It's been a VERY long road.
It started in September, with the closing of Natural Stitches. While working there, I felt that I had finally found my niche; now I had to find a way to continue that, or find another job.
With the encouragement of many people (too many to mention here, but you all know who you are, and thank you) an idea began to take shape. I set about to do the paperwork required to open a business, I took some small business classes, I signed up for a mentor through the SCORE program, and I set about trying to find a location. That was one of the biggest challenges -- finding a space that had everything I was looking for: Reasonable rent, free parking, easy to find, and of course space for yarn, classes, and storage.
There was a site in Morningside that looked promising, but it was not meant to be. With that behind me, I looked at Aspinwall. I looked in East Liberty. I looked in Forest Hills and Verona. I was about to hire a real estate agent, when a space on Craigslist caught my eye. I drove by. I emailed. I did a site visit. I saw the potential that this space had, and I did a second site visit with some fibery friends. See the slideshow below for what we saw.
Before I knew it, we were tearing down a wall and painting. The carpet was pulled up and replaced with hardwood flooring. Then it was time for an IKEA run and displays. In between this, the yarn, needles and notions started to arrive.
As of this writing, we are very close. There are just a few small details that need to be ironed out, and then we can throw open the doors and welcome all of you into what we hope will be a warm, inviting yarn store, with yarns and ideas to help you create your next project, be it large or small, knit or crochet.