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Issue Date: September 2007 Issue

Sweet Threads

Elise Franco, Photograph by Libby Fudd

Fed up with driving hours to find the yarn she loves, Shelly Brauser took matters into her own hands and opened a knit shop. Located in Hudson’s First and Main, Miss Chickpea’s Funky Fibers offers hand-dyed and hand-spun yarns sold by the skein (the yarn is loosely coiled on a reel). Plus, you’ll find books, patterns, kits, tools and in-store classes that promise to put novices on the road to knitting like pros. 

When did you first start knitting? It was about 2 1/2 to three years ago. I started during the scarf craze with everyone else.
What made you want to open your own shop? I started my purse line last year, and I started complaining to my husband that I couldn’t get the kinds of yarns I wanted. I would even drive down to Cincinnati or Columbus to find different yarn shops. One day I said to my husband jokingly, “This is really annoying. I wish I could open my own store.” And my husband goes, “Well, why don’t you?” I don’t think he thought I was serious.
What makes Funky Fibers different? There’s opportunity for creativity. There’s a lot more hand-spun and hand-dyed yarn. You’re not going to find any of that [at chain stores]. They carry things that they get in massive bulk. I don’t necessarily have that.
46 Park Lane, Hudson, (330) 342-9276,

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