShopHop?

Twisted Loop – Inspired by the Far East

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The Far East conjures up images of koi, cherry blossoms, spices, exotic foods and luscious fibers. From Japan to Constantinople, beautiful color and texture are synonymous with the Far East. When the “theme” of this year’s Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop was “Inspired By Art”, I knew right away I was going to choose art from the orient. I can’t tell … Read More

Knit’n from the Heart pulls on deep roots for 2015 Shop Hop inspiration

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Last year was Knit’n from the Heart’s first year with the Hop – and we have to say that the warm welcome we received was toastier than our favorite felted mittens! We met so many new people and have appreciated the continuing support of our shop. Our first year with the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop was a great experience, and … Read More

Let the Party Begin at Skeins

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Getting ready for the shop hop is like getting ready for a party. The party provides an opportunity to work with hand dyers to create a new yarn color and a challenge to ourselves to design a fresh new pattern for that yarn. We enjoy coming up with a photo op for the party people to do selfies. Then it … Read More

Crafty Planet Honors Charley Harper

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Here at Crafty Planet, we love how the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop constantly challenges us to think of our art and craft in new ways. We have a great time trying to come up with something that reflects the year’s theme, while showcasing Crafty Planet’s unique personality. Since we’ve been long-time fans of the bird- and nature-inspired prints of Charley … Read More

Sheepy Celebrates 24th Aniversary

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Colors, wonderful fibers, great patterns and creative knitters and crocheters make owning a yarn shop so rewarding. There is a lot of inspiration when you wander through the 400+ yarns in our shop. Check out our huge selection of yarns, patterns, accessories and books as well as the dozens of model garments and projects on display. All of our employees … Read More

Needlework Unlimited: A fixture since 1971

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The 1970’s saw our first Earth Day, Congress’ approval of the Equal Rights Amendment, publication of Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen, the rise of disco, and Needlework Unlimited opening its doors for the first time. Since 1971 we have been a fixture of southwest Minneapolis and a destination store for customers throughout the Midwest, and beyond. We specialize in … Read More

All About Yarn: Mother Nature’s Palette

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“All About Yarn” is now in it’s 10th year of business and located just off the Hwy 10 and Foley Blvd exit…most of you pass it on your way north to visit one of the lakes in this land of 10,000 lakes.  www.allaboutyarn.biz My name is Roxanne and I am the owner of this Coon Rapids-based shop.,,most people call me … Read More

Unwind Yarn Shop

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We knitters are inspired by many things. This year’s shop hop theme is ‘Inspired by Art’. How often do we look at a painting and the colors talk to us? Or we look at a piece of pottery and see perhaps the swirl of the top of a knitted hat or the movement in some gloves. The inspirations are endless. … Read More

Amazing Threads: Yarn & Color Inspire Us!

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Amazing Threads, located just north of Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove specializes in yarn and color coordination to foster the CREATIVE YOU! Can’t make it to the shop, then visit us on-line. Most of our yarns are just a “Click” away. We carry the best selection of base and specialty fibers in the Midwest. We have been named, “a hand-dyers … Read More

DarnKnit Anyway

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Darn Knit Anyway is 5 years old! Wow did that go fast. It’s like all of a sudden your child is putting on a backpack and heading to Kindergarten.   We thought it might be interesting to tell you about some of our memories over the last 5 years. We wrote a blog post about our first year and what we … Read More

Steven Be Embraces the Rock & Roll Lifestyle

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Stevenbe has always embraced the rock n’ roll lifestyle! Indulging in extra soft yarns, luxuriating in simple but stunning patterns, and going full tilt when it comes to color & texture. While we’ve always been an inspiring destination, this year… it happened! We started living like rock stars on an international tour! The Stephen & Steven Tour is a riot … Read More

Get Inspired at 3 Kittens Needle Arts

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Visit 3 Kittens Needle Arts during the Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop and get inspired! From yarn to expert sales staff to patterns and tools, we strive to provide a “happy place” for our customers. 3 Kittens is one of the oldest yarn stores in the Twin Cities – 45 years and counting. But we never rest on our laurels. We … Read More

The Yarnery Welcomes You to Grand Avenue!

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Shelly Sheehan and Scott Rohr, the owners of The Yarnery, along with its excellent staff, are looking forward to welcoming you to the heart of St. Paul’s most exciting shopping district, historic Grand Avenue. Like all the shops on the hop, we have a full array of classes and events, gorgeous yarn, and a friendly, knowledgable staff. The Twin Cities’ metro area is lucky to have so … Read More

Linden Yarn & Textiles is Inspired by the Artwork of Dewey James

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Award winning artist and local gal Dewey James & ChrisRKnits, owner of Linden Yarn & Textiles, have known each other quite a while. They met when their significant others were playing in rock-n-roll bands together with a guy named Jeff. Her work is colorful and whimsical and at times thought provoking. We are hoping she stops by during the hop.  We’ve chosen a big … Read More

Prepare to be inspired…@ Lila and Claudine’s!

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“ Hi! I’m here looking for some inspiration!”…We hear that a lot at Lila and Claudine’s. Everywhere you turn art is on display, whether it is fiber art, sculptures or on canvas. Just walking in to our shop gives you the incentive to create. This year’s Shop Hop theme is perfect. Where would we be without the inspiration we all … Read More

Lakeside Yarn: Where Nice (Yarn) Matters

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There are a few things that have always mattered to us at Lakeside Yarn. We’ve always tried to offer quality yarns in a range of price points so that every knitter and crocheter can choose a project with pride. In addition, our physical space inspires creativity and community and creates a welcoming environment. Our staff is second to none and … Read More