Q&A with Esther Hall, Owner of Yarn It & Haberdashery

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Yarn It & Haberdashery is local business in Columbus that offers a wide selection of yarn, fiber, and much more needed for knitting, crocheting, spinning. Keep reading to learn more about the business and all it provides! 

  • Tell us a little about your business. How did you get started in Columbus?
    We are a small but well curated yarn shop that supports other small businesses, indie dyers and fair trade yarns. This means that we are more of a boutique, and carry very few yarns with acrylic or man-made fibers. Our focus is on natural fiber blends of quality. I’m a Columbus (Upper Arlington) native and I was fortunate enough to find a space in Grandview Heights within walking distance from my home. It feels great to be back home after living abroad, in Chicago, and New York for school and work.

  • Do you have any classes you would recommend for someone just getting started, or any for people who have been knitting for a while?
    We have a wide range of classes, ranging from beginner to advanced. Our beginner classes are for people who are just starting out and most likely have no experience at all. We teach not just how to knit but also how to help yourself by educating students on tools and different types of yarns and how to match them with patterns.

    We have more difficult classes such as sweaters, brioche work and cables for more advanced students, and sometimes we even have guest teachers from out of town. We like to have people choose classes above what they know. We approach each class not assuming that you know everything so that you can have fun while learning a new cast on or stitch.

  • Can you tell us the difference between the types of classes you have in knitting, crocheting, fiber dyeing and drop spindle spinning?
    As mentioned before, we have students who have never touched the needles up to those looking for a new challenge. We do toys, home goods, blankets, hats, shawls, sweaters – pretty much everything will come across our calendar. This includes skill building, like how to block your finished product, and how to figure out your gauge.

  • What got you into knitting? What's your favorite piece you've ever created?
    I started knitting when I was about 8-years-old. My mom taught me as a way to keep me out of the junkyard/car repair shop we owned over on Parsons Avenue. She taught me to knit, crochet and hand-sew clothes for my Barbie dolls and stuffed animals.

    I still haven’t found my most favorite piece because that’s sort of like asking which is my favorite cat, haha. I am very partial right now to my Effortless Cardigan because it is something I wear a lot and will probably make a second one for myself.

  • Why do you think people should take up knitting as a pastime or hobby?
    I think any of the fibers arts are both useful as a life skill and calming after you get over the learning stage. It is actually proven that it helps with Alzheimer’s disease and mental health because of the combination of repetition and constant learning as you work on new patterns or are having to pay attention to switch stitches.

    I also like to think of it as color and sensory therapy. You pick the colors that make you happy and you get to see them hours at a time when you work on a project. Also, using natural fibers tends to be softer so it’s like you are always petting a kitten as you are making your project. In the long run, even though it seems expensive when you pick out quality yarns, I like to think of the legacy I am leaving behind because I made an heirloom that I can pass down as long as it is taken care of properly.

  • Being a local Columbus business, do you have any other favorite local spots in the area?
    There are so many locals that we love! My top ones would have to be:
    • The Smithery – A small jewelry shop in Grandview with unique jewelry made by other small designers, and they have fun classes as well.
    • Tigertree/Cub Shrub – This is one of my favorite places to get clothing, gifts, or a little pick-me-up for myself or my toddler.
    • The Candle Lab – This is a great place with such a huge variety of scents, and you can also make you own. We are very partial to using the lavender and pomegranate scents for our shop.
    • Wholly Craft! – There is no other store like it in Columbus. It’s like being able to go to a craft fair all the time. That is my first stop whenever I need to pick up a gift for a friend.
    • Lastly, Dabble and Stitch is a great fabric store a little off the beaten path on Arcadia. They have a wide range of fabrics for home decorating or clothing and great customer service.

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