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.”
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.
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/.
MB Journe, Contributing Writer
My name is Marybeth Journe, I feel blessed to be living in this part of New Jersey. I have enjoyed this community taking advantage of the lakes and woods. Always supporting the local businesses that make this my home. As a local artist myself, I know many of our residence if not by name, at least by sight. I feel comfortable interviewing others. I have worked for The Paulinskill Valley Chronical where I provided articles, photographs and billing. I consider myself an artist, journalist, naturalist, gardener and a teacher for the YMCA Camp Mason. I look forward to the work ahead