Somewhat Local Yarn Shop Crawl

In July, my family went up north for a quick visit and to bring Grandma down to the Cities. She was to stay a while with my parents before visiting the Michigan branch of her family.

I persuaded my parents to make a few stops on the way, so I could check out some of the yarn shops in the Brainerd Lakes area. (ETA: These shops are included in the upcoming Yarn Harvest Shop Hop, Sep 15-22! Information about this event can be found at the MN Knitter’s Guild website or at At Loose Ends.)

Between Friends     

602 Laurel Street
Brainerd, MN 56401
218-454-YARN (9276)

Between Friends Shop Window

This was the only true yarn shop that we visited. It’s in an older building, with adorable window decorations. I was pleased to see a loft with a table and chairs, obviously used for classes or gatherings. This is a small shop, but has a good, basic selection of wools and blends (e.g. Mission Falls, Plymouth) and cottons (plenty of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream, including the newish Twists). The books and patterns vary in topic, with socks and baby items well-represented, and in type, hardcover books, Leisure Arts and American School of Needlework, and leaflets. The needle/hook selection was very small, and I remember that there were only circular needles.

The shop, situated a few blocks south of E Washington St, was a great spot for shopping. I spied a bead shop, a cafe/coffeehouse, and a bookstore across the street from Between Friends. The saleswoman (she may have been one of the owners) told us about a person with a studio a few blocks away, who spins and dyes her own yarn. We also were told that Freyja’s,* another planned stop, was no longer in business.


I used my Yarn Diet free pass to purchase some Sisu yarn for myself, because there was a good selection of solid colors in the shop and I hadn’t ever used it before. (Perhaps there will be a pair of mosaic socks for myself in the future?) I also got the HeartStrings Winter Solstice stocking pattern leaflet.

Nordic Living, Inc.  Updated April 2008 – This shop is now closed.

24462 Hazelwood Drive
Nisswa, MN 56468

Nordic Living

This gorgeous shop is hidden behind a line of pines just off State Highway 371. It was full of Scandinavian gifts and housewares. (I think it’s similar to Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis if you’re familiar with that shop.) A corner was filled with yarn and related accessories. The yarns included Dale of Norway, Mountain Colors, and Brown Sheep. I got to see (and was very tempted by) the new Serendipity Tweed.

This corner was very cozy with a small table nestled amongst the wool-filled shelves and lovely samples on display. I didn’t examine the book selection, but there were racks full of magazines and Dale of Norway pamphlets.


Mom and I both liked different shawls from this booklet, and I also picked up an extra set of US 1 DPNs because I had just lost one somewhere in Grandma’s carpet!

Among the Pines    

15670 Edgewood Drive, Suite 140
Baxter, MN 56425

Among the Pines

This shop is located in a newer retail area, right next to a Famous Dave’s. The yarn area is in the back, while the front section is comprised of clothes and jewelry.

After the cozy corner at Nordic Living, this shop seemed stark with its high walls and track lighting. However, it wasn’t lacking in yarn: one unit was full of Malabrigo and I remember seeing some Jo Sharp, and (I think) Debbie Bliss. There were a couple of book carousels and a decent collection of pattern leaflets.


I got a Black Purl leaflet for myself to use for baby gifts, and the Striped Bell hat for my Knitter’s Virtual Vacation Swap Pal. The clerk at Among the Pines told us about another LYS, Unraveled in Pequot Lakes, that I had missed on the list of shops I used. I definitely want to stop there next time I travel through the area!  

31069 County Road 112, Suite 400     414 So. 7th St.
Pequot Lakes, MN 56472     Brainerd, MN 56401
218-831-2006     218-824-6005

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10 Responses to “Somewhat Local Yarn Shop Crawl”

  1. Rina Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 11:08 am

    Very nice. I’m glad to hear there’s another yarn shop hop again. Ah… it’s so much fun to hear other yarn stores.

  2. Jeanne Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I’ve been to Freyja’s, but none of the others. I’m sorry to hear Freyja’s is closed. They had a very good coffee shop as well as a bunch of good yarn.

  3. Chris Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 4:01 pm

    Like Jeanne – I’ve only been to Freyja’s and am sad it closed – coffee and yarn. Ahhhh…

  4. Guinifer Says:
    September 4th, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Ooo – but I love Pequot Lakes! Hope it’s worth a stop…

  5. Opal Says:
    September 5th, 2007 at 5:20 am

    Ooh. Shawls. ;-)

  6. Deb Says:
    September 5th, 2007 at 8:49 am

    Looks like fun!

  7. Tracey Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 6:42 am

    Sounds like a great crawl.

  8. Carrie K Says:
    September 6th, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    Shawls! Dale of Norway patterns! Yaaaaarrrrrn shopsssssss. Sounds like a great crawl!

  9. Matilda Edgecombe Says:
    September 8th, 2007 at 9:41 pm

    I know you have been busy, but if you have a moment please consider posting your answers to the Q&A Contest. Those Gryffindors have entirely too much of a lead!

  10. Tammy Says:
    October 11th, 2007 at 9:16 am

    Thanks for the tips! I’m headed that direction next week & am planning a crawl myself!

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