open arms

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well, we are ready—or nearly so.

david has been putting the final touches on our newly expanded workspace.


that’s right, we’re already changing things in our office, haha. we were sort of over-full almost from the beginning, so once we saw that our retail space was paying off, we decided to expand our footprint a bit, taking the entire lower level of the building that we’re in.


that was just two weeks ago and several yarn storage rooms needed to be emptied and repainted. this will give us some much-needed elbow room in which to store and access the yarns. anastasia is SO excited that she won’t have to climb over stacks of nine to get at the ones in the back.


with the other end of the floor came an additional common space, which david has fixed up to create a knitting lounge, where we have now placed comfy furniture and pattern books for browsing. i promise it looks ten times better already—more pictures over the weekend.

(this is also the spot where we can relax and knit with visiting guests or to house an extra class. local class schedule to begin in january; please join our mailing list at the right if you’d like to receive notifications). we will also be able to entertain groups from out of town for day-long classes or events.


all that’s left is to hang some art.


emily and erica are out shopping for goodies


sarah picked up the wine for friday evening, which we’ll serve with snacks and on saturday, we’ll have breakfast items and coffee. hunter hammersen will speak about her experiences working with our yarns and i hear tell that she has been knitting swatches and putting together a beautiful trunk show to bring along with her books (which will be for sale). i’ll talk a bit about how our yarns came to be and how we work, both within our local community and the national fiber industry.

we have a couple of in-store specials for those who make the trip.
one is that when you purchase four patterns, you may choose a fifth one as our gift to you—that is, free.


the other special is a kit for either the zinfandel shawl or the syrah stole pattens i will be releasing this weekend. we have a VERY limited supply of the gorgeous deep purple briar rose stella lace yarn left from from last october’s club installment; when they are gone, they’re gone.


but we have been gifted some awesome door prizes too, some of which we ARE able to share with our online friends! we have prizes for delicious meals at the rail, basil asian bistro, tapas 218, main street grille, EB’s pub and party center, then tasty snacks and extras from smoothie king, grapes in a glass, milk & honey ice cream and confections,  and cloud nine cupcake. PLUS five gifts from my favorite hair and nail professionals at salon mystique.


and our dear friend hunter is giving away a copy of the complete, three-volume set of her knitter’s curiosity cabinet.


and finally a dutch tiles lap blanket kit from all of us here at bare naked wools, which includes four skeins of confection worsted, pattern, and a knitspot carry bag.

everyone who makes a purchase this weekend, in either our online shop or our boutique will be entered into the drawing for door prizes. we’ll pull names every hour or so throughout the two-day event and for the books and blanket kit at the end.

all that to say, it’s gonna be fun and i hope you’ll join us; see you this weekend!
details on our boutique web page; directions to the shop can be viewed here



19 thoughts on “open arms

  1. Congratulations and very best wishes–your shop is going to be gorgeous! I’ve followed your growth almost from the beginning–no one could work harder than you! I’m too far away to drop in, but I do love using your patterns. They’re the best.

  2. Anne and David,
    Congratulations and good luck with the grand opening. Who would have thought that Canton would become a must visit destination for more than just football fans.

  3. congratulations to you and the whole Knitspot family. your shop looks beautiful. have a wonderful weekend in this new space. I wish I lived closer.

  4. Congratulations to you and the whole Knitspot team! Have a great time tonight; I’ll be hitting the road bright and early tomorrow, can’t wait to see you all!

  5. Congratulations!! I wish you every success – you deserve it. Love, love, love the Zinfandel shawl. Gorgeous!

  6. Congrats on expanding already!! The event this weekend looks like it will be so fun. I am sad to be missing it! I’m excited to hear that you’ll be offering classes starting early next year. Do you think any classes will be on weekends?

  7. It would be grand to be at your Grand…opening that is. It is bound to be a hugh success and huge fun. Now if you will excuse me, I’m going shopping in the online store!

  8. Congrats on the big opening….wish I were closer (though I’m sure my wallet would disagree!)

    I was watching one of your Craftsy classes the other night and noticed how great your nails looked in a close up. Now I see you have “favorite hair and nail professionals at salon mystique” and it all makes sense!

    Again congrats and enjoy the day.

  9. Oh I am so thrilled for you and the rest of the knitspot crew Anne. You have all been working so hard to get everything into place. Here’s to it being a rip roaring success! I am sure it will be. I wish I could be there! One day I hope! Please share photos of the grand opening!

  10. OH, so jealous!! Wish I could be there to enjoy the payoff of some very hard work on your part. Perhaps I’ll just find some wine and toast you in absentia 🙂


  11. Congrats, and I see the ‘olive’ is on the wall. And knit ‘pit’, thought they were ‘pitted’ olives. Best wishes.

  12. WOW! That about covers it-WOW! and congratulations. Looks like it is going to be a lot of fun. Wish I could attend. I know it has been hard work for all involved, but sure you will have fun too.

  13. Wow Anne,
    I am blown away with all of your progress! I had the pleasure of seeing another Knitting Daily episode with you in it this morning. You are such a natural teacher – I really enjoyed your segment and what you communicated about fit. Bravo!
    Best of wishes to you and your team for the grand opening.
    Betsy in the Seattle suburbs

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