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Knit pick: Dartmouth Yarns 

A profile of the sweet. new shop bringing fibre art lovers to downtown Dartmouth

click to enlarge Hand-dyed yarns: Easy Peasy, washable merino, and Nova Scotia 2-Play
  • Hand-dyed yarns: Easy Peasy, washable merino, and Nova Scotia 2-Play

A longtime lover of the fibre arts, Kate Kimery filled a void and fed a craving of many Dartmouth artists this past summer when she opened the cozy corner shop, Dartmouth Yarns (52 Queen Street, 422-YARN). “We have been in business for much of our working lives,” says Kimery of herself and her husband, Sam. “Our desire to start a small business, to put our business theory and experience into practice, has been on hold for a long time.” With the truthful tagline “Because it’s always sweater weather in Nova Scotia” Dartmouth Yarns isn’t solely a place to buy local and international yarns, unspun fibre and crafting equipment, it offers classes and workshops for the community too, making it a real hub for fibre arts, both new and experienced. “The Halifax area, in particular, is a recognized centre for fibre-arts design, dying and activity,” says Kimery. “While we often think of yarn as an input for hand knitting, fibre-arts include many other productive crafts, including crochet, spinning, weaving, felting, rug-hooking, and dying, just to mention a few.” As residents of Dartmouth themselves, the Kimerys look forward to the continued growth of the the downtown area, and are happy to have a hand in it. “Small businesses are key to making a downtown a more welcoming neighborhood for people to live and shop and play,” says Kate. “You know, vibrant downtowns are not just about being cool, they are also about being green. Busy downtowns are the source for ‘one-stop’ living, with less driving and more walking, biking and efficient use of public transportation. We love being part of this.”

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