Of yarn and cheese in Chehalis

By Kirsten Stalnaker

Of yarn and cheese in Chehalis

If you are looking for a cozy place during these long weeks of rain then you may enjoy a visit to the Black Sheep Creamery which is also the Yew and I yarn shop located on Market Blvd in Chehalis next to the theatre. This little shop will especially catch your fancy if you are a knitter, crocheter, felter, spinner, or cheese connoisseur.

At the front of the shop, there is a selection of cheese made locally from the milk of sheep who graze the green fields of the Black Sheep Creamery Farm in Adna and milk from Tin Willows Farm in Eastern Oregon. You can also purchase a sheep milk latte or any other hot coffee and a bite to eat in the cafe portion of the shop.

To the right and into the back you will find a bountiful selection of wool yarn in every color imaginable. This wool is also made from the same local sheep which help create the delicious cheese. There are other fiber types to choose from as well.

"Some people do not like wool," said Meg Gregory, one of the owners of the shop and farm. "We have other yarns to choose from such as cotton or vegan." There are also soy yarns and there have been nettle yarns to choose from as well.

If you are interested in taking classes such as felting or spinning, there are classes offered here as well. You can find Yew and I online and sign up for any upcoming class which appears to happen monthly. Any time is a good time to come in. In the center of the shop, there is a cozy circle of chairs if you are feeling sociable.

Bring your craft project, order a hot drink, and pull up a seat along with other knitters. This is surely a great way to pass the hours of these long, dark winter months in the company of fellow crafters under the warm lights of the Yew and I shop.

"Politics are left at the door," said Meg. This is a place where people can come in, and simply enjoy each others' company. The atmosphere is indeed warm and inviting. It is also very inspiring and a great place to go for a little crafting inspiration. There is no judgment here either. Meg said, " I can see yarn one way and it does not mean it's the right way. It's all about being creative."

The shop is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.