More Info About the Shop
Habetrot’s Wheel is a local yarn shop, located in Harborcreek, PA, at 5093 Buffalo Road. Offering a range of yarns, spinning fibers, and notions—from the extremely affordable to several higher end lines—Habetrot’s Wheel specializes in the spinning stories: stories about the yarn companies and independent fiber dyers whose products are available at the store, and the stories created and shared by its customers.
Check out the recent Erie Times-News article about customers Erica and Jes Velez and the store here.
AND, both Erica and Jes gave the shop a shout out on their interview with Kristy Glass Knits!
We offer yarn and fiber from several Pennsylvania-based suppliers, such as Snowy Oaks Llama Farm, DizzyWigFibers, Kelbourne Woolens, Plymouth Yarns, and Kraemer Yarns. We also carry yarn and fiber from Cascade, Berroco, malabrigo, Three Irish Girls, Fairy Tale Wool, Frabjous Fibers and Wonderland Yarn, Emma's Yarn, Opal Sock yarn, Hedgehog Fibers, Fairy Tale Yarn Company, Wool Addicts, Lang Yarns, LuvMonkeyBug, Sweet Sparrow Yarns, Wool Addicts, HauteKnitYarn, Hemlock House, Dream in Color and Zen Yarn Garden.
Additionally, we carry Knitters Pride needles, notions, Greensleeves Spindles drop spindles, and other novelty items, magazines (such as Interweave Knits, Interweave Crochet, and PomPom Quarterly, and pattern books.
With more twenty yarn lines that cost less than $10, and more than seventy yarn and fiber lines in the shop, Habetrot's Wheel carries yarn and fiber to fit every budget.
Habetrot's Wheel does not offer classes; our space is too small to accommodate classes or sit and stitch. However, we do actively encourage those looking to learn fiber arts to contact the Space to Create: Studios at St. Mary's, which hopes to offer classes once it is safe to do so.
We’d love to hear your stories and share some of ours.
Scroll down for our FAQs!
About the Owner
A knitter, crocheter, and spinner, (yes, she has her own spinning wheel) Dr. Marcia K. Farrell, Ph.D., returned to Erie in the summer of 2017, having left a position as a tenured university English professor. After teaching for more than twenty years, she wanted to follow a different path and stepped into a fairy ring that led her to Habetrot’s Wheel, where she is pursuing her passion of working with yarn and enjoying the inclusive nature of stitching communities by opening up her own yarn shop in beautiful Harborcreek Township.
As a scholar, stories matter to her, and she does continue to keep one foot in the scholarly realm, having presented at many national and international conferences and, more recently, publishing the article “Unraveling the Bonds between Grief and Fiber Arts in Contemporary Literature; Or, Why Must She Suffer to Stitch?” in the Spring 2018 issue of Studies in Popular Culture. She has also published in The James Joyce Quarterly, Modern Fiction Studies, ARIEL, South Asian Review, and Consciousness, Literature, and the Arts, in addition to briefly serving as the Editor of the Journal of Erie Studies.
Below, hear the story of how she went from being a tenured professor to a yarn shop owner:
Do you have classes? What about open sit and stitch? What about "after covid?"
No, we do not offer in-person classes or open stitch. Our store is small and the back room has been necessarily repurposed. Rather, we do have a very active and positive online community for our customers through our Facebook groups, which allows us to connect with one another at any time, from any where we may be.
We also have an online Mistake Assistance group through Facebook where customers can crowd-source answers to any of their stitching and fiber issues, and our YouTube channel offers a handful of video tutorials. If you are looking to take a fiber class, I highly recommend contacting the Studios at St. Mary's which has a Fiber Arts studio and offers knitting, weaving, and spinning classes. Check out their flier about knitting classes for beginners and intermediate knitters here.
What does this item cost?
The costs for all of our yarns, fibers, and notions are listed on our Products page. If you are looking for something specific, please inquire about available stock.
I need someone to make this project for me. Will you do it?
No, I do not offer commission knitting, crochet, spinning, or weaving services. Handmade projects take a considerable amount of time to produce and, given the skilled labor involved, can be quite costly. There are some individuals who willingly take on commission projects; however, I am not one of them.
Do you participate in Ravelry in-store pattern Sales? How does that work?
Yes, Habetrot's Wheel does participate in Ravelry's in-store pattern sale program. If a designer has agreed to work with Ravelry's local yarn stores for pattern sales, you can order that pattern through participating stores. Essentially, you pay the same price you would if you purchased the pattern on your own, but to the yarn store rather than to Ravelry. The yarn store then submits your order to Ravelry. The pattern is emailed to you and placed in your Ravelry library, just as it would if you did so yourself. The only difference is that the designer has agreed to split part of the cost with the yarn store. You do not need to be a member of Ravelry to participate in in-store pattern sales, as pattern PDFs will be emailed directly to you.
Do you sell knitting and crochet kits?
Yes. We have a number of knitting and crochet kits. Some are great for beginners. Others are better for advanced stitchers. Many kits include patterns, but some do not. And, the yarns contained in our kits range from lace all the way to chunky weight yarns, so we have a fair variety of options for you.
Do you have patterns at the store?
We offer a few loose patterns available at the store along with pattern books and several magazines. Our loose pattern collection is fairly limited, however, as most people find their patterns online. We do participate in Ravelry in-store pattern sales (see above). If you would like a pattern purchased through Ravelry in-store pattern sales printed at the store, we do charge a flat $2.50 fee for printing.
Will you special order something for me?
It depends on the distributor.
Currently, Berroco offers a DropShip option to customers of their local yarn stores, so I am able to order you any yarn in any color or quantity. You pay the recommended retail price of the yarn plus a $7 flat shipping fee. I submit your order to Berroco, and they will ship directly to your home from their warehouse.
If you would like to special order a yarn from another vendor such as Plymouth, Kraemer, or Kelbourne Woolens, I am most likely able to do so only if you are willing to purchase an entire bag and pay for shipping for your special order. When ordering for the store, I need to follow wholesale restrictions, which means I am unable to order individual skeins; I can only order entire bags of yarn at any given time and sometimes only at a certain minimum, and because I cannot guarantee that I will sell the rest of a bag of whatever you order, I can't simply buy a bag if you are only going to purchase a skein or two.
When it comes to the independent yarn dyers and companies, I cannot place special orders with them as I am required to order particular minimum amounts from them, and their lead-time for wholesale orders can be as quick as a week but as long as four months, depending on their queues. Many of them do have their own retail sites, so I suggest you check out those if you are looking for something ultra specific.
I cannot order yarn from you from a vendor with whom I do not have a pre-existing contract.
How can I order yarn from your store online?
At present, HW only offers gift certificate purchases through our online store. If you see something you would like, however, you can email or call the store and set up a mail-order that way. Currently, we are able to ship anywhere within the United States.
Will you wind my yarn for me?
If you purchased your yarn at HW and it is not already a center-pull skein, ball, or cake, I'll happily wind it for you. If you want your yarn wound while you wait, I will wind ONE hank of yarn for you, but winding does take time, as it is done by hand, so I will ask that you need more than one hank wound, please plan to pick it up the following day or so.
What are your covid policies?
Our list of covid policies and regulations can be found here. Remember that inside the store, masks are required to be worn properly--FULLY covering the nose and mouth regardless of vaccination status, and we ask that you wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before touching the yarn.
I don't know if I'm going to have enough yarn to finish my project. Will you hold a skein or two for me?
I will hold a skein or two for you for up to seven days, but I cannot hold yarn or notions for you indefinitely. With most vendors, colors and bases can change with each season and some colors and bases will be discontinued, so make sure to purchase enough yarn for your project.
What is your return policy?
As of June 1, 2021, Habetrot's Wheel accepts returns for unopened needles and notions up to 30 days from the date of purchase, but to protect others from possible germ and allergens that may settle on the fibers, I cannot accept yarn or fiber returns. Yarn and fiber purchases are final.
Will you fix my mistakes for me?
I will offer you in-person assistance to help you identify your mistake so you can correct it provided that:
1.) you are using a pattern or yarn purchased at HW;
2.) you provide proof that you are fully vaccinated against covid-19; and
3.) you agree to maintain a degree of social distancing as we look at your project while at the checkout counter.
We do have a Mistake Assistance Group on Facebook for HW customers where you are welcome to post photos and videos of your mistake, and we will be happy to try to walk you through correcting it. Again, though, please keep in mind that if you purchase your yarn from elsewhere, I cannot assist you for free.
I saw a picture of this project you made. Where can I find the pattern?
If you contact me and let me know which project you are referrring to, I'd be happy to let you know the designer and pattern name and tell you where the pattern is published. All store samples and projects posted online are captioned with the pattern and designer name, as well.
Are the store samples for sale?
No, they are not. Due to copyright laws, the store samples are just that... samples to provide inspiration and show you how the yarns will work up. However, all of the store samples have tags showing the pattern and designer name, so you can locate the patterns for yourself.
I am looking to sell my mother's/grandmother's/aunt's/neighbor's friend's afghans, needles, yarns. Will you buy them?
No. HW does not resell other people's handmade items, and we have contracts with the companies whose yarns, fibers, and notions we already offer in the store, so we do not take items on consignment.
You have a degree in English. Will you look over this document for me and fix it?
I have three degrees in English literature, two of which are advanced, and while I do offer professional editorial services, those services are not free given my expertise and experience. Please check out the Editorial Services page for more information and rates.
Do you sell needlepoint/quilting/woodworking/painting/general craft supplies?
No. Habetrot's Wheel is a specialty yarn and fiber store.
Do you sell flowers? (I get this question more than you'd think.)
No. More than Flowers, which was a lovely floral shop that used to reside in this space, closed more than five years ago. Habetrot's Wheel is a yarn craft supply store.