Knitting is something I have always wanted to learn how to do, but I have not mastered the patience for it yet. Ever since I saw the BAH! Yarns sign I’ve been wanting to interview them for the blog, but it took Beth Haines, the owner, to move the store downtown for me to finally meet her! Read the interview with her below and learn all you need to know!
How long have you been in business?
The store opened in May 2010, so a little over 4 years.
How did you decide to open “BAH! Yarns”?
After finishing out a work contract and moving back to Missouri in 2009, the height of the recession, I had a hard time finding a job utilizing a Textile Degree. So I decided to create my own job and started BAH! Yarns.
What got you interested in knitting?
I learned to knit from a friend in high school and that was cool, but then after taking a fiber arts class in college and learning about all the different types of textiles and jobs in this field my interest was really peaked. Sending me on to get a Masters in Textiles.
Does knitting attract a certain kind of people or it’s for everyone?
I personally think knitting can be for everyone but like any hobby you have to have a desire to learn it. But the benefits of knitting extend to everyone who does it. Knitting is great to keeping your fingers nimble, even if arthritis has already set in. It’s also great for your brain, since there can be math involved. And it is a great stress reliever, though maybe not at first.
Do you teach classes?
I do teach classes. I am currently working on a class schedule for this fall and ideas for classes are always welcome. For those who can’t wait to learn or have irregular schedules, I do offer private lessons for $10 per hour. Though I can teach someone to knit who has zero experience, I currently do not have a crochet instructor for beginners. I can help those who have crochet experience but will be looking for a crochet instructor.
Tell us something more about yarn and knitting you wish people would know.
Though my prices might be higher than those found in big-box craft stores, the quality of the yarn is also higher, it will last longer and will feel better in your hands as you work with it. When you spend hours making something for yourself or someone you care about, you want to enjoy your material during and long after you have finished making it.
Do you knit items for people?
I do some contract knitting, though I usually only have one or two projects going for others. I also fix knitted goods, sometimes things can be beyond repair but I am always happy to take a look.
Anything else you’d like to add? BAH! Yarns is not just a place to buy yarn or learn to knit and crochet. It has become a gathering place where friendships form, inspiration happens and creativity runs wild. I have seen so many people grow, not just with their chosen craft but also gain confidence in what they are doing, which can only add to a happier well-being.
Your store hours and contact information. The store is open Monday 10-8, closed on Tuesday, open Wednesday and Thursday 10-6, Friday and Saturday 10-4 and closed on Sunday. I can be reached via BAH! Yarns Facebook page, firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-390-2400.