In New York there’s a popular music venue called, The Knitting Factory, which started as a club in Manhattan and is now operating in Brooklyn and a few other cities. Well, Peoria has its very own knitting factory and that’s today’s Shop Hop destination.
Let's step inside and see what's what.
Well, it certainly looks interesting from the outside of the store.
Very nice and comfy in here, let's go say hi to the women in the middle of the store.
Here's Erin, who owns the store along with her friend, Melinda who wasn't here today. The store's been open for over a year and Erin says business is great. It helps that Fiber Universe is Peoria's only yarn store. Nice to have that local niche!
Erin invites customers to hang out and knit in the shop and that's exactly what customers Tammie and Melissa are doing here today.
One thing I noticed was there's a lot of sheep in here.
There's another one up there.
Erin told me people bring in sheep items to the store as gifts, like this sheep painting.
I asked Erin why in the world people give her sheep knick-knacks and paintings and she explained that the wool in yarn comes from sheep. Talk about your "duh" moments!
In addition to yarn, there's also hats and knitted clothing for sale in here, most of it made by owners Erin and Melinda.
There's lots to choose from in here, everything from a teeny purple sweater...
To a one-of-a-kind, blue knit dress.
Suddenly...socks! And notice the sheep painting photobombing the shot in the background.
Like I always say, shop local!
Wow, look at all the yarn in here, they certainly live up to their name!
Okay, time to make a purchase in here and support this local store. I don't know how to knit, so I thought I'd buy an instructional book on the craft of knitting.
Here's Erin ringing me up at the front counter...
And a quick glance out the front window and I'm on my way. See ya tomorrow!