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A love affair with yarn

Iris Shraw (Photos by Naomi Yaeger)1 / 5
Alice Adams2 / 5
Micheal Krepps3 / 5
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Kathy Thomas5 / 5

Julia Roberts does it. So does Vanna White, Cameron Diaz, Sarah Jessica Parker, Daryl Hannah, Hilary Swank and so on. On Oct. 10, a group of Duluth women were doing it over lunch hour in the building the housed the former Continental Hair Salon in Lakeside. All of these women knit or crochet.

They celebrated national "I Love Yarn Day" with a flash mob of knitters in the building. Kathy Thomas, owner of Yarn Harbor at the Mt. Royal Shopping Center, organized the event to celebrate yarn. She also celebrated the fact that she just purchased the building at 4629 E. Superior St., where she intends to move her store in February.

Thomas said many knitters enjoy the sensation of yarn gliding through their hands, especially after looking a computer screen all day.

Alice Adams, a former university microbiology teacher, said knitting during meetings or a class is helpful. "Your attention is actually better while you knit."

Knitting is therapeutic. The Craft Yarn Council cites several studies that show that knitters and crocheters have been able to relieve stress, elevate mood, satisfy creative fulfillment and stay mentally sharp.

Naomi Yaeger

Naomi Yaeger is a freelance writer and the former editor of the Budgeteer. See her blog at