Yiayia Black Sheep is a charming little shop in the heart of downtown Mars Hill, NC. Mars Hill is nestled in the mountains of Western North Carolina, home to Mars Hill University. Only 20 minutes from Asheville, NC and 45 minutes from Johnson City, TN, this vibrant but quiet little town is a breath of fresh air in a crazy world.
What's up with that goofy name? Yiayia is Greek for grandmother. Although Lee Ann is not Greek, her husband is, and Yiayia is what her sweet little granddaughter calls her. And of course, it's a play on "Baa baa black sheep".
That's the basics, but what are we really all about? We took the liberty of writing up a manifesto of sorts:
Yiayia Black Sheep is a ‘ewe’nique yarn shop. Why? In part, because we stock lots of scrumptious yarns that you won’t find just anywhere, but it goes deeper than that.
We believe that small, thoughtful producers of yarn are at the very heart of the craft industry. You will take your precious time and skill to craft something beautiful out of your craft supplies, and you should use supplies that were created with the same care and attention. We also believe that contributing to the livelihood of independent dyers is a good thing that not only helps them out, it makes for a more robust industry.
We also believe that we are gifted a precious, short time on this amazing planet, and that we should take care to ensure that we don’t screw it up for our grandchildren and their grandchildren. In this spirit, we are very invested in sustainability – we use paper bags made of 100% post-consumer waste, and search out yarns that include recycled content. We don’t carry paper patterns or print them (except for our kits) – we use Ravelry as a delivery system for patterns through your Ravelry account or your email.
And last, but not least, here at Yiayia Black Sheep, every individual is valued. We do not tolerate discrimination or hate speech toward anyone, for any reason.
We hope you will join us in making this a cleaner, more peaceful, more beautiful world.