Editor’s note: This story is part of Women in Business 2012, a special advertising section produced by Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review. Click here to view the entire Women in Business Section.

Did you know that there is a yarn shop right in Downtown Oak Park? Elizabeth Halpern opened Knot Just Knits on Westgate Street two years ago. This hidden treasure carries all the supplies you need for knitting and crochet, but Elizabeth takes a different approach to teaching.

From her own experience as a consumer, Elizabeth recognized that scheduled classes are not easy to work into a busy lifestyle. Instead of telling you when to come, Elizabeth and her wonderful staff offer to teach you individually ($25/hour + materials) or in your own small group ($15/hour materials) when it is convenient for you.y a pro but need like-minded support to figure out a tricky pattern or get out of trouble

A long-time knitter and voracious reader, Elizabeth found her inspiration for Knot Just Knits in books she calls “Knit Lit,” like Debbie Macomber’s The Shop on Blossom Street and Kate Jacobs’ The Friday Night Knitting Club. As in those novels, the retail side of Knot Just Knits is only part of the story. Elizabeth’s Monday night “knit night” is particularly inviting to residents looking for a different atmosphere in which to meet.

A huge advocate of charity knitting, Elizabeth has organized through Knot Just Knits an on-going project knitting or crocheting bears for the Mother Bear Project, an organization that is dedicated to providing comfort and hope to children affected by HIV/AIDS in emerging nations. Knitters (or crocheters) can make the bears either in the store or at home, and then return them to the store to be delivered to Mother Bear.

If you are looking to start up a stitching hobby, or a new place to socialize with people of similar interests, stop by Knot Just Knits, located at 1107-1109 Westgate in downtown Oak Park. For-up-to-date store hours Visit www.knotjustknits.com or call 708-948-7943.

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