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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Wintereberries Yarn Offers a Stitch in Time

Winterberries Yarn at 468 Route 94 in Knowlton’s quaint hamlet of Hainesburg, is owned and operated by Stephanie Sosnovik, a self-proclaimed fiber enthusiast. 

“I took lessons in spinning at Hope’s Favorite Things in Mt. Bethel, and I was hooked,” said Sosnovik. “I taught myself how to knit and crochet by watching YouTube.” 

Sosnovik always wanted to open another store since the original Winterberries closed back in 2008. 

“This property was for rent with the store and apartment,” Sosnovik explained. “I opened Winterberries Yarn with the support of my family, especially my grandmother Carol Bayer. She is number one.” 


This shop is a tapestry of color. On the back wall art yarn is displayed, hand spun by Sosnovik. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022

The store is filled with skeins of beautiful yarn and felting material in every color. Winterberries Yarn specializes in its own line of hand-dyed yarn. Sosnovik sells her own batches of kettle-dyed yarn. The store is also known for its line of custom colors made by Kelly Shultes of Cece’s Wool in upstate New York. 

Winterberries sells large skeins of yarns called “Megaberries” which is for large projects and is their most popular item. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022
For sale, Kantha Quilts, fair trade company made in India. Photo by MB Journe, Dec. 2022

Sosnovik can trace the Victorian building that is now home to her store back to 1908. The store reminds visitors of the past. Its golden yellow clapboard siding and front porch welcome customers in. The window displays merchandise for sale; spinning wheels, weaving looms, felting material, everything to create a one-of-a-kind fiber creation. 

The decorative tin ceiling, wood flooring and neatly stocked shelves have gift items, jewelry, candles, dream catchers, crystals and fabric bags, made by local crafters. 

There is a self-serve coffee and tea corner. Winterberries Yarn seems ideally situated across the street from the Animal Mansion, an impressive updated Victorian building. The store is open Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.  to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 908-496-8353 or visit the online store at https://winterberriesyarn.com/

Yelens Choban
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
Contributing Writer

MB has been a resident of Frelinghuysen for the past 22 years. She lives in an old farmhouse on the side of the road. She enjoys the simple life, puttering in her flower garden, practicing Qi Gong under her redbud tree, or creating art on the deck.
MB's experience as a journalist began when her son was quite young, she began writing for The Paulinskill Valley Chronicle, often bringing him to work with her. Her responsibilities were writing articles with photos, selling ads, and billing. This suited her, as a single mother not wanting to be separated from her small child.

She considers herself a lover of nature, often seen photographing its beauty. She has worked as a seasonal employee of YMCA Camp Mason for the past 17 years. She is a teacher and mentor of children, always emphasizing the YMCA’s core values - caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. She tries to listen carefully to each individual she interviews, getting their viewpoint. That is why she likes to write about the interesting people and places that make Warren County such a nice place to live.