Knit one, purl two, REPENT: For Northeast Seattle may be losing two independent yarn stores.

Acorn Street Shop, 2818 NE 55th St

Current Acorn Street Shop owner Karen Aho is retiring, and selling the shop. They’ve had some nibbles, says the shop on twitter, but as of this writing, there are no official takers. May might be the store’s last month if no buyers come forward.

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Acorn Street Shop in early 2012.

Acorn Street Shop in early 2012.

More about the store from the Acorn Street Shop “About Us” page:

Acorn Street Shop was established in 1979 and began as a New England country store in nearby University Village Shopping Center. Soon the needlework department took over and Acorn Street became a full-fledged needlework shop. The shop has been under current ownership since 1986. In 1992, the business moved to its present location, just north of the U-Village, and the needlework merchandise has expanded to fill the old building up to its 15 foot ceilings!

Weaving Works, 4717 Brooklyn Ave NE

“Oh, if Acorn Street Shop closes, it will be sad. But there’s always Weaving Works down in the University District.” BUT FOR HOW LONG. The Weaving Works building is to be torn down and redeveloped into “a seven-story, 56 unit apartment building with 3,600 sq. ft. of retail commercial space at grade.”

There is no date set yet for the demolition, but the permit was filed on January 30, 2014.


Rendering of the proposed development at 4717 Brooklyn Ave NE. Click the image to download the entire proposal (8.2 MB PDF).

The most recent design proposal for the site (available above) was presented to the Northeast Design Review Board on July 15, 2013. It was passed unanimously. You can read the board’s full report from the meeting here (249 KB PDF).

We’ve contacted The Weaving Works for more information about the store’s future, and will post a reply here if/when we know more.

UPDATE (Wednesday, 7 PM): Good news about the future of The Weaving Works, via their twitter account:

UPDATE (Monday, March 17): In the latest Weaving Works newsletter (PDF), the store announces that their annual Mother’s Day sale will be more of a Moving sale (to help make the move easier); however, they’re still keeping the new location under wraps.

Acorn Street Shop also holds an annual Mother’s Day sale.


*Best possible place to work, in the event of an earthquake.


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  2. That whole commercial stretch along 55th Street really needs an upgrade. Pair and Frank’s Oyster House (owned by the same couple) are the only bar/eateries of any real note or specialness along that whole stretch. The Duchess has its fans (primarily on football Saturdays), but is otherwise a fairly ordinary dive bar with an uninspired draft list and a sore need for a menu revamp. Bob’s Homebrew is unique and a draw as there are very few homebrew shops in the city. But after that, its pretty blah. We could really use some City planning & transportation focus on that stretch of 55th, from 25th Street at one through to say 35th Street on the other.

    The street is only one lane of traffic in each direction but is way too wide – it could easily be narrowed and still accomodate the same number of lanes of traffic as well as parking on each side of the street. Narrowing would slow down traffic on what is a dangerous area for pedestrians, while allowing for wider sidewalks. City should also be pushing the Volvo dealership and service center to think about options to relocate to an area better suited for their kind of light industrial/commercial activity, such as locating in more outer area of North Seattle near other car dealerships. Redevelop that whole block or two of the Volvo into housing over retail.

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