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Cream City Yarn is committed to our local knitting community by hosting regular events including classes with nationally recognized teachers, KALs, open knitting times and more!

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Stop by to meet local indie dyer and owner of Wild Haven Fiber Co., Kate Mau. Her indie yarn company specializes in artisan dyed yarn. These high quality, dyed knitting yarns are deep, rich and sometimes bright colors for your knitting and crochet pleasure. We will have a selection fingering weight and worsted weight yarns available.

This is a 1 day only event- Don’t miss this opportunity to see, squeeze and purchase this one-of-a-kind yarn!

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2018 Winter Olympic Challenge

Any other Olympic fans out there? We love the Olympics…especially in the winter! The outdoor events are a knitters dream! A huge sea of people in hats & scarves…no better people (or knitwear) watching than that!

And of course, it’s not just watching. The athletic games have inspired us to help you challenge yourself ~ The idea is simple, pick your project (anything from cowl to hat to sweater), cast on during the opening ceremony (or anytime after that), and finish by the closing ceremony. Complete your goal and you get a prize from us! 

And there’s more… Each registered olympian that completes their project by the finish of the games, will automatically be entered in a raffle to win a 

1. Register to participate
Stop by Cream City Yarn to register and choose your project and supplies.
2. Opening Ceremony (Friday, February 9) 
Cast on!
3. Closing Ceremony (Sunday, February 25)
Bind off!
4. Post Olympic Wrap-Up (February 26-28) 
Stop by Cream City Yarn with your finished project to get your prize and enter our raffle!

Join us for community knitting
For all of our participants- We invite you to join us for open knitting and Olympic viewing Monday-Friday from 3-5pm!

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This Saturday, we will have a table set up with lots of Blue Sky Fibers ‘Woolstok’ and pom pom makers. Select the supplied yarn of your choice and MAKE your pom pom. After you’ve completed your pom pom, pick- up a pom pom maker, 2 more skeins of Woolstok, and your FREE pattern to make this adorable hat! TAKE your pom pom home with you and its ready to attach to your new hat!

*Free pattern is included with each purchase of 2 skeins of Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok.

What, you’ve never made a pom pom? Well, never fear – there will be instructions and official ‘pom pom assistants’ present to guide you through this simple process.

We love these darling little bits of yarny cheer! There are so many fun ways to use these adorable bits of yarny cheer including: gift toppers, napkin and table decor, pencil topper,  bookmarks, holiday garland, slipper toppers, mitten and scarf embellishments and of course… HAT TOPPERS!

No registration required. Simply drop in between 1-3:30pm and join the fun!



generic-badge-altThis Nov 25, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It’s a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn’t be a celebration without customers like you joining us.


Cream City Yarn is celebrating Small Business Saturday this year with a full-blown party! Many of you have shown your support for our shop on this day in past years. This year we are THANKING YOU with a day full of fun and surprises. We have a fantastic Free Patterns, Exclusive Kits, Brand New Products, Gifts For The Home, Cookies & Cider and So Much More!

Don’t forget to get out, shop small and support your favorite LOCAL YARN SHOP!

So mark your calendar for Nov 25 — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small® with us. Grab a friend or family member and come by CREAM CITY YARN between 10AM and 4PM on the big day.

You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #shopsmall on Facebook and all your social networks.

Thank you for all your support, and see you Saturday, Nov 25!


We are thrilled to have been nominated in the Milwaukee A-List contest in the “Best  Arts and Crafts” category! We have won this title 3 out of the last 4 years and are thrilled that you love our shop! We try everyday to provide the products, classes and community that you want, but its OUR CUSTOMERS that inspire us every day with your projects and your stories. If you would take just a minute to show your support again this year, we would appreciate it!


Facebook Event Operation Chemo Comfort2 (1)SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29; 1-4PM
Cream City Yarn and Operation Chemo Comfort are sponsoring a crafting meet-and-greet to benefit cancer patients. Stop by and chat with charity co-founders Kelsey Lexow and Carrie O’Connor, who will share news about their fall drive. Bring your knitting or crocheting materials and If space allows, sit and knit or crochet. In addition, you can peruse our new merchandise. Light refreshments will be provided

*Operation Chemo Comfort is currently conducting a drive through the end of November. Please drop off any completed hats at Cream City Yarn. 


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We had a wonderful summer of knitting socks on Saturdays! Most weeks the table was full and lively- thanks for sharing your socks with us! We hope you enjoyed meeting others and learning a few little sock tidbits here and there.

Our fall classes are in full swing and we will put Sock-A-Long Saturdays “on pause” for now. We hope to bring it back bigger and better next summer!


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This is a 3 day event where fiber lovers visit Southeastern Wisconsins finest local yarn shops to celebrate our love of the fiber arts. Oh, and also drool over the latest yarns and fibers; meet fellow knitters, crocheters, discover new patterns, tools and accessories; and of course win amazing prizes from our wonderful sponsors.

We have so many fun things planned for you! THIS IS A DO NOT MISS EVENT!

For more information, map and passport click this link!



Summer Saturday afternoons are for sock knitting! Join Cait and the CCY staff as we host Sock-A-Long Saturdays – 2 hours of community and gathering for those that love all things about sock knitting! Sit and knit socks with friends, meet other sock knitters, share tips and tricks, discuss yarn, patterns- an afternoon of sock fun! Whether you’re new to socks or already have several pairs in your sock drawer, we’d love to have you join us. No sign up required, just stop in for Sock-A-Long Saturdays.  Starting June 17 and running all summer long!

Why knit socks?

  • Cold feet, of course! As soon as September hits we can feel the turn in the weather and our feet begin to freeze in sockless shoes.
  • Wearing gorgeous, hand-knit socks makes us take better care of our feet. Weird, but true!
  • As a knitting project, socks are small and easy to take with you. Great for waiting rooms, lineups and other boring occasions where knitting is appropriate.
  • Knitting and wearing beautiful socks is like wearing gorgeous lingerie. Sure, no one sees it when you’re out and about. Sure, you could just buy something cheap from a department or discount store. Sure, making it is not the most economical option. But doesn’t it feel so great to know you’re wearing something amazing in secret?
  • Socks are always useful, even if you pick a crazy color or something that isn’t in perfect alignment with your wardrobe. 


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Espresso Bean Bags Pop-Up Shop! Sunday, June 4; 12-4pm

A custom gift wrap alternative, a travel bag, a knitting project bag; the list goes on and on. Whether you knit, crochet or weave you will be able to store your projects in style with these gorgeous, hand sewn bags from 100% cotton or upcycled wool or canvas. Sizes and shapes vary: small, medium, large, triangle, crescent, rectangle, square- Each bag is unique!

This Sunday, June 4th, 12-4pm, Zoe Fantle- designer, will be in the shop with oodles of her fun, colorful bags. Stop by to see the collection and perhaps purchase a bag (or two)!



Its our YARNIVERSARY MAY 12 & 13!

Come celebrate another year of fiber! New yarn…New shop samples…FREE gift…raffles…free patterns…mark downs… AND ICE CREAM!


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Another trunk show has arrived! Stop by before May 22nd to see these hand-knit garments in person; which is always better than in photographs. All garments are from independent designer, Steve Rousseau knit in Shibui Pebble yarn.  Steve Rousseau’s designs are something very different: contemporary lace shawls with graphic, geometric motifs. We have four of his rectangular shawls on display and one triangular shawl, and they all beg to be admired and studied closely.




Earth Day is on its way, April 22 will be here before we know it. This is the one time of year where we can all come together to show our support for environmental protection. We must keep our Earth clean as our children and children’s children will be living in it for years to come. Plant a tree , grow some flowers , ride a bike ; help out in any way you can.

Of course the one way we can bring attention to Earth Day is by knitting and crocheting. Our favorite skill comes in handy on this day because we can use our leftover pieces and scraps of yarn and recycle what we would have thrown away. Whatever you choose to make this Earth Day, make sure you show it off proudly.FreeBag

Cream City Yarn is proud to be an eco-friendly small business and we want to share the spirit of Earth Day ALL MONTH LONG! We will be offering our RECYCLED, REUSEABLE BAGS FOR FREE WITH ANY PURCHASE OVER $50. If you already have this bag, this is a great chance to get another! AND DON’T FORGET- every time you bring your Cream City Yarn bag with you and use it as your shopping bag, we will give you an extra punch on your Frequent Fiber Card! And every punch gets you that much closer to FREE yarn!



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Cream City Yarn and Operation Chemo Comfort are sponsoring a crafting meet-and-greet to benefit cancer patients. Stop by and chat with charity co-founders Kelsey Lexow and Carrie O’Connor, who will share news about their spring drive. Bring your knitting or crocheting materials and If space allows, sit and knit or crochet. In addition, you can peruse our new merchandise. Why not find something lovely from Cream City Yarn for a chemo warrior?


AGNES KNIT-A-LONG – February 1, 2017

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We are incredibly excited to launch our newest Quince and Co. Puffin with a fun Knit Along. We’ve chosen the Agnes sweater because of its simple, current design (we love those adorable contrasting side pockets!) and nice swingy shape. Agnes is knit from the top down, without seams which makes it a perfect beginner sweater. Bulky Puffin is soft and warm and will knit up in a quick minute! Here are the details to join in the KNIT-A-LONG FUN!

THE PATTERN : The Agnes Sweater by Melissa LaBarre available on Ravlery
THE YARN : We’ll be using Quince & Co. Puffin, available at Cream City Yarn and we will be offering 10% discount on yarn for all KAL participants!
Quince & Co. yarns are available in-store only. If you have questions about current stock colors, feel free to stop by or give us a call and we’ll be happy to help you.
*Don’t see the color in the shop you like? No worries we are happy to order it for you! We will take special orders today through Wednesday, January 18th.
CAST ON PARTY! : red_wineWe’ll be casting on Wednesday, February 1st from 6-8pm. Come enjoy a glass of wine (yay!), light snacks and your fellow knitters! *Can’t make it on February 1st? No problem- you can still join the KAL!
INSTAGRAM HASHTAGS & PRIZES : we’ll be using the hashtag #CCYAgnes for all projects. If its your first sweater use both #firstsweater and #CCYAgnes. We’ll be picking the best first sweater picture and giving away a Quist Hat pattern by Melanie Berg with Wolfolk Tynd Yarn. We will also be awarding the first completed sweater with a $25 Cream City Yarn gift certificate (you must cast on, on February 1st to be eligible).

2017 Winter Classes

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At this fun event we will have a table set up with lots of Big Bad Wool’s latest yarn ‘Weepaca’ and pom pom makers. Select the supplied yarn(s) of your choice and make your pom pom. What, you’ve never made a pom pom? Well, never fear – there will be instructions and official ‘pom pom assistants’ present to guide you through the simple process. And, you will receive a free baby hat pattern to knit and show off your new pom pom! No registration required. Simply drop in between 1-3pm and join the fun!


Ring in the holidays with us. Specials, free gifts, new inspiration, kits and more! #THINKBIG and #SHOPSMALL
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Now thru 12/31, you could earn 2X rewards when you Shop Small® with an enrolled American Express® Card.* To learn more and enroll your American Express Card- Click this link


Milwaukee A- LIST voting is open October 10- November 20Th


Cream City Yarn has been nominated in the category of  “BEST ARTS AND CRAFTS”! Please take a minute to show your support and vote for us!



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Bring your Cream City Yarn project and join us in our relaxing and inspiring atmosphere for open knitting/crochet on Sundays from 2-4pm. This is a great opportunity to  connect and socialize with other fiber lovers in the Cream City Yarn community


Every Tuesday 3-4pm- Walk In Clinic

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Bring your dropped stitches and pattern questions to our Doctor, Sue Dwyer! You’ll get a quick diagnosis and help getting back on track with your knitting.


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Rosy Green Wool Patterns

This 100% organic merino wool and the entire production process are certified organic according to the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS). We love this wool for children’s garments (it’s machine washable!) and anything worn next-to-skin. This yarn is a favorite choice for one of our favorite designers, MELANIE BERG!


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WHOO’s ready to have some knitting fun!

We are super excited to be hosting a fun and FREE sweater knit-a-long this fall! Most of you know that we are Kate Davies super-fans, so it should come as no surprise at all that we have chosen Kate Davies Owls sweater for this KAL!

Amanda, Mary, and Cait are knitting this adorable pattern. Amanda will be moderating a group on our Ravelry group page and will be offering lots of fun tip & tricks and posting progress pictures. Click here to head on over to our Ravelry group for more information.


Join the Wandering Ewe Yarn Crawl! This is a 2 day event where fiber lovers visit Southeastern Wisconsin’s finest local yarn shops to celebrate our love of the fiber arts. Oh, and also drool over the latest yarns and fibers; meet fellow knitters, crocheters, discover new patterns, tools and accessories; and of course win amazing prizes from our wonderful sponsors. We have so much fun planned! Click here for more information!


APRIL 29 & 30, 2016


COME CELEBRATE 5 YEARS OF CREAM CITY YARN! We are excited to share Super Raffles, exclusive Madelinetosh yarn, free gifts, summer savings coupons and MORE! Two full days of fun and surprises that you are not going to want to miss!


As part of our 5 CHEERS FOR 5 YEARS CELEBRATION, Cream City Yarn will donate a portion of our total sales to the Women’s Center of Waukesha for our 2 day celebration!  Shop with us on April 29 & 30 and together we can make a difference

In addition to our donation, we will be accepting donations from customers of personal care items through May 7th. If you care to participate, please drop off “full” size containers of shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, body wash, or lotion to Cream City Yarn.

Click here to find out more about The Women’s Center of Waukesha.



Our staff member, Kelsey Lexow, has joined a group of Milwaukee area health care professionals to provide comfort baskets for Breast Cancer patients who are currently receiving chemotherapy. Baskets include personal care products and will be adorned with hand knit or crocheted hats. Through the month of March, Operation Chemo Comfort will be collecting hand knit and crochet hats. Drop off your donation at Cream City Yarn anytime between today and March 31st. Kelsey will pick up the donations weekly, attach them to the baskets and deliver to patients. Thank you in advance for all donations!

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We are thrilled to have the Shibui Trunk Show on Display through March 19! Come see the beautiful designs in person! This collections contains patterns using the Cima, Pebble, Dune, Staccato, Silk Cloud (favorite!) & Maai. Stop by to view, touch and try on!


January 11, 2016; 5:00pm- Madison Knitting Guild

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Cream City Yarn is excited to be the “vendor of the month” at the January Madison Knitting Guild Meeting. The Madison Knitting Guild is one of the largest Guilds in America and we are thrilled to be invited to participate. If you are in the area, please stop by!


ScoreboardKALFall 2015- Packers Scoreboard Cowl KAL

The idea behind the design is very simple. For each point scored by the Green Bay Packers, you will knit 1 round in the GREEN. For example, if the Packers score a touchdown, knit 6 rounds. If they get the extra point, knit 1 more round. Should the opposing team score on the subsequent possession, their points will be knit in the GOLD (following the same rules noted above). You will follow this structure for the entire game, switching back and forth between the Green and Gold depending on which team scores.  At the end of the game, knit a round of purl stitches in the WHITE. This round indicates the end of a game. All rounds will be worked in knit stitch, except the game-dividing purl rounds. We loved the color and weight of Rowan Purewool dk. Pick up Rowan Purewool today!


Small Business Saturday- November 28th

Specials, raffles, cookies and fun all day long! This is a DO NOT MISS EVENT! We promise you won’t be disappointed!