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Knitting Above Main Street

100_9152-300x2001One floor up above Main Street in Torrington, Connecticut you will find a charming yarn shop called In Sheep’s Clothing. Being a knitter, these kinds of shops are magnets for me no matter where I am, so every time I happen to spot one in the door I go just to make sure there isn’t a new yarn on the market that I don’t know about. I especially love the chunky yarns, and there is a lot of that on the market these days.

Knitting on size 15 0r 18 needles and above allows you to accomplish an item really quickly, makes you feel like you’re really moving thru the projects. I have been known to pick 8’s and 9’s but anything below that and I really have to think long and hard about it, because I know what kind of hours I will be starring at to get it done.

The owner, Ginger Balch, has been in business for about three years above Ida’s Bridal Shop. It’s kind of fun karma when you walk in Ida’s downstairs and go all the way to the back of the store among bridal gowns and tuxedos and then take the stairs up to her shop.

Ginger has all the latest yarns. What sets her apart is that she sells spinning wheels and has looms for weaving. She really loves the fiber arts so you can learn a thing or two about felting her too, which I have done and love. If you just want to rent a loom, you can do that too. Of course she has classes on how to do that along with “knit one, purl two” and so on and so forth.

You should see some of the fabrics she is weaving. You’ll see some of them on her web site, really beautiful textures.

Ginger has all the accessories you’ll need to go along with yarn crafts including buttons and long fun stick pins to weave thru your finished garments to hold them together fashionably.

She’s got books and magazines to find wonderful patterns with which to make that next gift on your list too.

Ginger knows to run a small shop these day you have to be every where so, yes  she has embraced social media and has a Facebook page.

Don’t know of too many places you can get yarn and a beautiful gown all under one roof.

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  1. Leslie Richter
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ann,
    I have an antique spinning wheel
    ( family heirloom) that I would love to know how to use. It’s in great condition. Is this a shop where I could get a lesson?

    • Annie Mame
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

      Absolutely….give them a call.

  2. Jan
    Posted October 11, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lesile
    Ginger’s shop is the place for that def.. She is wonderful

  3. Posted October 11, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Permalink


    Ginger is amazing and has given back to the community recently as well by Knitting for the homeless helping the FISH organization. It is absolutely wonderful that you got to check out her snazzy little place, and I must say, you did a terrific write up!

    • Annie Mame
      Posted October 11, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

      Mike, it’s so nice to know this about Ginger, because like most knitters, we all love doing our part for charity.

  4. Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    I hope this visit this yarn shop someday. Thanks for letting me know about it 😀

    • Annie Mame
      Posted October 15, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Permalink

      Angela, you betcha…it’s a great little place.

  5. Posted October 31, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been on a mission to visit as many LYS’ as possible. I have also blogged about them. I have been to most in the past 3 years. For me, they also need to be crochet friendly. I hope to have a separate page on my blog for them, eventually. I love Madison Wool, and In Sheep’s Clothing is charming

    • Annie Mame
      Posted October 31, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

      Tammy, I LOVE your mission, what fun. I loved this knit shop, adorable and so friendly.