Yarnin' a tale of a very social business


The Community Table - photos from the "Just Yarnin'" website
It was nearly three years ago that Kim Christensen and Nancy Anne Miller opened their shop, “Just Yarnin'”. The women wanted a shop filled with gorgeous yarns and people who wanted to share this love of needlecraft.

“We concentrate on wool and wool blends, some of which are hand or kettle dyed,” said Kim. "We are open five-and-a-half days a week. We are here every day but Tuesday and a half-day on Sundays. We are also open evenings.

“We have a Community Table that is open whenever we are,” she continued. “People who knit or crochet are welcome to come in. Some people come in to socialize, some come in because they need help. Some come in new to the area and want to meet other knitters.

“Our table, the youngest is now ten - she was nine when she first started. Our ages range from nine to probably eighty-ish. We are very proud of that. It is multi-generational. We don’t have a lot of menfolk, but we have had occasional menfolk.

“Our table has all levels at it - you have beginners, you have experienced knitters, you have people who are reintroducing themselves because they used to knit, then didn’t knit and now they are knitting.

“The concentration is on knitting. We do have a few crocheters come in but for the most part it's all knitters,” Kim said.

 The perfect handcrafted gift!

In addition to the Community Table, "Just Yarnin’" offers knitting classes. Kim pointed out that the beginner classes start with students making fingerless gloves, a pattern that Nancy found. It teaches a student how to read a pattern, cast on, knit, purl, to bind off and to sew.

Kim says that some beginning students will make another pair of gloves, or some will take off and make a hat, shawl or even a tunic.

Another popular event is their KALs - Knit Alongs. All participants work on the same knitting project, using their own colors of yarn. In addition to being a social gathering, it is also a learning experience, learning a new stitch or working with color.

Coming up on Saturday, April 21, "Just Yarnin’" will join in the first LYS (Local Yarn Store Day). This was created by TNNA, the national needle arts association. LYS was developed to support the local brick and mortar yarn store, “while driving awareness and celebrating the craft.”

"Just Yarnin’" will be offering special yarns and colors in limited editions and is only one of five yarn shops in Wisconsin participating in this national event. For more details, stop in or contact Kim or Nancy Anne using the information below.

Then, on May 1 they will be celebrating their third anniversary with a party.

The partners have been friends for many years and met through a knitting shop where Kim dropped off her son. The two eventually met and developed a close friendship. They even took a wonderful knitting-themed four-day trip to Iceland sponsored by Barb and Pam Trask from Iron Mountain, MI.

Kim’s face is hardly unfamiliar to the St.Germain business community. She and her husband, Tom, opened the St. Germain Sport Marine in the mid-90s. Tom has held many elected positions in the Northwoods community over the years.

“I think the best part of this business is meeting new knitters,” Kim relayed. “It’s fun. A lot of new friendships have been made in the last three years. it’s really nice to meet all these people that knit - some whose abilities to knit have grown. The nine-year-old who is now 10 … she and her sister knit sweaters last summer and wore them to school last fall.

“People are thankful we’re here and don’t have to go on the Internet to buy and they don’t have to travel four hours to get this brand of yarn or that brand of yarn that we carry. That’s cool, too. They are very thankful we are here,” she explained.

Nancy Anne agrees with Kim that the best part of owning the shop is, “Sharing my passion; Kim and I sharing our passion with others. And exactly as Kim mentioned, the relationships that have grown amongst us and the people who come in …the people who sit around the table and the relationships that are fostered and nurtured around knitting.”

“Just Yarnin'” is located in downtown St. Germain in the mall at 446C Highway 70 East. They maintain a very active email list which you may sign up for on their website or email directly at justyarnin@gmail.com. You may also call 715-479- YARN (9276).

Also, be sure to check out their Facebook webpage for special sales and other shop events.

“Just Yarnin'” is open Monday and Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m. They are closed Tuesdays.

Kim Christensen (left) and Nancy Anne Miller (right)





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