Whitmore Lake Yarn Company is located at 9535 Main Street in Whitmore Lake. You will sense the friendliness in the air when you walk in. According to their website:
“Combine a love for yarn & a passion for the art of knitting and crocheting, add in a historic building from 1873 (that was once a turn of the century saloon) located in a quaint downtown area and the most important ingredient of all, friendship, & you have the Whitmore Lake Yarn Company.
Whether you are an experienced needle artisan, have always wanted to learn the craft, or it has been awhile since you’ve cast on, I want to welcome and invite you to explore your creativity! You are going to love it!”
There are two large worktables right by the front windows where the light is the best. This is where the workshops are held. There are usually knitters sitting, chatting, sharing advice and stories, and sipping the freshly made coffee.
Maureen Fagin is the owner. She knows her merchandise, and she is an accomplished knitter. She tells a story about using self-striping yarn to make socks; the socks didn’t match, except for the combination of colors. Maureen can help you pick out yarns that don’t pool and yarns that do. She can help you “adjust” so the gauge is correct when you select yarns (and needles) other than the ones listed in the pattern.
And the shop is full of books and patterns. There are books like Christmas Stockings, Interweave Crochet, Crocheter’s Companion, Interweave Knits, Knit Stitch, Knitter’s Companion, Folk Bags, Knitter’s Stash, Folk Mittens, Crocheter’s Companion, Happy Hooker, Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns, and Scarf Style (Never Enough Patterns). There is also a large selection of single sheet patterns from companies such as Ann Norling, Two Old Bags, Brown Sheep, Knitting Pure, Fiber Trend, Simple, Keep It Simple, Oat Couture, Crocheter’s Guild of America, and Kalamazoo Knits.
You can find yarns from Plymouth Yarn, Brown Sheep, Berroco, Baby Boo, Bear Hugs, Boku, as well as Cascade and Encore. If they don’t have the color or quantity you need in a brand they carry, they can usually order it in for you.
The shelves hold more than yarn. There are swatches to show you how the yarn drapes, stripes, and catches the light. There are sample hats and sweaters. Make sure you check out the 40% off truck in the back corner. There is a wonderful selection of single skeins. Ask about the trunk. There is a family history involved.
The store hours are Tuesday from noon until 5:30 pm, Wednesday from 10 am until 5:30 pm, Thursday from 10 am until 8 pm, Friday from 10 am until 5:30 pm, and Saturday from 9 am until 1 pm. The Saturday workshops are from 1 pm until 3 pm. The store is right across the street from the water, and there is plenty of street parking.
You can phone them at 734 449 9688. You can email them through their website.
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