visitin': knit 1

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer, Knit 1 Chicago, yarns

"The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, good and ill together."

-- William Shakespeare

The other day I stopped by Knit 1, a gorgeous gem of a yarn store here in Chicago.  The store is stylish with a beautifully edited selection of yarns.  I especially appreciate their large stash of Habu yarns.  Yum!

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer, Knit 1 Chicago, habu yarns

Visiting the shop felt like a reunion.  I first met Lynn Coe, the owner of Knit 1, when she was a customer of my old yarn store, the Weaving Workshop.  We hadn't seen each other in ages.  Corinne Niessner, another former customer, is also working at Knit 1. She is the author of Doggie Knits: Sweaters & Accessories for Your Best Friend and the owner of Lucky Penny Hand Made, which features gorgeous sweaters for your four-legged buddy as well as stylish knit accessories.  I love her sock monkey needle wraps! (Mental note - purchase one the next time you go visitin' at Knit 1.)  

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer, Knit 1 Chicago, yarns, dog sweaters

Folks sometimes ask if I miss owning a store.   My answer is always the same, I miss the customers. There is a unique bond that develops between the customer and yarn store owner.  Much has been made of these friendships in recent novels such as The Friday Night Knitting Club.  Knitting is an activity that honors family, such as the making of booties for a friend's firstborn or the knitting of an afghan for an aging parent. It's a DIY gesture to creating something unique in a time of Gap and Walmart.  

Knit 1 has a large table in the center of the shop that is perfect for gathering.  When I was there,  two customers were working on projects, receiving expert advice from Corinne, while also chatting and getting to know each other.  As time passed, more customers stopped by to pick up some needles or just say hi on their way home.  The atmosphere is comfy like a pair of custom knit socks.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer, Knit 1 Chicago, yarns, lace pullover

I love this lacy pullover.  Perfect with a tank top over jeans or a full A-line skirt.  Do I have enough time to make myself one by summer's end?  Hmmmmm.

©2011 Lindsay Obermeyer, Knit 1 Chicago, yarns, gloves, knitting

And I ADORE these sideways knit gloves.  Oooooh, yes!  I need to make a pair of them for the fall.

Knit 1 is located at 3823 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL  60613.  Their phone number is (773) 244-1646.