Monthly Yarn Store Spotlight Series: Yarn Tales

Basic yarn store info: Name, Location, Hours of operation and any current policies (e.g., appointment only, drop-ins allowed but only 6 people allowed in the store at one time, etc.)
Yarn Tales 1, Inc.
228 E. Main Street, Suite 111, Anoka, MN
It’s like a treasure hunt to find us as we’re located at the back of the building.  Folks don’t realize we’re back here.  We used to be in Suite 114 (current location of Appleberry’s Attic) and anticipate moving into Suite 101 once more of the pandemic protocols are relaxed.  That should make it easier to find us.
Hours are Wed – Sat from 9-5
Open stitching times are Wed- Fri from either 9-11 or 1:30-4:30.  Reservations are not required but encouraged as seating is limited to six people to ensure social distancing.  There is no charge for a single weekly visit.  More frequent visits there is a $10 requirement of an in shop purchase.
Tell us about your team or would you like to highlight someone special?
Shirley Temple Black Bear!  Just Bear for short.  She is my puppy love and an Australian shepherd Poodle mix that comes in about once a week.  Photo attached below.
What yarn do you stock that you feel doesn’t get the attention it deserves?
Plant based fibers; cotton, linen, hemp, bamboo, and other cellulose based fibers.  For those of us with skin sensitivities these yarns are often overlooked in the LYS world.  So many people need hypoallergenic alternatives that this shop specializes in these fibers.  (Even the dog is hypoallergenic!)
What class offerings do you have coming up?
While there is actually nothing on the calendar at the moment, we usually have one workshop a month on a Sat afternoon for three hours.  The next few should include Latvian braids, herringbone stitches, and  blocking/finishing.
We’re awaiting the final shipment of Jody Long’s Coastline yarn to start a KAL which will occur on Tues evenings.
Classes for beginning knitting and crochet are currently scheduled as requested on an individual basis as we continue to remain cautious with the pandemic protocols.  I’m anticipating children’s (8 years old and up with an adult accompanying them) classes this summer every two weeks but waiting to see what the Governor announces in May.
Are you offering virtual classes?
Do you have any upcoming trunk shows or other events?
Working with KFI on a trunk show in June for Gedifra’s Fior di Seta / Fior di Seta Color silk yarn.  They haven’t gotten back to me yet on whether there are garments available yet.
What is your favorite sample? photos encouraged
Attached below.  It’s pattern I made up for Juniper Moon Farm’s Bud yarn.  It’s 100% certified organic Peruvian cotton.  It takes 9 skeins (3 each color) and us a table runner.  But you could use it as a rectangular shawl wrap also.  I have a similar one I made for my aunt for Xmas out of Trailhead Yarns Yosemite yarn.  It’s another 100% organic cotton yarn.
Do you offer a MKG discount or a frequent buyer club?
Yes, 10% discount for MKG members.
Other than shopping, what are the best ways we can help support your yarn store?
Get the word out about the versatility of plant based fibers!
Is there anything else you’d like us to feature? ie: are you committed to providing extra benefits to employees? are you involved with a local charity? are you committed to being green?
We support the local ACBC food shelf every year around Xmas time along with the other shops in the building.
I attempt to support US mills,  manufacturers, and distributors whenever possible.  Or least try to keep the carbon footprint smaller.  Not always successful at it, but we keep trying.
If things keep improving around here, then I’m hoping to hire someone later in the summer or fall.

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Jess Dahlberg

Newsletter Editor

Jess learned to knit in middle school and attempted (but never quite finished) a few garter stitch scarves. Years later, she picked up crochet with her best friend in law school and eventually fell back into knitting. Ever since then, she's been a daily knitter (commuting time for the win!) and has never looked back. She enjoys knitting gifts for friends and family and loves trying new techniques. (she, her, hers)

Laura Haave

Great Guild Getaway Committee Chair

Laura learned to knit in 2003 by taking a four-week class during MIT's annual January Independent Activities Period. The class project was a striped hat knit in the round, and since that time, Laura has been a big advocate of 1) helping other adults learn to knit for the first time, 2) hats as a manageable first project, and 3) circular needles for everything. She enjoys thinking about knitting and planning her next project almost as much as she enjoys actually knitting. Laura is highly motivated by knit-alongs and loves to knit in community. (she, her, hers)

Anne Rojas


Janese Evans

Yarnover Committee Chair

Bio to come. (she,her,hers)

Kate Westlund

Social Media and Technology Director

(Term 2, Year 3)

Kate became enthralled with knitting when she was a young girl and saw a fellow young person knitting on a plane. She implored her mother to teach her everything she knew, which as it turned out was only casting on and the knit stitch. Once Kate learned to purl froma beginner's kit, there was no end in sight. Kate is the type of knitter who doesn’t always swatch, which is often obvious in her finished projects.

Melissa Mintern

Marketing and Outreach Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Melissa has been knitting for 15 years. She loves socks and sweaters. She is a new member who hopes to use her marketing background to lift up the MKG. While she isn't local to MN, she really loves the atmosphere created by the Guild. Melissa and significant other Al enjoy traveling, wherein Al graciously offers to drive so Melissa can knit in the passenger seat. (she, her, hers)

Nikky Heidel

Membership Director

(Term 1, Year 2)

Nikky was first introduced to knitting in 2012 when her visiting sister-in-law taught her the basics of casting on and the knit stitch. A few weeks later, she learned how to purl from her mother-in-law. From there, it quickly became a passion and she has taken on each new project with a desire to expand her skill and discover new techniques. She loves a good mystery (knit-a-long) and knits way more shawls than a single person can wear in a month.

Betsy Preston

Service Director

(Term 1, Year 1)

Betsy never had patience for knitting, until she found herself spending a lot of time at little league games and waiting for the last kid to emerge from the locker room after swim practice. With her background in graphic design, stranded colorwork has a natural appeal. Not to mention the practicality of an extra layer of warmth. Betsy has recently begun publishing her original hat and cowl patterns, which are available on Ravelry. (she, her, hers) (See our Service Knitting Page for more information about our current projects and donation process.)

Position Currently Open

Programming Director

(Three-year term)

This board position is currently open. If you are interested in helping to source and book teachers and speakers for Guild meetings, please contact Kathy at [email protected]

Rose Tobelmann


(Term 1, Year 3)

Rose learned to knit from her mother at the age of ten. She started knitting on the ends of small paint brushes. She continued to knit off and on through her teenage and young adult years and became a more avid knitter after taking a Norwegian sweater knitting class through community education. Today, knitting has become a passion and she knits for charity, herself, and her family her stash. She enjoys meeting other knitters and learning new techniques.

Kelsey Sorenson


(Term 1, Year 2)

Kelsey learned the knit stitch from her grandmother in middle school, and filled in the gaps enough to make lots of scarves for quite a few years. She began expanding her skills in college and is always looking to learn more. Kelsey is drawn toward projects that are seamless or include stranded colorwork. (she, her, hers)

Kelly Amoth

Vice President

(Term 1, Year 2)

A visiting friend from Seattle taught Kelly the very basics of knitting (a twisted loop cast on and just the knit stitch) in 2008 before flying home. Turning to the internet (thanks!) Kelly taught herself through a lot of trial and error. Uncontent to keep knitting the scarf she’d started as her first project, she jumped into knitting a pair of striped mittens for her non-knitter, but very knitworthy, twin sister. Twelve years later the mittens are still in her sister’s glove box, and Kelly is usually horrified when she pulls them out and sees the mistakes she made using double pointed needles for the first time. Kelly loves knitting socks and is thankful for the many months of cold weather when she gets to exclusively wear her handknits. (she, her, hers)

Kathy Lewinski


(Term 1, Year 2)

Kathy has always been into crafts, but didn’t teach herself to knit until after college. She really got hooked while living in San Francisco when a friend opened a knitting store. To pitch in, Kathy started knitting up fun (and odd) things for window displays, as well as teaching classes. In the last couple of years, she has started designing her own knitting patterns (many of them available for free on Ravelry!) with toys and mittens being her primary obsessions. (she/her/hers)