VBYC, YOUR Local Yarn Shop: The Fiber Arts Trendsetter in Acadiana!

21oo Verot School Road, Suite 8 Lafayette, LA 337-216-4564
To send email, write to: vermilionbayyarnco at Yahoo

M: noon-6pm; T: 10am-8pm; W: 10am-6pm; Th: 10am-8pm; F: 10am-6pm; S: 10am-4pm; Sun: Closed


Beginning Knitting and Crochet: Beginning classes for knitting and crochet are scheduled one-on-one at your convenience during business hours. You may schedule lessons just for yourself, or for yourself and a few other friends. In beginning knitting, you will learn your stitches while you create a beautiful chunky yarn scarf. At the end of your mastery period, you'll have a fabulous accent you can actually use!

Classes a la carte: If you weren't able to attend a specific class, or you missed out entirely on one, here's your chance! Simply schedule the class topic of your choice at the time that's convenient for you.

How Much Do Classes Cost? At Vermilion Bay Yarn, we're all about getting you moving on your fiber projects and getting you going with new techniques. All classes (including beginning knitting and crochet) at VBYC are $20 plus materials. You do not pay each time you come in to continue the same class.

What's Available At Vermilion Bay

The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company is your local source for the fine yarns of Rowan, Classic Elite, South West Trading, Cascade, Plymouth, Schaefer, Malabrigo, Muench, GGH, Brown Sheep, Lana Grossa, Tilli Tomas, Universal, and many others! We offer high quality needles and hooks from Addi, Chiaogoo, Hiya-Hiya, and Brittany. Vermilion Bay Yarn (YOUR local yarn shop) is YOUR one stop for all your knitting and crochet notion needs: counters, holders, markers, darning eggs, tapestry needles, etc.

Knit Cafe: The Evening Fiber Art Group meets on Tuesdays from 6pm-8pm at the shop. Bring your project(s) and sit for as long as you like. Food, coffee, and soft drinks are always provided, and everyone is encouraged to add to the buffet.

Need something repaired? Favorite sweater with moth holes? Heirloom lace with a snag? Bring it in for an estimate.

Don't have time to knit or crochet it? The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company is your only local custom fiber art source! Please visit the shop for an estimate.

Knitting Parties at VBYC: Gather together 10 of your friends or colleagues and set a date/time for a knitting party at Vermilion Bay Yarn! Beginners and seasoned knitters can participate in the same party! Folks who've never knitted before will learn how and the experienced knitters work their own fun project! Contact the shop for details!

Our Return Policy

Now and then we purchase a bit too much, or decide that a different yarn might be better for a project than the one we selected. Here's how VBYC accomodates merchandise returns. This policy is also clearly displayed in the shop by the register. Thank you for your business!

Merchandise purchased at The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company may be exchanged/returned for shop credit only. No cash refunds. No exhanges/returns on special orders. Gift Certificates may not be redeemed for cash. Yarn presented for exchange must be odor-free and in new condition with the yarn band intact. Yarns wound into skeins are not accepted for exchange.

Knitting Rescue and Project Help

We are most willing to assist YOU, our customers, with quick help or to fix minor blemishes in your fiber work at no charge. As I see it, that's all part of what YOUR local yarn shop is about, especially if your project originated from VBYC. If you find yourself in need of frequent coaching on a particularly challenging project, or if you require detailed assistance with a project obtained elsewhere, we encourage you to make that project into a class ($20 fee applies) for the duration of your work.

14 February 2011

You're Styling, Scooter dog!

Knitting for humans is fun, but now and then the challenge of shaping a garment for another species has a special appeal. Scooter is one of VBYC's non-human custom knitting clients who, like all our custom clients, insists on the finest fibers and good fashion-forward design and craftsmanship for his garments. He was introduced to the Elsebeth Lavold design a couple days ago for his final fitting. Pets are just like people when garments are prepared. Measurements must be exact and the piece must fit correctly so it's comfortable to wear and looks great on. So, before the lower edging was completed and the front seam sewn, he tried on the sweater for size. Scooter is a high spirited dog, so the question was this: would a seam be practical for taking the sweater on and off, or would an alternative closure be better. When shown the piece he jumped straight up in the air about 5', then sat politely as the sweater was slipped over his head and his legs were guided through the openings. Question answered. He didn't mind at all putting on a garment this way. His other outside jacket is flat and uses velcro closures, so putting on and off requires a different routine. Scooter took to the sweater concept like a pro. He realized in an instant that looking good takes a little work, and new dressing skills are all part of that. The edging was completed yesterday afternoon at Sunday Tea, the front seam closed and the final tails woven in. When the sweater was delivered, Scooter was out terrorizing his neighborhood. As soon as he saw his new completed sweater, he tore (he didn't run, he tore) down the sidewalk, remembering the fabulous new addition to his cool weather wardrobe. A perfect fit and jumps of thanks (he's part Jack Russell). The sweater is the "Amsterdam Dog" from the new Elsebeth Lavold collection "City (Es)capes", and has a version for adult humans and child humans too. Scooter's sweater was made in Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride superwash wool in colorway "Red Barron". The sides feature a simple knit ridge pattern and the back carries a trademark Elsebeth Lavold cable braid. The bands finishing the leg openings as well as the bottom edge are in reverse stockinette and curl inward to create a mock piping effect. The garment is a relatively quick knit and perfect for an intermediate beginner -- a great first-time cable garment. Depending on his/her activity level and particularly how canaille your stylish pet tends to be, other worsted weight yarns could work well also: Rowan Summer Tweed, Cascade Venezia or Sierra, Malabrigo worsted (for snow days) -- I say that because not all of these are machine washable, however not all pets go outdoors for extended periods, and not all pets have important sniffing, hunting, crowd control, and general investigative jobs to do while engaging in one's "business". The "Amsterdam Dog" was most recently pictured in the winter 2011 edition of Vogue Knitting.

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