KATONAH, N.Y. — For knitters in the Bedford area, Katonah Yarn has been the go-to destination to buy supplies and meet like-minded people. But after six years at its location on Bedford Road, the store is closing its doors.
Owner Jennifer Ceisler, who is from Katonah, said there is no set closing date yet because there are some interested buyers for the space. Ceisler, who has been knitting since the age of seven, said she is hoping someone will buy the store and keep it going.
As to the reason she is shutting down operations, Ceisler said, “I am moving onto some very exciting opportunities for my family and me.”
“It’s always sad for a town to lose something,” said Jocelyn Hayes of Cross River, who was at the store Tuesday to pick up supplies. The store sells knitting and crocheting materials and hosts classes and knitting circles throughout the week.
Gloria Roberts of Lincolndale said she sometimes comes to the store seven days a week and has been a loyal customer for three-and-a-half years.
Roberts said that over the years, she has probably met close to 300 fellow knitters at the shop. On Tuesday, she was sitting with her friends, Alba Shane of Yorktown Heights, and Olive McNeil, who said she travels from Mt. Vernon - close to 40 minutes away - to visit the store.
“People who are regulars are scrambling to figure out where we’re going to meet, so they don’t lose that connection with each other," Roberts said.
Roberts said her relationships with knitting friends begin simply, but progress into real, hearty friendships through the intimate conversation that goes on while working.
“It starts with a passion for a common interest, and it evolves to life stories,” she said.
Katonah Yarn has some closing sales going on this week, according to Ceisler. Customers can get 40 percent off everything in the store on Wednesday, and there is still a considerable amount of stock left.
After the closing sales are over, a wholesaler may buy out the rest of the inventory, she said.