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About Us (or Why YG is Awesome)

YG started as a brick and mortar yarn shop in the adorable little city of Charlotte, Michigan, located just 20 minutes south of Lansing. The building is located in the downtown district, with plenty of parking behind the shop.

Front Exterior of 131 S. Cochran Ave Back Exterior of 131 S. Cochran Ave.

The minute you walk in to the 120+ year old building, you are greeted with a rainbow of color and texture.  The carefully curated selection of yarns from big name companies like Berroco, Noro and Cascade Yarns, and indie dyers like Wonderland Yarns and Dream In Color, tempt you from all corners of the Garden, with various paths leading you deeper in. As you wander through, samples of the yarns abound, inviting you to touch and feel all the different fibers. The river rocks in Gnome River reflect the light, beckoning you to explore the twists and turns. The Pergola, with a welcoming pair of easy chairs, invites you to sit and knit a while, while the Barnyard may inspire you to take a class. The Tool Shed houses all the Lykke and addi Turbo needles, notions, and tools under one roof. You'll finish up your tour at the cash register counter, created from a rustic, live-edge slab of white pine, that looks as if it might have grown there.

Yarn Garden and the Head Gardener

April, 2007
An enthusiastic young woman sets foot inside her very own shop for the first time as the owner. She is confident, excited, and maybe a little nervous. If only she could have seen ten years into the future…

April, 2017
That same woman, albeit a decade older, unlocks the doors to the new, bigger, re-designed Yarn Garden and marvels that she gets to call this “work”.

Pergola Knitting Space
That woman is me, Lindsay Potter, Head Gardener at Yarn Garden. I’ve been knitting since I was 16, when my mom bought me a kit to knit a felted bag. The kit used Noro Kureyon, and I’ve been in love with Noro yarns ever since. Color is my favorite art medium, and yarn makes a great canvas! Green is my color of choice, and my favorite thing to knit is whatever is on my needles. My passion is empowering knitters to take control of their projects and making sure my customers are happy with their decisions.

When I’m not at YG, I’m tending the zoo (otherwise known as my home), where I keep two dogs, two twin daughters, a teenage daughter, and a husband. After the younger zoo animals go to bed, you can find me in my chair, either knitting, reading about knitting, or surfing my various social media channels, looking at knitting-related things (did I mention that I like knitting?!).


  • The Yarn Garden
  • 131 S. Cochran Ave.
    Charlotte, MI 48813
  • TUE: 12 - 7 | WED-FRI: 12 - 4 | SAT: 10 - 2 | Closed Monday & Sunday