One of my favorite parts of wrangling our Yarn Crawl here in Dallas/Fort Worth is bringing to your attention the superior caliber of yarn talent we enjoy. I get to remind you of all the amazing people and things you’re going to experience along the route, both independent artists and brick-and-mortar stores.
And I’m going to start with an established, well-loved shop in the center of our Metroplex: The Knitting Fairy…
Alissa Barton is celebrating her seventh anniversary as the Knitting Fairy in Grand Prairie, nestled in an unlikely office park near Highway 360 and Carrier Parkway. Once inside the shop, you immediately transport to a world of color and texture, with all kinds of yarns and fibers to treat your eyes and fingers. Alissa herself is a wealth of information, with years of experience as a teacher, designer, troubleshooter, and event organizer. You’ll have a hard time stumping Alissa with a knitting or crochet challenge.
As usual this year, Alissa is highlighting the artistry of several local independent artists whose Trunk Shows will punctuate both weekends of the Crawl. The first weekend, August 18-20, you’ll find whimsical project bag, organizer, and tote designer, Lindsey Martin of Erin Lane Bags. Lindsey isn’t technically local, but she’s such a regular at our local yarn and fiber festivals that we’ve adopted her into the DFW fold! Her many Sheeple-themed bags draw crowds everywhere they’re offered.
Friday and Saturday of the first weekend, Alissa also welcomes local designer/dyer sensation, Karen Robinson of Round Table Yarns. Karen holds court over a veritable kingdom of yarn endeavors, with an elegant hand-dyed yarn line, two published books of medieval themed knitting patterns, a newsletter, yarn subscriptions, and a series of how-to videos. Her latest book, Parliament of Cowls, is definitely worth a look. Also this weekend, enjoy the completely natural soaps and balms made with love by Deb Carlson, of Della-Penelope Soap, along with her woodworking husband, Paul. Paul’s beautiful wood turning will be available all through the crawl, but come meet these artists of integrity this first weekend.
The following weekend, stop by the Knitting Fairy to visit with Mary Caroe, aka, Butterfly Girl Designs, famous for her huge variety of fibers you can combine to form your own fantastical spinning batts. The sheer number of choices–fibers, colors, textures, sparkles–leaves spinners panting for breath. Even non-spinners find it hard to back away from the playground of colorful fibers.
Throughout the Crawl you can check out Allison Ratliff’s (Safronie Yarns) Fairy Tale yarns, and the brand new offering, “Wishes,” which shoppers have come to love and depend on for the small hanks in a rainbow hues–perfect for color work or smaller projects.
The Knitting Fairy – 2100 N State Hwy 360 Service Rd E #1904, Grand Prairie 75050
On the Fort Worth side of the Metroplex, you’ll find one of the best-kept secrets in the DFW yarn universe: Georgina Estefania Knits. Georgina, along with her sister and small staff, create unique, fashion-forward knitwear on large knitting machines. Georgina designs the patterns and operates these machines which handle the beautiful yarns with ease. Many of the pieces are then finished by hand. Georgina is a hand knitter as well, and offers a few fun yarns for knitters as well as her finished pieces you can snap up off the rack. She’s happy to show you how her equipment works–those machines are her babies! This year, she has surprised us with a specially designed hot pad, made on her machines, that she’s offering free with purchase, or $5 each. These will be collectors items for sure!
Georgina Estefania Knits – 2058 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth 76107