2017 Mid-Mitten Shop Hop

Shop Hop 2017The 2017 Mid-Mitten Shop Hop will be October 5, 6, 7, & 8. Passports are on sale now for a new lower price, just $10!!
I love this event, I look forward to it every year. I have a few fun things sprouting in the Garden this year, including a trunk show of a local indie dyer, and everyone’s favorite project bag maker, Mid-Mitten Designs! Remember, your $10 includes a collectible tote bag (who’s got one from every year??), a free exclusive pattern from each participating shop (at least a $24 value), money saving coupons and a day out with the girls!

Participating shops

Yarn Garden, Charlotte
Woven Art, East Lansing
Stitch in Time, Howell
Sticks & Strings, Lansing

Reserve your passport today!

Phone (517-541-9323)
Email (yarngardenMI@gmail.com)
In store (131 S. Cochran)

Annual Fall Retreat Announcement!

Knitting Retreat in Shipshewana!
Farmstead Inn & Conference Center, Shipshewana, Indiana

November 1st, 2nd, & 3rd, 2013

Cost – $255, includes the following:
Lodging– two knitters to a room, with two queen beds & comfy armchairs
Meals – continental breakfast on Saturday & Sunday morning, plus a big dinner on Saturday evening (and of course, snacks for Saturday afternoon!)
Shawl kit/goody bag – includes your book (“Sock-Yarn Shawls: 15 Lacy Knitted Shawl Patterns”) and a skein of exclusive, hand dyed sock yarn, and, of course, goodies


What We’ll be Knitting – this year, I found a great book that we’ll be using as the basis for our weekend knitalong. It’s called “Sock-Yarn Shawls” by Jen Lucas. There are 15 different shawls to choose from, in three different categories; “Lace-edged”, “Allover Lace”, and “Beyond the Triangle”. It’s a good time to learn to read a chart, since each pattern is written out AND charted, and there is a wide range of skill levels to choose from too. Along with the book, you’ll receive a skein of custom dyed, exclusive sock yarn to knit your shawl with, along with other goodies in your bag. As always, YG’s trio of experts will be on hand to help you with any questions you may encounter along the way.


Deposit* – $100 with sign-up to hold spot
2nd Payment – $100 by Friday, August 30th
Remainder – $55 by Friday, October 18th


*Deposit is non-refundable after August 30th, unless a replacement is found

This is such a fun event, I look forward to spending the weekend with my knitters, just hanging out and having fun. Please call or email me with any questions, I’d love to have you join us!


Picnic Yarn Tasting!

Join us Thursday evening, June 6thfrom 6p – 8p

Be one of the first knitters in the NATION to see and touch some of Berroco’s newest yarns and garments for fall! Linda, our sales rep, will be joining us, giving us a sneak peek of Berroco’s fall line up.
During the course of the evening, you will have the opportunity to indulge in four of Berroco’s fantastic yarns, including two that are not even on the shelf yet.
And of course, you can’t have a picnic without food! So along with each course of yarn, you’ll be sampling a picnic-style tidbit of food too.
Come ready to knit with a variety of needle sizes, from sport weight to bulky. Your cost to participate is $20, but you’ll receive $10 in credit to be used towards your purchase that night.
Interested? Call or come in soon to sign up… there is a limited number of seats!
517-541-9323 shop

YG’s Sixth Birthday Bash!

Thank you to all my amazing stitchers that have supported me and my little dream here in Charlotte. To celebrate and show you my appreciation, YG is having a week-long party, from Monday, April 8th to Saturday, April 13th!
Sales!! YG’s entire stock of yarn will be 15% off… choose your next project now!


Free Stuff!! Get a free Brittany shawl pin with a $75+ purchase!
A Great Prize!! For every purchase you make from Monday, April 8th until Saturday, April 13th, you’ll be entered into a grand prize drawing for this fantastic basket of goodies!

Join us for a Three Course Yarn Tasting party with Dream In Color!

This fun event will be on March 15th, from 6p – 8p. Each “course” will consist of a mini skein of one of Dream In Color’s worsted weight yarns to play with, and a snack to taste. Dream In Color’s sales rep, Isabel, will be joining us, bringing her color cards and a variety of lace-to-fingering weight yarns for you to buy THAT NIGHT. Come ready to knit with a variety of needles for worsted weight yarn. Your cost to participate is $15, but you’ll receive $10 in credit to be used towards your purchase that night.

But our real purpose for this party is to help you pick out your yarn and color of choice for YG’s next KAL. This time, the KAL options are wide open, with only two constraints. Your project has to be a sweater, and you will be using a worsted weight yarn. Bring your own pattern, or be inspired by one of YG’s picks. We’re planning on starting on April 6th, and we’ll be continuing our first and third Saturday morning meetings. There is limited availability for this event… so stop in soon to reserve your spot!

Upcoming Classes…

For more classes, check out the Classes page!
Thumbs Up
Saturday, January 21st from 1:00 to 4:00
Fee: $20
Instructor: Jill Bigelow – Suttell
Description: Mittens are quick projects that are always in demand by family, friends and your local homeless shelter. They are easy too…once you master that pesky thumb. Thumb styles vary so one the thumb you are used to knitting may not be the one called for in the next pattern you want to knit. In this class, we will make 3 thumbs then compare and contrast them. You must be able to knit in the round but no mitten experience is necessary.
Supplies and homework: contact store for list and homework assignment
Basic Socks
Thursdays from 6:00p – 8:00p OR Saturdays from 1:30p to 3:30p
January 26th, February 2nd & 9th OR January 28th, February 4th & 11th
Fee: $40
Instructor: Lindsay Potter
Description: In this class, you’ll learn the basic construction of a sock using double-pointed needles and fingering weight yarn. This is a great way to get in the sock craze, but with one warning – once you start socks, there’s no turning back!
Supplies and homework: contact store for list and homework assignment

Holiday Happenings at the YG!

Holidays Hours for YG
Thursday, Nov. 24th – closed. Happy Thanksgiving!
Friday, Nov. 25th – 8:00 am – 6:00 pm. Black Friday Sale!
Saturday, Nov. 26th – 10:00 am – 4:00 PM. Small Business Saturday!
Were you aware that next week is Thanksgiving? Where on earth did November go? All I keep hearing on the radio is Black Friday this, and Black Friday that (and in the case of Art Van, Black Saturday?). Well, most of you know that YG always has a huge Black Friday Sale, and this year is no exception! Set your alarm clocks, drag your friends out of the big box stores, and haul yourself to Charlotte this year! I’ll be opening my doors at 8:00 am ( and if you know me, you know how tough that is!!) and we’ll start selling at 8:01.

YG’s Annual Black Friday Sale!
8:00 am – 9:00 am — 30% off the entire store!
9:01 am – 10:00 am — 25% off the entire store!
10:01 am – 11:00 am — 20% off the entire store!
11:01 am – 6:00 pm — 15% off the entire store!

And for the first time ever, we’ll be celebrating Small Business Saturday too! Check out the link above; it’s a great movement by American Express to encourage all shoppers to support their local small businesses like me, Fay from Fay’s Evelyn Bay, Betsy from Bella’s & Bella Grande’s, Nancy from the Hen House, and Shirley from Tea & Vintage Treasures, just to name a few.

YG’s First Ever Small Business Saturday Celebration!
We’ll carry over the discount from Friday: 15% off the entire store!
Additional discounts on some of your favorite items
Plus, spend $85 or more, and receive a free YG mug!

If you need more reasons to come to Charlotte for the big shopping weekend, check out our other local businesses for their sales; keep up to date with our business here, thanks to CAN DO!. Make sure to plan on stopping at Fay’s Evelyn Bay for coffee after you shop here; she’s offering 20% off your bill for Friday and Saturday if you show her your receipt from a local business. If you need a sweet treat after your hard day’s shopping, be sure to check out Corey’s Carousel for some delicious cupcakes! And be sure to check out Michigan Untapped for their Black Friday specials too!

Learn Toy Making From a Pro!

Toy Making 101 – Snails!
Saturday, November 19th from 12:00p – 3p
Fee: $45 (pattern, stuffing, black yarn for embellishments included!)
Instructor: Chris de Longpré of Knitting at Knoon
Learn toy making from the master herself, Chris of Knitting at Knoon fame. She’s the designer of all the adorable stuffed toys you’ve seen around, including the always popular SnoBuddies, Bunny Hop, and our most recent addition, Monkey Business. You will get in touch with your happy place while constructing a fanciful snail in class, demonstrating a number of useful joining and connecting skills used in making knitted toys.

Mid Mitten Yarn Shops Shop Hop

Passports on sale now!

Be sure to mark your calendars for September 15th, 16th, 17th, & 18th for the brand-new, re-designed shop hop. We’re changing things up a bit this year! Our new name is the Mid Mitten Yarn Shops (MMYS), in place of CAYSC (because who could remember what that stood for, anyway!), and look for a lower ticket price ($15 instead of $20), among other changes. As most of you know, we lost a yarn shop in the year since our last shop hop, but we also gained a fantastic new shop and partner in MMYS, Sticks & Strings in Old Town. So join us, fellow knitters, as we celebrate all the fantastic fiber and inspiration from your local yarn shops, the Yarn Garden, Rae’s Yarn Boutique, Sticks & Strings, and Woven Art!

4th Annual Knitting At Potawatomi Retreat!

Potwawatomi Inn, October 28th, 29th, & 30th
Angola, Indiana (hour and a half south from Lansing)
Cost – $305
This includes virtually everything for the weekend!
Lodging – two women to a room, with two queen beds
Meals – from dinner on Friday to brunch on Sunday (and a snack bar on Saturday!)
Math for Hats – your course fee and cost of the booklet is included!
Tot Toppers Trunk Show! – Kate will be bringing a variety of her patterns and samples for us to drool over (but not on, please)
Payment –
Deposit* – $100 with sign-up to hold spot
2nd Payment – $100 by Friday, September 2nd
Remainder – $105 by Friday, October 14th
*Deposit is non-refundable after September 2nd, unless a replacement is found

Math for Hats taught by Kate Oates
This course is intended to help knitters at all levels adjust and add sizes to an existing pattern, or to start from scratch to design their own hat. We begin by learning how to swatch in the round. We will discuss gauge, different levels of ease including when negative/positive ease are appropriate with a variety of stitch patterns, and how to use available standard sizing and even estimate yardage. We will look at all basic hat shapes including beanies and berets, and also discuss some accessories like earflaps and embellishments. Finally, we will look at the various construction methods and how they suit for the hat inside your head!
Skills required:
-cast on
-knitting in the round
-basic increasing & decreasing
-the course is perfectly suitable for beginning knitters!
After the class, we’ll use our new skills to knit chemo caps for donation to the local cancer unit at Sparrow Hospital in Lansing. And of course, there will be yarn, and food, and chatter, and the mobile
yarn garden and all the other things you’ve come to expect from our weekend away!