Meet Claudia Purgason, the owner of Yarn Rhapsody and Gunnar, her son and shop mascot.
Yarn, knitting needles, crochet hooks, gadgets, project bags, organizers, gift cards.
Classes, KALs, CALs, private lessons, help, finishing services.
When I was 10 years old, my mom taught me how to knit. I will never forget my first knitting project. It was garter stitch bag in yellow and burgundy red, very 70s. The bag was a simple rectangle, folded and seamed together on the sides, garter stitch in yellow and the handle was a twisted cord in the burgundy with huge tassels.
As I said, very 70s. From the very beginning, my mom taught me how important it is to fix your mistakes. I would go to school and when I come home my knitting project was smaller. She would take out the rows that had a mistake and let me start over. At some point I started hiding my knitting, without much luck because I shared a room with my sister and we lived in a small apartment. But I am thankful today because she made me a better knitter by showing me how to fix my mistakes and teach me all she knows about knitting. She is my Elizabeth Zimmermann. "Practice makes perfect."
I was born and raised in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, about thirty minutes from the Austrian border. A place where you would have snow for six months from October to March, sometimes up to eight feet. As you can imagine, my sister, my brother and I had a lot of knitted items in our closets - sweater, hats, scarves, mittens, socks. My dad is a tailor and we also had a lot of hand sewn clothes.Since I grew up in a very crafty household, we kids kept busy with knitting, crocheting, needlepoint, weaving, beading, woodcarving and we spent a lot of time outdoors.
In 2000 I followed one of my dreams and moved to the United States, to the Northern suburbs of Atlanta, GA. Living in the U.S., my knitting has taken on new dimensions. In Germany knitting has always been very utilitarian, you need socks, you knit socks. In the U.S., knitting is very social, you go out to knit, to a coffee shop, to a yarn shop, you travel to knitting conventions, like the Sock Summit, Stitches South, Vogue Knitting LIVE.
Techniques such as felting and lace have joined my old favorites, and a few years ago I added spinning and dying yarn to my repertoire.
I teach knitting and crocheting at my shop, I design my own patterns and I have a pattern published in “Son of Stitch ’N Bitch” by Debbie Stoller. My pattern is a sock classic called “Tubey”.
At the beginning of 2013, my two biggest dreams - having a baby and owning a yarn store - became reality. Gunnar Lang Purgason was born on August 3, 2013 and has been our shop mascot and model extra-ordinaire ever since.
We carry a variety of different yarns from the following companies:
We carry the following knitting needle and crochet hook brands in straight, circular and interchangeables. We specual order any kits.
Besides the KAL/CALs and classes, we also offer private lessons for knitting and crocheting.
Each session is $40 for an hour. The topic, time and date is up to you and you don't have to share the teacher with anyone else.
Please call or come by at least 48 hours before you would like to schedule a private lesson. Payment for the lesson is due when you make the appointment. Of course, you can cancel your lesson and reschedule it any time. Lesson fees are non-refundable.
We offer finishing services for your knitting and crocheting projects. We charges $20 per hour, with a minimum of one hour.
Finishing services include: Blocking, weaving in ends, seaming, mending holes in garments, etc.
We teach a variety of classes. The basic fee is $20 per hour. At least two students must be signed up for each class.
Please check our Event Calendar for further details!
The pattern and yarn for each class need to purchased at Yarn Rhapsody. If you would like to participate, but want to use yarn you bought somewhere else, that's ok too. The class fee is then $30 per hour.
Please call us or come in at least 48 hours before the project starts to sign up and save your seat! We are looking forward to having you!
We host a number of knit-a-longs (KAL) and crochet-a-longs (CAL) each month. Please check our Event Calendar for all the details.
The fee for each KAL/CAL is $30 for 6 sessions, each session is an hour long. We will provide you with a "KAL/CAL Card".
The fee for each KAL is $30 for 6 sessions, each session is an hour long. We will provide you with a "KAL Card". Check out the dates and times below. The pattern and yarn for each project need to purchased at Yarn Rhapsody. If you would like to participate, but want to use yarn you bought somewhere else, that's ok too. The fee for the KAL is then $60 for 6 sessions. Please call us or come in at least 48 hours before the project starts to sign up and save your seat! We are looking forward to having you!
We are happy to help you with any problem in your project and encourage you to drop in to our daily Fiber Cafe if you need a hand.
If you need a more individualized experience with a complex issue or technique we can still assist you! If it's just a quick fix that only takes a couple of minutes, we appreciate a tip for the help you get. We have a little sheep sitting on the table for that. The tip money is used to buy lunch for the staff and coffee and cookies.
If you need more than 10 minutes of assistance during your entire stay at the shop that day, we will charge you for the service accordingly. ($20 for an hour, $10 for 30 minutes, $5 for 15 minutes).
If you know you need help with your project that will take longer than an hour, give us a call ahead of time to make an appointment.
Items on hold, special orders, classes, KAL/CALs, services and online patterns are excluded from any sale.
Items from the sales corner cannot be put on hold or returned.
Yarn may be returned for store credit equal to the amount paid within 45 days of original purchase, and in original condition. Tools can only be exchanged if found to be defective.
Books, patterns, needles, hooks, accessories and clothing cannot be returned. Thank you for understanding!
For further details, please refer to the "Shop Rules" displayed at the cash register.
Yarn Rhapsody is proud to offer a special discount of 10% for the following groups:
A valid ID or current membership card must be present at the time of purchase.
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