Yarn Discovery Tour

Celebrating 11 years, the Yarn Discovery Tour provides fiber enthusiasts the opportunity to visit 19 amazing yarn shops throughout Northeast Ohio. This will be the first time Gwen Erin Natural Fibers is participating! We are the most eastern stop on the tour and easy to find just off I-80 (exit 234). If you are coming from Pennsylvania, we’re a great place to start.

During the tour, September 4 thru September 22,
 the Studio will be open special hours:

Tuesday 12 PM – 4 PM
Wednesday 12 PM – 7 PM
Thursday & Friday 11 AM – 6PM
Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
Sunday 11 AM – 5 PM

How does the Tour work?

  • Purchase a $8 passport at any participating shop & receive a free souvenir tote bag. Passports available for purchase beginning Tuesday, August 21 and continuing through the 2018 YDT.
  • 2018 Yarn Discovery Tour begins Tuesday, September 4 and concludes Saturday, September 22.
  • Purchase a minimum of $10 from any participating shop and receive that shop’s free YDT pattern and entry into that shop’s Prize Basket drawing ($100+ value).
  • When you make your purchase, receive a passport stamp from that shop as well as their pin for your souvenir totebag. Visit a few shops or visit them all!
  • Collect 5, 10, 15 or all 19 passport stamps and be entered into YDT Prize Basket drawings as well.
  • The YDT will draw 4 winners from all shoppers with 5 passport stamps, 2 winners for all shoppers with 10 and 15 passport stamps and 1 Grand Prize Winner from shoppers with all 19 passport stamps. Shoppers with 5, 10 or 19 passport stamps not already winning a YDT Prize Basket, will be entered in a Last Chance Drawing.
  • Shoppers with all 19 passport stamps will also receive a free I Did It All souvenir.
  • Prize winners will be drawn and notified the week after the YDT concludes. Winners of shop prize baskets pick those up from the shop itself. Winners of YDT Prize Baskets may pick those up from their shop of choice.
  • Winners will be posted on the website as soon as possible after the YDT concludes.

Get more information and see all the participating shops.

friday’s question

When I first started knitting, I felt compelled to hunt down every single yarn shop within an hour’s drive and visit them all.  Rich would ask, “Where are we going this time?”  And then we’d hop in the car, driving off to some unknown town (pre-GPS) simply to check another shop off my list.  Of course I had to buy something since we’d gone to all that trouble to get there.  In fact, I’d feel rather guilty if I didn’t.  Eventually I wandered away from purchasing commercial yarn and started spinning.  Finding shops with fiber and wheels was much more difficult.  I would scour the ads in Spin-Off, hoping to discover some previously unknown gold mine.  Occasionally something would pop up, so off we’d go again, and I would feel compelled to buy.  Then I found out about fiber festivals.  These are considerably more exciting for the spinner/multi-hobbyist.  At first I would come home with gobs of stuff, but it has slowed down recently.  I look at all the lovely things and hesitate to buy.  As a dyer and spinner, I appreciate what others are doing, but I want to go home and do it myself.  That’s when I realized why I feel so drawn to vending.  I want to be a member of the fiber community, but being purely a consumer is not enough.  By creating and selling, I can still enjoy attending all the different events, without the pressure to purchase.  Instead I am the one putting that pressure on other people!

Additionally, I have become much more aware of fiber content.  I began with acrylic yarn.  Not just that, I was excited about it.  But then I discovered wool and decided to stick with it.  Now I am very interested what type of wool, what breed I am buying.  The more you know, the more you want to know.

 Question:  How has your interest in fiber arts changed over the years?  Do you focus on one aspect more now than you did before?  Have you become disinterested in a particular thing?


So, my closest yarn shop is about 40 minutes away over in Pennsylvania. It’s a cute little place on the square, all the fiber smells like handmade soap when you take it home (since she sells handmade soap). Unfortunately it is closing at the end of the year. If I had $30,000, a storefront, and lots o’ time – I would buy her business. And if this opportunity comes up again in 5-10 years, I will. But now it’s just not the right time. I’m only 21. Mostly I need more life experience and more knitting/spinning experience. It’ll happen some day.

This weekend we stopped in, since I hadn’t been over there for a few months (probably one of the reasons she’s closing, eh?). The drive was beautiful. The hills were covered in trees of all colors, the sun was out, the temperature was mild. It couldn’t have been better. She was having a sale on cotton yarn, which I have no use for at all. Instead I picked up a couple skeins of Silky Wool, just ‘cuz. I love the way it smells, the silk part especially. It reminds me of Pennsic. I had a skein of the green already, so I thought I’d get a few more so I could actually do something. However, the greens are NOT the same dye lot, they may not even be the same color. But they’re different enough that I think all together it could work. What am I going to do with it? I don’t know.


Tonight Richard helped me wind some yarn into balls (or would it be cakes?). He’s the best swift I could find. I love using my nostepinne way more than a clackety ball winder, which I have and never use. He bought the nostepinne for me last Christmas and it has become one of my favorite tools. It’s wooden, so it looks nice; it’s portable; it’s historical; it’s hands-on and controllable. Anyway, the yarn was Harrisville Tweed which I intend to turn into a Cosy Train Tam. It’s finer than worsted, so I think I’ll hold two strands together through-out. Maybe if I get all my homework done early tomorrow I’ll reward myself by starting it.