Regrouping after flood, The Yarn Haven at West End

Sandy Gray brought her business, The Yarn Haven, to Farragut (139 Wes End Ave.) after regrouping following the flooding of February 2019, which damaged her shop when it was located in Cedar Bluff.
Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce welcomed The Yarn Haven, 139 West End Ave. in Farragut, as one of its newest members, hosting a ribbon cutting Wednesday, Jan. 22, at the shop.

It offers everything a knitter or crotchetier would want — needles, accessories, patterns, lots of models to provide inspiration and skeins and skeins of yarn in all colors.

“We have a lot of buttons, too,” owner Sandy Gray said. “... We have a few beads for adding to the knitting and crocheting.”

Don’t know how to knit or crochet? No problem. Gray holds classes as well. Just call the shop at 865-694-9900. Patrons also could learn about classes by signing up for the shop’s newsletter by e-mail. “We can always do private lessons pretty much anytime that’s convenient for both us and the customer ...,” she said.

“We’re hoping in the spring to start doing some weaving and spinning classes,” Gray added. “We also have times we call a ‘sit and stitch.’ We have those several times a week where people can just gather and work with other crafters.”

Gray opened The Yarn Haven in Farragut in September 2019 after having a shop since 2007 in Cedar Bluff. “That one got flooded out back in February (2019). “... We had a foot of water in the shop,” she said.

Saying she “felt the Lord directed me to open up the shop,” Gray adding working with yarn also has a relaxing effect and “helps them to be formed into a community of like-minded crafters.”

Gray said she learned to knit as a child from a great-aunt and to crochet from her grandmother.

“I just got back into knitting around the year 2000,” she said.

Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Wednesday through Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday.