Calling all knitters, crocheters, and beaders!
Longtime local beader Kandra Norsigian opened a new shop in Grover Beach: Yarn and Beads—with an emphasis on the yarn.
Norsigian joined forces with yarn connoisseur Julia Powers to bring a variety of yarns and beads to the community. Norsigian told New Times that the idea for a store in Grover Beach came shortly after she sold her bead store in Solvang, tiring of the long commute from Arroyo Grande.
“I didn’t plan on having another store,” Norsigian said. “But I met Julia, who’s my manager now, and we decided to open a yarn store. She knows yarn, and I know beads.”
- PHOTO COURTESY OF KANDRA NORSIGIAN
- ‘ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES’: Beadwork by local artist and Grover Beach store owner Kandra Norsigian is featured nationally in exhibits. Norsigian opened Yarn and Beads on W. Grand Avenue Jan. 12, where she and her manager Julia Powers offer an eclectic selection of yarn and beads from a variety of sources. Yarn and Beads will also offer classes and have “open knitting” sessions.
Yarn and Beads debuted on Jan. 12, and the store, located at 225 West Grand Avenue, is filled to the brim with yarns and beads from all around the world. Many of the yarns available at the shop hail from countries like Japan, Uruguay, England, and Canada, beads are imported from Czech Republic and Japan.
“When you walk in here, it’s an overload of color,” Norsigian said of the diversity. “We have an incredible selection of yarn. I think more than any store I’ve seen.”
In addition to the international materials, the store is stocked with locally sourced yarn and beads dyed or made by Central Coast artists, in addition to materials from other American artists.
“We go to [art] shows all over the U.S. and find them,” Norsigian said.
Yarn and Beads fills a need in the community, says Norsigian, as the creative residents of San Luis Obispo County have a considerable demand for yarn.
“There are a lot of knitters and weavers in this area,” she said. “Everybody is so excited that we opened.”
For those who haven’t found their creativity with yarn and beads, Norsigian can expound on the “endless possibilities” that the materials offer.
“Oh my goodness, you can knit your own sweaters, scarves, hats, socks, gloves,” she said. “With beads, you can make necklaces, earrings, bracelets, wall hangings, sculpture beadwork. You can put them on clothing.”
In some cases, the uses for yarn and beads overlap.
“You can do knitting with beads,” Norsigian explained. “We have patterns where you can knit a shawl or knit a scarf, and you can incorporate beads into it.”
If you’re late to the knitting party and have yet to hone your craft, you needn’t worry. Yarn and Beads plans to offer classes to the community. The classes will be free with purchase of the materials.
“I am going to be teaching a basket class where you use hand-dyed yarns,” Norsigian said. “Julia and Kippen are going to be teaching a lot of knitting and crocheting.”
Yarn and Beads is open Tuesday through Saturday. Designated “open knitting” periods are from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays.
“We have a very inviting store,” Norsigian said. “You come in, you can set up at our tables and start knitting. If you need help, we can help you.”
The public is invited to attend “Can Science Explain Everything?: An atheist and a Christian discuss Scientism” at Cal Poly’s Performing Arts Center on Jan. 27 featuring Atheists United SLO board member Paul Rinzler and MIT professor Ian Hutchinson. The event is free of charge and starts at 7:30 p.m.
Staff Writer Peter Johnson wrote this week’s Strokes. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.