Knitters of the peninsula can rejoice at the opening of Rainy Day Yarns last month at 3200 Tarabochia St. in downtown Gig Harbor.
After working for other shop owners for years, Gig Harbor resident Sherri Hazen is excited to fulfill her dream of owning her own store.
The new place is a welcome addition to fellow crafters after another yarn store closed previously in the area.
Hazen’s passion for knitting has been a long time in the making.
“A friend of mine having foot surgery asked me to learn with her as something to do while she healed,” said Hazen. “My first response was ‘I don’t want to knit,’ but I did it out of support. Fifteen years later, I am the one still knitting and she’s not.”
Her passion to knit cowl neck sweaters and socks to give as gifts are shown on her the website designed by husband, Andrew.
Having the support and help of her family to prepare the store has been an adventure for her family of four.
Hazen is committed to carrying local merchandise, including hand-made project bags and hand dyed yarns as well as many high quality specialty yarns and needles made in the USA.
The store has strands of wool, alpaca, mink and cashmere as part of the line of materials. She also is striving to carry reasonably priced yarns.
“I want to have something for everyone for what ever the price bracket or project,” said Hazen.
Sitting on one of the couches the store uses to invite knitters to come and knit together was customer Susan Wright.
“I am delighted to have a store so close to where I live. We needed one in the Harbor,” said Wright, working on a knitted lace shawl.
Hazen is looking forward to starting classes for a range of knitting ability and ages in the knitting community from senior citizens to young children.
“I am starting a beginning sock class and color stranding Sept. 7 with more classes on the way,” said Hazen.
“I am also planning on staying open one night a week for a “Knit Along” and holding other group events like a Breakfast Club to fill needs of the range of knitters in the community.”
Rainy Day Yarns is holding its official Open House Saturday, Sept. 20 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be prizes and food available.
“The Downtown Waterfront Alliance has been so supportive and helping me promote the business and get the word out,” said Hazen.
“So many other business owners have stopped by to welcome me and have been so friendly and nice. I am excited about joining in for Ladies Night Out and other downtown events.”
Hazen plans on finding other locally made merchandise to carry to appeal to the non-knitters so there is something for everyone to come find at her store.
More information on the store and classes can be found at www.facebook.com/RainyDayYarns or (253) 514-6890.