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Love Yarn Shop focuses on fiber and fun

Paula Herbert offers many types of yarn, books, and good times at Love Yarn Shop, located on the east front of the Colonial Theatre. (Photo by Darin Wipperman) (click for larger version)
October 21, 2015
BETHLEHEM—Paula Herbert, who formerly co-owned Yarn Garden in Littleton, has enjoyed the six weeks since opening Love Yarn Shop, located on the Colonial Theatre's eastern store front. Herbert provided details about the store during a conversation last week.

Herbert sold her interest in Yarn Garden in December. The store's closure in June motivated her to pursue a dream of running a business, in this case to fill a regional void

"I think people were really sad when Yarn Garden closed," Herbert said.

"It just broke their hearts," she continued.

Love Yarn Shop is Herbert's way to serve knitting and crochet fans looking for a local store.

Herbert's interest in fiber arts began in Europe.

"I had lived in England in the early 1980s," she said, and a great yarn shop there inspired her.

After returning to the United States and raising a family, Herbert said, "I started getting back into knitting."

The name for the new store was inspired by some knitter lingo.

"LYS means Local Yarn Shop," Herbert noted.

To stock her cozy location, Herbert said, "I decided to focus on New England and American-made yarns."

Throughout the store, shoppers can find many styles of yarn from New Hampshire to Nebraska.

Herbert recently attended the Tunbridge Sheep and Wool Festival in Vermont. As a goal for November, Herbert intends to expand the amount of regional and local yarns.

When asked about her favorite kind of yarn, Herbert mentioned the soft and warm qualities of an alpaca-wool blend.

Overall, Herbert said the best type of yarn to use for a particular project "all depends on what you're making."

Sweaters are a favorite item for Herbert to make. She has also created patterns for smaller items, such as cowls and hats. Hoping to make life easier for individuals, Herbert's patterns are created with the principle of "uncomplicated patters for uncomplicated people," she said.

Classes are another part of Love Yarn Shop. Five Lisbon students were learning some techniques during the Courier's visit last week.

Herbert said former Yarn Garden employees, who assist at Love Yarn Shop, are included in the line-up of teachers for the shop's classes.

On Nov. 7, fiber artist Beth Harwood will hold a workshop in the store. The day will focus on wet felting, with creation of a wall hanging part of the day. Workshop participants do not need to be a knitter, Herbert said.

The North Country Fiber Forum is another of Herbert's endeavors. The charitable organization creates kids toys for Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, as well as prosthetics for breast cancer patients.

Some books are also available at Love Yarn Shop. Herbert pointed out, "Sweet Pea and Friends: The Sheep Over," an illustrated book from Vermont. Wool from the book's namesake sheep may soon be on the market, Herbert said.

Bethlehem's Main Street has a truly great feel for Herbert.

"It has been fun discovering all the people who live and work here," she said of the town.

Love Yarn Shop is online at http://loveyarnshop.com and www.facebook.com/loveyarnshop.

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