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love fest fibers has arrived!


We’ve been searching to find the perfect jumbo yarn and we found it at Love Fest Fibers! Their feel good story is amazing and their yarns are to die for. We have stocked Tough Love, which is perfect for fantastic knit and crochet baskets like this one:


Yes, that felted basket in the first photo is also available for sale, in three different sizes! Soon we’ll be getting in ReLove in merino and alpaca, which is perfect for those super chunky accessories. Stay tuned…

happy thanksgiving from the nina girls!


We will be closed on Thanksgiving day and will resume our regular hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Friday     12-6
Saturday     10-6
Sunday     12-6

lucky 13 anniversary sale!

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We’re the lucky ones because we have the best customers and we want to thank you for your continued support!

Please join us for our anniversary sale to celebrate thirteen years this weekend:

Saturday, November 18th from 10 – 6

Sunday, November 19th from 12 – 6

20% off all yarn

30% off all books

30%-50% off all sale items

Enjoy light bites while you peruse a wide variety of new products and samples, as well as a lot of great finds in our sale section. See you this weekend!

save the date for a backyard bbq november 11th!

We are delighted to be hosting Alice O’Reilly of Backyard Fiberworks in our shop for a Backyard BBQ on Saturday, November 11th!



The BBQ is from 2-5pm on Saturday, but the trunk show lasts all weekend!

Doesn’t a little summer in November sound great? We promise you won’t want to miss this spread.




Alice will be taking over our shop with buckets and baskets of colorful yarn and fabulous kits! This is your chance to see it all in person and meet the independent dyer behind it all. We will also have giveaways, prize drawings, exclusive yarns and pattern releases! Of course our favorite chef, Chef on the Roof, will be firing up the grill.

Follow us here on Instagram to stay up to date on all the latest details so you don’t miss this special event!

new owner, new season, new yarns & more!

Hi everyone!  It’s Hilary here, the new owner, finally checking in!  I really can’t thank everyone enough for their continued support as Nina and I have gone through this process together.   Since I’ve taken over, the other employees and I have been having a great time in the shop seeing many of you, and we’ve been quite busy preparing for the fall/winter season.

For those of you who don’t know, we have open knitting and crocheting on Saturdays and Sundays from 3 – 5 pm.  We have a lovely group of stitchers pretty much every weekend!  We’ve also added Thursday Night Stitch Nights for those who can’t make it on weekends.  Please join us on Thursdays from 7 – 9 pm as we knit, crochet, and enjoy yummy bites from Chef on the Roof.  We also have chosen to support a different charity each month, with a suggested $5 donation.  For the month of October, the group has decided to donate to United for Puerto Rico.  As you can see here, it’s a fun bunch!



We’ve also been stocking so much new stuff, a combination of consistent favorites as well as lots of new yarns!  Here’s a peek at a few of them…


Our new oh-so-soft and luxurious Cardiff Cashmere Classic.



Twisted Owl 2-Ply Sock, fun colors and speckles!



Two yarns from Mrs. Moon, Swaddle, a super soft baby yarn…



and Plump, a lovely new addition to our super bulky collection.



Some 21-Color Mitt and Ski Trio Hat kits from Blue Sky Fibers.




The luxurious and limited-edition American Scenic, also from Blue Sky Fibers.


These are some of our new favorites, but we have even more in the shop and more arriving every week.  Come on in to see us and don’t miss out during this exciting season!


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Join us for a Big Celebration!!

Drinks and tasty bites will be provided by Chef on the Roof.


Please click below to let us know you are coming!



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august recap

It’s been an eventful month!

August started with the Annual Chicago Yarn Crawl, a week long event that encouraged crafters to visit all 21 participating yarn shops in the Chicagoland area.

It was busy – our best Crawl ever!


yarn crawl tote


We had many new customers in the shop during the Yarn Crawl, and our featured project was well received. Do you know about it?  It’s called Big Bad Blend, uses 4 colors of Big Bad Wool Weepaca, and is a simple scarf with a tassel flair.  So many people purchased the yarn to make this pretty scarf.


big bad blend


We created a Big Bad KAL so we could all knit it together – every Saturday from 3-5pm. It’s never too late to join, whether you’re just about to cast on or are ready to finish.


big bad KAL

big bad KAL


We introduced a couple of other projects during the Yarn Crawl too –  Big Bad Marl and the Crescent Pom Shawl.

Both are made from the super soft Big Bad Wool Weepaca.


big bad marl

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We drew a winner for our Yarn Crawl Prize… Congrats to Jennifer!


prize winner - Jennifer


For our Special Event during the Yarn Crawl, we hosted Margaret from Heidi & Lana.

She offered her lovely project kits and sweet stitch markers during a Wine & Cheese Party.


heidi & lana event


People had fun trying on her designs during the evening, especially Passage,  Discovery, and Reflection.


passage poncho

passage poncho

heidi & lana


Here’s a little photo journey of the past month.

Thanks to everyone who visited our shop!


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heidi & lana event

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yarn crawl

big bad marl

yarn crawl

yarn crawl


chicagoland yarn crawl starts this weekend!



The Chicagoland Yarn Crawl starts this Saturday!

Pick up your passport at Nina or at any participating yarn shop and get crawling!

21 Chicagoland yarn shops are part of the Yarn Crawl this year. We’re all ready to welcome you, stamp your passports, enter you in prize drawings, offer free exclusive patterns, and provide store-wide discounts!

For those of you new to the Crawl, learn all about it here. You won’t want to miss this annual event!




The special edition 2017 Yarn Crawl Tote (which was designed by our very own Hilary) has arrived in our shop, and orders are coming in!  We have a limited supply, so pre-order yours by calling (773.486.8996) or emailing (  It’s just $10!

To track your yarn shop journey, you’ll get a special pin for your tote at every shop you visit.


Yarn Crawl Tote 2017


We’re excited to introduce our exclusive Yarn Crawl Pattern…



big bad blend




The Big Bad Blend pattern is free during the Yarn Crawl, and will be available for purchase through Ravelry when the Crawl ends.

Stop by to see and touch this beautiful scarf made out of the incredibly soft Weepaca by Big Bad Wool.

We’ll have a collection of yarn bundles ready to go (like these) as well as the option to choose your own colors.





If you’d like to knit your scarf with us, come to our Big Bad Blend KAL (knit-along) Saturdays from 3-5pm (August 12, 19, 26 and September 2). Just stop in any of those Saturdays to join our KAL. We’ll be featuring a Tassel-along too for those who want help with the finishing touch.




If you’re not a fan of tassels, you can simply omit them and wear your scarf this way.


Big Bad Blend



During the Yarn Crawl all 21 stores will have a store-wide discount of 10% off!

Each shop will also have a prize drawing for a gift package worth $100. You can enter at each shop you visit.

Feeling lucky? You could win this fun collection of goodies at our shop.


yarn crawl prize


We look forward to seeing you during the Yarn Crawl!


Our Extended Yarn Crawl Hours are listed here:

10-5  Saturday, July 29

12-5  Sunday, July 30

12-5  Monday, July 31

closed Tuesday

11-8  Wednesday, August 2

11-7  Thursday, August 3

11-5  Friday, August 4

11-5  Saturday, August 5

12-5  Sunday, August 6


new vest design!

new vest design

new vest design

new vest design

new vest design

We’ve got a new design in the shop! Thanks to Hilary! The pattern will be on Ravelry soon (in larger size too).

This cute Tri-Square Vest was knit with Shibui Twig and Shibui Cima. It’s a great project for beginners – easy to make and easy to wear!

Come try it on… and then cast it on!

summer hours…



Summer Hours started this week.


Closed Monday & Tuesday

Open 11-7  Wednesday & Thursday

Open 12-5  Friday, Saturday & Sunday


Come visit! And check out our cute ice cream pom pom display.

The shop occasionally hosts special events, book signings, trunk shows, and sales. Private events can also be arranged at the shop by request.

Perhaps you'd like to have a birthday party centered around a knitting lesson. Or a baby shower during which everyone learns to knit a square for a baby blanket. Or a corporate networking event that features knitting instruction. Or a book club that encourages participants to knit while discussing the book. Nina: a well-knit shop is available for these and other special events.

Contact us to learn more.



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