Not hard to find is Needle in a Haystack

Ted Ayala

I   have something to confess – I enjoy knitting. Stop laughing at me! Knitting was once a very manly craft. Indeed, for centuries, knitting was an industry completely dominated by men. It was only in the 19th century that women began to make inroads into the art. I have my very dear friend to thank for my present day inclinations to knit as well as a wealth of information regarding the history of the craft. For the longest time, I was thoroughly ignorant as to where to find quality yarn. It wasn’t until I met my friend that I realized there were stores that specialized in selling quality yarn and craft items. So how fortunate that we have such a store right here in Montrose: Needle in a Haystack (2262 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose).
Needle in a Haystack has been a part of the Montrose community for over 30 years. Not only do they sell fine yarns for knitting – they also have a very wide selection of tools for a variety of crafts including needlepoint and crochet. As I walked about in the store, it was hard not to get lost in the dazzling array of items they had. Vibrantly colorful Noro yarns, needles in all different styles and sizes, charming examples of needlepoint, and more. Needle in a Haystack owner Jody Budman has worked diligently to provide our community with a fine store that will appeal to crafters of all skill levels and ages. Whether you’re an expert crafter or a beginner, Needle in a Haystack is there to serve you.
Every month, beginners can enjoy introductory classes to knitting, embroidery, and needle point. The cost is only $20 a month. This includes an hour and a half of instruction as well as supplies. More information can be found on Needle in a Haystack’s website at or by calling (818) 248-7686. Contests are also held several times a year, so do keep your eye out open for those.
Make sure to drop in soon to Needle in a Haystack as they’ll be receiving their fall yarns beginning this month. Any time of year, Needle in a Haystack is certain to have what you need for your crafting needs. Stop in today and make sure to tell them the MVCC sent you!
Be it great food, fun events, or unique shopping trips, make Montrose your destination. Follow the Montrose-Verdugo City Chamber of Commerce via our Facebook or our website at Our offices are open Mondays through Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; this Friday the office will be closed. Call us at (818) 249-7171 or email me at For all your shopping needs and more make your destination Montrose!

Ted Ayala is the executive director of the Montrose-Verdugo City
Chamber of Commerce.