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White Plains Mom Makes a New Stitch in Life

SCARSDALE, N.Y.-- As Michelle Dittelman’s two young children were playing indoors on yucky day several years ago, a pregnant Dittelman sat learning how to knit from her mother-in-law.  When Dittelman returned to her White Plains home and continued her knitting project she messed-up a stitch and no longer had her mother-in-law beside her to fix it.

“She lives a half-hour from me,” said Dittelman of her mother-in-law. “I couldn’t go running to her.”

So Dittelman got in her car and drove to the nearest knitting store she knew of – Sticks and Strings in Scarsdale – a store she now owns.

“I fell in love with knitting at this store,” said Dittelman. “I learned how to knit here and became obsessed with the store.”

In January of 2011, after deciding she wanted to return to work after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years, Dittelman approached the owner of Sticks and Strings to ask if she had any interest in selling her store. July 1 was Dittelman’s first day of being an owner and not a customer at Sticks and Strings.

“So far so great,” said Dittelman. “I love being around the yarn and hearing people’s passions for yarn because I get it.”

Dittelman plans on keeping the focus of the store on beautiful yarn but intends to add her own dye to the fabric of the store.  A more affordable line of yarn will arrive in the next week or two and Dittelman is planning on having the largest display of made-to-order art yarn in the country. Bringing needlepoint into the store is in the works and a variety of specialty and technique classes are available in the store. A table in the front of the store has also been added for people to, “Come in, sit, relax and ask questions,” said Dittelman.

What is your favorite yarn to use at Sticks and Strings? Please share below.

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