About Us

***   Shop Hours   ***
Tues – Fri 11:00 – 6:00
Sat 10:00 – 3:00 

The Shop

Island Yarn Boutique is a full-service knitting and crochet shop where the prices are friendly and inspiration and encouragement are always free.

Opened by an unashamed fiberholic with experience in just about any needle art you can name,
the shop offers an extraordinary assortment of yarn, knitting and crochet needles and notions,
buttons, beads, books, patterns and more.

In addition to a full line of traditional yarns in all weights, we carry alpaca and wool yarn as well as roving from local area farms including Outstanding Dreams Farm in Preston, Tuckahoe Treasures in Denton and Ye Old Church House in Stevensville.   Hand-dyed yarn from Bare Sheep Yarn Company and handspun yarn from Farmgirl Chic round out our stock of local fiber products.   We are also happy to feature jewelry and stitchmarkers by Wende Woodham of Ribbons Across the Chesapeake and unique sterling silver shawl pins and stitchmarkers by Brenda Rajkovich of Rajkovich Designs.

Did we mention our selection of notions, patterns and needles?  We carry the full line of Addi turbos and Naturas in cable lengths from 8 to 40 inches and stock the original and lace Click sets.   We carry crochet hooks, straight and double pointed needles in so many sizes that if you can’t find it here, they probably don’t make it.  If they do make it and we don’t have it, we’ll get if for you.   In addition to a large assortment of commercial patterns there is usually a design or two created by owner, Sue Pilsch that are exclusive to Island Yarn.  And then there are the buttons – big buttons, small buttons, serious buttons and funky ones for fun, glass buttons, wood buttons, bone buttons, shell buttons – we boast one of the largest button collections on the Shore.  Purses your passion?   You’ll love our selection of handles and hardware including everything from handmade leather and wood to plastic bamboo.

The goal of our ever-expanding inventory is to be sure you never have a problem finding what you need.  We’d much rather you have a problem deciding what to buy next!

The Owner

Taught to knit by her grandmother at age five, owner Sue Pilsch has been knitting ever since.   We’ll just say that’s many decades of experience and leave it at that.  Growing up in the Boston area, mittens, hats and scarves were necessities, so knitting was often a chore.  Eventually Sue discovered that by playing with patterns she could have some fun with the mitten-making.  To this day, she rarely follows a pattern as written, never knits mittens and frequently goes off on her own design tangents.  The results are sometimes lovely and occassionally abysmal failures.  The successes are often the basis of classes and patterns for those are available exclusively in the shop.  The failures are learning experiences and provide practice yarn for the next creative adventure!

        Guided by Sue’s philosophy that the process of creating is more important than what is created, the shop offers an ongoing roster of classes, workshops and demonstrations for all skill levels.
We hope you’ll join us soon!