Nina, the yarn shop, opened in 2004 in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood. Nina, the original owner, had a vision of an inviting and contemporary space and she filled it with beautiful textures, colors and lots of inspiration. After nearly 13 years, the shop transitioned into the hands of Hilary, a long-time employee and lover of all things crafty. Hilary now continues Nina’s mission of inspiring creativity in others beyond knitting, with the help of an amazing staff!
who are the nina girls?
The Nina Girls all started out as customers of the original Nina! We are co-workers and friends, all very fortunate that we have gotten to take a place we have always loved and make it our own.
owner, designer, inspirer, educator
Hilary learned how to knit almost accidentally. Immediately obsessed, she learned every new technique and tried every new yarn she could get her hands on, before starting to work at Nina in 2009. Hilary realized she was in her element helping other knitters with their yarn choices and teaching them new skills. Then, she started designing her own patterns, which are written under the label Hilary Hues. To this day, she continues these interests while running the business, and despite her busy schedule, she wouldn’t have it any other way.
manager, designer, inspirer, educator
Kelly learned to knit in 2012 and took to it immediately. She loves playing with color and challenging herself with a variety of projects. An avid crafter of all kinds, she is also the designer behind Kamp Knits and Kamp Jewels. As the shop manager, you will often find her arranging the store. She also loves helping customers with their project selection, construction and even fixing mistakes!
designer, inspirer, educator
Jen has a background in clothing construction, fashion design, and art education. She has been knitting for more than a decade and creates knitwear designs as well as other knitting accessories. You can find her line of bags and notions cases, under the label J.M. Plumridge, in our shop. Jen spends most of her time teaching at the shop because nothing makes her happier than the excitement of a new crafter.
Aerial began knitting as a way to pass time while performing with a circus in Germany. It went from a hobby, to an obsession, to a passion. She has turned her passion into her job, though when she’s not knitting, you will likely find her hula hooping somewhere.
A long-time customer of Nina, Kristine is a very experienced knitter and crocheter. She made most of the beautiful crochet samples in the shop and teaches intermediate and advanced-level crochet classes.