So Coonrod started with that, though with her artist’s eye it also became about color.
“Then, out of the blue, I received an email from Gretchen Barton, one of only 10 TKGA Certified Master Knitters in New York state,” Coonrod said. “She had relocated to Plattsburgh and was very interested in my venue. She now offers knitting classes and workshops at Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts.”
Coonrod’s daughter set up the web site, which she said has been extremely useful for customers and class registration.
She chose her yarns for their high quality and reasonable prices, with brands that include Berroco, Cascade, Plymouth, Lambs Pride, Baby Wool, Rowan and James C. Brett.
A local fiber artist named Heidi Fortsch also supplies the store with yarn she dies and spins herself.
“She uses wool, alpaca, even a little cashmere,” Coonrod said. “I also carry Frog Tree Yarns.”
Local handmade items at the store are truly a family affair with her mother, Margaret McCaw, creating knitting needle organizers, tote bags, aprons and table runners, and her niece, Lacey Ahrent selling framed local photos and photo greeting cards.
Renee Hall, a former colleague, sews quilted knitting bags and Julie Fredette, another former colleague, offers felted purses and bags.
Coonrod offers her artwork.
She has enjoyed running the business so far and said the store has done well.
“I was ready to work hard and do something for myself, and the pieces fell into place,” she said.
Plattsburgh Yarn & Gifts is located at 16 Brinkerhoff Street in Plattsburgh and can be found online at: plattsburghyarnandgifts.com.