Kerrie Cervenka has enjoyed a career as the owner of successful businesses, but when she was at a crossroads in her career, she decided to follow her long-time love of all things “yarn.” Being aware that the Englewood community lacked a proper shop, and because she is a lifetime crocheter, a weaver and a knitter, what better way to combine business with pleasure, than opening a yarn shop? As anyone knows who has invested the time and materials in a project, you want your finished creation or gift to hold up over time and Kerrie has carefully selected top quality colors and yarn fibers so your project will last to become an heirloom. Kerrie opened A Bit O’Yarn in 2017 and it has become a great source for yarn enthusiasts and as well as a social community of yarn-minded individuals. The shop stocks colorful yarns by brand and fiber type, and Kerrie carries some eco-conscious yarns such as King Cole from England and Urth Yarns out of Miami. Urth Yarns plants a tree for every skein sold! She now stocks Malibigo yarns and still has Red Tide yarn by Alexandra, of which a portion of the sale is donated to local environmental causes. Besides yarn, you can select needles & hooks, patterns, books, notions and tools, weaving looms and kits for projects such children’s crocheted toys (Star Wars Yoda is a popular one now.) Plus, Kerrie has added all sorts of fun and useful items for your use or gifts for fellow crafters: How about a necklace that is a needle sizer? A magnetic bracelet for pins & stitch markers? Wrist rulers? Wool washes? For gifts and a treat for yourself, there are new soaps and lotions by I Love Candles, jewelry and household items & decor. You can browse and purchase from her website, www.abitoyarn.com as well.
Abiding by COVID-19 recommendations, group classes and knit-alongs are temporarily suspended. But wait! You can schedule individual appointments to learn to knit or crochet or grow your skills to take on a more advanced project. Need help figuring out a project? Set a time to get some answers. You can also find help with an issue or question when you stop in the shop. If you want to try weaving but don’t want to invest in a loom, you can use one at the shop for a nominal fee.
Kerrie’s customers are all ages – she sees many youth, mothers, and seniors who have knitted or crocheted all their life. Newbies are welcome, too, to learn the satisfaction of creating something useful and the resulting peace of mind that occurs while you are working. Charity crafters love her product selection as well – these crafters create items such as lap blankets for Tidewell or the homeless. Busy Hands for Love is a group activity where each participant knits six inches and then passes it on to the next person to do the same, saving one person the job of completing the whole project by herself.
A Bit O’Yarn is located at 234 N. Indiana Avenue and is currently
open Monday through Friday, 10am to 5pm and Saturday, 10am to 2pm. Kerrie has created a warm, welcoming environment where you are welcome to work on your yarn work and enjoy a cup of tea. Her vision is to develop the store into a community gathering place. Coming in the future are yarn retreats, both locally and abroad. Her first Wacky Wednesday Trivia was a success – follow her on Facebook for future contests. Kerrie has created a private Facebook group, “abitoyarnies,” for members to share patterns, comments and ask for help.
Kerrie and staff invite you to come be a part of the Yarnie community: check in with your project and check out of momentary worries! Visit her at www.abitoyarn.com or Facebook page A Bit O’ Yarn. Phone: 460•1958.
Take advantage of A Bit O’ Yarn’s Grand Re-Opening Sale over Labor Day weekend and shop the sidewalk sales at her shop and her next-door neighbor’s, Cedar Valley Crafts.
Special events scheduled for Saturday, September 5.