Shop features vendors from around the world
–A stroll into the Ball & Skein & More in Cambria greets visitors with splashes of rich colors and deep textures. Long skeins of luxuriously textured yarn from spinners and dyers in the US and around the world hang from nearly seven-foot tall racks. Balls of soft color fill shelves and bins. Wearable items from purses, socks, sweaters, vests, caps and more are found in corners, between display racks, and nooks throughout the store. Beautifully handcrafted buttons, crochet hooks and knitting needles, patterns, kits, looms, and spinning and felting supplies can all be found in the large, open store.
The store carries every kind of yarn from acrylic to hand spun and dyed natural fibers. Ball & Skein & More is one of the largest retailers of the fair trade yarn from the Manos del Uruguay women’s cooperative. The racks are filled with yarns from over 90 vendors including Berroco, Trendsetter, Mountain Colors, Skacel, Noro, and Fyberspates.
Barron said, “We’re the largest shop on the Central Coast and among the larger shops in the country. Pretty amazing for a store in a town of around 6,000.”
Barron said, “We have one of the largest collections of yarn west of the Mississippi and are one of the few shops in San Luis Obispo County. ” Even though a percentage of the shops sales are online through the website, www.cambriayarn.com, the majority of their sales are in the shop as Gregson and Barron believe supporting the local community is important.
“While the last two years have been challenging, we’re grateful to all that have been supporting us as well as the amazing staff that works with us, providing world class service to fiber friends from all walks of life.”
Ball & Skein & More is located at 4210 Bridge St. in Cambria, CA. Check the website cambriayarn.com for the current schedule. Telephone: (805) 927-3280.
-Jackie Iddings, author