A Balanced Skein, a new yarn shop in downtown Sherman, will be joining Quixotic Fibers in Whitesboro as representatives of Grayson County for this year’s DFW Yarn Crawl set to take place Aug. 17-26.
This is the seventh year for the yarn crawl and this year marks the first year for the new yarn shop in Sherman, located within Kelly Square on Travis Street. Nondas Hinsley, the owner of the new shop, said she is looking forward to meeting all the people who participate in the crawl.
“I reached out to the organizers to get on the list,” Hinsley said. “We were past deadline but she added us anyways. It’s very exciting.”
Hinsley said she had been wanting to open a yarn shop for the past 12 years. She got into knitting and crochet when she was 8 years old and recently began learning how to spin yarn. Hinsley lives in Bells, but said she wanted to open the shop in Sherman when she saw the need for a yarn shop closer to her home.
“I love the feel of small yarn shops,” Hinsley said. “I enjoy meeting people with similar interests.”
For Carly Billingsley, it will be the fourth year her shop in Whitesboro, called Quixotic Fibers, will participate in the crawl. Previously her shop had been the only location in Grayson County on the crawl.
“There is a vibrant and active yarn community in the Dallas-Fort Worth area,” Billingsley said. “We’re glad to be a part of that.”
Cindy Telisak, founder and head wrangler for the DFW Yarn Crawl, was excited to add a new shop to the list.
“One thing we are trying to do with the crawl is support these, usually women-owned, local businesses,” Telisak said.
She started the DFW Yarn Crawl in 2012 when she learned there was a need for one, but nobody who was removed enough from the business to do it. Telisak isn’t directly involved in the business, but said she enjoys the hobby. She has raised sheep and alpacas to make her own fibers to spin into yarn.
“I love this community, they are all supportive of each other’s creative endeavors, ” Telisak said.
Those wishing to participate in the yarn crawl will have to register on the website, dfwyarncrawl.com, where they can download a passport with a list of all the shops. Once they visit a shop, participants will get a stamp confirming they visited. Each shop will be handing out goodie bags as well as entering the names of the visitors for prizes.
“Most of the participants come from quite a distance,” Billingsley said. “It’s a great way to bring people to the town.”
Telisak said she hosts the event in late August in order to get it out of the way before the big trade shows start up in September.
A full list of destinations can be found by visiting the website dfwyarncrawl.com.