By Derek Lacey / Staff Writer

Lyn Millward, owner of Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill. Photo by Derek Lacey

Lyn Millward, owner of Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill. Photo by Derek Lacey

Lyn Millward first learned to knit as a teenager, an exchange student in Sweden between her junior and senior year in high school.

But as life happened, she drifted away from the art, until her daughter received yarn and knitting supplies for her eleventh birthday.

She relearned how to knit to help teach her daughter, and it wasn’t long until she was knitting, crocheting, learning new skills and even teaching classes at her LYS (local yarn shop), Cottage Yarn in Mint Hill.

Her daughter, Chloe, worked at the shop on weekends, and one day,the previous owner  called to let Chloe know she was retiring. Lyn was concerned about the future of the store, and would eventually take over as owner.

“I knew through my learning and doing other things, that at some point in my life, I was going to own a yarn shop, it was just going to happen,” Millward said. “This just popped up as an opportunity, and I live around the corner, so it was just perfect.”

Cottage Yarn offers an abundance of classes, offering something for the inexperienced and the professionals alike. Learn to knit, learn to crochet, project classes that require more advanced techniques, and workshops to learn specific techniques are all classes available at Cottage Yarn.

Cottage Yarn carries more than 20 types of yarns, encompassing an array of different fibers, from Alpaca to wool to Mink. They also carry many kinds of needles, accessories for making purses, patterns, and magazines, and one unique item: a yarn bowl.

Yarn bowls, custom pottery to keep a ball of yarn in while knitting, complete with a notch to run the yarn through, and keep the ball from rolling around on the floor.

With Mother’s Day coming up, Lyn can recommend quite a few gifts in the shop: knitting and crocheting necessities and gift certificates for either classes or products.

The staff at Cottage Yarn, Kathy Cruse, Grace Thayer, Hope Sasser, and Chloe Millward, area all skilled and capable and can assist customers with everything from a new project to a dropped stitch, and even learning how to knit or crochet.

Cottage Yarn is located at 7717 Matthews Mint Hill Road, and is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Tuesday 10 am to 8 pm, Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm, and every third Sunday from 1 to 4 pm. For more information, call Cottage Yarn at 704-545-8440, or visit