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About Us
Michigan Yarn store

A Piece of Ewe has offered high-quality yarns, notions, and supplies for knitting and crocheting since we first opened at Pepper Tree Place in 2004. Now we're bigger and better than ever, happily settled at 506 Columbus Avenue in Bay City, MI. Drawing customers from Livonia to Traverse City, A Piece of Ewe aims to be The Destination for knitters to stop and restock on their way up north.

Best Yarn Store In Michigan

We don’t just sell dozens of brands of yarn in all weights, colors, and fibers; we also offer classes for any skill level, from casting on your first stitch to mastering advanced techniques. In fact, our friendly instructors have helped more than 500 new knitters get started and continue learning over the years. Drop by any time during store hours to stitch and chat! We're happy to answer a quick project question or guide you to a class for more concentrated help.

Meet the Team

Susan Glenwallis, Owner

Ravelry handle: gideon1
Go-to project: shawls and sweaters
Favorite yarn weight: fingering

The daughter of an entrepreneur, Susan always wanted to sell things, starting with the worms she found in the yard as a child. As her prowess matured, she became known as the Girl Scout who could sell cookies to a diabetic, much to the delight of several neighborhood grandchildren.


Four inches of a scarf. Well, a swatch of a scarf, really, and it’s still on the needles a few decades later. But that four inches, started when a mom sat down with her 9-year-old (who was more interested in climbing trees than casting on), got the ball rolling for what’s become a thriving yarn store in the heart of Bay City’s business district – a place where that daughter now sits down with other knitters of all ages and skill levels to create, to bond, and to grow.

How did Susan go from knitting school dropout to local yarn store owner? On her own in a new city and surrounded by men at her job, she decided to take a knitting class to meet people. She abandoned her first project, a simple washcloth, in pursuit of a more intriguing intermediate-level baby sweater that sported an intarsia whale motif on the front. That sweater led to another, and soon the class instructor began encouraging Susan to open a yarn store of her own, going so far as to find a location to set up shop.

At this point, she was a new bride with a full-time career. She’d just buried her father and settled his estate – and she was opening a yarn store.

She purchased inventory with inheritance money and set up a booth at Pepper Tree Place, an arts and crafts mall that served as her test market. Three years later and a few blocks down the road, A Piece of Ewe sublet space in a popular gift shop. Susan and her crew held classes and sold yarn, patterns, notions, and needles for the next eight years until the landlord reclaimed the square footage for expansion.

Grand experiment or life’s work? Susan’s decision became clear when she woke up at 3 a.m., designing floor plans and developing yarn displays. She believed she could, so she did it: she bought a building the day before Thanksgiving, started immediate renovations, and opened her own door at 506 Columbus Avenue – and the rest is history being made.

Today, she's surrounded by colors and textures and people, and she couldn't be happier. "I love your scarf," she'll greet a returning customer. "You should go feel that cowl over there. It's really nice." She understands her customers -- what they like, what they make, what their next knitting adventure can be -- and they love her, returning regularly to check-in, to visit, and, of course, to shop. Susan's vision is aptly named. A Piece of Ewe becomes just that: a piece of you.



 Favorite yarn weight: Fingering, but slowly edging towards DK
 Favorite getaway: The Upper Peninsula of Michigan 
 Go-to project: Shawls and Socks

 Retiring from Sears after 43 years and loving to knit and crochet is why Marilyn is here with us. She is a self-taught knitter that
 learned in her 20's. Her greatest accomplishment was a beekeeper cardigan. She loves a sweet and savory snack and to
 vacation in the U. P. and Betty White would best portray her in A Piece of Ewe: The Movie.

Mary Ellen

What is your favorite product at A Piece of Ewe:  It is awfully hard to narrow it down because everything is squishy, beautiful fun. I couldn’t choose between the yarns, so I will say the Knitter’s Pride Dreamz needles. They are so smooth to work with and are in virtually every project I work on!

How old were you, and how did you learn to Knit or crochet:  When I was in fourth grade, our teacher, Mrs. McDonald, offered to teach knitting to interested students during recess. So at age 9, I learned to knit my first sweater. Thank you, Mrs. McDonald!

What has been the most complex fiber arts project you have made and why:  The Fluxus shawl by Natasha Hornby. It had many new stitches and combinations, which made it super exciting but very challenging, too.


What is your favorite product at A Piece of Ewe:  Entropy DK, Lykke needles, and anything with alpaca
What is your favorite getaway in Michigan: Dearborn, for the food scene

How old were you, and how did you learn to Knit or crochet:  I taught myself crochet out of a book around age 10,
and I learned to knit and do Tunisian crochet from YouTube in my early twenties

What is your favorite Fiber Arts go-to project to make:  For knitting, I love hats. Crochet, I like to take doily patterns and make them in DK or worsted yarn to make throw blankets. I also weave and enjoy weaving up a scarf using hand-painted yarn.


How old were you, and how did you learn to Knit or crochet:  I taught myself how to crochet when I was 12, and my cousin taught me to knit when I was 13.
What has been the most complex fiber arts project you have made and why:  A mug cozy that was steeked. It was terrifying to cut what I had knit. It worked out, though.

What is your favorite Fiber Arts go-to project to make: Socks/hats
What is your favorite getaway in Michigan:  Mackinaw City