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Wonderful Brands
We Carry…
Addi/ Skacel
Araucania
Berroco
Brown Sheep Company
Cascade Yarns
Classic Elite Yarns
Colinette
Crystal Palace Yarns
Dale of Norway
Great Adirondack Yarn Co.
Habu Textiles
Jojoland
Jo Sharp
KNIT ONE crochet two
Koigu
Lana Grossa
Lang Yarns
Lantern Moon
Malabrigo Yarn
Manos del Uruguay
Mission Falls
Nashua Handknits
Noro
Plymouth Yarn
Prism
Punta Yarns
Regia
Reynolds Yarns
Rowan
Schaefer Yarn
SR Kertzer
Swedish Yarn
Tahki Stacy Charles
Trendsetter Yarns

The story of yarns etc…January 2, 1995
It all began with the opening of the first store in downtown Greensboro.

February 2001
Then, on to open the second store in a temporary location in Chapel Hill.

January 2, 2002
The Chapel hill store moves to Carrboro on the 7th anniversary of the Greensboro store’s first day.

July 2005
yarns etc… bought Great Yarns in Raleigh.

April 2006
The Carrboro store moves to a new location just across the street.

July 2008
Closed Greensboro yarns etc…

August 2008 to Present
The Carrboro store moves back to Chapel Hill in a great new location in Plaza Mall on Elliott Road!


Mary Stoweis the owner and creative talent behind yarns etc… and Great Yarns. Mary grew up as one of six children in Greensboro. She has been knitting since age 6, having been taught by her mother and grandmother. She has always been creatively active, knitting, sewing, designing, doing needlepoint, even making costumes for her high school performances. Mary graduated from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She worked at Women’s Day magazine in the Crafts Department, taught knitting at FIT, worked at a yarn store in the Upper West Side, and had many other adventures during her time in NYC. After much traveling, Mary returned to Greensboro where she met her husband, Chris, had her son Evan (now in college) and started the first yarns etc… At the same time Mary served for nine years as the yarn rep to 10 companies all over the Southeast! Mary is now on the Retail Council of the TNNA (The National Needlework Association) board.Mary and her family live in Chapel Hill. When not working they love to travel and spend time on North Carolina’s beautiful beaches.