June 21st – An Evening with HauteKnit

We are thrilled to announce that A Great Yarn will be hosting a special event with Mishellee Poulin, owner/operator of HauteKnitYarn, on Thursday, June 21st, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. In addition to being one the finest hand-dyers on the planet (and having an amazing 18,000 followers on Instagram), Shellee created the color wave for our original Chatham Yarn back in 2015. She also came up with the colorwave for our highly successful The Finest Hours version of Chatham Yarn, and since 2016 she has created monthly versions of Chatham Yarn for our Chatham Yarn of the Month Club.

The first half of the event will be feature Shellee discussing her path to hand-dyer extraordinaire, her approach to dyeing yarn, and her secrets for obtain such amazing colorwaves. The second half of the event will be a wine and cheese reception where you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet with Shellee, and also purchase her yarns.

If you would like to attend the event please send us an email at info@agreatyarn.com, or call the shop at 508-348-5605.   There is no charge for the event, but seating will be limited, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like to attend so that we can hold a seat for you.

Worldwide Knitting in Public Day

June 9th is “Worldwide Knitting in Public Day,” which is always great fun at A Great Yarn. Last year we had three-dozen knitters stop by to sit out front and enjoy the sun, the knitting, and the camaraderie of their fellow fiber artists.   Not to mention the bemused looks from passengers in cars driving by.

We will be knitting out front from 10 am until 5 pm, and feel free to stop by whenever is convenient. As always A Great Yarn will provide snacks and refreshments, as well as chairs and umbrellas. Participants are encouraged to wear hats (as June can be very sunny on Cape Cod) and bring signs. $25 gift certificates will be awarded for the best sign and the best hat.

Knitter’s Night at the Ballpark

One of the great joys of summer in Chatham is Cape Cod Baseball, and taking in a Chatham Anglers game at Veteran’s Park.   This year A Great Yarn is partnering with the Chatham A’s to sponsor “Knitter’s Night at the Ballpark.”



Slide1That right, on Tuesday, July 17th, a section of the grandstand at Veteran’s Park will be reserved for knitters.






Slide1And the first 30 knitters to arrive at the game with their knitting will receive a Knitter’s Night baseball hat, courtesy of A Great Yarn.








As a special attraction, Jean Williams — A Great Yarn’s super staff knitter and leader of our Help Desk – will throw out the first pitch.



So bring your knitting and join Jean and the rest of us at Knitter’s Night on July 17th.  And you don’t need to worry about finding a parking spot. Veteran’s Park is only a short walk from A Great Yarn. So park in our lot, and we’ll all walk over to the game together.

If you would like to reserve your spot with your fellow knitter just give us a call at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at info@agreatyarn.com.

2018 Knit-a-Thon for the Cape’s Homeless – Wrap-Up

Slide1In 2016, our first Knit-a-Thon produced 29 blankets for Cape Cod’s homeless.  In 2017, we hoped to double that number.  Instead you guys managed to knit and crochet enough panels to make 155 blankets.



This year you recruited your friends, your neighbors, anyone with a set of knitting needles or a crochet hook, and your efforts resulted in 192 blankets for the Cape’s homeless!

Slide1More than 225 of you participated in this year’s event.  We received support from knitters and crocheters in 10 different states. We are very grateful for your collective efforts.  And so is our partner The Housing Assistance Corporation.  And so are the homeless of Cape Cod, who are living at the four shelters maintained by the H.A.C.

You guys also managed to raise nearly $3500 in donations for the homeless. Again, thank you, and your neighbors and friends who sponsored your efforts.


Slide1Finally, we’d like to thank the more than three-dozen volunteers who helped prepare the finished blankets.





Slide1As we do every year, we capped the annual Knit-a-Thom by yarn bombing the shop. In addition to the shop, we managed to cover every surrounding surface with blankets, including trees, fences, hedges, cars, etc.   For most of the day it looked like the skies above had opened and rained blankets!




Slide1Nearly two-dozen folks stopped by during the five hours that the blankets were on display.  We were particularly delighted to see Jan Hannigan at the yarn bombing.   Jan is 96 and lives in Bourne, and her daughter (who lives off Cape) picked her up and drove her to the shop. As luck would have it (or perhaps divine providence), we were just getting ready to hoist the blanket we made from Jan’s panels onto the wall with the she arrived.  It doesn’t get any better than that.


We look forward to your help with the 2019 Knit-a-Thon, when the goal will be 225 blankets.


Chatham Yarn – Month-by-Month

In March, 2015, A Great Yarn introduced our original Chatham Yarn. Designed in collaboration with hand dyer extraordinaire Mishellee Poulin, it embodied Chatham’s one-of-a-kind summer colors.

In December, 2015, we created Chatham Yarn – The Finest Hours, which represented our attempt to capture the roiling waters off Chatham’s coast in winter, made famous by the Coast Guard’s 1952 rescue of the crew of the Pendleton.

In August, 2016, we added Chatham Yarn – Month-by-Month to the mix. As anyone who has ever visited Chatham knows, our town is a treasure trove of iconic images, and every month we turn one of them into fabulous yarn.

For the past year, A Great Yarn has created a new Chatham Yarn every month, based on our favorite Chatham images, and recommendations from our customers.



We have provided the monthly offerings to the members of our Chatham Yarn Month-by-Month Club at a discount, together with appropriate knitting and crochet patterns, a 5”x7” photograph of the Chatham image that was the inspiration for dyeing the yarn, and a small gift to show our appreciation. We have also included free shipping. To date, we have had over 50 knitters join the Club.

Beginning in February, 2018,, we will offer our fourth six-month installment of Chatham Yarn Month-by-Month offerings, and we will again attempt to transform Chatham’s iconic images into yarn. As before we will look to include a bit of nature (such as our famous beach roses), a bit of history (such as the Chatham Railroad Museum), and some of our favorite business establishments (such as Gustare Oil and Vinegars).  Our May offering will pay tribute to the Chatham Squire, which celebrates its fiftieth anniversary.

The cost for each monthly offering (plus patterns, picture and all the trimmings) is $45 per month. If you would like to receive all six offerings, we will provide a 15% discount, and also include free shipping.  Give us a call in the shop at 508-348-5605, or send us an email at info@agreatyarn.com, if you would like to participate. And also let us know which of your favorite Chatham images you would like us transform into yarn for August’s Month-by-Month offering.

Knitter “HELP DESK”

Even the best knitters need a helpful suggestion now and then.  And all knitters have experienced the pattern with poorly written directions, or the “sweater from hell.”  The staff at A Great Yarn can help every knitter – the beginner, the intermediate and the expert – with their knitting problems, big or small.  And if we can’t help, we’ll find someone who can.


Slide1The best way to deal with your knitting problems is to visit A Great Yarn during our “HELP DESK” hours, which are Tuesday and Friday from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am until noon.





Slide1We have some of the Cape’s best  knitters on our staff – Jean Williams and Kathleen Read – who are more than happy to help with any problems you are having with your knitting.  There is no charge for the help, and you do not need to be working with yarn your purchased from us to obtain assistance.  We just was to help your get your project back on track.  That’s all.



Slide1Even if you don’t want specific help, you’re still more than welcome to come in during HELP DESK hours (or any other time for that matter) and just knit.  Bring whatever yarn and needles you like with you and just enjoy the camaraderie.  And pick up some good ideas while you’re at it.