Lila and Claudine's Yarn and Gifts, 86 Mahtomedi Ave, Mahtomedi, MN 55115  651-429-9551

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     Tuesday - Friday
          10:00 - 6:00  
          10:00 - 3:00
          Noon - 3:00
Mahtomedi, MN 55115





The Eighth Annual Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop is April 10--13, 2014.  This is the biggest Shop Hop yet with seventeen of the Twin Cities’ best yarn shops participating. 


  • More chances to win fabulous prizes for participating! Just for turning in your entry card at your last stop (regardless of how many shops you visit), your card will be entered into a bonus prize drawing following the Shop Hop. 
  • At the final shop you visit, make your donation and turn in your entry card to receive a kit and instructions to turn your beads into a clever counting bracelet.
  • This year, you will also receive a limited edition Shop Hop button to identify yourself as a participant in the 2014 hop. Supplies are limited to 100 buttons per shop and only one button is allowed per customer. Come early while supplies last. 
To begin the hop, pick up driving directions and an entry card at any one of the shops listed.  At each shop, get your entry form stamped and pick up a free pattern for a unique Shop Hop 2014 project.  A completed entry form, stamped at each and every shop, qualifies you to enter the drawing for the Grand Prize valued at over $2000 of knitting/crocheting supplies or one of seventeen First Prizes full of fiber goodies.  At the same time, you can also enter your name for exciting door prize drawings at each shop.  The first day of the Shop Hop is Thursday, April 10.  You can (try to) complete the Shop Hop all in one day or spread it out over four days.
LIMITED EDITION YARN:  To enhance your hopping experience, each shop has commissioned a limited edition yarn specifically for this spectacular event.  Each shop will have its own yarn featured in its free pattern given to shop hop visitors.
HELP STOCK LOCAL FOOD SHELVES:  Each shop will also have a limited quantity of unique, collectible beads that will be yours in exchange for your donation of cash (the suggested donation is $5 per shop) or non-perishable food or sundry items to a local food shelf chosen by each shop**.  In addition, your completed entry card  will entitle you to additional materials and instructions for you to make a clever counting bracelet with your beads. Come early while supplies last.
  1. Only one entry per person.
  2. Must have all seventeen official stamps to be eligible to enter Grand Prize/First Prize drawings. 
  3. Official stamps can only be obtained April 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2014, and must be obtained in person.  You must turn in your entry card at the last shop visited.
  4. Grand Prize/First Prize drawings will be held on April 18, 2014. Winners will be notified by Monday, April 21, 2014.
  5. Shop personnel are not eligible to win Grand Prize or First Prizes.
  6. No purchase is necessary to receive patterns.  A separate food shelf donation at each shop is necessary for that shop’s bead. **
  7. Supplies of beads are limited to first 500 eligible customers.  Come early while supplies last.
** Providing a $50 cash donation to the food shelves through a participating shop in advance of the hop (March 6 - April 6, 2014) will automatically entitle you to a Minnesota Yarn Shop Hop 2014 VIP Pass and all 17 collectible beads. Beads can be obtained at each shop during the hop by simply showing your ID for validation.


Amusement Park? What Amusement Park?




Lila and Claudine’s sits right across Mahtomedi Avenue from the site of the Old Wildwood Amusement Park, begun by the Minneapolis & St. Paul Suburban Railroad Company in 1892. For many years, thousands of people paid 10 cents to take the train from the Twin Cities to Mahtomedi to spend the day riding the roller coaster, Ferris wheel and swimming in White Bear Lake. 

In 1927, it was the first park ever to feature the Tilt-a-Whirl.  The building that Lila and Claudine’s is in today was built in 1926 to store the various vehicles that were used to bring vacationers out to the park.  Then, in 1932, the golden era of the Wildwood Amusement Park came to an end and the park closed.



Although the actual Landmark no longer exists, the Amusement Park was important in shaping the Mahtomedi community.  Fiber and conversation is paramount at Lila and Claudine’s and woven into conversations is the history of the Mahtomedi/White Bear Lake community.  It becomes a springboard for stories and opportunities to get to know other fiber maniacs while knitting at Lila and Claudine’s.  



2014 marks the 4th year we have participated in the Shop Hop.  We can’t wait to see all of you this year!  We will have the usuals; patterns, yarn, prizes and trinkets, but we also promise the unsuspected….






Polly Hart and Kirsten Skoglund
Aka Lila and Claudine




 In early March of 2009 the doors of Lila and Claudine's opened. The tiny yarn shop with a huge personality came to life in a hurry.

Lila and Claudine's is based on three simple principles,  good yarn, good help and good fun.

With these basic principles Lila and Claudine's has grown into one of the most sucessful yarn shops in the Twin Cities.

There have been many changes over the past 5 years as owners Kirsten and Polly try to accomadate the L&C customer.  New things are tried, some work... some don't,

but the shop is always evolving to become better then it already is.

With Kirsten working her magic in the knitting room and Polly working her magic in the wee hours of the night, the shop is a place that truly

inspires whether you knit or knot.

Who knew that five years could pass so quickly.




 In the beginning the building was nothing more then four walls.


  It was beautiful on the outside but completely empty on the inside.  No electricity, no plumbing... nothing.

  With the help of a great architect and a great builder, some hard work and a lot of patience,  the building begins to take shape and soon Kirsten and Polly  tranform the lower level into what is now part of Lila and Claudine's.

It's hard to believe that where Kirsten is  standing in this picture is where all the mixed fiber is kept as well as all the summer cottons.  So much space.


 Since the opening of Lila and Claudine's one thing has always remained the same.  To have a place where anyone can come to gather, get help with  projects and simply knit

or crochet and work on whatever project they choose to do.   And so became





The knitting room doesn't look the same as it didwhen we opened,the chairs are  worn but that is okay because they are usually full of happy people, laughing and chatting away.










Watch our calendar for other added classes and groups.





I am kind and considerate.   I am a good listener and I do care.

I try to be good and honest.

If I make a mistake, whether intended or unintended, I admit it readily.

I am an artist.

I AM HIP  &  I AM WITH IT!!!!!!

I am not your GRANDMA... I am your GRANDMA...

Just because I knit doesn’t mean I don’t know how to operate power tools

or throw a football!

Yarn Helps!

I carry yarn to keep calm, because with my knitting I can be anywhere and do anything.

I accept my mistakes with courage but I knit THEREFORE I RIP!

I know many things

but I am always willing to learn new things.

For learning is courage...

Learning is creative...Learning is power...

Words like entrelac, kitchener and intarsia are part of my vocabulary!!!

I am not fearful. It’s only sticks & string.




And I get my fix... my inspiration... and the help I need



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Last Updated: 4/6/2014