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

21oo Verot School Road, Suite 8 Lafayette, LA 337-216-4564
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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.

27 July 2011

A Cascade of Cascade

New Cascade yarns for the fall will start pouring in in two weeks! Among our favorite quality yarns from the Cascade company are: Ultra Pima (pima cotton with a fantastic sheen), Venezia (the luxurious silk and merino blend), Pastaza (a cozy, bullet-proof Llama blend with a great feel and a high-end look), Heritage sock yarn, as well as a few shades of Heritage with silk. Several other yarns will also be arriving as well as some fantastic pattern anthologies, including the new 60 More Quick Knits. It's time to start planning out your fall and winter projects and checking off Christmas gifts from your list!

Yarns for All Seasons

Two of our favorite all seasons yarns arrived yesterday in an explosion of color: Grass and Vita. These yarns from Plymouth are terrific blends that look great and are comfortable to wear 12 months of the year in Acadiana. Grass is an earthy hemp and cotton blend that works up in a light-weight, classy tweed. Vita is made of recycled cotton and cashmere. It's cotton, but with the soft luxury of cashmere. Both Grass and Vita are just as home in fall sweaters as they are in spring and summer tops. There are several colors in both to choose from. Make your next garment project in Vita or Grass!

25 July 2011

Rowan for the fall

The new yarns and design collections from Rowan arrived with much fanfare last Friday! I started getting the word out earlier in the week, and the buzz spread, resulting in a quite a sizable welcoming party Friday afternoon. With all due respect to my other yarn lines, there's just something special about Rowan -- colors, textures, quality, design. I always say "The sun never sets on Rowan fashion", and that's the truth. All these things are what makes Rowan so special. Plus, Rowan patterns and yarns are available nowhere else in Acadiana. They're exclusive to The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company! If you've not yet tried Rowan, it's time! Check out the new colors of Kidsilk Haze, Felted Tweed, Summer Tweed, Heritage Tweed, Kid Classic, Big Wool, Drift, and many many others! When you're here, be sure to pick up your copy of the 50th edition of the Rowan Magazine! I know there are many of you have collected all these amazing books. Add the anniversary edition to your set!

08 July 2011

Colorful Class Schedule!

The class schedule for July has been finalized! It's Color Month at The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company. In this month's edition of The Vermilion Bay Light you'll read about the colorwork challenge: it's time to incorporate colorwork techniques into your knitting using different yarns! All this month, there are specific classes designed to help you master these important and valuable techniques. VBYC will support you every step of way. One of the most difficult stages of a colorwork project is selecting a collection of yarns that's most suitable -- colors that both work together and that make you look your best. On Sunday, July 24th, stylist and color expert (and knitter!) Blaine Guidry will conduct an informative one-time seminar on selecting colors that will compliment your look. He will discuss hair color, skin tone, and other factors crucial to color selection. The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company is honored to host this unique, one-time seminar for the benefit of the fibering community. Do not let this exclusive opportunity pass you by! Sign up today and take part! Once you're armed with the practical knowledge and countless great fashion tips from the Color Seminar, it's time to dig in to the color technique. The following week, you'll have a chance to practice both the Fair Isle and Intarsia, the two ways we paint pictures and insert color patterning into our fabrics. We'll make some simple projects to get you started working with color.
A number of knitters have asked about making gloves, so on July 23, we'll show you how. You'll have the option of making yours with either double points or two circulars -- that's up to you. You'll need a large hank of sock yarn or two smaller hanks to complete this project. We'll be using U.S. size 2 needles.
Acadiana Profile recently listed The Vermilion Bay Yarn Company among the top 13 places in Acadiana to learn new things. Each month VBYC offers classes for fiber folks -- sign up today and experience what it is that makes us the best!

06 July 2011

You need this Moebius!

Moebius cowls are really cool. What are they, you ask? When working things in the round, the pattern instructions will generally warn you explicitly "be sure stitches aren't twisted before joining." But cool your jets, and don't let these ominous words scare you away from circular items. The sky won't fall, and neither will you spontaneously combust if you join a ring of stitches that's twisted. If you're making a sock or a glove, you'll have a little problem trying to wear the finished product, but if you're making a cowl, twisted stitches before the join will create a pretty cool, and rather elegant, permanent "bend". Without twisting, the result will be a knitted tube -- that's what you need for a sock leg or a glove or the beginning of a hat. A Moebius is a tube with a contour, a twisted section where the outside curves and swoops to become the inside. While you're knitting, you don't notice the twist. It's gentle and slides round and round silently. The new magazine Interweave Weekend features a brand new design for the popular Moebius. This month it's time to get creative with color and texture! Select something not so monochromatic and colorize your autumn look! When the magazines arrived yesterday, a few knitters already started planning out their Moebius -- or Moebii in a couple cases. So, you're going to let them get started and have a fabulous new cowl for the fall?? Cowls are the look -- both for women and men (ours are called "circular scarves", but let's face it: it's a cowl) -- they're easy to make and can transform a look with just a few seconds of styling! Stop in today for your magazine and 400 yards of fabuliciousness!

01 July 2011

July 4th Schedule

Please take note of the VBYC schedule for the Independence Day weekend: Friday, July 1: Open 10am-6pm Saturday, July 2: Open 10am-4pm Sunday, July 3: Closed (no Sunday Tea) Monday, July 4: Closed Tuesday, July 5: Open 10am-8pm (Knit Cafe 6pm-8pm)
Thank you everyone for making VBYC YOUR local yarn shop! We are open practically every day of the year to serve you, but now and then, we must take a holiday to recharge so that we can serve you even better! Without your continued support and patronage, VBYC could never exist. It is thanks to you that we can provide you your favorite fibering oasis in Acadiana. Have a safe and fun July 4th weekend!