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Closing of Old Oaks Ranch brings sale and new opportunities

A stone structure with water feature.
A stone structure with water feature.
Joanna Bettelheim

Just a short time after completing this year's Hill Country Yarn Crawl, Old Oaks Ranch Fiber Arts Studio owner Sue Ellen Stavrand informed knitters that it would be the store's last. The store is closing after years of serving knitters, crocheters, weavers and spinners in Wimberley.

Stavrand shared the news in an email announcement sent last week. But before the doors close on November 3, everything in the store is on sale for 40% off. For Crawlers who were tempted by yarn but didn't buy, now is the time to take advantage of even better deals and bid a fond farewell to the store.

Putting a positive spin on things, Stavrand focused not on the end of the store's seven years in business, but the opportunities to come for all involved. Out of the closing could come not one but three new local yarn stores for the area:

  • Current manager of the store Renee Womack plans to open a yarn store with her sister, Lisa Kurek, in West Lake Hills. Keep an eye out for The Fiber Lounge coming soon.
  • Fiber instructor Ella Strawman is also planning on opening a store of her own, Me and Ewe, which will also offer classes on knitting, crocheting, weaving, and spinning, as well as sewing and quilting. Joining her in Austin will be Carol Wyche, another Old Oaks instructor.
  • Kathy Utts is a fellow alpaca rancher and fiber artist who will be opening a shop in downtown Wimberley while Old Oaks continues to close down. Ply! Yarn, Art & Handwovens will offer yarns as well as hand-woven crafts and classes.

Meanwhile, Stavrand herself is literally changing gears with a motor arts company called Amuse Motors opening next year.

Along with taking advantage of the closing sale, knitters should take one last stroll through the ranch's statue garden. Click on the slideshow to see photos of some of the featured pieces. And don't forget to say goodbye to the alpaca's as well.

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