Yarn Designers Boutique

Yarn Designers Boutique
While the resort area around Big Bear Lake is better known for its skiing, mountain biking, boating, and other lakefront activities, crafty types in Southern California will be pleased to discover Yarn Designer’s Boutique. Located in Big Bear City, between San Diego and Los Angeles, the store bills itself as a ‘full service art, craft, and sewing center,” and it’s easy to get lost within its rambling center.

The store itself is a multi-roomed treasure chest of yarn, needles, patterns, notions, and much more. Whether you are looking for craft or luxury yarn, you will find it here; it seems that everywhere one looks, there’s a type of yarn that’s unusual, revered, or both! A recent visit discovered lines and colorways from such luminaries as Louisa Harding, Queensland, Knit Picks, Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread, and Knit Collage. In addition, designer and manager Gena Hester dyes her own yarn, also available in-store.

Looking for pattern support? The shop stocks pattern lines from the majority of its brands, and also a few books, usually stocked close to the yarn itself. Ask if you’re looking for a specific pattern type, or simply enjoy browsing through the different offerings. The store also offers a plethora of free patterns from various companies, some stocked near appropriate yarns and others showcased in the front of the store.

Want a compact gift, for a fellow crafter or for yourself? Yarn Designer Boutique sells kits that package yarn, pattern, and select notions. The Double Happiness Cowl Beginners Knitting Kit, for example, is customizable. The knitter selects from four different art yarns from Knit Collage and extra buttons to decorate once the cowl is finished. All the knitter need supply are the size 19 knitting and a darning needle, and one is all set to create a runway-worthy accessory.

Yarn Designers Boutique offers classes that run the gamut from silk scarf painting to weaving. Interested in learning how to color your own yarn? There’s a class for that as well. You can browse current offerings on the web site, which also offers the opportunity to shop on-line. The store waives the cost of shipping for orders over fifty dollars.

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this store or its people. I purchased yarn with my own funds.

Yarn Designers Boutique LLC, 439 W. Big Bear Boulevard, Big Bear City, California 92314. (888) 538-2725. Yarndesignersboutique.com. Email: yarn@verizon.net

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