Sunday, November 11, 2007
I've written briefly about the LYS I frequent, What's Needling You in Toms River. The shop has only been open since March of this year. Now, let me tell you more about this shop. My experience with LYS(s) is limited to the few I've been to, and reading about what others have written on their blogs. But, I really like this shop. My first visit was in April, when I took an entrelac class. I was welcomed and got a good vibe right off. The shop is small compared to some I've been in. If you are looking for a shop thats stuffed to the rafters and carries every yarn under the sun, this shop isn't for you. If you are in immediate need to get that special yarn for a project and Deb doesn't carry it and don't want to substitute, this shop isn't for you. But, if you like the feel of a shop that is very friendly, is uncluttered, and carries a good variety of a lot of different yarns, you need to go there. If she doesn't have what you're looking for, and have a little time and patience, Deb will order what you need. Such is the case of my visit to the shop yesterday. I was in need of a particular yarn for an exchange that my partner coveted. I called and asked if she had it because I knew she had other yarns by that vendor. (can't say...surprise ya know) She didn't, but would order...should be about 2 weeks. I got an email Friday night my yarn was in. So, yesterday I went down to pick it up. (REALLY nice yarn btw, yummy--my pal has good taste!) It's always good to see Deb and her daughter Shannon. I'm always asked to sit down for a bit and offered tea or coffee, and they will chat if not too busy. There's usually a few other customers there with their projects coming and going or just browsing. I like that the shop has actual project samples created with the yarns carried. There's notions, needles, supplies, books, etc. to be had, and classes offered. Sometimes there's a sale or discounts offered on yarn. There is a frequent buyer card that after $200 is stamped you'll get 15% off your next in stock purchase. (I'm nearly full on my 2nd card...oh my. I work for yarn.) The only drawback for me is the weekday hours aren't convenient with my work schedule, but being open on Saturday helps. These pics were taken in the shop yesterday. Deb and Shannon change the decor seasonally, and it's beginning to look like Christmas!