Our story began in 2005 when retired art teacher Lynne Bunke and her husband Frank opened Alfred Knitting Studio at 598 State Route 244, currently the home of Baker's Bridge Antiques. It was a small and cozy shop that created a community of makers that still thrives today.
After a few years the Bunkes realized that, despite the charm of their original building, they needed more space. They purchased 569 from local landlord John Ninos and converted the former rental house into the store you see today.
Alfred Knitting Studio continued to be a center for community and creativity until 2017 when the Bunkes decided to retire from the store. At first customers and friends were panicked about what would happen: where's the nearest yarn shop, will I have to buy big box store yarn, what about the knitting group, etc.
At this point I was working a job I had initially thought would be a stepping stone to my forever job. When it became clear that would never happen I began to angry job search and try to picture a different life for myself. One night at family dinner, despairing over my career situation, I blurted out "maybe I should just buy the yarn shop!" After that the idea began to take hold and I started researching whether or not it would be viable.
To my joy and surprise, it was! After working out terms with the Bunkes and putting my own touch on the business, the store was reborn in August of 2018 as Yarn Over. Since then I've brought in new lines of yarn, expanded the local yarns we carry, and worked to create an open and safe community space. Oh, and I also brought a shop dog!
At the time of writing, February of 2021, we are seeing a reachable light at the end of the metaphorical COVID tunnel. It's been hard trying to be a community space and have people get together because of restrictions and safety concerns. It has also provided an opportunity to sit back and examine and adjust plans and ideas. Hopefully, we will soon be able to have classes and groups in the store again! Kali the shop dog and I will be very grateful to return to some sense of normalcy.