Before I leave Minnesota behind in my blog posts, I had to include one last favorite place. That Little Red House is a yarn shop in Grand Marais and is my favorite current yarn shop. (My favorite used to be My Sister’s Yarn Shop in Green, Ohio, but it closed in June.) It was really nice to know, while we were in the wilds of Minnesota, that there was a yarn shop that could supply my knitting needs only an hour away.
That Little Red House is called “the best little yarn shop in northern Minnesota” and it really is. Of course, it is also the only yarn shop in northern Minnesota! The next closest is in the Two Harbors area, not far from Duluth. The shop was opened in 2012 but was closed for a while during the winter when the owner was undergoing cancer treatments. She is feeling stronger now so she was reopened for the summer.
That Little Red House is really a little red house and it doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside, every square inch is packed in yarn. I’m sure there is some kind of order to it, but it wasn’t readily apparent. The front room has the most expensive yarns and the back rooms have some less expensive yarns, but everything is mixed together in a riot of color and touchability.
I found all my favorite kinds of yarn at That Little Red House, as well as some I had never heard of. I didn’t see too many that were unique to the shop: most were standard yarn brands. This is good news for knitters going in looking for yarn for a specific project – you are sure to find something that you can use. For instance, I needed something in a DK weight that would make a really soft and warm winter hat. DK weight can be hard to find or have a limited selection, but this yarn shop had the perfect yarn for my project in just the colors I wanted.
That Little Red House is only open Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 11 to 5, so the hours are very limited. I think they might be even shorter during seasons other than summer. But if you are in the area, stop in and explore the shop a while. It is a fun place to check out, even if you aren’t a knitter. If you are a knitter – be sure you bring your credit card!