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 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.

Please stop by and say "hello" when in Bellingham. 
Or visit us on Ravelry, InstagramFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.  

                                                                    Andrea & Andrew Evans