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Monday, April 13, 2009

Bismarck, ND Yarn Shops

Spending a little time in Bismarck, ND recently, I decided to check out the local yarn shops one afternoon. I googled yarn shops in Bismarck and was surprised to find several listed.

The first store I visited was Impact Gallery & Gifts on Broadway, right downtown. It was a fun store with lots of local artist wares. The sales clerk was really nice and explained about the local artist offerings and also explained that the store was phasing out of yarn, but had a few skeins left in a basket in the corner. I dug through the half dozen skeins and found a couple of skeins of yarn that would work well for a market bag. They were marked half price ($5 each!) and then when I brought my purchases to the cashier, they subtracted an additional 20% from a current sale. Great price - wish they had more yarn.

Next I walked a block up Broadway and found cedesigns Yarn Shoppe. Now here was some serious yarn!
Lots of great yarn, but I was also impressed with some of the knitted display items that the owner (a very nice woman) had made. Obvious talent here! I commented on this cute wrap (pictured below) and asked if she sold the pattern. She said she hadn't written it up yet, but wanted to get more of her patterns written down so she could put them on her website. Knitting without a pattern and creating something this cool? I'm impressed. I'll be watching her website for some of her original patterns.
Another yarn shop in the area was Sage Junction Yarns, listed with a Mandan address. All I can say is, good thing I had my gps! I drove for twenty some miles in the middle of a very snowy countryside. Mona (my gps voice) finally stated "Arriving at destination on right."
I saw a brown rambler style home and pulled in the driveway. There was a small sign on the mailbox saying Sage Junction Yarns. I guess I was in the right place - there was a tiny little sign on the front door saying yarn sold. I could see in the front window and saw someone's living room, but no yarn. I felt a little funny just knocking on someone's front door, but it didn't matter, as no one was home.

4 comments:

  1. Hi, this stole is really glorious! is there a chance to get/buy the pattern or instructions?? or would you give me the website address?? I could'nt find it in the net. Thanks Lavinia, Florence, Italy

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  2. Isn't that a beautiful design? I hope she has written up her original pattern. The cedesigns website is located at http://cefiber.com/ I also noticed that she has a facebook fan page.

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  3. So sorry that happened to you. I am the owner of Sage Junction Yarns and I had to return to full time work about four years ago. I do still have some yarn, mostly in a large wardrobe, and lots of addi turbo needles but am not really a yarn shop anymore.

    I found this blog 10/20/10 when I was searching for listing for my yarn shop and trying to figure out how to remove them from the web. I am afraid that is as impossible as trying to gather up all the feathers scattered by a high wind from a bust open feather pillow! anyway, again my apologies for not being there for you.

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  4. Hey, thanks for your reply! Next time I'm in the area I'll drop you an email first to see if you will be around. Addi turbo's are the best!

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