In 2006 my kids were in school ‘till 4pm and life felt like a curvy mountain pass and all I wanted to do was get on a straight away.
The problem was I didn’t know what I wanted. I enjoyed working alongside my husband Andrew at Blazing Banners; a company we started in 1993. I also loved being there for my kids but they are getting older and their schedules keep them very busy. I just knew there was something else out there for me. I love to knit but I also love that sense of community that small business can be so good at. So it wasn’t out of the ordinary that I was browsing through my local yarn shop (LYS) and while I was talking to the owner it clicked. This is what I was meant to do – be in a place where I could be creative and surround myself with like-minded people that equally enjoy the experience of knitting and crochet.
After considering the idea for several months about owning my own business I was taken back to my childhood where my family owned the local hardware store and I remembered the satisfaction and connection to community. I knew what I wanted my store to become and it did not yet exist!
Andrew and I would build our own legacy, a knit and crochet shop that would be part of the community; a gathering place for the young and the young at heart.
Why yarn? It's just like a hardware store; tools are tools no matter what your passion.
2007 proved to be the right year for Andrew and I to go forward with our dream. The name would be easy, Apple Yarns. Apples represent the great state of Washington and my Grandma made the best apple pies; Apple Pie Recipe. In 2010 we added an online store.
Today, Apple Yarns is a friendly LYS and online store www.appleyarns.com in beautiful Bellingham WA . We take pride in helping our community build their own legacies; beautiful baby blankets, heirloom hand knitted sweaters and small projects for instant memories.
Andrea & Andrew Evans