About Us


Rainy Day Yarns & Mercantile

Founded in 2013

7716 Pioneer Way Suite D, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

253-514-6890 ~ Open Tuesday-Saturday from 10:00-3:00

We are located in the heart of historic downtown Gig Harbor, next to The Harbor General Store.  We are now located upstairs, the upper parking lot.  We currently have 3 reserved spaces just for our shop.  You are welcome to use them if they are open.  Otherwise park in any open spot that does not have a reserved sign.  Follow us on Facebook and/or Instagram too.

 

Exciting classes are back at Rainy Day Yarns!  Please click on "classes" on our home page to take you directly to class listing.  Please remember, masks are required!  Our classes tables are set up for social distancing and we are currently limiting class size to 4 students.

Instructors:

Zori

We are excited to introduce you to Zori, the newest instructor to our line up of classes... and it's Spinning!

  

Zori, self-proclaimed fibrefiend, is passionate about fiber arts. She learned to sew from a great aunt as a teen and is an accomplished garment sewist and award-winning quilter. She branched into knitting as an adult. After trying multiple knitting styles, she discovered the Portuguese knitting method suits her best. Zori's foray into spinning began at a fiber festival, and she finds the challenge of turning fleece into fiber a rewarding (and addictive) challenge. 

 

Jensen

We are excited to announce that Jensen from Sugarplum Circus Yarns will be teaching some wonderful classes this fall.  Jensen is an indie dyer and has beautiful yarns, which she will be bringing with her on her class days too. 

Jensen started out sculpting amazing polymer clay stitch markers and progress keepers.  They were so popular that they would sell out within seconds of posting them on her Etsy site.  She then moved on to dyeing amazingly beautiful yarns and can hardly keep them in stock.  And now, we have the pleasure of offering knitting classes with her and we couldn't be more excited.  Along with being an excellent knitter, Jensen has a wonderful personality and is offering some exciting classes you all have been asking for.  Stay tuned... this is just the start!  We have even more fun stuff up our sleeves.

 

Darlene

We are so happy to welcome back Darlene to our teaching line-up.  She has been with us for 5 years.  Darlene LOVES to teach socks and does an amazing job.  She enjoys teaching anyone she can to make socks because, well, once you wear a pair of handmade socks you will never want store bought socks again.  Darlene teaches toe-up, top down, two at a time, on dpn's, magic loop, 9" circular and two circulars, and all types of heels.  This is the class everyone should take!  She also loves to teach brand new knitter's and runs our beginning knitting classes.

Darlene has so much experience... she has been knitting & crocheting since she was 8 years old!  She has knit everything from head to toe, you name it, she has made it.  Along with teaching, Darlene has been in charge of the Gifted Hands charity knitting group.  This is a group of women that knit items from baby hats to burial gowns for local hospital as well as blankets, hats, mitts, and other items for babies, kids and adults in need.  She has been involved with this amazing group for more then 5 years and has been in charge for the last 5 years.  If you have yarn or knitting accessories to donate, they would be happy to take it off your hands.  Welcome back Darlene!

 

Sherri & Susan

Sherri's journey into knitting started in 1998 when a friend begged her to take a knitting class with her because she needed something to do while recovering from foot surgery.  After finally giving in and taking a beginning knitting class at The Knittery in Renton, there was no turning back.  In 2013 she took her passion for knitting to the next level by opening her own yarn shop.  She enjoys teaching, designing her own patterns and in 2016 started dyeing her own yarn that sells exclusively in the shop.  In 2019 her sister Susan partnered up with her and today they both own & operate Rainy Day Yarns & Mercantile 50/50.  Susan is the ying to her yang, crochet to her knitting and sun to her rain... as they both like to say.  You will always find one of them, if not both, in the shop daily. 

In February of 2020 they moved upstairs from the original location and now have twice the space, all kinds of natural lighting, a large classroom, lots of windows and two areas to sit and enjoy your fiber craft.  The beautiful remodeled space is bright, cheerful, welcoming to all and just plain beautiful! 

We hope to welcome you to our shop for many years to come!

 

Thank you to everyone for all your support, words of encouragement, and online orders during this difficult time!  It means the world to us and we are happy to help in any way that we can.