Yak 'n Yarn


Karen Taylor


Hello! Welcome to Yak 'n Yarn.net! My name is Karen Taylor and I have been a fiber arts enthusiast for many years. Topeka hasn't had a shop dedicated to needle and fiber arts for quite some time so, when the opportunity presented itself, I opened the shop in March of 2014.


Since then, I've met over 1,000 wonderful women (and a few men),  many of them living and working here in Topeka and Shawnee County. Now that I have a Yak 'n Yarn billboard west of Topeka on I-70, I have visitors from all over the U.S. stopping into the shop.


We named the shop Yak 'n Yarn because I wanted a friendly, casual environment where everyone who visits feels welcome, even if they don't work with yarn, thread, or fiber. I knew everyone could "yak", and I was right! Sometimes we do more "yak-ing" than anything else. We have a very social atmosphere and many lasting friendships have been made here at

Yak 'n Yarn.


I enjoy the regular groups of cross stitchers, weavers, crocheters, knitters, felters and lacers who meet at Yak 'n Yarn on a regular basis. Some of them are here weekly and some  monthly. Their presence gives visitors an opportunity to see these artists in action.


All in all, I love running the shop and helping others to enhance and enjoy their creative side.