Lisa, the owner of Darn Yarn, spent many years bouncing from job to job as companies closed, moved over seas, or consolidated. As her resume grew, "When I own my own company..." thoughts rattled around in her brain.
Eventually, with the help of an inheritance from her husband's Aunt Sue, she was able to open Darn Yarn. Aunt Sue had owned a quilt shop, and was a creative soul. It seemed fitting to use the inheritance to start a new creative endeavor.
Darn Yarn opened it's doors in March 2010 as a one room yarn shop in Butler Pa. It quickly outgrew that one room, and eventually, the available space at the Butler location. In 2012 we moved to The Center of Harmony, in Harmony PA.
The Center of Harmony (COH) is an historic 1825 Opera Hall that is currently home to 4 businesses - Darn Yarn, Two Fraus Bakery, Wunderbar Coffee & Crepes, and Murderingtown Press.
In 2018 we moved from one space in COH to another, larger space. That's where you'll find us today, Unit D. The building is L shaped, we're on the leg at the rear of the parking lot.
Who will you meet when you visit Darn Yarn?
Lisa is the owner, as stated above. She's usually in the shop. Raised in a creative family, she learned to knit as a child, made clothes for her teddy bears and rugs for her doll house, and then promptly forgot how to knit. She taught herself to crochet in college and when people started asking more questions about knitting than crocheting in the shop, she relearned to knit. She now also spins and plays with weaving when time allows.
Sophia is in on Thursday afternoons. She's a knitting and spinning, college attending, cat loving, still deciding on a major, German speaking, happy kinda gal. She helps with general cleaning and restocking.
Nicole is a crocheter who helps with restocking and inventory control when her girls tell her she's making to much noise at home and she needs to leave the house so they can do their on-line school work.
Charlie Brown the Airedale is our resident shop dog. He comes to the shop with Lisa on days when he has appointments (vet, groomer), or when neither Lisa or her husband can get home in time to let him out. Because he's a big boy, and we know that not everyone is comfortable around dogs, he stays behind the counter area. (Don't worry, he likes it back there. He's near his human and he's one of the terriers that likes to "cave", tunnel, or sleep in small spaces.)