Yarn arts store opens

Published 7:48 pm Thursday, October 11, 2018

Stitch Please Yarn Arts celebrated its grand opening with a ceremonial ribbon cutting with city officials, friends and family on Sept. 29.

The new store on Bennetts Pasture Road is one-of-a-kind for the city, and it carries hand-dyed yarn with some from local yarn dyers.

“The yarn is special, and it’s hard to find in the area. Buying yarn online isn’t sufficient, because you can never tell the true color,” owner Megan Cosby said. “it’s a personal thing, and you want to be able to touch it.”

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The store has been a thought inside Cosby’s head for some time, and she was more than happy to finally make her dream a reality. She left her administrative job and within just a few short months was opening the new yarn store.

“I woke up and realized that I was doing something I didn’t like for the paycheck, and why should I spend my life like that?” Cosby said. “Why not do something I love and get people to love it, too.”

Cosby spends her time running the store, taking care of her family and knitting. The craft is something she’s been doing for a decade, and having a yarn store gives her the freedom to knit for work.

“I was looking for a hobby that would keep me busy, and it turns out that knitting keeps the brain busy and at the end you have something that you can be proud of,” Cosby said. “It helped with my anxiety and depression. It was therapeutic and productive. I stuck with it and I loved it.”

Her store has started to have more features than just hanks of yarn on the walls. With more business stopping by, Cosby has started knit-a-longs, classes and a once a week knit night. Having events at her shop allows her to foster a community of knitters.

“Having these events is incredibly important. A lot of knitting is about the community. It’s about sharing and inspiring others to create,” Cosby said. “It’s artistic and we have a wonderful community around us that people aren’t aware of. It’s great to see people come together and share their journey. It’s inspiring.”

While Cosby hopes that the store can be successful, she has no plans on expanding to other parts of Suffolk. She is happy to have her own little nook on Bennetts Pasture Road.

The store can be found at 5501 Bennetts Pasture Road, and Cosby updates the website stitchpleaseyarnarts.shop regularly with the brands of yarn she carries.

The store is open Tuesday through Saturday, and Cosby holds a knit night every Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m.