I love knitting. It’s my yoga. It’s also my way of expressing creativity. Most of the items I knit are gifts, and everything I make reflects how much I care about the yarn I use, the patterns I select, and colors I choose.
I may not be a perfect knitter, but I am an excellent teacher. I’m also blessed with a great staff of knitting consultants. So bring us your problems and together we’ll find an answer.
I learned to knit when I was young, and one of my major goals in life is to pass my love of knitting on to children. So please bring your kids to the shop, and also look for the summer knitting classes that we offer to girls and boys.
The name of our shop — A Great Yarn – is a play on our two specialties: fine knitting products and quality new and used books. And while we gave a great deal of thought about what to call the shop, we’ve put even more effort into making sure that A Great Yarn is a warm and inviting destination for finding the best yarns, the most interesting books, and the friendliest, most knowledgeable staff.
Chief Consultant and Instructor
Jean is a truly gifted knitter, and the range of her talents extends to a host of techniques most knitters only dream of mastering. Whenever people close their eyes and think about the expert knitter they would like to become someday, the person they usually picture is Jean. In addition to her many technical skills, Jean is also a thoughtful and patient tutor, and she will be coordinating activities for all knitting classes and workshops. She is also available for appointments if anyone needs one-on-one help or private lessons.
Jean will also be working part-time in the shop to assist with pattern and yarn selection, and to provide any additional guidance that customers might require.
Saturday Morning Knit-Around Leader
Kathleen Read leads our Saturday Morning Knit-Arounds, which are held weekly from 10 am until noon. By way of background, Kathleen learned the basics of knitting as a child in England. After she married, she found the “portability” of knitting ideally suited to her nomadic life as she traversed about the United States, and raised her children. In her travels she met many friendly knitters with whom to share ideas and new skills in creating “wearable art,” and eventually she began to sell her work at local craft fairs. She especially enjoys working the interplay of colors in the Fair Isle tradition, and also lace knitting.
After retiring to Chatham, Kathleen founded the popular “Busy Fingers” group at the Chatham Senior Center. She finds great satisfaction in helping other knitters with everything from dropped stitches and pattern interpretation, to encouraging the finishing of abandoned projects and finding new ways to re-purpose them.
Please stop by on Saturday morning and meet Kathleen. And if you are having problems with your knitting, chances are that Kathleen will be able to point you in the right direction.
A Great Yarn has added another new member to the team. Jane Barter joined us in July, and will serve as a consultant knitter. Jane is a veteran fabric artist, and a charter members of Kathleen Read’s Chatham-based “Busy Hands” knitting group. She also previously served as the leader of the “Cape Cod Knitting Guild,” and currently knits items for “A Baby Center” in Hyannis. Jane is also one of the fastest knitters on the Cape, which means you’ll be treated to many of her creations in the shop.
Assistant Manager and Instructor
Susan has been a regular customer since A Great Yarn opened. She is an exceptional knitter – with a particular penchant for Shibui — and a former knitting instructor. She recently moved from Burlington to the Cape, and offered her services as an instructor in the shop, and we are delighted to add her to the staff. Susan has an analytical mind (in her former life she worked in finance), and a creative soul, and both are obvious in the garments she knits, which combine quality craftsmanship with eye-catching style.
Antonia is a student at Smith College and a gifted knitter. She has a terrific eye for color, and loves designing projects based on colors and textures. She also has a whimsical nature that manifests itself in quirky and creative ways that compliment the rest of the staff. Antonia is also available for assisting any left-handed knitters struggling with a pattern.
Karen is a life-long resident of Chatham, and one of the finest knitters we have ever met. She was one of our first customers when we opened the shop, and for the past two plus years she has amazed us with the wide variety of projects she has tackled (and completed!) She will be a terrific consultant for all your knitting and crocheting needs, and a great help if you are having any problems with your projects.
Karen is also one of the affable people you will ever meet. And if you don’t believe us, we will show you the dozens of A Great Yarn gifts cards she has received from her friends and admirers since we opened the shop.
Kristine is A Great Yarn’s staff photographer, and is responsible for taking the photographs that the shop turns into greeting cards for our monthly Chatham Yarn offering. Kristine has been actively involved with photography for more than a decade, and she specializes in outdoor shots, and anything related to nature. Her favorite photograph is one she took at sunrise from lighthouse beach. It’s also the first one she sold, which might have something to do with why it’s her favorite.
Consultant Knitter and Instructor
Lynda represents the “trifecta” when it comes to a knitter. First, there is literally nothing that she can’t knit: sweaters, hats, scarves, mittens, coats, afghans. You name it, she’s an expert at knitting it. Second, she can knit at the speed of light. And third, she is phenomenal when it comes to teaching knitting techniques. We are doing our best to take advantage of all Lynda’s amazing attributes. The next time you visit A Great Yarn you will see a number of display garments that she has knitted for the shop. In addition, Lynda teaching knitting classes for the shop. Her first class – “Knitting 911: Fixing the Common Mistakes That Every Knitter Makes” — was a huge success, and several dozen knitters are now enjoying a much more pleasant knitting experience.
There are everyday knitters who love knitting but generally go for simple projects, and then there are knitters who hunger for the most intricate patterns ever designed. Most of the time the two types of knitters live on different planets, but occasionally your find one who is comfortable in either domain. Linda Redding is just such a knitter. One day she’s turning out a dazzling Icelandic sweater or a pair of Nordic mittens, and the next day she’s working on a “knitting only/no purling/no cables” cowl using a Crazy. Combine that with the fact that Linda taught in local schools on the Cape most of her life, and has the patience of a saint, and you can see why we are thrilled to have her working in the shop, helping customers pick out new projects, or providing assistance with challenges they might be having with their current projects.