Friends and Fiberworks on Smoky Park Highway in Candler has scheduled a number of classes for the four-day event, and will offer knit or crochet patterns with every yarn purchase. Store owner Lisa Mackey reached out to other yarn store owners several years ago when her shop was in the Biltmore Square Mall. “We really do have a high level of cooperation among the stores in the region,” says Marie Hendrix, co-owner of Asheville Home Crafts in the Grove Arcade. “We all kind of have our own specialties, so it helps us to work together.”
I agree that buying yarn in person is best. It supports local yarn shops and you can feel and see the yarn before you purchase it. However, there are MANY people who do not live in an area that has a yarn shop nearby. Are these people to never purchase yarn except from Hobby Lobby and Michael’s? The comments seem unfairly biased against online shops, without considering the reality that brick and mortar yarn shops are not available to all who enjoy knitting and crocheting. I have had great success with my online yarn purchases, and I am glad that during the times that I didn’t live conveniently near a local store, I had another option for higher end yarn.