Maureen Fagin is a mother of four, grandmother of five, a lover of all things fiber and the sole owner of Whitmore Lake Yarn Company.
Fagin started knitting when she was 8-years-old, and after dropping the habit, became reacquainted thanks to her mother-in-law, with the art of yarn 20 years later. 12 years ago she joined the Whitmore Lake Yarn Company with two partners; and with the love and support of her husband Gary and her family the shop has been going strong ever since.
Fagin’s store, across the street from Whitmore Lake, has beautiful lake views and a tranquil setting, is separated into two sections: the shopping area, which includes gorgeous yarns from quality manufacturers and flows into the sunroom where Fagin holds classes for beginner-to-advanced level yarn enthusiasts.
Mending Hearts One Stitch at a Time
As a native of Ann Arbor who moved to South Lyon, Fagin has developed a deep commitment to her community. Her charity knitters, a group which started 12 years ago, have knitted and crocheted for many local organizations including Northfield Human Services, which provides families assistance with food and clothing, The Huron Valley Optimist Club, Mott’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, creating hundreds of hats for premature babies and chemo caps for cancer patients. Whitmore Lake Yarn Company has also created and donated skull caps and helmet liners for troops fighting overseas.
“My clientele and regular knitters are so great. All I have to do is send the word out and the donations start pouring in,” said Fagin. Whitmore Lake Yarn Company is also a year round collection center for Knit Michigan, an organization that knits hats for cancer patients.
The charity knitters meet every Wednesday from 10am-noon and knit or crochet for the recipient charity of the month. “Although my charity knitters get the ball rolling,” says Fagin, “I have donations from many others who have heard about the charity and wanted to be included.”
“When you have a talent, like knitting or crocheting, I believe you should share it with others,” says Fagin. Whether it’s creating something to give to another or teaching someone your talent, Fagin says it makes a difference, which is a rare gift indeed, even more so when it’s handmade.
To attend classes, make donations or just stop by for
some coffee and conversation, contact Whitmore Lake Yarn Company
9535 Main St. | Whitmore Lake
734-449-9688 | Facebook.com/pages/Whitmore-Lake-Yarn-Co