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Yarn Haven opens second location


Sandy Gray, owner of Yarn Haven, opened her second location — off Campbell Station Road in Farragut — just in time to catch the holiday shopping season.

“We really like the homey atmosphere of the log cabins,” Gray said of the new spot, in the “log cabin” shopping center near Applecake Tea Room.

“It makes coming here not even seem like work in some ways ... when I get to come out here and I can just sit and knit, or spin or meet with customers,” she said.

Gray also owns Yarn Haven off Cedar Bluff.

“I have people come from all over East Tennessee to the Cedar Bluff store, but when I pinpointed it down I had maybe 300 customers or more coming just from Farragut,” Gray said of her reasons for opening a second location.

“We just decided to think outside the box a little bit and open a second store, which is really an extension of our Cedar Bluff store

“It can stand on its own, but it complements our other store,” she added.


Each of the stores carries different lines of yarn to appeal to customers. The Farragut location also carries more gift-type items, including local handmade soaps and candles, in addition to floor model knitted and crocheted items that were used as displays in the stores.

Gray also offers classes nearly every day in at least one of the shops.

Those classes range from tutorials with instructors constructing certain projects to weekly classes in which each participant brings individual projects.

“It becomes a community of friends,” Gray said.

“We try to do classes as often as we can. In the past, people learned knitting and crocheting from their mother or grandmother and it’s not so much like that anymore.

“Taking classes is really a way to improve your skills and challenge you to do things you might not do on your own because you’d be afraid to mess up,” she added.

A full list of classes is available online at www.theyarn-haven.com, or via the business’s monthly newsletter.

Gray said Knoxville is a surprisingly good market for knitters, crocheters and spinners, a newly popular hobby that involves spinning raw wool into yarn.

“There are so many new people coming in every week. It seems like knitting and crocheting have really grown in popularity in the five years since I first opened the Cedar Bluff store.

“It was pretty well established in this area ... It’s very fun, very relaxing. I think with people’s lives getting busier and busier with things, the knitting and crocheting and spinning help to relax people,” Gray said.

“They are very relaxing crafts. They need that bit of taking a break when you have such stressful work and jobs. It just calms your mind,” she added.

In addition to classes, Yarn Haven also offers events once a quarter including movie nights and “yarn tastings” that allow participants to try other yarns, and encourage shoppers to participate in Worldwide “Knit in Public Day” in June. Yarn Haven also encourages shoppers to knit and crochet for charities such as Project Linus, which collects handmade blankets for needy children.

“We just try to make it fun,” Gray said.

Yarn Haven, 11316 Campbell Station Road No. 102, is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday.

For more information, call 865-675-9900 or visit www.theyarnhaven.com/

 

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