Creative Knitworks is Closing its Retail Store as of 1/31/2013
Those words leave me with a dead space in my heart, but unfortunately it's true. Like so very many knitters & fiber people, working in this industry - owning a yarn store - had been a dream for many years. I have spent the last 8 years meeting new friends, learning from them, teaching them my love of fiber and making beautiful finished objects. I have so many treasured memories, and I thank you all for those.
But the world has changed since 2006 when I began the business in Hillsdale. Changes we should have seen, changes we could not have seen, competition in more forms than we could imagine (digital downloads, anyone?). Continuing to operate became increasingly difficult, especially with countless yarn markets and on-line stores competing for our customers. That's the real face of retail today and the reality is that service-oriented specialty stores like ours are vanishing because of it. I tried to ride out the economic storm, I tried a lot of changes internally. But it's not working, so the time has come.
I want to thank all of our loyal and wonderful customers, the fabulous vendors and yarn reps we've worked with, and most of all, my employees who've been such a joy to work with.
I don't want to leave you hanging so I will be continuing to teach classes and do garment finishing. I am looking for a small location where I can operate classes. I am also going to arrange for a weekly knitting group, where we can get together and continue the camaraderie that began at Creative Knitworks.
I will post more details as they become available. Expect lots of sales, contests, and parties in the next few months.
To begin, all merchandise including already marked down items are 20% off. There will be steeper discounts later, but in order to get the best yarn, I wouldn't wait until then.
With much love,