About A River of Yarn
We are a local studio and boutique specializing in luxury, yet affordable hand knitting and crochet yarns, tools, and accessories. We offer classes in beginner to advanced levels and welcome all those who are interested in sharing the craft. Classes are led by Tracy, fibre arts professional and owner of A River of Yarn.
We are always on the lookout for the best deals for our customers, as we believe that you should not have to spend a fortune to create a beautiful piece with quality yarns and tools. Our variety of yarns includes unique fibres such as alpaca, llama, angora, silk, flax, hemp, paper and recycled fibres.
Our boutique is also located on one of Canada's’ National Historic Sites, the Trent Severn Waterway.
About Owner, Tracy Minnema
Tracy Minnema began dabbling in the fibre arts at five years old. Crocheting and knitting were her first foray into this world. Sewing, dressmaking, needlework and quilting, soon followed. Having obtained a Fashion Merchandising Diploma, Tracy worked for a few years in the fashion industry in Toronto.
Following this, she was accepted into Queen’s University Faculty of Education, and earned an Education Certification in Technological Studies – Clothing and Fashion Specialization. Tracy has been teaching Clothing & Fashion courses at the secondary level in Family Studies for the past 29 years.
Working with fibres and textiles has always been a part of both her personal and professional life. Some of the most important aspects of knitting and crocheting for Tracy is the ability to bond with others, and to help them share the peace and relaxation that comes about in being creative with fibres.
She hopes to soon resume weekly “River Relaxing” get-togethers with the community, where fellow knitters and crocheters are welcome to enjoy sitting by the river and stitching. Tracy also looks forward to continuing to travel Ontario for various fibre festivals, guilds, shows, and workshops.