The Little Yarn Shoppe is a unique, well-curated studio offering a wide variety of hand painted and commercially dyed yarns. We're a place where knitters can meet and converse, and where beginners can learn! Customer service is our specialty and we offer a quiet space to meet other knitting addicts. We also offer classes on knitting, crochet, and spinning. We carry big name-brands such as Cascade and Plymouth, as well as yarns and spinning roving dyed by smaller, more independent dyers in the Michigan area.
About the Owner
Hello, my name is Kristin Schanck, and I am the owner of The Little Yarn Shoppe. Our Shoppe's story officially started in August of 2015, but we have much more history before our official opening. My love for knitting and crocheting was undiscovered for many years- although I had always expressed a fondness for art in any form since I was young. In 2005, my husband Rod and I were blessed with a baby girl, Victoria, who was born 10 weeks premature and only weighed 3 lbs. 5 oz. at birth. We spent the next 2 months making our daily commute to the Covenant NICU until she was well enough to come home. While spending countless hours at the hospital, I felt the need to create and give back to everyone who helped us. With the help of my mother, Karen, I began teaching myself to knit and crochet. At first, this meant making hats and blankets that were donated to the NICU, and after growing more skilled, advancing to more complex projects. As Victoria grew, I continued learning and began to knit things for both of us. I stayed home with Victoria, while my husband continued his career as a Public Safety Officer in Bay City. After a few years of being a stay-at-home mom, I felt the urge to get back into the workplace and, slowly but surely, the Shoppe was born. Working for myself was a dream, and my drive to become a master knitter was as strong as ever- and still is. As a mother, I want to be the example of a strong entrepreneurial woman for my daughter, and as a woman, I want to be successful in running my own business. I hope you enjoy our Little Yarn Shoppe as much as I have enjoyed putting it all together!
In June 2018, we seized an opportunity and joined forces with other locally-owned businesses by moving downtown to the new SVRC Marketplace! You’ll often see collaborations between the shops, and lots of crossover in customers! Stop by someday for lunch, coffee, or just to browse- with a wide variety of stores, shops, and vendors, you'll be sure to find something you like!
Hours: Wednesday thru Saturday 10-6, Closed Sunday-Tuesday
We’re located inside the SVRC Marketplace at 203 S. Washington Ave, come visit!